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Ultra-sharp nanoprobes coated with graphene

Mario Lanza's group reports an exciting development of a graphene product consisting of ultra-sharp nanoprobes coated with graphene flakes at the apex. This coating remarkably enhances the reliability and lifetime of the tips, and it also can provide additional properties.

This work made the cover of the last issue of Nanoscale.


Magnetic Graphene... what else?

Graphene has many extraordinary mechanical and electronic properties, but it's not magnetic... well, no more. Careful addition of hydrogen atoms in specific places induces a magnetic moment in graphene. This research increases the already huge list of graphene properties and technological uses.

This work, published in Science is explained in this animation requested by Dr. Iván Brihuega.


Detecting magnetism on the atomic scale

The development of atomic-scale structures revealing novel transport phenomena is a major goal of nanotechnology. Here an experimental study of the electrical transport behaviour of atomic-size contacts and mono-atomic chains of the nonmagnetic metal platinum is illustrated. The group lead by Prof. Elke Scheer found a pronounced and diverse magneto-conductance behaviour that sensitively reacts to tiny changes of the atomic configuration.

Scixel collaborated with Kemweb (Germany) in the making of the video by creating the digital animations that underline the discussion.


Src dimerization and oncogenic regulation.

Src is involved in signaling pathways related to cell migration, proliferation and survival. It is also an oncologic target since overexpression and overactivation of Src have been associated to cancer progression.
Dimerization of Src may constitute a new regulation layer for the Src oncogene.
This discovery has made the cover of Chemistry Select April's issue.

This research was developed at ICFO and the image was requested by Dr. Anabel-Lise Le Roux.


Scixel's contribution to the "New Trends in 2D Materials Spinograph Workhsop"

Scixel was invited this year to give a talk in the New Trends in 2D Materials Spinograph Workhsop. They wanted Scixel to share its wisdom on making a living out of science outside the academia. That part of the talk lasted 30 seconds. The rest of it was a discussion on the importance of imaging science.

And of course, I have to thank Dr. Andrés Castellanos (IMDEA) and Dr. Joaquín Fernández-Rossier (INL) for inviting me to the workshop, thinking I had something interesting to share.


APS talks about the So Close Documentary


Optics and Photonics Inner Cover

Optics and photonics has used our image to close the year and highlight the 2015 research in optics.

This image was requested by Prof. P. A. Postigo.


IAR Labs fakes reality

This is another collaboration with the people of Filmociencia. This time for the company IAR Labs. We performed the digital graphics and we are particularly proud of the boat.


Condensed Matter Physics: so close and such a stranger

After a year and a half of hard work we have finally finished our biggest work (up to date). It is the short documentary So Close and Such a Stranger: a documentary about the most unknown son of physics, condensed matter. Which also happens to be the most ubiquitous. The documentary was directed by Dr. E. Prada, Dr. I. Guillamón and Dr. E. Sahagún. And it was done in collaboration with Filmociencia, and with the participation of Michelle Fritz, Prof. Paul C. Canfield, many other eminent physicists and several Ph.D students at the UAM.

This piece was funded by the APS, the UAM and the GEFES. Our aim was to bring this area of physics closer to the public. There is also a Spanish version.


2015 Demo Reel

As usual, with every new year, Scixel releases its demo reel. As usual, we express our astonishment for been still alive. And also as usual, we hope you like it and thank all our customers for making it possible.


Tracking of Genome

Author Álvaro Ortega describes the new method they developed to break open a single virus and release its genome. With fluorescense tracking they are able to see how fast and how far the genome is released. Read the related ACS Nano article.

This video was directed by Filmociencia.


The Bell Test Soundtrack

It's being a big surprise how people have received the Bell Test animation. But more than that, how they liked the soundtrack. We composed that piece specifically for this video using the voice of the great Jonas Salk.

You can download the piece here:

J. Salk (right click and save link as)


TuDelft tears physics apart.

In this video you will see an introductory explanation of the experiment described in the paper ‘Loophole-free Bell inequality violation using electron spins separated by 1.3 kilometres’ by B. Hensen et al. at the Delft University of Technology. One of the conclusions is that Einstein and his 80 years old"Hidden variables" were wrong... so worth taking a look at it.

Needless to say what an honour has been to work with them.


We've just finished a beautiful work for Impetux.

Impetux is an optical tweezers company based in Barcelona, Spain. They are transferring to the society, the results obtained from cutting-edge scientific research conducted along the past 7 years at the Optical Trapping Lab – Grup de Biofotònica (BiOPT) of the University of Barcelona.

It has been a real pleasure aswell as an inspiring experience.


Our first cover on Nanoscale, something to be proud of.

Prof. Pedro de Pablo (UAM) and colleagues, are studying human adenoviruses electrostatics, trying to understand the recognition patterns between viruses and cells. Read the paper


Scixel in Nature Communications... in a very discrete way

Scixel has appeared (using the backdoor again) in Nature. We've done a representative image for a work of Juan José Sáenz, Frank Scheffold et al.


Elements of Friction Theory and Nanotribology

Somehow, dont ask how, we made it to the cover of a Cambridge book cover. Perhaps it was the help of Dr. Gnecco... only perhaps...


The T7 Bacteriophage delivers

Researchers at the CNB (CSIC) studied the DNA injection dynamics of the T7 Bacteriophage. It is not obvious how viruses deliver their DNA, packed at amazingly high pressure, without damaging the cell.

This work has been awarded with the last JBC cover. It was requested by Dr. Ana Cuervo and Scixel did the scribbling.