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Strategic Priority Actions

Strategic Priority Actions

Technology Transfer

A new Prototype Laboratory has been created. This is a technical service aim to help researchers in the development of functional prototypes, in order to validate technologies and increase their TRL. Fabricated prototypes will also help in the commercialization of the technologies as they can be shown to companies and investors.

In 2023 we filed 6 priority patent applications covering the 3 application lines of the institutes research: sustainable energy, low-cost and efficient electronics and smart nanomedicine and health.

We created one spin-off, LabsinLove. The company is developing new boron compounds for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) against cancer. In 2023, the R+D services and agreements reached a total funding of 630, 000€ and we signed 26 NDA/MTAs with different collaborators, companies and laboratories.

Two of our technologies were presented in TRANSFIERE 2023 in the prototype’s showroom of CSIC. We also showed our technologies in EXPOQUIMIA, in the booth of the Advanced Materials Cluster (Clúster MAV).

In 2023 the first edition of an entrepreneurship formation programme in collaboration with PRUAB was given. 2 groups participated in the European funded S3E programme to increase entrepreneurship.

4 groups have become members of H2CAT a network of researchers working on hydrogen. H2CAT promotes the transfer of the knowledge and technologies developed by its members.

CSIC has launched the CONVERGE platform to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to society, through the generation of links of trust between CSIC and the agents of the innovation ecosystem. 5 groups from ICMAB participate in the first edition of the EBTON and 2 groups have been funded with 50,000€ to strengthen their spin-off project.


Communication & Outreach

  • MAGNET project with Jose Echegaray School

    • Partnership of ICMAB with Primary Shcool, Municipality and Regional Government
    • AIM: Countering scholar segregation in public schools
    • 4-year project

    • “Connecting Research and Classroom” initiative on Organic photovoltaics
    • CientífiKsEnJoc
    • Escolab
    • Joves i Ciència
    • Bojos per la Física
    • Un investigador a l’Aula
    • Programa Argó

    • 10 a la menos 9 Nanotechnology Festival
    • European Researcher’s Night 2023
    • Talks for the general public ( X. Obradors, R. Palacín)
    • Participation as panelists in round tables (M. Köber, R. Palacín)
    • R. Palacín panelist at a round table at Innovation Day Energia 2023 on Electric Mobility
    • M. Köber at round table at BioSpain 2023 on Technologies in Viral & Non-viral Gene Therapy Vectors


  • Training Activities in 2023

    • ICMAB School on Orbital Currents in Solids (180 participants from 18 countries, 60 % online)
    • ICMAB Shcool on ARPES (86 participants from 15 countries, 50 % online)
    • ICMAB Technical Seminars & Characterization Workshops
    • Characterization and Preparation of Particulate Matter for CSIC personnel
    • Scientific meeting of PhDs

Talent attraction and recruiting

Talent attraction and recruiting is one of our main strategic priority actions, in all the stages of the scientific career (from undergraduates to postdoctoral students), and research technicians and Research Support Unit staff. We also aim to continue improving our current training programs, for all our staff, to educate and guide our young researchers through their first years of research live, and to boost our internationalization.

On 2023 we welcomed several postdoctoral researchers, among them, 3 Juan de la Cierva Researcher (Martin Testa Anta, Zakir Ullah and Faizan Ali) and 1 Ramón y Cajal (Gabriele De Luca).

As far as 90 early stage researchers started their PhD with us in 2023, 4 with FPI contracts and 2 with FPU contracts, and 13 with grants from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and 2 with Inphinit – La Caixa grants.

We received many undergraduate and master students (a total of 71) who carried out their bachelor and master research project with us. We had 6 out of all of them with JAE Intro grants, and 1 with a predoctoral Inphinit – La Caixa grant.

Our Research Support Unit also grew: Laura Cabana Jiménez, Lía Cano Riu and Mª Àngels Vilella Illa in the Project Management area, Iván Rodríguez Pérez in Communication, Ismael Muñoz Gavilán in the IT Office, Sara Herraiz as Executive Assistant and 3 people in General Services and Administration (Eva Serrano Ríos, Ana María Manzano Hernández and Yrene Domínguez García).

We saw the incorporation of 4 new technicians (Marcos Paradinas Aranjuelo, Ferran Vallés Pérez, Rosa Letizia Zaffino and Víctor Andrés Castro Pulido).

Finally, one of our researchers became ad honorem: Josep Fontcuberta. Two other researchers renewed their status of ad honorem: Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor.