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CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPEN FOR INDUSTRY (SMEs) ACCESS

Till 21st December 2018, small and medium companies can ask for funded beamtime in different European light sources.

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RESEARCHERS DEMONSTRATE HOW LEGIONELLA MANIPULATES THE HOST CELL BY MEANS OF MOLECULAR MIMICS

Using synchrotron light, researchers from CIC bioGUNE have solved the structure of RavN, a protein that Legionella pneumophila uses for stealing functions and resources of the host cell.

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EARLY-STAGE RESEARCHERS GRANTED WITH PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FROM THE MSCA COFUND DOC-FAM PROGRAM

The first call for this program has been closed offering 10 MSCA COFUND predoctoral grants: 5 of them at the ICMAB-CSIC, 2 at the IREC and 3 at the ALBA Synchrotron. The next call for the program will offer 12 fellowships to do the PhD in these centers and also at ICN2 and IMB-CNM-CSIC.

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NOBEL PRIZE BARRY C. BARISH VISITS ALBA

The Nobel Laureate in Physics for his role in the detection of gravitational waves has visited today the facility.

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ALBA INVITES PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO EXPERIMENT WITH SCIENCE

Registration for Misión ALBA opens today. This educational project will begin next academic year and a maximum of 250 primary school groups of 5th and 6th grade from all over Spain will be able to participate.

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MAGNETIZATION RATCHET IN CYLINDRICAL NANOWIRES

A team of researchers from Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC), University of Barcelona and ALBA Synchrotron reported on magnetization ratchet effect observed for the first time in cylindrical magnetic nanowires (magnetic cylinders with diameters of 120nm and lengths of over 20µm). These nanowires are considered as building blocks for future 3D (vertical) electronic and information storage devices as well as for applications in biological sensing and medicine. The experiments have been carried out at the CIRCE beamline of the ALBA Synchrotron. The results are published in ACS Nano.

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ALBA PARTICIPATED IN THE COMPACTLIGHT (XLS) FIRST MIDTERM REVIEW MEETING

The event, held on 19-20 June 2018 in Trieste (Italy), was useful for reviewing the work done as well as programming next tasks of this European project. ALBA will be hosting its 1st Annual meeting on December 2018.

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INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP ON SYNCHROTRON LIGHT APPLICATIONS FOR METALLURGY AND SURFACES TREATMENT

The 1st June, the Industrial office organised a workshop addressed to companies from the metallurgy and surfaces treatment sectors. More than 50 participants had the opportunity to see the applications of the synchrotron techniques on this sector as well as the visit to ALBA's facilities.

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INSULATOR METAL TRANSITION AT THE NANOSCALE

An international team of researchers has been able to probe the insulator-conductor phase transition of materials at the nanoscale resolution. This is one of the first results of MaReS endstation of BOREAS beamline.

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BIOMASS FOR CLEANING WASTEWATERS

A research team from the Autonomous University of Barcelona works to develop new methods based on reusing vegetal waste to remove toxic metals from wastewaters. They have performed an experiment in ALBA Synchrotron in order to understand how pine biomass captures heavy metals present in polluted water.

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CEMENT HYDRATION, NOT CARVED IN STONE

An international team of researchers has restudied the hydration of alite, the main component of ubiquitous Portland cement. Using a multitechnique approach including synchrotron Pair Distribution Function analysis, they have been able to show that C-S-H gel is composed of defective clinotobermorite nanoparticles within a monolayer calcium hydroxide soup. The results are published today in Scientific Reports.

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FERROMAGNETIC AND ANTIFERROMAGNETIC COUPLING OF SPIN MOLECULAR INTERFACES WITH HIGH THERMAL STABILITY

Researchers from the physics department of the Università "La Sapienza" in Rome, Centro S3 of Modena and ALBA, have demonstrated that magnetic coupling of metal-organic molecules to a magnetic substrate mediated by a graphene layer can be tuned in strength and direction by choosing the symmetry of the molecular orbitals that is largely preserved thanks to the graphene layer. The results have been published in the journal Nano Letters.

