Spring Training at ApNANO for Francesca and Chiara

Chiara Olla (University of Cagliari) and Francesca Airaldi (University of Genoa) just left us after spending three months in our lab as Erasmus+ trainees. Both will next defend their Master degrees projects with new data and training in magnetometry and X-ray diffraction. We learnt with Chiara about the magnetism and structure of luminescent carbon dots doped with gadolinium synthesized in a mesoporous silica matrix, whereas Francesca studied
magnetic properties of different bi-magnetic core/shell ferrite nanoparticles. Both will pursue PhD studies back in Italy, best of luck with it!

Alberto López Ortega new research member at the ApNANO group

Alberto López Ortega has joined the Applied Nanomagnetism group as an assistant professor. He will teach at the Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial y Aeroespacial in Toledo. He obtained his Degree on Chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2007 and his PhD in Materials Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2012 (with an Outstanding Award). He subsequently spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Univerità degli Studi di Firenze (Italy) and came back to Spain with a Juan de la Cierva – Incorporación fellowship to the research center CIC-Nanogune (San Sebastián, Spain), where he spent another three years.
In particular, Alberto’s expertise in the synthesis of magnetic nanostructures by colloidal and electron beam lithography methods (with special emphasis in the development of complex hybrid bi-magnetic nanoparticles and magneto-plasmonic heterostructures) is a great new asset for our group. You are most welcome, Alberto!

Nanoparticle Stripes prepared for the first time

In collaboration with Instituto Rocasolano (CSIC, Madrid), who provided laser-irradiated undulated polymer substrates, we have succeeded in the preparation of nanoparticle stripes by self-shadowing deposition of gas-aggregated Pd particles. This novel type of nanostructure, with promising anisotropic properties, was one of the main objectives of our ongoing national project. The synthesis procedure, as well as optical, electrical and hydrogen-detection properties, have been submitted to the journal Applied Surface Science.

La UCLM oferta 55 becas Predoctorales

Si cumples con los requisitos para iniciar los estudios de doctorado y te gustaría realizar una tesis de nanomagnetismo en Ciudad Real / Toledo, ponte en contacto con nosotros.

La nota mínima de expediente es de 7.5 (en Física, Química o Ingeniería de Materiales).
Puedes encontrar más información en la convocatoria de la UCLM.

Deadline: 13/11/2018

Prof. Jose Ángel de Toro (joseangel.toro@uclm.es)
Prof. Jose Miguel Colino (josemiguel.colino@uclm.es)

El grupo ApNANO de la UCLM organiza un simposio de sustitución de materiales críticos en el congreso anual de la European Materials Research Society (E-MRS)

Esta semana se celebra en Estrasburgo el E-MRS Spring Meeting, con unos 3000 ponentes distribuidos en 28 simposios. Uno de ellos, titulado “Sustitución y Reciclado de Materias Primas Críticas en Dispositivos Optoelectrónicos, Magnéticos y para Energía”, ha sido organizado por los profesores José Ángel De Toro (del Applied Nanomagnetism Group, ApNano, en el Instituto Regional de Investigación Científica Aplicada, IRICA, de Ciudad Real), Carlo Ricci (Universidad de Cagliari) y Patrice Miska (Universidad de Lorraine).

Desde 2011 la Comisión Europea (CE) publica cada tres años una relación de materiales críticos para la industria europea evaluando, de un lado, la relevancia tecnológica de las diferentes materias primas (excluidos los combustibles) y, de otro, el riesgo de suministro, a su vez determinado por la abundancia y concentración geopolítica de los materiales. Por ejemplo, en la última revisión de la CE (enlace), los elementos de la familia de las tierras raras –cruciales, entre otras aplicaciones, en los motores de coches eléctricos y en generadores eólicos- fueron evaluados como los de mayor riesgo de suministro, ya que China controla el 95% de la producción mundial. Las tierras raras han encontrado gran eco mediático recientemente en nuestra comunidad debido a la controversia sobre la posible extracción de monacita en el Campo de Montiel. Una de las líneas del ApNANO busca precisamente reducir el uso de tierras raras en nanocomposites magnéticos (proyecto NANOESENS, financiado por el MICINN).

El simposio reúne más de 100 contribuciones de investigadores de 30 países, con presencia destacada de Italia, Corea del Sur y España. Entre ellas caben destacar los seminarios a cargo del Director del Instituto Europeo de Tecnología en Materias Primas (EIT Raw Materials), Didier Zimmerman, y de la asociación Enterprises pour la Environment (EpE), que gestiona los intereses mediambientales para las grandes empresas en Francia.

Los organizadores del simposio en sustitución de materiales críticos, que se celebra actualmente en el marco del congreso anual de la Sociedad Europea de Materiales

Maral Ghoshani arrives to Ciudad Real to pursue a double PhD (UCLM-Esfahan University)

Maral received an Iranian fellowship to come to work with the ApNano group. She will stay with us the whole 2018 year researching on the exchange-bias properties of different nanostructured materials.
Jessica Satta (University of Cagliari) shared office with Maral during her Erasmus+ stay in our group (April-June 2018), a stay essentially devoted to X-Ray Diffraction characterization of luminescent materials under Peter Normile’s guidance.

Massi Murgia gets some magnetism & XRD training in Ciudad Real

Massimiliano Murgia, a graduate student from University of Cagliari, stayed in our labs working as an Erasmus+ traineeship from March to June. He got hands-on experience on SQUID magnetometry, X-ray diffraction and gas-phase synthesis of nanoparticles.
He is heading back to UNICA to pursue his Master studies. Good luck Massi, we hope to see you soon back in La Mancha as a PhD student.

Mikael Andersson defends succesfully his PhD thesis in Uppsala.

Mikael spent two research stays with us in 2014 and 2015 studying superspin glass behavior in random nanoparticle compacts (+ riding the hills in the Guadiana riverside). His thesis was co-supervised by Per Nordblad, Roland Mathieu and Jose A. De Toro, all in the picture.
He now intends to pursue a postdoc career in neutron scattering.
Congratulations, Mikael!

Tenure-track position

“Ayudante Doctor in Applied Physics Department/ Magnetic NanoMaterials”
Deadline: June-july, 2018
Contact Person: Prof. Jose M. Colino (INAMOL / Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)
(josemiguel.colino@uclm.es)

Elena H. Sánchez starts her PhD studies

Elena has been hired with funds from the national NANOESENS projects. She will pursue a doctoral degree on the topic of novel magnetic nanostructures by working alternate years in our IRICA and INAMOL labs.
Welcome to La Mancha, Elena!