Staff directory Andrés Alonso Fernández

Andrés Alonso Fernández

Research Support Technician
NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications



  • Core-shell Au/CeO2 nanoparticles supported in UiO-66 beads exhibiting full CO conversion at 100 °c

    Yazdi A., Abo Markeb A., Garzón-Tovar L., Patarroyo J., Moral-Vico J., Alonso A., Sánchez A., Bastus N., Imaz I., Font X., Puntes V., Maspoch D. Journal of Materials Chemistry A; 5 (27): 13966 - 13970. 2017. 10.1039/c7ta03006a. IF: 8.867

    Hybrid core-shell Au/CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) dispersed in UiO-66 shaped into microspherical beads are created using the spray-drying continuous-flow method. The combined catalytic properties of nanocrystalline CeO2 and Au in a single particle and the support and protective function of porous UiO-66 beads make the resulting composites show good performances as catalysts for CO oxidation (T50 = 72 °C; T100 = 100 °C) and recyclability. © 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Critical review of existing nanomaterial adsorbents to capture carbon dioxide and methane

    Alonso A., Moral-Vico J., Abo Markeb A., Busquets-Fité M., Komilis D., Puntes V., Sánchez A., Font X. Science of the Total Environment; 595: 51 - 62. 2017. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.229. IF: 4.900

    Innovative gas capture technologies with the objective to mitigate CO2 and CH4 emissions are discussed in this review. Emphasis is given on the use of nanoparticles (NP) as sorbents of CO2 and CH4, which are the two most important global warming gases. The existing NP sorption processes must overcome certain challenges before their implementation to the industrial scale. These are: i) the utilization of the concentrated gas stream generated by the capture and gas purification technologies, ii) the reduction of the effects of impurities on the operating system, iii) the scale up of the relevant materials, and iv) the retrofitting of technologies in existing facilities. Thus, an innovative design of adsorbents could possibly address those issues. Biogas purification and CH4 storage would become a new motivation for the development of new sorbent materials, such as nanomaterials. This review discusses the current state of the art on the use of novel nanomaterials as adsorbents for CO2 and CH4. The review shows that materials based on porous supports that are modified with amine or metals are currently providing the most promising results. The Fe3O4-graphene and the MOF-117 based NPs show the greatest CO2 sorption capacities, due to their high thermal stability and high porosity. Conclusively, one of the main challenges would be to decrease the cost of capture and to scale-up the technologies to minimize large-scale power plant CO2 emissions. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.


  • Activity-tunable nanocomposites based on dissolution and in situ recrystallization of nanoparticles on ion exchange resins

    Alonso A., Vigués N., Rodríguez-Rodríguez R., Borrisé X., Muñoz M., Muraviev D.N., Mas J., Muñoz-Berbel X. RSC Advances; 5 (109): 89971 - 89975. 2015. 10.1039/c5ra16081b. IF: 3.840

    This work proposes the use of cationic ion exchange resins as a platform for in situ formation and recrystallization of nanoparticles as a way to dynamically modulate their activity by changing their structure/composition. Here applied to Ag@Co-nanoparticles in cationic resins, this protocol may be expanded to other materials, opening the possibility to modulate activity with a simple and economic approach. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.