RESEARCH GROUPS

Laser Group

About

Materials processing technologies which imply the presence of laser radiation are versatile, rapid, allow high spatial resolution, and ensure reproducibility. Laser-matter interactions involve the development of a huge number of complex physical and chemical mechanisms, leading to materials transformations which cannot be obtained by conventional techniques. The aim of our work is to obtain nanostructured functional materials by means of different laser techniques such as Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD), Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE), Laser Direct Write (LDW), and Laser Surface Processing (LSP). We develop high quality thin films of organic-inorganic nanocomposites and nanostructures such as semiconductor quantum dots, carbon nanotubes and graphene-based composites using MAPLE and PLD techniques. We are also investigating the chemical transformation by LSP of complex systems made of carbon-based nanomaterials, and the recrystallization of different types of nanostructures for energy, environmental, electronics and sensing applications. The experimental work, synthesis of the materials and their compositional-structural characterisation is complemented with computer simulations of the laser-matter interactions. The LPR Group leaders obtained the "International Association of Advanced Materials Scientist Medal (IAAM Scientist medal) for the year 2016" due to their contribution in the field of "Advanced Materials Science and Technology"

Members

Permanent Researchers

Dr. Ángel Pérez del Pino
Dr. Enikö György

Non-permanent staff

  • 2020

    • Dr. Yasmín Esqueda (Postdoc, CICESE,  México)
    • Mr. Pablo García Lebière (PhD, ICMAB - UAB)
    • Ms. Maroua Omezzine (Master final project - UAB)
    • Mr. Nabil Abomailek (Degree final project - UAB)
    • Ms. Eleonor Artot (Erasmus Internship - ESNCL, France )
    • Ms. Anna Bertomeu (Internship - UB)
  • 2019

    • Dr. Yasmín Esqueda (Postdoc, CICESE,  México)
    • Mr. Pablo García Lebière (PhD, ICMAB - UAB)
    • Ms. Maroua Omezzine (Master final project - UAB)
    • Mr. Nil Ponsa i Campanyà (Degree final project - UAB)
    • Mr. Guillem Domènech Domingo (Master final project - UAB)
    • Mr. Seyed Komarizadeh (Master final project - UAB)
    • Ms. Shima Fasahat (Internship stay - University of Isfahan, Iran)
    • Mr. Eudald Vehí Lorente (Internship)
  • 2018

    • Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Ramadan (Postdoc - University of Helwan, Egypt)
    • Mr. Pablo García Lebière (PhD, ICMAB - UAB)
    • Ms. Afroditi Koutsogianni (Erasmus+ Mobility for Traineeships programme - University of Patras, Greece)
    • Mr. Joaquim Gispert Montserrat (Degree internship - UAB)
    • Mr. Miquel Minguillon Rosa (Degree internship - UAB)
  • 2017

    • Mr. Andreu Martínez Villarroya (Master final project - UAB)
    • Ms. Marta Rodríguez López (Internship)

Research Lines

  • Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation of nanometer sized organic-inorganic materials
  • Laser Direct Write of hybrid systems
  • Laser Surface Processing of functional nanostructures
  • Pulsed Laser Deposition of metal-semiconductor nanocomposites

Equipment

Laser systems

  • Quantel Brilliant B Nd:YAG laser. Harmonic modules for 1064, 532 and 266 nm emission wavelengths
  • Nanio Air 532-10-V-SP laser marking system (532 nm wavelength, InnoLas Photonics)
  • CW diode laser engraving system (450 nm wavelength; MDL-F-450-1000 CNI Optoelectronics Technology Co.)

