The objective of this programme is to promote research in chemistry and energy, one of the priority areas for the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS). Financing will be provided from funds provided to CEICS and earmarked for measures designed to attract talent within the framework of the International Campus of Excellence programme. Researchers who are hired will work on research projects to develop new adhesive stickers. The funds allocated for the grant programme (120,000 euros) will be provided jointly and in equal amounts by Henkel and the URV.
Creating a Technology-Based Enterprise (TBE) can represent a great opportunity for young university graduates seeking employment. These are the words of Francesc Medina, one of the founders of APLICAT, a Rovira i Virgili University TBE which provides solutions to environmental problems through catalysis. In the company’s first five years, it has worked for 11 companies and billed 1.5 million euros. This year, turnover is expected to be between 400 and 500 thousand euros. The founders believe that creating the TBE was a good professional decision and is an excellent way to transfer technology generated in the university to the business sector. APLICAT has developed technologies in the region and hopes to now export these technologies to the rest of the world. They have already made contacts in Canada and Hong Kong.
This competition aims to recruit a young researcher to present a project to the European Research Council (ERC) “Starting Grants” scheme. The assessment criteria are based on scientific excellence.
We can see objects because each material reflects light differently. On the basis of this principle, the URV research group NePhoS is working to create a sensor that is able to capture the photoluminescence spectrum of a given substance and identify its composition or the presence of other elements. Among the advantages of sensors based on optical concepts are that they are more accurate, less prone to error risk and can be used to create manageable and economical appliances. This is one of the doors that has been opened up by nanotechnology.
From 1 to 4 July the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia in conjunction with Rovira i Virgili University will hold the Southern Catalonia Nobel Campus, an event to be attended by six Nobel laureates in Chemistry, leading scientists and leaders in R&D&i from the chemical industry. The motto of the conference will be “Chemistry for Life”. The objective of the Nobel Campus is to promote intensive interaction between the Nobel laureates and the junior researchers who will take part in the event in an environment which will foment dialogue and the exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge.
Prof. De Mendoza ( Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)) and his research team have synthesised unique octahedral and icosahedral anionic UOFs (Uranyl Organic Frameworks) from calixarenes, carboxylates and uranyl at room temperature.
Science fiction is about to become science fact with clothes that can provide information about the state of an injury or that can detect the emotional state of the wearer. The researcher Francisco Andrade is leading a research project to add a new function to textile fibres by enabling them to detect chemical substances. The clothing is impregnated with a carbon nanotube ink which turns the fabric into an electrical conductor. In this way, the textile can detect different chemical substances present in bodily fluids (such as sweat or urine) and transform them into electrical signals that are sensitive enough to be monitored. This allows the textiles to provide, for example, data about our physical state which can be analyzed instantly by a doctor or by the wearer using a computer or a mobile device. Francisco Andrade is part of the Chemometrics, Qualimetrics and Nanonsensors group of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
The importance of species within food networks depends more on the type of species and its evolutionary history than where it is found in the world or the other species that surround it. This is one of the main conclusions of the article "Evolutionary Conservation of Species’ Roles in Food Webs”, which was published today in the prestigious journal Science. The article is the result of an international joint effort in which a researcher from Rovira i Virgili University, Marta Sales-Pardo, took part.
Piet van Leeuwen is a scientist working at the Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ), an outstanding institution in the field of homogenous catalysis, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the URV in 2009.
Enric Aguilar and Peter Domonkos are researchers at the Climate Change Centre C3 of the URV who have made a significant contribution to the article Benchmarking homogenization algorithms for monthly data. The article was published on 10 January in the journal "Climate of the Past".
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