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Discovered a spin-crossover compound for solid-state cooling
Researchers from the Group of Characterization of Materials at the Department of Physics of the UPC along with international collaborators have discovered a spin-crossover compound that undergoes a giant thermal response driven by pressure. This work, published in Advanced Materials, open routes to exploit this type of compounds in future solid-state refrigeration technologies as alternative to current methods that use harmful fluids
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Discovery of a neutron star that behaves like a black hole
An international scientific team, in which Yuri Cavecchi, from the physics department of the UPC has participated, and led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has found a neutron star that steals matter from a companion star in a violent and unstable. This process, previously only observed in black holes. The study is published in the journal Nature.
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Doctoral thesis on non-linear optical effects in nanomaterials for a better understanding of light-matter interaction at the nanometric scale
Laura Rodríguez defended her thesis co-supervised by Crina Cojocaru and Jose Trull on June 19 at the North Campus. Entitled "Nonlinear optics at nanoscale: frequency conversion at interfaces", the thesis presents an experimental and theoretical analysis on the generation of second and third harmonics in nanolayers and nanostructures made of strategic materials for the world of nanophotonics
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Eduardo Moreno defends his thesis on the modeling of amoeboid cell crawling
Eduardo Moreno Ramos defends his thesis supervised by Sergio Alonso at the Computational biology and Complex System research group on May 30 at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. The thesis, entitled "Computer modeling of the polarity and amoeboid motion of living cells", employs an additional phase field model to couple the biochemical reactions inside the cell with membrane deformations.
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Enrique García and Manel Soria reproduce the formation of polar storms on Saturn
The work of researchers Enrique García and Manel Soria of the Department of Physics of the UPC, is part of an international scientific collaboration led by the researcher Agustín Sánchez Lavega, from the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU), which has discovered multiple storms at different latitudes of the second largest planet in the solar system and just published in the journal "Nature Astronomy"
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Evidence of supersolid quantum phase using quantum Monte Carlo methods
Jordi Boronat, Director of the department of Physics, together with M. C. Gordillo from the University of Pablo de Olavide in Seville found evidences of of a supersolid quantum phase with hexatic correlations using quantum Monte Carlo methods. They have published these results in the prestigious Physical Review Letters
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Excess of mortality in Catalonia during the summer of 2022 was related with high temperatures
An interdisciplinary team formed by the Catalan Health Department, the Catalan Health Institute and researchers of the Department of Physics of the UPC studied the relation between excess of mortality and high observed temperatures of summer 2022
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Exploration of synthetic routes to achieve stable clusters as cocatalysts
A collaboration between the groups of Daniel Crespo from the Department of Physics and Jordi Llorca and Lluís Soler from the Department of Chemical Engineering has studied new routes to obtain catalysts from dispersed Pd clusters onto TiO2.
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Fading of the polaron in a gas of bosons due to temperature effect
PhD student Gerard Pascual and professor Jordi Boronat of the research group Approaches to the first principles in condensed matter physics: quantum effects and complexity; have published a paper in the journal Physical Review Letters, where it is theoretically described how a polaron, the result of the interaction of an impurity with a gas of bosons in the condensation phase, disappears due to the effect of temperature
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Hadrien Calmet defends his thesis on fluid dynamics during a short and rapid inhalation (also called sniff) in the airways
Hadrien Calmet will defend his thesis directed by Dr. Guillaume Houzeaux and tutored by Dr. Daniel Calvete at the campus nord. Titled “Large-scale CFD and micro-particle simulations in a large human airways under sniff condition and drug delivery application,” the thesis presents results that set a precedent for large-scale airway simulations and provide a better understanding of the mechanisms. physiological
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