We announce the forthcoming COST TO-BE Spring Meeting 2018 to be organized by the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona and held in the Eden Roc Hotel at Sant Feliu de Guíxols, north of Barcelona, 12th–14th March 2018

The meeting is going to be the last in a series of meetings organized by the COST Action TO-BE (for Towards Oxide-Based Electronics). It aims to network researchers working in the field of the science and technology of transition-metal oxides and, to help them sharing their expertise, defining future strategies, and pursuing jointly funding opportunities.


Participation at the meeting is open to scientists, both from the public research sector and from the private sector. It is NOT restricted to the members of the Action. Non-EU participants are also very welcome to attend. One of the actions undertaken by TO-BE is to promote building a Roadmap “Towards Oxide Electronics” that we expect releasing early 2018. The forthcoming TO-BE Spring Meeting would be the opportunity for contributors to present their views on different aspects of oxide electronics.


The meeting will feature invited presentations delivered by contributors to the Roadmap, as well as flash and poster contributions.

Submission of abstracts will be open on 1st December 2017. Please submit your work by 1st January 2018.


For further information, please visit the website:




Thanks to the support of the COST TO-BE Action, participation is free of charge. However, registration is necessary. See:




We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend the COST TO-BE Spring Meeting 2018 and we look forward to seeing you in March 2018


Finally, just after the COST TO-BE Spring Meeting 2018, the COST organized school on “Oxide-based Electronic Technologies” (15th-17th March) will be held at the same place (Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guíxols). Information will be posted soon.

Sincerely yours,


Mariona Coll and Josep Fontcuberta


Agustin Lopez, PhD student from Buenos Aires, is going to stay in our group for one month

Hi! I’m Agustin, and I’m a PhD student from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is my first time in Barcelona. I’m going to be here for one month and I will learn how to characterize ferroelectric thin films with the group of Josep Fontcuberta. In my free time I like playing videogames, reading a lot of books and spending time with my girlfriend and my friends.

February, 2018.

Early-Stage Research Fellow, PhD Position (DEADLINE February 1st 2018)



INPhINIT, ”la Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship Programme is  devoted to attract international Early-Stage Researchers to top Spanish research centres, offering an attractive and competitive environment for excellent research.


INPhINIT offers a 3-year employment contract, including trasnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility opportunities, and attend a full range of complementary training courses and workshops.


Within this Program, we are looking for excellent candidates to join the Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Oxides lab to work on these research projects:



               1.- Photo-writing in ferroelectric green memory devices
               2.- Pure spin currents: a toggle for energy-efficient control of magnetic memories
               3.- Breaking symmetry and conventional wisdoms for efficient photovoltaics
               4.- Low-Loss Multifunctional Plasmonic Metamaterials
               5.- Dynamical modulation of electron spins with microwaves
               6.- Bioinspired Magnetic Nanodevices
               7.- Ferroelectric nano-oscillators for pattern recognition and social networks


Open call for the INPhINIT “La Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship Programme – Opportunities at ICMAB-CSIC





Manuel Bibes, former PhD student in our team has been awarded with the Descartes-Huygens Prize 2017

Manuel Bibes has beeb awarded with the Descartes-Huygens Prize 2017 as announced by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Embassy of France in the Netherlands and the Académie des Sciences, for their outstanding research  research in nanoscience and their contribution to Franco-Dutch relations.  Congratulations Manu!