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FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT

Today we celebrate the International Day of Light, a global initiative that aims to improve the public understanding of how light and light-based technologies touch the daily lives of everybody, and are central to the future development of the global society.

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DISENTANGLING THE ORIGIN OF MAGNETIC PROXIMITY EFFECTS IN Pt/CoFe2O4

Researchers from ICMAB-CSIC and ALBA have analyzed the microscopic origin of the so-called "magnetic proximity effect" occurring at the interface between a magnetic material (CoFe2O4) and a nonmagnetic metal (Pt), which may induce a magnetic moment in the latter. The results are published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

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RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS AT THE ALBA OPEN DAY

The ALBA Open Day, held last Saturday 5 May, received 2,321 visitors who could discover how this scientific facility works and what its main applications are.

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CALL FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' INTERNSHIPS

Till 31st May 2018, university students interested in doing an internship in the ALBA Synchrotron can submit a proposal.

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UNRAVELLING THE WATER CONDENSATION ON PHOTOACTIVE NANOTUBES

Researchers from Materials Science Institute of Seville (CSIC) and the ALBA Synchrotron have characterized the water condensation mechanisms on titanium dioxide photoactive nanotubes’ surfaces after UV-irradiation. Thanks to this method, the material-water interaction can be controlled, changing its properties and enabling to convert the nanotubes in either hydrophilic or hydrophobic surfaces depending on the objective. This specific feature is interesting for architecture and transport areas, to develop antifogging or antifreezing surfaces.

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STRENGTHENING EUROPE’S LEADING ROLE IN SCIENCE

Director Jean-David Malo, DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, received the strategy today at the Bulgarian Presidency Flagship Conference on Research Infrastructures.

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RESEARCHERS OBTAIN NANOMETRIC MAGNETITE WITH FULL PROPERTIES

When reducing materials at the nanoscale, they typically lose some of their properties. The experiments have been carried out at the CIRCE beamline of the ALBA Synchrotron.

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MAJOR UPGRADE OF THE NCD BEAMLINE

The NCD beamline, now NCD-SWEET, devoted to Small Angle and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS, WAXS), is offering users further experimental possibilities and higher quality data.

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CATERINA BISCARI AWARDED WOMAN SCIENTIST 2018

On the 8th March 2018, the International Women's Day, Caterina Biscari, director of the ALBA Synchrotron, has been recognised as Woman Scientist 2018 by the Woman's Week Foundation. The event has been held at the Italian embassy in Madrid.

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BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR THE ALBA OPEN DAY 2018

On Saturday 5th May, from 09:00 till 19:00, the ALBA Synchrotron is celebrating its Open Day. Visitors will be able to explore the facility and discover its functions and applications, as well as attending funny demonstrations, conferences and activities for all ages. Do not miss the opportunity and book your tickets!

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ALBA AT THE BIG SCIENCE BUSINESS FORUM

From 26 to 28 February, the world’s largest high-tech research facilities and companies are gathering for the first time for a joint conference in Copenhagen.

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ANALYSING ALZHEIMER'S MECHANISMS WITH SYNCHROTRON LIGHT

Researchers from the ALBA Synchrotron and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have analysed with synchrotron light different Alzheimer's aggregates, their location and their effect in cultivated neuronal cells. Results, published in Analytical Chemistry, pave the way to better understand the development of this disease that affects more than 30 million people worldwide.

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LEAPS INITIATIVE IS MAKING PROGRESS

From 12th to 14th February 2018, ALBA is hosting the Coordination Board and Task Force meetings of the LEAPS Initiative, the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources.

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ON-SURFACE POLYMERIZATION ONTO A RARE-EARTH SURFACE-ALLOY

A team of researchers from the Centro de Física de Materiales (CSIC-UPV/EHU), Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), San Sebastián, and ALBA have demonstrated that it is possible to realize atomically-organized organic nanostructures on a magnetic substrate of a reare-earth surface alloy without altering the magnetic properties of the substrate. The results, published in the journal ACS Nano, demonstrate that by clever engineering of the magnetic substrate it is possible to attain on-surface synthesis of tailored organic nanostructures thus opening the possibilities to study and control the magnetic properties of carbon-based magnetic nanostructures such as graphene nanoribbons.

