RESEARCH GROUPS

Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL)

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

Permanent Scientific Researchers

Jaume Veciana

Research Professor

Concepció Rovira

Research Professor

Nora Ventosa

Research Scientist

Marta Mas-Torrent

Research Scientist

Elena Laukhina

CIBER Researcher

José Vidal

Tenured Scientist

Immaculada Ratera

Tenured Scientist

Núria Crivillers

Tenured Scientist

Managing and Promotion

Nathaly Verónica Segovia

CIBER Researcher

Postdoctoral Researchers

Lidia Priscila Ferrer

PhD, Technical Manager

Elisabet González

CIBER Researcher

Judit Guasch

Ramón y Cajal Researcher

Mariana Köber

CIBER Researcher

Raphael Pfattner

Beatriu de Pinós Researcher

Tommaso Salzillo

EU-Marie Curie Researcher

Technical Staff

Amable Bernabé

Research Technician

Ramón González

Research Technician

Arnau Jaumandreu

Research Technician

David Piña

Senior Technician

Vega Lloveras

Senior Technician

Xabier Rodríguez

Project PhD Student

Secretary

Carme Gimeno

Staff

Associated Researchers

Carlos Luque

Associated Researcher

Research Lines

Large Area Molecular Electronics

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.

Molecular Electronics And Spintronics

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.

Molecular Magnetism and Organic Radicals

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 and Molecular Biomaterials

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). 

Soft Material Processing

Soft materials are materials that can be easily deformed by thermal stresses or thermal fluctuations at about room temperature. Soft materials include liquids, polymers, foams, gels, colloids, granular materials, as well as most soft biological materials. The development of scalable processes for the large production of soft materials with controlled micro, nano- and supramolecular structure is still challenging. At Nanomol we investigate and develop new scalable production platforms, mainly based on compressed fluids, for the production of soft molecular materials with application in nanomedicine.

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