 

Other equipment

  •  MAPLE - PLD deposition chamber equipped with liquid-nitrogen cooling and high volume vacuum systems
  • Direct laser irradiation - LDW: high precision motorized XYZ positioning station, high vacuum and environmental chambers 
  • Electrical characterization: 4-microprobe station (PRCBE mini from Perfict Lab), Keithley 2612B source-meter system, Tektronix TBS1102B oscilloscope
  • Electrochemical studies: Keithley 2450-EC system (CV, GCD, SPECS), Hioki IM3590 (EIS)
  • Chemistry-processing laboratory for chemical synthesis and targets preparation
  • High performance 16 processors-workstation and special software for the completion of numerical simulations and data treatment (COMSOL 5.4, Mathematica 9, MountainsMap 7.2, etc)

Publications

  • 2020

    "Laser synthesis of TiO2–carbon nanomaterial layers with enhanced photodegradation efficiency towards antibiotics and dyes"
    R. Ivan, A. Pérez del Pino, I. Yousef, C. Logofatu, E. György
    Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology A: Chemistry 399 (2020) 112616

    "New fabrication method for producing reduced graphene oxide flexible electrodes by using low-power visible laser diode engraving system"
    A. Chuquitarqui, L. C. Cotet, M. Baia, E. Gyorgy, K. Magyari, L. Barbu-Tudoran, L. Baia, M. Díaz-González, C. Fernandez Sanchez, A. Perez del Pino
    Nanotechnology 31 (2020) 325402

    "Enhanced UV-Vis Photodegradation of Nanocomposite Reduced Graphene Oxide/Ferrite Nanofiber Films Prepared by Laser-Assisted Evaporation"
    A.Queraltó, E.György, R.Ivan, A.Pérez del Pino, R.Frohnhoven, S. Mathur
    Crystals 10 (2020) 271

    "Carbon–based nanomaterials and ZnO ternary compound layers grown by laser technique for environmental and energy storage applications"
    R.Ivan, C.Popescu, A.Pérez del Pino, C.Logofatu, E. György
    Applied Surface Science 509 (2020) 145359

  • 2019

    "Laser-induced synthesis and photocatalytic properties of hybrid organic-inorganic composite layers"
    R. Ivan, C. Popescu, A. Pérez del Pino, I. Yousef, C. Logofatu, E. György
    Journal of Materials Science 54 (2019) 3927–3941

    "Enhancement of supercapacitive properties of laser deposited graphene-based electrodes through carbon nanotube loading and nitrogen doping"
    A. Pérez del Pino, M. Rodríguez López, M. A. Ramadan, P. García Lebière, C. Logofatu, I. Martínez-Rovira, I. Yousef, E. György
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 21 (2019) 25175 - 25186


    "A review on synthesis of graphene, h-BN and MoS2 for energy storage applications: Recent progress and perspectives"
    R. Kumar, S Sahoo, E. Joanni, R K Singh, R. M. Yadav, R. K. Verma, D. P. Singh, A. Pérez del Pino, S. A. Moshkalev
    Nano Research 12 (2019) 2655–2694 

    "Mineralization-inspired synthesis of magnetic zeolitic imidazole framework composites"
    M. Hoop, A. Terzopoulou, X. Z. Chen, A. M. Hirt, M. Charilaou, Y. Shen, F. Mushtaq, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, L. Simonelli, A. J. deMello, P. Falcaro, C. J. Doonan, B. J. Nelson, J. Puigmartí-Luis, S. Pané
    Angewandte Chemie 131 (2019) 13684–13689 

    "Fabrication of graphene-based electrochemical capacitors through reactive inverse matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation"
    A. Pérez del Pino, M. A. Ramadan, P. García Lebière, R. Ivan, C. Logofatu, I. Yousef, E György
    Applied Surface Science 484 (2019) 245-256
     
    "Super-capacitive performance of manganese dioxide / graphene nano-walls electrodes deposited on stainless steel current collectors"
    R. Amade, A. Muyshegyan-Avetisyan, J. Martí-González, A. Pérez-del-Pino, E. György, E. Pascual, J. L. Andújar, E. Bertra-Serra
    Materials 12 (2019) 483-494