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NANOTECHNOLOGY BRINGS TOGETHER COMPANIES AND RESEARCH FROM BOTH SIDES OF PYRINEES

A new European-funded project starting today will enable greater cooperation between SMEs and research centres in the Spain-France border regions. Coordinated by the Basque company BihurCrystal, ALBA industrial office and BOREAS beamline are taking part in the project.

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SYNCHROTRON LIGHT ALSO FOR HOSPITALS

The ALBA Synchrotron, in collaboration with Manel Sabés, organizes training sessions in hospitals all over Spain addressed to medical and scientific staff. The main goal is to show how synchrotron light sources can help with medical diagnostic and analysis.

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ALBA AWARDED FOR ITS SAFETY PROCEDURES

ALBA has been awarded the 1st 2017 Asepeyo prize as the best preventive practices, in the "Implementation of an integrated control system for the experiments executed at the ALBA Synchrotron".

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2018-II CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS OPEN

The call for proposals for the 2018-II cycle is opened till 26 February 2018 for covering experiments from July to December 2018. Results will be published at the end of May 2018.

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ALBA OPENS A LIQUID HELIUM RECOVERY PLANT

This installation, built in collaboration with ICN2, is unique in Catalonia and allows recycling 80% of the liquid helium consumed in ALBA for operating the superconducting magnets and for experiments at ultra-low temperatures.

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PREHISTORIC IRANIAN GLASS UNDER SYNCHROTRON LIGHT

Scientists from University of Isfahan in Iran have analysed in the ALBA Synchrotron how were made ancient Iranian glass objects that date back to 2.500 BC. These decorative glass pieces were excavated from the ziggurat of Chogha-Zanbil, a type of stepped pyramidal monument, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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CONTROL OF MAGNETORESISTANCE IN SPIN VALVES BASED ON NOVEL LANTHANIDE QUINOLINE MOLECULES

A team of researchers from CIC Nanogune, Instituto de Ciencia Molecular (ICMol) and ALBA have developed a pathway to control the magnetoresistance of spin valve devices based on novel lanthanide quinolone molecules. The results, published in the journal of Advanced Functional Materials, demonstrate the interface-assisted control of the sign and magnitude of magnetoresistance and highlight the importance of the interfacial molecule–metal hibridization to engineer spin-dependent macroscopic parameters in spintronic devices.

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PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

More than 150 high school students from Barcelona have visited the ALBA Synchrotron in an event aimed at fighting against stereotypes and prejudices linked to research environments. The event, which had the support of the Barcelona City Council, has been open by the first Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Mr. Gerardo Pisarello.

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CALL OPEN FOR INDUSTRY (SMEs) ACCESS

The European project CALIPSOplus is funding industry (SMEs) trans-national access to light sources. Call for proposals is now open for SMEs.

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ELECTRICAL HIDING OF MAGNETIC INFORMATION

Researchers have proved the ability of peculiar magnetic materials to hide magnetic information and reveal it under certain conditions and at room temperature. Results have been published in Sientific Reports.

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RESEARCHERS DEVELOP MORE STABLE AND LESS TOXIC NANOPARTICLES FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

Using synchrotron light, researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the ALBA Synchrotron have demonstrated the capability of metalosomes - aggregates made of phospholipids and metal complexes - to interact with cells and release carbon monoxide in a controlled way.

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BRINGING FEMALE SCIENTISTS INTO THE CLASSROOM

From 29th November till 5th December, scientists and engineers of the ALBA Synchrotron visit diferent hich schools in Barcelona to fight against stereotypes and prejudices linked to research environments. The STEM Preparades project, which has the support of the Barcelona City Council, will end next 12th December when the students visit the scientific infrastructure.

