Inorganic Nanoparticles Group

Group Leader: Víctor F. Puntes

Víctor F. Puntes


Group Leader

ICREA Research Prof Víctor F. Puntes’ work spans the full breadth of nanoparticle research: synthesis, conjugation and characterisation of inorganic nanoparticles; nanotoxicology and nanosafety; and myriad applications for sectors including medicine and the environment.


Prof Puntes completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg (France) and at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). In 1998, he earned his PhD in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), working with Prof Xavier Batlle and Prof Amilcar Labarta on Giant Magnetoresistance in granular alloys. He then spent more than 3 years at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), in the groups of Prof Paul Alivisatos and Prof Kannan Krishnan, working on the synthesis and control of nanostructures. In 2003 he returned to Catalonia with a Ramón y Cajal research position at the University of Barcelona, and in 2005 obtained an ICREA Professorship at ICN to create the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group, which he presently heads.

By the end of 2013, Prof Puntes held 110 peer-reviewed publications and over 6,000 total citations. He is also well-known for his work in science communication for the general public, his industrial and commercial efforts, and for his endeavours linking science and art.

By the end of 2014, Prof Puntes held 110 peer-reviewed publications and over 7,000 total citations.








  • Citrate-Coated Gold Nanoparticles As Smart Scavengers for Mercury(II) Removal from Polluted Waters

    Ojea-Jiménez, I.; López, X.; Arbiol, J.; Puntes, V. ACS Nano; 6: 2253 - 2260. 2012. .

  • Controlled positioning of nanoparticles on graphene by noninvasive AFM lithography

    Bellido, E.; Ojea-Jiménez, I.; Ghirri, A.; Alvino, C.; Candini, A.; Puntes, V.; Affronte, M.; Domingo, N.; Ruiz-Molina, D. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids; 28: 12400 - 12409. 2012. 10.1021/la3023419.

  • Detoxifying Antitumoral Drugs via Nanoconjugation: The Case of Gold Nanoparticles and Cisplatin

    Comenge, J.; Sotelo, C.; Romero, F.; Gallego, O.; Barnadas, A.; García-Caballero Parada, T.; Domínguez, F.; Puntes, V.F. Plos One. Open acces; 7(10): e47562. 2012. .

  • Effect of cerium dioxide, titanium dioxide, silver, and gold nanoparticles on the activity of microbial communities intended in wastewater treatment.

    García, A.; Delgado, L.;Torà, JA.; Casals, E.; González, E.; Puntes, V.; Font, X.; Carrera, J.; Sánchez, A. Journal of Hazardous Materials; 199-200: 64 - 72. 2012. 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2011.10.057.

  • Engineered nonviral nanocarriers for intracellular gene delivery applications

    Ojea-Jiménez, I.; Tort, O.; Lorenzo, J.; Puntes, V.F. Biomedical materials (Bristol, England); 7(5): 54106. 2012. 10.1088/1748-6041/7/5/054106.

  • Facile Preparation of Cationic Gold Nanoparticle-Bioconjugates for Cell Penetration and Nuclear Targeting

    Ojea-Jiménez, I.; García-Fernández, L.; Lorenzo, J.; Puntes, V. F. ACS Nano; 6 (9): 7692 - 7702. 2012. .

  • Inorganic nanoparticle biomolecular corona: Formation, evolution and biological impact

    Casals, E.; Puntes, V.F. Nanomedicine; 7: 1917 - 1930. 2012. 10.2217/nnm.12.169.

  • Inorganic nanoparticles and the environment: Balancing benefits and risks

    Casals, E.; González, E.; Puntes, V. Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry; 59: 265 - 290. 2012. 10.1016/B978-0-444-56328-6.00008-6.

  • Inorganic nanoparticles and the immune system: detection, selective activation and tolerance.

    Bastús, N.G.; Sánchez-Tilló, E.; Pujals, S.; Comenge, J.; Giralt, E.; Celada, A.; Lloberas, J.; Puntes, V.F. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; 823217: 1. 2012. 10.1117/12.917327.

  • Physicochemical Characteristics of Protein¿NP Bioconjugates: The Role of Particle Curvature and Solution Conditions on Human Serum Albumin Conformation and Fibrillogenesis Inhibition

    Goy-López, S.; Juárez, J.; Alatorre-Meda, M.; Casals, E.; Puntes, V.F.; Taboada, P.; Mosquera, V. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids; 28(24): 9113 - 9126. 2012. 10.1021/la300402w.

  • Potential use of CeO2 , TiO2 and Fe3O4 nanoparticles for the removal of cadmium from water

    Contreras, A.R.; García, A.; González, E.; Casals, E.; Puntes, V.F.; Sánchez, A.; Fonta, X.; Recillas, S. Desalination and Water Treatment; 41 (1-3): 296 - 300. 2012. 10.1080/19443994.2012.664743.

  • Preliminary study of phosphate adsorption onto cerium oxide nanoparticles for use in water purification; nanoparticles synthesis and characterization

    Recillas, S.; García, A.; González, E.; Casals, E.; Puntes, V.F.; Sánchez, A.; Font, X. Water Science and Technology; 66(3): 503 - 509. 2012. 10.2166/wst.2012.185.

  • Rational nanoconjugation improves biocatalytic performance of enzymes: Aldol addition catalyzed by immobilized rhamnulose-1-phosphate aldolase

    Ardao, I.; Comenge, J.; Benaiges, M.D.; Álvaro, G.; Puntes, V.F. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids; 28: 6461 - 6467. 2012. 10.1021/la3003993.

  • Reactivity of inorganic nanoparticles in biological environments: Insights into nanotoxicity mechanisms

    Casals, E.; Gonzalez, E.; Puntes, V.F. Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics; 45 2012. 10.1088/0022-3727/45/44/443001.

  • Synthesis of co-organosilane-Au nanocomposites via a controlled interphasic reduction

    Ojea-Jiménez, I.; Lorenzo, J.; Rebled, J.M.; Sendra, J.; Arbiol, J.; Puntes, V. Chemistry of Materials; 24: 4019 - 4027. 2012. 10.1021/cm300757j.