    "UV-visible light induced photocatalytic activity of TiO2: graphene oxide nanocomposite coatings"
    A. Datcu, M.L. Mendoza, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, C. Luculescu, E. György
    Catalysis Today 321-322 (2019) 81-86
     
  • 2018

    "UV-visible light induced photocatalytic activity of TiO2: graphene oxide nanocomposite coatings"
    E. György, A. Pérez del Pino, L. Duta, C. Logofatu, A. Duta
    Chapter 2 in "Graphene oxide. Advances in research and applications", Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, 2018
     
    "Reduced graphene oxide/iron oxide nanohybrid flexible electrodes grown by laser-based technique for energy storage applications"
    A.Queraltó, A. Pérez del Pino, C.Logofatu, A.Datcu, R.Amade, E.Bertran-Serra, E.György
    Ceramics International 44 (2018) 20409-20416
     
    "Reactive laser synthesis of nitrogen doped hybrid graphene-based electrodes for energy storage"
    A. Pérez del Pino, A. Martínez Villarroya, A. Chuquitarqui, C. Logofatu, D. Tonti, E. György
    Journal of Materials Chemistry A 6 (2018) 16074-16086
     
    "Selective laser-assisted synthesis of tubular van der Waals heterostructures of single-layered PbI2 within CNTs exhibiting carrier photogeneration"
    D. Kepić, S. Sandoval, A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, A. Gómez, M. Pfannmoeller, G. Van Tendeloo, B. Ballesteros, G. Tobias
    ACS Nano 12 (2018) 6648–6656
     
    "Procedimiento de obtención de un electrodo flexible"
    A. Pérez del Pino, A. Chuquitarqui, L. C. Cotet
    Patent number P201830553 (2018)
     
    "Synthesis of graphene-based photocatalysts for water splitting by laser-induced doping with ionic liquids"
    A. Pérez del Pino, Gonzalez-Campo, S. Giraldo, J. Peral, E. György, C. Logofatu, A. J. deMello, J. Puigmartí-Luis
    Carbon 130 (2018) 48-58

     "Enhanced UV- and visible-light driven photocatalytic performances and recycling properties of graphene oxide/ZnO hybrid layers"

    E. György, C. Logofatu, A. Pérez del Pino, A. Datcu, O. Pascu, R. Ivan
    Ceramics International 44 (2018) 1826-1835

  • 2017

    "Laser-driven coating of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes with manganese oxide from metal organic precursors for energy storage"
    A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, I. Alshaikh, F. Pantoja-Suárez, J. L. Andújar, E. Pascual, R. Amade, E. Bertran-Serra
    Nanotechnology 28 (2017) 395405
     
    "Synthesis of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Silver Nanocomposite Electrodes by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation"
    A. Queraltó, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, A. Datcu, R. Amade, I. Alshaikh, E. Bertran, I. Urzica, E. György
    Journal of Alloys and Compounds 726 (2017) 1003-13
     
    "Structure-property relationships for Eu doped TiO2 thin films grown by laser assisted technique from colloidal sols"
    I. Camps, M. Borlaf, M. T. Colomer, R. Moreno, L. Duta, C. Nita, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, R. Serna, E. György
    RSC Advances 7 (2017) 37643-53
     
    "Nanosecond laser-assisted nitrogen doping of graphene oxide dispersions"
    D. Kepić, S. Sandoval, A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, L. Cabana, B. Ballesteros, G. Tobias
    Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry 18 (2017) 935-941

    "Laser nanostructuration of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes coated with nickel oxide nanoparticles"
    A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, S. Hussain, J. L. Andújar, E. Pascual, R. Amade, E. Bertrán
    Journal of Materials Science 52 (2017) 4002-4015.
  • 2016

    "Ultrafast Epitaxial Growth of Functional Oxide Thin Films by Pulsed Laser Annealing of Chemical Solutions"
    A. Queraltó, A. Perez del Pino, M. de la Mata, J. Arbiol, M. Tristany, X. Obradors, T. Puig
    Chemistry of Materials 28 (2016) 6136-6145.

