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Molecular Selfies

People at the ICFO have rocked the boat again. This time by taking pictures of chemical reactions with unprecedent space and time resolution. And we were lucky enough to make this picture for them, representing the process.

No surprise this research has been published in Science.


And Now for Something Completely Different... Circles

Circles is a powerful short movie based on a poem, based on a piece of music. Just the piece of music survived.
We also wanted to mix two techniques: 3D plus rough pencil traditional animation.

This is a side project of Scixel with two purposes: to sharpen our skills and to save money on therapists sessions.


1D charge density waves

Another milestone in the understanding of 2D semiconductors. S. Barja (Berkeley) , M. M. Ugeda (CIC Nanogune) et al. have observed the formation of one-dimensional charge density waves along mirror twin boundaries in MoSe2. This research opens the door to the study of charge transport in this type of materials.

Sadly, the picture didn't make it to the cover of Nature Physics, but both the research and the picture are beautiful enough to show off a little.


GEFES thesis price

The Grupo Especializado de Física del Estado Sólido at Real Sociedad Española de Física has asked for help in the announcement of their new prizes for the best thesis in condensed matter physics.


Van der Waals at its best!

Physicists measure van der Waals forces of individual atoms for the first time. Prof. Ernst Meyer et al, have succeeded in measuring the very weak van der Waals forces between individual atoms for the first time. To do this, they fixed individual noble gas atoms within a molecular network and determined the interactions with a single xenon atom that they had positioned at the tip of an atomic force microscope.

Prof. Ernst Meyer asked Scixel for a visual representation of their work, published in Nature Communications.


On fuelling biological machines

If I got this right, Dr. Ivan Lopez Montero et al, had fuelled ATPases by placing them in a lipid membrane over a modified metallic surface. Using this surface as an electrode, now they can make ATPase work creating ATP molecules wherever they are needed... Yes, I'm not kidding.

This is the kind of research that make you fantasize about the near future. Not surprise that their work made the cover of Angewandte Chemie International Edition


Pushing AFM capabilities to the limit

AFM was invented 35 years ago. Then, its capabilities were already impressive. But 35 years later, researchers have boosted its sensitivity and amazingly spread its spectrum of the quantities measured. Ricardo Garcia's group, ForceTool, has participated in this process in a prominent position. In this last work , they've pushed these boundaries yet a little further.

This work is the result of the collaboration of Pataata and Scixel. We are expecting it to be just the first of many.


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.