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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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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

History of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials: Prehistory, Art, Science, and Advanced Applications

Marco Faustini, Lionel Nicole, Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky, Clément Sanchez

The rise of organic-inorganic hybrid materials in both academia and industry results from a convergence of diverse expertise and communities and is driven by the curiosity of open-minded scientists. In this review article, a historical perception on the evolution of hybrid material science is described. The major periods associated with the genesis of hybrid materials are discussed: prebiotic hybrid chemistry, hybrid materials made through know-how, the rise of silicates and silicon chemistry, modern hybrids: a mushrooming multidisciplinary field of research, and current applications of hybrid materials fully integrated in the society. Finally, the review presents an outlook that summarizes some future prospects related to hybrid materials.

Adv. Func. Mater. 2018

Classification of hybrid organic–inorganic hybrid materials.2

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