    "Titanium oxide – reduced graphene oxide – silver composite layers synthesized by laser technique: wetting and electrical properties"
    E. György, A. Perez del Pino, A. Datcu, L. Duta, C. Logofatu, I. Iordache, A.Duta
    Ceramics International 42 (2016) 16191–16197.

    "Laser-induced Chemical Transformation of Free-standing Graphene Oxide Membranes in Liquid and Gas Ammonia Environments"
    A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, C. Cotet, L. Baia, C. Logofatu
    RSC Advances 6 (2016) 50034. 

    "Direct multipulse laser processing of titanium oxide – graphene oxide nanocomposite thin films"
    A. Pérez del Pino, A. Datcu, E. György
    Ceramics International 42 (2016) 7278–7283.

    "Ultraviolet pulsed laser crystallization of Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3 films on LaNiO3-coated silicon substrates"
    A. Queraltó, A. Pérez del Pino, M. de la Mata, M. Tristany, X. Obradors, T. Puig, S. Trolier-McKinstry
    Ceramics International 42 (2016) 4039-4047.

  • 2015

    "Growth of ferroelectric Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3 epitaxial films by UV pulsed laser irradiation of chemical solution derived precursor layers"
    A. Queraltó, A. Pérez del Pino, M. de la Mata, J. Arbiol, M. Tristany, A. Gómez, X. Obradors, T. Puig
    Applied Physics Letters 106 (2015) 262903.

    "One-step preparation of nitrogen doped titanium oxide / Au / reduced graphene oxide composite thin films for photocatalytic applications"
    A. Datcu, L. Duta, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, C. Luculescu, A. Duta, E. György
    RSC Advances 5 (2015) 49771.

    "Laser-induced chemical transformation of graphene oxide – iron oxide nanoparticles composites deposited on polymer substrates"
    A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, C. Logofatu, J. Puigmartí-Luis, W. Gao
    Carbon 93 (2015) 373-383.

    "Ultrafast crystallization of Ce0.9Zr0.1O2-y epitaxial films on flexible technical substrates by pulsed laser irradiation of chemical solution derived precursor layers"
    A. Queraltó, A. Perez del Pino, M. de la Mata, J. Arbiol, X. Obradors, T. Puig.
    Crystal Growth & Design 15 (2015) 1957-1967.

    "Wetting and photoactive properties of laser irradiated zinc oxide – graphene oxide nanocomposite layers"
    A. Datcu, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, A. Duta, E. György
    2015 - NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A-Chemistry and Biology, 119-125.

  • 2014

    "Resonant Infrared and Ultraviolet Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation of Titanium Oxide / Graphene Oxide Composites: A Comparative Study"
    S. M. O’Malley, J. Tomko, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, E. György
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118 (2014) 27911-27919.

    "Simultaneous Laser-Induced Reduction and Nitrogen Doping of Graphene Oxide in Titanium Oxide / Graphene Oxide Composites"
    E. György, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, C. Cazan, A. Duta
    Journal of the American Ceramic Society 97 (2014) 2718.

    "Wetting and photoactive properties of laser processed zinc oxide - graphene oxide nanocomposite thin layers"
    E. György, A. Pérez del Pino, C. Logofatu, A. Duta
    Journal of Applied Physics 116 (2014) 024906. 

    "Ultraviolet pulsed laser irradiation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes in nitrogen atmosphere"
    A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, B. Ballesteros, L. Cabana, G. Tobias
    Journal of Applied Physics 115 (2014) 093501.

    "Localized template growth of functional nanofibers from an amino acid-supported framework in a microfluidic chip"
    J. Puigmartí-Luis, M. Rubio-Martínez, I. Imaz, B. Z. Cvetković, L. Abad, F. J. del Campo, A. Pérez del Pino, D. Maspoch, D. B. Amabilino
    ACS Nano 8 (2014) 818-826

  • 2013

    "Study of the deposition of graphene oxide sheets by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation"
    A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, C. Logofatu, A. Duta
    Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 46 (2013) 505309.

