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April 19, 2018
Hub b30: the emergency number of innovation!
Some weeks ago in a meeting to design Hub b30, we heard a participant say this initiative is similar to a 112 of innovation, a meaningful comparison in our opinion (112 is the European emergency number).

Since last Thursday, this 112 is a reality: this new platform was officially introduced by its creators, UAB University, UAB Research Park (PRUAB), Eurecat Technology Center and the Àmbit B30 association.

Hub b30 was created to promote innovation among SMEs located in the B30 territory, the Barcelona Synchrotron Park’s territory (B30 is the 3rd Barcelona ring road, which is adjacent to the AP7 highway). This platform aims to back companies and institutions to detect their challenges and needs in improving competitiveness and offer them the most appropriate solutions through collaborations and interactions.

One of the first actions carried out by Hub b30 consists in meetings about innovations and trends in specific sectors. These so-called Innovation Brunches will focus on specific cases of technologies or disruptive innovations in given areas. These meetings will be organized once Friday a month at 1pm: the first one will be on sensoring in healthcare (April 20) and the next one will be dedicated to smart mobility (May 11).

Hub b30, may I help you?!
 
April 12, 2018
ALBA synchrotron can serve automobile sector’s needs
On next April 17, a workshop will be held at ALBA synchrotron with the aim of gathering experts and researchers in advanced materials for automobile to share with them the opportunities offered by ALBA in this sector.

ALBA synchrotron is the most important synchrotron light facility in the Mediterranean area. This public infrastructure offers its services to any research group or company, no matter how small. A synchrotron is a privilege for its territory but a lot of companies ignore how useful it could be for their business.

The synchrotron light produced by the accelerated electrons enables to see the atomic and molecular structure of materials and investigate their properties. In the field of automobile, a synchrotron can be used for:
  • Coatings (paints) – Paints are made of different very thin layers that can be characterized
  • Polymers – New polymers structure can be investigated
  • Batteries – New materials can be analysed and developed (for anodes and cathodes, for instance). Charge and discharge processes can be followed in situ
  • Fuel cells
  • Advanced Materials – Composites, nanomaterials, MEMS, etc.
  • Catalysis and Catalyst – Investigation of the oxidation processes
This workshop aims at detecting opportunities of partnership in the investigation and/or development of advanced materials for the automobile sector. Top experts from this field contribute to the organization of this event: CIAC, ClusterMAV and SECPhO clusters.

Synchrotron light associated with other photonic technologies and combined with advanced materials let organizers think that this meeting can bring out many synergies and projects between companies and R&D centres attending the workshop.

This event is addressed to both researchers, R&D or innovation directors, CEO of companies from the sectors of automobile, advanced materials and photonic technologies.

More information and registration here.
 
April 06, 2018
Stradivarius Counts On Omnichannel and Aitana Ocaña
Last year, Stradivarius settled down in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park with the opening of the new company’s global headquarters designed by Batlle i Roig.

For the well-known creative international clothing fashion brand, first 2018 quarter news include, among others, the new Online Specialist role: in the framework of the omnichannel strategy developed by the company, an online specialist is now available in every store in the countries where Stradivarius operates an online website (Stradivarius runs more than 1,000 stores in 74 international markets including e-commerce in 32 countries).

Company news also include the presentation this week in Madrid of Aitana Ocaña: this young singer, who was a finalist of the famous Operación Triunfo  2017 Spanish TV music show (see image), becomes the first Spanish Ambassador of the international women and men clothing fashion brand owned by the Inditex group. 
 
March 21, 2018
Sun and salt: SENER’s know-how
Recent news from SENER related to thermoelectric solar plants give the opportunity to speak about one activity sector of the Engineering and Construction multinational whose Catalan headquarters are set up in Barcelona Synchrotron Park.

On one hand, Torresol Energy, a company created by SENER and the alternative energy company from Abu Dhabi MASDAR to promote the technological development, construction, operation and maintenance of large solar power plants, owner of the innovative plants Gemasolar–a pioneering facility with central tower and molten salt heat storage technology- in Fuentes de Andalucía (Seville, Spain); Valle 1 and Valle 2, celebrates its tenth anniversary this month.

On the other hand, SENER and ACCIONA Industrial have achieved in South Africa the connection of the 100 Mw Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant to the grid on 23 February 2018. The Kathu Solar Park CSP Plant, which will supply electricity to 179,000 homes, is equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage to extend the operational capacity of the plant after sunset.

Congratulations!
 
March 15, 2018
Major Upgrade of an ALBA Synchrotron Beamline
ALBA synchrotron currently offers 8 beamlines. 8 beamlines mean 8 different potential ways to produce synchrotron light and 8 different ways to use it in 8 different laboratories located around the electron accelerator with the aim of determining the intimate structure of materials in a way that depends on their characteristics and the information required.

One of these beamlines is called NCD, which stands for Non Cristalline Diffraction: this beamline is used to get structural information about non crystalline materials, that is to say materials in which atoms are not perfectly ordered, such as polymers or proteins, for instance.

By the way, the NCD beamline is now NCD-SWEET and the new name has been announced this week by ALBA. But, of course, the change goes far beyond: the beamline devoted to Small Angle and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS, WAXS) has gone through a major upgrade and now offers users further experimental possibilities and higher quality data.

Upgraded items in the SAXS WAXS experimental techniques (SWEET) involve a new monochromator system, a new photon counting detector, a new sample table and a beam conditioning optics with µ-focus and GISAXS options. This new GISAXS (Grazing, Incident SAXS) technique is now available and will be open to academic users in the next call for experiments.
 
March 01, 2018
ALBA Synchrotron is as good at humanities as at sciences!
Let’s point out two news articles among those periodically released by ALBA synchrotron: jointly, they perfectly exemplify the wide range of applications offered by ALBA thanks to the many ways to produce and use the light coming from the electron accelerator. Concretely, results obtained in the field of life sciences and… history are briefly explained hereinafter.
 
Alzheimer:
Researchers from the ALBA Synchrotron and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have analysed with synchrotron light different Alzheimer's aggregates, their location and their effect in cultivated neuronal cells. Results, published in Analytical Chemistry, pave the way to better understand the development of this disease that affects more than 30 million people worldwide.
 
Elamite Kingdom:
Scientists from University of Isfahan in Iran have analysed in the ALBA Synchrotron how were made ancient Iranian glass objects that date back to 2.500 BC. These decorative glass pieces were excavated from the ziggurat of Chogha-Zanbil, a type of stepped pyramidal monument, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. With this information, scientists will be able to know better the glass manufacturing process and reconstruct the technological expertise (know-how) of this ancient civilization.
 
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