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Science Week in November

The 24th Science Week in Catalonia is held from 8th to 17nd November, and the Science and Technology Week at CSIC during all November.

IMB-CNM will participate with Open Days at the Zenon Navarro Museum Space from 11th to 15th November, from 10 h to 13 h and from 15 h to 17 h.

Group visits (more than 10 persons) require a reservation (please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

IMB-CNM talks: Detector Development at DESY Photon Science - Jonathan Correa

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
04/11/2019 11:30 a.m.

Abstract: With the increased brilliance of state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation sources and the advent of free-electron lasers (FELs) enabling revolutionary science with EUV to X-ray photons comes an urgent need for suitable photon imaging detectors. Requirements include high frame rates, very large dynamic range, single-photon sensitivity with low probability of false positives and (multi)- megapixels. At DESY, we are developing the CMOS-based soft X-ray imager PERCIVAL. It is a monolithic active-pixel sensor back-thinned to access its primary energy range of 250 eV to 1 keV with target efficiencies above 90%. The roughly 4 cm x 5 cm, 2 million pixels operates at frame rates up to 300 Hz (commensurate with most FELs) and use multiple gains within 27 mm pixels to measure 1 to 3.5Me- simultaneously arriving photons. DESY is also leading the development of the AGIPD, a high-speed detector based on hybrid pixel technology intended for  at the European XFEL. The AGIPD allows single pulse imaging at 4.5 MHz frame rate into a 352-frame buffer, with a dynamic range allowing single-photon detection and detection of more than 10000 photons at 12.4 keV in the same image. This review describes the AGIPD and the PERCIVAL concepts and systems, including some recent results. It also gives a short overview over other FEL-relevant developments where the Photon Science Detector Group at DESY is involved.

Free admission. Limited capacity.

IMB-CNM talks: MEMS Technology at FBK - Flavio Giacomozzi

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
25/10/2019 11:30 a.m.

Abstract: Flavio Giacomozzi is involved on MEMS technology development and prototypes fabrication at FBK Trento Italy. In the talk he will illustrate the activity of the Microsystem Technology Research unit and discuss about fabrication of RF MEMS and flexible touch sensors. The FBK RF MEMS technological platform allows to fabricate complex reconfigurable device for telecommunication by using electrostatically actuated switches. The delicate movable parts are protected by caps obtained by wafer to wafer bonding. Touch sensors for robotic application can be obtained by depositing piezocapacitor over the gate of a MOSFET, the use of AlN is under evaluation in collaboration with IMB CNM. 

The talks will be in Spanish with slides in English.
Free admission. Limited capacity.

IMB-CNM talks: Walking on the moon - Luis Fonseca & David Quirion

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
19/07/2019 10:30 a.m.

Abstract: Event devoted to the celebration of the 50th aniversary of the first moon and "silicon" landing with two divulgative talks titled "Roundtrip to the moon" by Luis Fonseca and "Silicon to the moon" by David Quirion. The activity will take place in the auditorium of our institute starting from 10.30. We will have a break between talks with coffee and astro-cookies. See you there.


10:30 a.m. Round trip to the Moon by Luis Fonseca, Researcher Principal of the MESSI group

11:15 a.m. Coffee and astro-cookies

11:30 a.m. Silicon to the Moon by David Quirion, White Room Engineer

The talks will be in Spanish with slides in English.
Free admission. Limited capacity.

IMB-CNM talks: Biomedical Micro-and nanoengineering at NMI - Dr. Peter D. Jones

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
19/06/2019 12:00 a.m.

Abstract: The NMI is involved in application-oriented research at the interface between the life sciences and material science. In particular, we apply our core competences in micro and nanoengineering to applications in the life sciences and biomedical engineering. Our expertise includes flexible neural interfaces, microelectrode arrays, microimplants, microsensors and microfluidics. We apply techniques of cleanroom microfabrication, thin film deposition, micro- and nanostructuring, surface engineering, and assembly and packaging. We additionally test devices, surface and coatings for functionality and long-term stability.

We work on flexible electronics as well as on glass, quartz or silicon. Functional structures such as electrical conductors and low impedance electrodes can be structured by optical lithography (1 to 100 µm) as well as electron beam, focused ion beam (FIB) and nanoimprint lithography (>20 nm). We employ biostable electrodes made of titanium nitride, iridium, conductive polymers and carbon nanomaterials (e.g. graphene) with optimal properties for electrophysiology (low noise and/or high charge injection capacity). We produce microelectrode arrays and sensors tailored to specific applications, including implantable devices, ex vivo preparations, and 2D or 3D cell cultures. We additionally specialize in packaging, encapsulation and testing.

L'IMB-CNM projecta el documental “El enigma Agustina” en una jornada dedicada a la dona i la ciència

L’Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona (IMB-CNM) organitza el passi de “El enigma Agustina”, el pròxim 14 de juny a les 10.00h, a la Sala d’Actes de la Facultat de Ciències i de Biociències de la UAB. La jornada vol reivindicar el paper de la dona a la ciència.


La sessió, que serà de 10.00h a 14.00h, comptarà amb la participació del guionista i de l’actriu principal. També està prevista una ponència sobre la bretxa de gènere en el camp científic. Serà la primera vegada que el documental es projecta a Catalunya.

“El Enigma Agustina” és un projecte audiovisual de divulgació científica de l’Institut d’Astrofísica d’Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) que aborda la lluita de la dona per accedir a la carrera científica a Espanya i reivindica algunes de les figures femenines de la història de la ciència.

El documental repassa les fites científiques més rellevants del primer terç del segle XX, posant èmfasi en disciplines com la relativitat, la mecànica quàntica i la cosmologia. També permet redescobrir un període de la història recent en què Espanya es va acostar a l'avantguarda científica -l'anomenada edat de plata de la ciència espanyola- fruit del treball de la Junta d'Ampliació d'Estudis (JAE) i de la dedicació de persones com Blas Cabrera, Julio Palacios, Enrique Moles José Castillejo o Felisa Martín Bravo.

Finançada per la Fundació Espanyola per a la Ciència, el documental ha comptat amb la col·laboració de la Societat Espanyola d'Astronomia, la Conselleria de Cultura de la Junta d'Andalusia i l'Institut Andalús de la dona.

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