Research Lines

Chemical Routes to Nanostructures

Inorganic Nanoparticles

ICREA Research Professor Víctor F. Puntes

  • Design and development of synthetic strategies for the production of complex nanoparticles
  • Surface functionalisation of nanoparticles with specific relevant (bio)molecules
  • Study of their physicochemical and fundamental properties and reactivity
  • Applicability of inorganic nanoparticles in biomedicine, energy harvesting and catalysis

Novel Energy-Oriented Materials

CSIC Research Professor Pedro Gómez-Romero

  • Hybrid electrode materials for supercapacitors and hybrid energy storage devices
  • Nanocarbons (graphenes, nanopipes, porous nanocarbons) for batteries and supercapacitors
  • Nanofluids/Nanopastes for thermal and electrochemical applications
  • Harvestorage materials and devices
  • Graphene production and development of secondary products (nanofluids, composites, inks, etc.) for application in energy storage

Nanostructured Functional Materials

CSIC Tenured Scientist Daniel Ruiz-Molina

  • Nanoscale functional polymers for health and social welfare
    • Catechol-based polymers for functional coatings and drug delivery systems
    • Engineering polymers for optimal micro/nanoencapsulation
    • Coordination polymers for therapy and clinical imaging
  • Chromogenic and emissive materials for energy efficient devices
    • Photochromism
    • Thermochromism
    • Fluorescence
    • Upconversion
    • Smart Windows
    • Optical Sensors
  • Hybrid devices and 2D materials for emerging technologies
    • 2D coordinatoin polymers
    • Active molecular nanostructures on surfaces

Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy

CSIC Research Scientist Mónica Lira-Cantú

  • Photovoltaics: next-generation thin film, organic, hybrid, dye-sensitised, halide perovskite and all-oxide solar cells
  • Synthesis of nanomaterials by low-cost, low-temperature and green solution processing methods
  • Solution processing methods for the fabrication of solar cells and printed electronics
  • Degradation studies of the stability of solar cells following ISOS protocols
  • Semiconductor oxides for energy, ICT applications and printed electronics
  • Self-powered transparent, flexible electronic and optoelectronic devices

Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials

ICREA Research Professor Daniel Maspoch

  • Nanoporous metal-organic frame works and related nanoparticles
  • Micro- and nano-encapsulation technologies towards the design of new multifunctional nanocarriers
Manipulation and Characterisation at the Nanoscale

Advanced Electron Nanoscopy

ICREA Research Professor Jordi Arbiol

  • Exploring the limits of physical resolution in advanced electron microscopy and related spectroscopies down to the atomic scale
  • Understanding the behaviour of materials at the nano and atomic scales, from their growth mechanisms to their physical and chemical properties
  • Design and study of new nanostructures for energy applications at the atomic scale, including the development of in-situ and in-operando TEM experiments to understand the physical and chemical phenomena underlying energy generation
  • Analysis of the strain, relaxation and growth mechanisms in semiconductor/superconductor nanowire-based hybrid heterostructures for quantum technologies
  • Development of automated methodologies based on AI (Machine/Deep Learning) for data analysis, data treatment and 3D atomic modelling

Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy

ICREA Research Professor Aitor Mugarza

  • Graphene nanostructures
  • Rashba alloys and topological insulators
  • Metal-organic hybrid interfaces
Nanobiosensing Devices

Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices

ICREA Research Professor Jose Antonio Garrido

  • Technology and micro/nanofabrication for advanced electronic devices and systems based on 2D materials
  • Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of graphene and transition metal dichalcogenide (e.g. MoS2) films
  • Fundamental electronic and electrochemical phenomena of 2D materials
  • Bioelectronics and biomedical technologies: neural interfaces, neuroprosthetics, cell bioelectronics
  • Electronic and electrochemical biosensors

NanoBioelectronics and Biosensors

ICREA Research Professor Arben Merkoçi

  • Catalytic/carrier nanomaterials: nanoparticles as electrocatalysts, nanoparticles as biomolecule carriers, and nanowires/nanotubes for non-enzymatic/enzyme mimic sensors
  • Nanomicrofluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies
  • Paper- and nanopaper-based nanobiosensors
  • Nanochannels: nanoporous membranes as electrical sensing platforms
  • Graphene: biosensors based on graphene-related materials

NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications

ICREA Research Professor Laura M. Lechuga

  • Plasmonics (SPR) and nanoplasmonics (LSPR) for biosensors
  • Nanophotonic biosensors based on integrated optics technology (MZI and BiMW)
  • Customised polymer microfluidic devices and flow delivery systems
  • Full integration in lab-on-a-chip and point-of-care biosensor analytical platforms
  • Universal biofunctionalisation techniques and biochip packaging
  • Bioanalytical applications in clinical, environmental and molecular biology, providing application-specific functionalities


Severo Ochoa Distinguished Professor Kostas Kostarelos

  • Clinical translation of bioelectronic and microfluidic devices
  • Nanomaterials as vector systems for therapeutic and diagnostic applications
  • Development of graphene and 2D materials in medicine
  • Discovery of novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets in oncology and neurology
Nanodevice Fabrication and Properties

Magnetic Nanostructures

ICREA Research Professor Josep Nogués

  • Exchange coupling in bi-magnetic core/shell nanoparticles and nanostructures
  • Magneto-optic nanostructures for biomedical applications
  • Nano/micro structures for environmental remediation
  • (Photo)electrochemical nanostructures with self-motility and magnetic coupling
  • Novel magnetic and structural characterisation tools for nanoparticles
  • Innovative fabrication approaches

Oxide Nanophysics

ICREA Research Professor Gustau Catalán

  • Flexoelectricity and piezoelectricity: fundamentals and devices
  • Electronic and electromechanical properties of oxide thin films
  • Domain wall nanoelectronics
  • Ferroelectrics, multiferroics, metal-insulator transitions
  • Surface Science of Ferroelectric Materials
  • Physical chemistry of ferroelectric surfaces

Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures

ICREA Research Professor Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres

  • Nanophononics and nanophotonics
  • Nanoscale thermal transport
  • Optomechanics
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanometrology
  • Oxide-based nanostructures

Physics and Engineering of Nanodevices

ICREA Research Professor Sergio Valenzuela

  • Development of novel nanodevice structures and nanofabrication methods to investigate the physical properties of materials at the nanoscale and their technological relevance
  • Investigation of topological properties and low energy propagation of information in quantum anomalous edge states
  • Spin and thermal transport in 2D systems such as topological insulators, graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides
  • Control of the magnetic state of ferro- and antiferromagnetic systems by means of the spin-orbit interaction and, particularly, the spin Hall effect
  • Coupling in hybrid magnon-phonon-photon systems

Thermal Properties of Nanoscale Materials

Professor Javier Rodríguez-Viejo

  • Heat capacity of low-dimensional materials
  • Phase transitions in ultrathin films with emphasis on size effects. Influence of external fields on heat capacity and phase transitions
  • Cross-plane and in-plane thermal transport in thin films and low-dimensional materials, including membranes and single nanowires, characterized by electrical measurements
  • Design, development and characterization of thermoelectric devices for energy harvesting and sensing applications
  • Growth and characterization of ultrastable organic thin film glasses with applications in OLEDs and solar cells

Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems

Dr Klaas-Jan Tielrooij

  • Heat and charge transport in nanoscale systems
  • Ultrafast optics and optoelectronics
  • Nonlinear optical phenomena
  • Detection and harvesting of light
  • Terahertz technologies
  • Nanofabrication of systems based on 2D materials
Theory and Simulation

Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience

ICREA Research Professor Stephan Roche

  • Theoretical research on quantum transport phenomena in topological quantum matter (topological insulators, Weyl semimetals)
  • Spin dynamics and entanglement properties in Dirac matter (graphene, two-dimensional materials) and van der Waals heterostructures
  • Molecular dynamics, thermal transport properties and thermoelectricity in nanomaterials of interest for microelectronics (amorphous Graphene and boron nitride)
  • Predictive modelling and multiscale numerical simulation of complex nanomaterials and quantum nanodevices

Theory and Simulation

Distinguished Researcher Pablo Ordejón

  • Development of theoretical methods, numerical algorithms and simulation tools for atomic-scale simulations: towards massive HPC facilities
  • Computational tools: SIESTA development and its connection with other codes and computational infrastructures like AiiDA
  • First-principles simulations at the nanoscale
  • Physical properties and chemical processes in materials