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In its 85-year story, the mission of our institute has been to carry out excellence research in fundamental and applied physical chemistry, contributing to the scientific training of several generations of researchers at the highest level. Our vision is to be an international reference in multidisciplinary research focused on the resolution of the present challenges of our society in the fields of health, biotechnology, new materials, and environment.


24 Jan 2018;
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Seminar: Fernando Martín

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oxidantesOzone (O3) and hydroxyl (OH) and nitrate (NO3) radicals are the main atmospheric components that oxidize organic and inorganic pollutants, therefore affecting air quality, environmental health and climate. Measurements from the air quality monitoring network in Madrid show an increase in ozone levels of 30-40% from 2007 to 2014, while nitrogen dioxide (NO2) has dropped by 20-40%. Based on these measurements and a high spatial resolution air quality model, we estimate an average increase of 10% and 32% in OH and NO3, respectively, in Madrid, with increases of up to 70% and 90%, respectively, downtown. Our results also show a reduction of 11% in nitric acid (HNO3), which implies a considerable denoxification of the urban atmosphere and decrease of the minus 2.5 micrometre particle (PM2.5) levels. These results suggest that current NOx (NO + NO2) emission reduction policies lead to significant changes in the chemistry and the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere in and around large cities. The image shows the modelled change in OH levels between 2007 and 2014. These results have been published in Scientific Reports.

A. Saiz-Lopez, R. Borge, A. Notario, J. A. Adame, D. de la Paz, X. Querol, B. Artíñano, F. J. Gómez-Moreno & C. A. Cuevas. “Unexpected increase in the oxidation capacity of the urban atmosphere of Madrid, Spain”. Sci. Rep. (2017) 7, 45956.
DOI: 10.1038/srep45956


cerdanDr. Luis Cerdán, postdoctoral researcher at IQFR, has been distinguished with the “EPL Presentation Award 2017” in recognition of the best oral presentation at the IX Jornadas de Jóvenes Investigadores en Física Atómica y Molecular (J2IFAM 2017) for his work entitled “Enhanced and exotic laser performance in novel BODIPY dyes”. The prize, sponsored by the Europhysics Letters (EPL) journal, consists of a certificate and an economic reward.
The J2IFAM conferences, sponsored by the Grupo Especializado de Física Atómica y Molecular (GEFAM) of the RSEF and RSEQ, started nearly a decade ago and have run nine editions throughout the national territory. They are characteristically organized by and for young doctoral or postdoctoral researchers and intend to promote the dissemination of their research work and foster the establishment of collaborations between them.



sulfatidos enMyelin, the substance that forms the sheaths surrounding the axon of neurons, is an electrical insulator, and therefore is essential for the correct transmission of electrical impulses in the nervous system. The myelin sheath is particularly rich in cholesterol, galactosylceramides and sulfatides. The latter are sulfoglycolipids that can present different unsaturation and hydroxylation degrees. It is known that the nature and ratio of the different sulfatide molecular species change with age. They have also been associated with the pathogenesis of various diseases of the human Central Nervous System, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, leukodystrophy and Alzheimer’s disease. Consequently, these molecules could potentially be used as biomarkers of neurological diseases. However, the identification and quantification of sulfatides is a very difficult task due to their low concentrations and the high number of different molecular species. This is the reason why most of the studies only analyse the main sulfatides.
The use of liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry with electrospray ionisation (LC-ESI(+)-MS/MS) has allowed us to develop an analytical method capable of carrying out a reliable identification and quantification of 37 sulfatides, many of them not detected so far. These results can be very useful in bioanalysis, due to the capability of correctly identifying these potential markers, even at concentrations of nanograms per millilitre.
This work has been possible thanks to the collaboration of researchers from IQFR, IQOG, ICTP and Cajal Institute, all of CSIC.

M. Pintado-Sierra, I. García-Álvarez, A. Bribián, E.M. Medina-Rodríguez, R. Lebrón-Aguilar, L. Garrido, F. de Castro, A. Fernández-Mayoralas, J.E. Quintanilla-López. “A comprehensive profiling of sulfatides in myelin from mouse brain using liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution accurate tandem mass spectrometry” Anal. Chim. Acta, (2017) 951, 89-98.
DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2016.11.054


"Exploring the structural basis of DNA repair and RNA degradation by using 3D-electron microscopy"

Dr. Oscar Llorca
Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas de Madrid CSIC Jueves 23 de Abril a las 12.00, Sala 300

Detener el tiempo: pulsos de luz para observar cambios ultrarrápidos

Thursday, May 8th

Assembly hall 12:00

Prof. Gautam R. Desiraju, President of the IUCr, will give a talk entitled

"Crystal engineering. From molecule to crystal".

May 9th, 2014.

Assembly hall, 12:00 

CW_7 cell wall-binding motifs of the Cpl-7 endolysin target the peptidoglycan muropeptide

Miércoles 30 de abril

Salón de actos, 12:00

"Focal Adhesion Kinase: A Molecular Signalling Switch controlling Growth and Adhesion Signals"

Jueves 24 de Abril

Aula 215, 12:00

"Laboratory studies on the photochemistry of metallic layer reservoirs and nucleation of mesospheric smoke particles"

Viernes 25 de Abril

Aula 215, 12:00

"La RMN como herramienta en el estudio de interacciones proteína-membrana en modelos simplificados"

Miércoles 2 de abril

Salón de Actos, 12:00