Force Probe Microscopy and Surface Nanoengineering Group

Group Leader: Jordi Fraxedas

Main Research Lines

  • Force Probe Spectroscopy and Metrology
  • Self-sustained motion and catalytic micropumps
  • Interfacial water
  • Polymer-based interfaces
  • Nanoparticles of organic superconductors

The Group participates in several projects at the European and Spanish level. Within the EU FP7 the Group is involved in advanced AFM instrumentation and in directed self-assembly of block co-polymers in collaboration with leading European universities and companies. In the first case, a prototype of an AFM head is being designed which should be able to be operated in industrial environments with a robot arm at high speed (3 MHz) and providing real-time information on the mechanical properties of surfaces of industrial interest (plastic injection, solar cells, etc.). In the second case the interfacial mechanisms of self-assembly are being investigated at the fundamental level in order to better address the future use of new smaller polymers.

At the Spanish level the Group participates in two projects focused on the tailoring of the affinity of water to surfaces and to micro/nanofluidics using carbon-based materials (nanotubes and graphene), respectively. The main objective is to be able to control the dynamics of water at different interfaces, i.e., structuring water as ice at temperatures above 0 degrees C and inducing mass transport via electrokinetic processes.

Group Leader

Jordi Fraxedas

CSIC Research Scientist

Jordi Fraxedas (Tarragona, 1962) graduated in Physics from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1985 and obtained his PhD (Dr rer. nat.) in 1990 from the University of Stuttgart (Germany). His thesis work was performed at the Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung and at the Berliner Speicherring für Synchrotronstrahlung (BESSY), under the supervision of Prof M. Cardona.

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Highlighted Publication

Key parameters controlling the performance of catalytic motors
M.J. Esplandiu, A. Afshar-Farniya, D. Reguera Journal of Chemical Physics (2016)

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