The Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM) is an institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) (Spanish National Research Council) founded in December 1986, that belongs to the Area of Science and Technology of Materials, one of the eight Areas in which the CSIC divides its research activities.


Our mission is to create new fundamental and applied knowledge in materials of high technological impact, their processing and their transfer to the productive sectors at local, national and European scales (the true value of materials is in their use), the training of new professionals, and the dissemination of the scientific knowledge.

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Materiales sol-gel para aplicaciones en óptica y en protección frente a la radiación UV, y su evaluación en aplicaciones aeroespaciales
Pilar García Parejo  read more


Ordering in vibrated monolayers of granular rods
Enrique Velasco  read more


Nuevos Materiales Orgánicos basados en Truxeno y Truxenona
Sandra Gómez Esteban  read more



La Fundación CSIC intenta frenar la fuga de cerebros con el programa ComFuturo.

Iñigo Bretos, ICMM, en el Telediario de La 1


Paper of the Month (October 2015) Award from Nano Research: J. Cerdá et al, 

Chemically modified STM tips for atomic-resolution imaging of ultrathin NaCl films


NANOCOSMOS astronomers

will map Orion with SOFIA

Proximity Driven Commensurate Pinning in YBa2Cu3O7 through All-Oxide Magnetic Nanostructures

Azpeitia, J; Luccas, RF; Munuera, C; Mompeán, FJ; García-Hernandez, M et al

The design of artificial vortex pinning landscapes is a major goal toward large scale applications of cuprate superconductors. Although disordered nanometric inclusions have shown to modify their vortex phase diagram and to produce enhancements of the critical current, the effect of ordered oxide nanostructures remains essentially unexplored. This is due to the very small nanostructure size imposed by the short coherence length, and to the technological difficulties in the nanofabrication process. Yet, the novel phenomena occurring at oxide interfaces open a wide spectrum of technological opportunities to interplay with the superconductivity in cuprates. Here, we show that the unusual long-range suppression of the superconductivity occurring at the interface between manganites and cuprates affects vortex nucleation and provides a novel vortex pinning mechanism. In particular, we show evidence of commensurate pinning in YBCO films with ordered arrays of LCMO ferromagnetic nanodots. Vortex pinning results from the proximity induced reduction of the condensation energy at the vicinity of the magnetic nanodots, and yields an enhanced friction between the nanodot array and the moving vortex lattice in the liquid phase. This result shows that all-oxide ordered nanostructures constitute a powerful, new route for the artificial manipulation of vortex matter in cuprates.

Nano Letters 2015

Square array (300 × 300 nm) of manganite dots fabricated by electron beam lithography.

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