The Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials Research Unit is formed by one group with the same name, which everybody knows as NANOMOL. The group focuses on the study, synthesis and processing of molecular and polymeric materials with biomedical, electronic, magnetic and chemical properties, such as Organic Field-Effect Transistors (OFET), nanocapsules for drug-delivery (Quatsomes) or molecular switches.
NANOMOL is a research group composed by several labs with wide expertise and recognized excellence in the synthesis, processing and study of molecular and polymeric materials with chemical, electronic, magnetic and biomedical properties. We continuously generate new knowledge in our basic and applied research projects regarding the micro and nano structuring of molecular materials. We offer this knowledge to improve the properties of products manufactured in diverse sectors, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronics, thereby contributing to increasing their added value
Organic based semiconducting and conducting materials are attracting a great deal of interest for low-cost applications since they can be processed from solution, on large areas and on flexible substrates. Further, organic materials offer the possibility to tune their properties by chemical synthesis. Some NANOMOL researchers are focusing on the design and fabrication of devices such as organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and sensors from both a fundamental as well as applied point of view.
The use of molecules as active components in electronic devices will permit to further progress towards device miniaturization since ultimately a bit of data information will be stored in a single molecule. In NANOMOL efforts are being placed on the design, synthesis and application of electroactive molecular systems that can act as wires, switches or rectifiers. Further, we are working on the emerging field of organic spintronics that aims at exploiting not only the charge but also the spin of the molecules to develop memory devices.
NANOMOL has been involved on Molecular Magnetism based in organic radicals since 1985. Our current research is mainly focused on organic radicals as active element of switchable electro-magnetic devices and for using them as polarization agents for dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) as well as radical dendrimers as contrast agents in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Nanomedicine: Materials characterized by exceptional properties attributable to their nanoscopic structure, can significantly contribute to the development of more efficient and less toxic drugs, more selective and sensitive disease-detection systems, and more effective tissue regeneration procedures.
Biomaterials: There are nowadays many expectations in the field of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering for new biocompatible materials that combine the intrinsic biological functions of natural tissues (biocompatibility, biological activity, etc..) with the typical properties of artificial materials (processability, low-cost, mechanical properties, etc).