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FIRST INDUSTRY OFFICES WORKSHOP AND NETWORKING

CALIPSOplus and SINE2020 organized their first Industrial Offices Workshop and Networking meeting, held on November 15 and 16 in Sitges (Barcelona). People from 30 facilities around Europe, including the ALBA Synchrotron, participated in the meeting.

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SYNCHROTRON LIGHT PROVES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TWO NEW DRUGS  AGAINST SLEEPING SICKNESS

A team led by researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has unveiled the mechanism of action of two drugs, FR60 and JNI18, which cure 100% of mice with sleeping sickness, also called African trypanosomiasis. Using synchrotron light at the ALBA Synchrotron, they have observed how these drugs perfectly stacked on the Trypanosoma brucei’s DNA, the parasite that causes the disease. Blocking and inflicting specific damage on its DNA, the parasite cannot reproduce and finally dies after 4-5 days. Scientists conclude drugs are effective potential treatments against sleeping sickness, which threats over 55 million people in sub-Saharan Africa countries. These drugs remain patent-free to gain interest among pharmaceutical labs.

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ALBA SYNCHROTRON AT THE EFFOST CONFERENCE

On November 15th 2017, the ALBA Synchrotron participated in the 31st international EFFoST conference in Sitges. Caterina Biscari, ALBA’s director, explained the different applications that synchrotron light has for the food science and industry.

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HOW 'SUPER-MICROSCOPES' ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF EUROPEAN SCIENCE

19 light sources facilities across Europe, including ALBA, gathered to launch the LEAPS initiative and signed an agreement to strengthen their collaboration. Carmen Vela and Arcadi Navarro have joined the ALBA Synchrotron in this event.

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ELECTRONICALLY CUBIC CONDITIONS IN α-RuCl3,  A CANDIDATE MATERIAL FOR THE OBSERVATION OF MAJORANA FERMIONS

Researchers have demonstrated the "electronically cubic conditions" and the Jeff = 1/2 ground state for Ru in α-RuCl3, a pre-requisite for Kitaev Physics and the possibility for studying in this material Majorana fermion excitations. This work has been published as a Physical Review B Rapid communication and editor's suggestion.

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OPEN SESAME BRINGS VALUABLE TRAINING TO STUDENTS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

Following an open call, 9 students from SESAME members have been awarded training Fellowships to work in European light source laboratories in 2018.

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CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS AT LARGE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES

From October 8th to 13th , the ALBA Synchrotron is hosting ICALEPCS conference, where more than 600 experts from worldwide particle accelerators, synchrotron light and laser facilities or telescopes showcase the latest developments of hardware and software to control large research facilities.

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CSIC AND ALBA SIGN A COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

With the aim of cooperating in the development of scientific research and technological innovation activities. ALBA receives more than 200 CSIC researchers per year, performing 20% of the experiments conducted in the facility.

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NEW INSIGHTS ABOUT MALARIA PARASITES  INFECTION MECHANISMS

An international team has unraveled details never described before about how the malaria parasite acts after invading the red blood cells. This highlight has been possible thanks to two advanced microscope techniques combination: X-ray fluorescence microscopy and soft X-rays tomography, this one conducted in ALBA Synchrotron. Infected red blood cells image analysis offer new information that could yield new drugs design against malaria, an illness that claims over 400.000 lives each year.

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2016 ALBA ACTIVITY REPORT AVAILABLE

The ALBA Synchrotron has published its annual report. This document includes scientific results, technology reviews and facts & figures of the facility in 2016.

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CALL FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS' INTERNSHIPS - EXTENDED TO 16 OCTOBER

From 8th September to 16th October, undergraduate students interested in doing an internship in the ALBA Synchrotron can submit a proposal.

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GRAPHENE-BASED SYNTHETIC ANTIFERROMAGNETS AND FERRIMAGNETS

A team of researchers from ALBA and ICN2 have developed novel graphene-based antiferromagnetic multilayer structures featuring robust magnetic properties. These results, published in Nature Communications, demonstrate that single-layer graphene spaced magnetic thin film structures present perpendicular antiferromagnetic coupling together with a number of properties that are well suited for applications.

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