Inorganic Nanoparticles

Group Leader: Víctor F. Puntes

Main Research Lines

  • Design and development of synthetic strategies for the production of complex nanoparticles

  • Functionalisation with specific relevant (bio)molecules

  • Study of their physicochemical and fundamental properties

  • Applicability of inorganic nanoparticles in biomedicine, energy harvesting and catalysis

The Inorganic Nanoparticles team focuses on the production and application of advanced inorganic nanoparticles, with a strong emphasis on multi-component and hollow systems comprising different families of metals, metal oxides, semiconductor oxides and semiconductors. Nanoparticles are engineered and designed following Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) principles given their applicability in catalysis, energy harvesting, environmental remediation and nanobiomedicine, among others. This is achieved by controlling the size, shape and structure of their inorganic core, and selectively linking active molecules to the nanoparticle surface, thereby allowing them to selectively interact with specific targets. We also focus on the precise characterisation of the obtained nanoparticles in terms of their reactivity (aggregation, corrosion and dissolution) and physicochemical properties as prepared, during and after use.


Group Leader

Víctor F. Puntes

ICREA Research Professor

ICREA Research Prof. Víctor F. Puntes’ work spans the full breadth of research on nanoparticles: synthesis, conjugation and characterisation of inorganic nanoparticles; study of their physicochemical properties; nanotoxicology and nanosafety; and a wide range of applications in different fields, including energy harvesting, catalysis, medicine and environment.

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