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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Topological materials with smooth interfaces -- what one can learn from Landau-level quantization
Mark O. Goerbig  read more


Quantum dots and superconductivity in silicon systems
Floris Zwanenburg  read more


The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017:
Spacetime ripples and flashes of light

José Antonio Font  read more

Phosphorus-doped carbon–carbon nanotube hierarchical monoliths as true three-dimensional electrodes in supercapacitor cells

Julián Patiño, Nieves López-Salas, María C. Gutiérrez, Daniel Carriazo, M. Luisa Ferrer and Francisco del Monte

Eutectic mixtures of the monohydrated form of p-toluenesulfonic acid (pTsOH·H2O) and triethyl phosphate (TEP) in a 1:1 molar ratio were used as the medium to disperse previously functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and to catalyse the polycondensation of furfuryl alcohol. Hierarchically structured P-doped carbon–CNT composites were obtained after carbonization. The high surface area, the phosphate functionalization, the hierarchical structure and the good electrical conductivity exhibited by these composites provided remarkable metrics when they were used as electrodes in a supercapacitor cell, with energy densities of around 22.6 W h kg-1 and power densities of up to 10 kW kg-1 for operational voltages of up to 1.5 V. This performance surpasses any performance previously reported for electrodes weighing (at least) 10 mg per cm2 of current collector and using an aqueous electrolyte. Actually, the supercapacitor cell built up with these electrodes provided enough neat energy to turn an IR LED of 30 mW on and emit light over a certain period.

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018

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