    "Effect of laser radiation on multi-wall carbon nanotubes: study of shell structure and immobilization process"
    E. György, A. Pérez del Pino, J. Roqueta, B. Ballesteros, L. Cabana, G. Tobias
    Journal of Nanoparticles Research 15 (2013) 1852.

    "Laser-induced metal organic decomposition for doped CeO2 epitaxial thin film growth"
    A. Queraltó, A. Pérez del Pino, S. Ricart, X. Obradors, T. Puig
    Journal of Alloys and Compounds 574 (2013) 246-254.

    "Processing and immobilization of chondroitin-4-sulphate by UV laser radiation"
    E. György, A. Pérez del Pino, J. Roqueta,A.S. Miguel, C. Maycock, A. G. Oliva
    Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 104 (2013) 169-173.

  • 2012

    "Laser processing and immobilisation of CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots"
    E. György, J. Roqueta, B. Ballesteros, A. Pérez del Pino, A.S. Miguel, C. Maycock, A. G. Oliva
    Physica Status Solidi A 11 (2012) 2201-2207

    "Deposition of Functionalized Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes through Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation"
    A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, L. Cabana, B. Ballesteros, G. Tobias
    Carbon 50 (2012) 4450 - 4458

    "Polycarbonate films metalized with a single component molecular conductor suited to strain and stress sensing applications" 
    E. Laukhina, Lebeded, V. Laukhin, A. Pérez del Pino, E. B. Lopes, A. I.S. Neves, D. Belo, M. Almeida, J. Veciana, C. Rovira
    Organic Electronics 13 (2012) 894-898

  • 2011

    "Synthesis and characterization of Ag nanoparticles and Ag loaded TiO2 photocatalysts"
    G. Sauthier, A. Pérez del Pino, A. Figueras, E. György
    Journal of American Ceramic Society 94 (2011) 3780

    "Synthesis and laser immobilisation onto solid substrates of CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots"
    E. György, A. Pérez del Pino, J. Roqueta, B. Ballesteros, A.S. Miguel, C. Maycock, A. G. Oliva
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C 115 (2011) 15210

    "Effects of Pulsed Laser Radiation on Epitaxial Self-assembled Ge Quantum Dots Grown on Si Substrates"
    A. Pérez del Pino, E. György, I. C. Marcus, J. Roqueta, M. I. Alonso
    Nanotechnology 22 (2011) 295304

    "Processing and immobilization of Ribonuclease A through laser irradiation"
    C. Popescu, J. Roqueta, A. Pérez del Pino, M. Moussaoui, M. V. Nogués, E. Gyorgy
    Journal of Materials Research 26 (2011) 815

    "Guided Assembly of Metal and Hybrid Conductive Probes Using Floating Potential Dielectrophoresis"
    Josep Puigmartí-Luis, Johannes Stadler, Daniel Schaffhauser, Ángel Pérez del Pino, Brian R. Burgcand Petra S. Dittrich
    Nanoscale 3 (2011) 937-940

    "Boosting electrical conductivity in a gel-derived material by nanostructuring with trace carbon nanotubes"
    D. Canevet, A. Pérez del Pino, D. B. Amabilino, M. Sallé
    Nanoscale 3 (2011) 2898-2902

    "Nanocomposites combining conducting and superparamagnetic components prepared via an organogel"
    E. Taboada, L. N. Feldborg, A. Pérez del Pino, A. Roig, D. B. Amabilino, J. Puigmartí-Luis
    Soft Matter 7 (2011) 2755-2761

    "Tunable optical and electrical properties of pulsed laser deposited WO3 and Ag-WO3 nanocomposite thin films"
    E. Gyorgy, A. Pérez del Pino
    Journal of Materials Science 46 (2011) 3560


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