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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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Forthcoming Events


Revealing the fine structure of Andreev bound states in hybrid nanowires
Alfredo Levy Yeyati   read more


Fabricación de nanodispositivos electrónicos de materiales bidimensionales mediante la nanolitografía de oxidación local
Arancha Iglesias del Dago  read more


Exotic stationary states in ac-driven open quantum systems: Breakdown of the Floquet-Gibbs distribution
Georg Engelhardt  read more

Mechanical and liquid phase exfoliation of cylindrite: a natural van der Waals superlattice with intrinsic magnetic interactions

Yue Niu, Julia Villalva, Riccardo Frisenda, Gabriel Sanchez-Santolino, Luisa Ruiz-González, Emilio M Pérez, Mar García-Hernández, Enrique Burzurí and Andres Castellanos-Gomez

We report the isolation of thin flakes of cylindrite, a naturally occurring van der Waals superlattice, by means of mechanical and liquid phase exfoliation. We find that this material is a heavily doped p-type semiconductor with a narrow gap (<0.85 eV) with intrinsic magnetic interactions that are preserved even in the exfoliated nanosheets. Due to its environmental stability and high electrical conductivity, cylindrite can be an interesting alternative to the existing 2D magnetic materials.

2D Materials

Schematic diagram of the crystal structure of cylindrite, composed of alternating octahedral (O) layers with a SnS2 like structure and tetrahedral (T) layers with a structure similar to the PbS.

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