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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Magnetism beyond the 3d transition metal oxides
Priya Mahadevan  read more


Complex Materials Through Self-Assembly Initiated by Small Molecules: Reversible Ionic Liquids, Rubbery Polymers, Ambidextrous Gelators
Richard G. Weiss  read more


Entrevista a Pedro A. Serena, ICMM, y Marta Bermejo, CSIC, en "La Vanguardia", acerca de 'Los riesgos de la nanotecnología'.

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Entrevista a Ramón Aguado, ICMM, en Materia.Ciencia "El Pais", sobre los materiales con los que se fabricarán los ordenadores del futuro.

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Atomic-Scale Imaging and Spectroscopy of Electroluminescence at Molecular Interfaces

Klaus Kuhnke, Christoph Große, Pablo Merino and Klaus Kern

The conversion of electric power to light is an important scientific and technological challenge. Advanced experimental methods have provided access to explore the relevant microscopic processes at the nanometer scale. Here, we review state-of-the-art studies of electroluminescence induced on the molecular scale by scanning tunneling microscopy. We discuss the generation of excited electronic states and electron–hole pairs (excitons) at molecular interfaces and address interactions between electronic states, local electromagnetic fields (tip-induced plasmons), and molecular vibrations. The combination of electronic and optical spectroscopies with atomic-scale spatial resolution is able to provide a comprehensive picture of energy conversion at the molecular level. A recently developed aspect is the characterization of electroluminescence emitters as quantum light sources, which can be studied with high time resolution, thus providing access to picosecond dynamics at the atomic scale.

Chem. Rev., 2017

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