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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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Molecular Biophysics of Protein Machines
Dr. Fernando Moreno Herrero  read more


Coherent population trapping by dark states formation in carbon nanotubes
Milena Grifoni  read more


Materiales y Tecnologías Cuánticas
Quantum Materials and Technologies

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Subsurface Imaging of Cell Organelles by Force Microscopy

Carlos R. Guerrero, Pablo D. Garcia, Ricardo Garcia

The development of high-resolution, label-free, noninvasive, and subsurface microscopy methods of living cells remains a formidable problem. Force-microscopy-based stiffness measurements contribute to our understanding of single-cell nanomechanics. The elastic properties of the cell’s outer structures, such as the plasma membrane and actin cytoskeleton, dominate stiffness measurements, which in turns prevents the imaging of intracellular structures. We propose that the above limitation could be overcome by combining 2D sections of the cell’s viscoelastic properties. We show the simultaneous imaging of the outer cell’s cytoskeleton and the organelles inside the nucleus. The elastic component of interaction force carries information on the cell’s outer elements as the cortex and the actin cytoskeleton. The inelastic component is sensitive to the hydrodynamic drag of the inner structures such the nucleoli.

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