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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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Super-Planckian Radiative Heat Transfer
Juan Carlos Cuevas   read more


Nonlocal Soft Plasmonics: Charged fluids in classical nanophotonics and beyond
Christin David  read more


2018 Nobel Prize in Physics: Electrodynamic Forces and Optical Tweezers. Its relevance in Biosciences
Manuel Nieto Vesperinas, ICMM-CSIC and Ricardo Arias, IMDEA Nanociencia  read more

On-Surface Bottom-Up Synthesis of Azine Derivatives Displaying Strong Acceptor Behavior

Nerea Ruiz del Arbol,Irene Palacio,Gonzalo Otero-Irurueta,José I. Martínez,Pedro L. de-Andrés,Oleksander Stetsovych,María Moro-Lagares,Pingo Mutombo,Martin Svec,Pavel Jelínek,Albano Cossaro,Luca Floreano,Gary J. Ellis,María F. López, A. Martín Gago

On-surface synthesis is an emerging approach to obtain, in a single step, precisely defined chemical species that cannot be obtained by other synthetic routes. The control of the electronic structure of organic/metal interfaces is crucial for defining the performance of many optoelectronic devices. A facile on-surface chemistry route has now been used to synthesize the strong electron-acceptor organic molecule quinoneazine directly on a Cu(110) surface, via thermally activated covalent coupling of para-aminophenol precursors. The mechanism is described using a combination of in-situ surface characterization techniques and theoretical methods. Owing to a strong surface-molecule interaction, the quinoneazine molecule accommodates 1.2 electrons at its carbonyl ends, inducing an intramolecular charge redistribution and leading to partial conjugation of the rings, conferring azo-character at the nitrogen sites.

Angewandte chemie-international edition, 2018

STM images (7.7×7.7nm2). a)Constant-current image recorded at RT with Vbias=+1-V and Itunnel=141-pA, where the single bright spots are individual p-Ap molecules. The inset shows a nc-AFM with a functionalized tip of some adsorbed p-Ap molecules, and b) constant height image recorded at 5K after deposition of p-AP at 520K, where larger molecular species with clearly defined size, and orientation are seen. (1mV,5pA). Inset: a LEED pattern exhibiting a long-range order with a [(5, 1), (−1, 2)] symmetry with the substrate (electron energy=33eV).
Nature Nanotechnology

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