Roig Serra




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Department: Cristallography


I graduated in Physics and received a PhD in Materials Science at the UAB. I completed my education at the KTH in Stockholm and at Northeastern University in Boston. More recently I spent over two years as a Seconded National Expert in Brussels at the Research Directorate. At present, I am a Research Professor at the ICMAB where I lead  the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites Group. 

I am interested in issues related to gender equality and education of science at all levels. Other interests are geo-politics, literature, travelling and argentinean tango. I have lived and worked for extended periods of time in Sweden, USA, UK, Poland and Belgium




Research interest

I am a materials scientist working in the preparation, characterization and new uses of functional nanomaterials. My scientific activities revolve around the rational desing and synthesis of inorganic and hybrid nanoparticles and nanocomposites and the study of their structural-functional properties including the better understanding of nano/bio/interactions. My driving force is to prove the validation of nanomaterials in applications related to Nanomedicine (contrast agents for MRI, drug delivery vehicles, cell therapy) and Environmental Monitoring (heavy metals sensors). 

ResearcherID: E-7616-2011, Orcid Code: 0000-0001-6464-7573


University Degrees:

BSc in Physics 1985, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

MSc in Materials Science 1988, Northeastern University,  Boston


PhD in Materials Science 1998, ICMAB-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


  • Colloidal Chemistry
  • Magnetic Nanoparticles
  • Porous Materials (Silica, Carbon, Bacterial Cellulose)
  • Functional Nanocomposites
  • Nanoparticles in Biological Milieus
  • Contrast Agents for MRI
  • Drug Delivery Vehicles
  • Heavy Metal Electrochemical Sensors

Most significative academic merits:

Managing Posts: Deputy Director ICMAB. Sept 2008 - June 2015, Deputy-Director MATGAS AIE, June 2008 - June 2010, Seconded National Expert at the European Commission, Nov 2005 - May 2008, Member of the CSIC Materials Science Coordination Unit, Sept 08 - June 2012, Member of the CSIC Experts Group to draft positon document on H2020, 2009 - 2012,

Teaching: Northeastern Univ, Boston and UAB: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Degree & Master of Advanced Nanoscience

Evaluator: European Commission (Collaborative NMP, ERANET, Infrastructures, ERC), ERANET+/MATERA projects, Research Foundation Flanders, French Evaluation Agency, Czech Ministry of Science and Education, CSIC, Catalan Government, Junta de Andalucía, Comunidad de Madrid.

Expert Appointment: M-ERA.NET Strategic Expert Workshop, April 2013, March 2014, Oct 2015



  • 2017 Anna Roig, ALBUS: Albumin Award Program from Grifols Scientific Awards
  • UAB Best PhD thesis award to five thesis that I have supervised (Lluis Casas, Martí Gich, Elena Taboada, Elisa Carenza, Nerea Murillo)
  • 2015  Elisa Carenza, I Prize Dr. Ramon Ríos, Fundación Foltra
  • 2014 ‘Los Nuevos Materiales en el Aula’ I Prize Reach.Out!  Award of the E-MRS Spring Meeting, Shared prize with all participants of the activity
  • 2013 Anna Rosell/Anna Roig, MAGNET-project, Finalist 5ª edition of Innovation Prize, Universal Medial Group 
  • 2013 Anna Rosell/Anna Roig, Finalists of  1ª Edición Concurso Innovación Vall d’Hebron,
  • 2000 Elies Molins/Anna Roig 100-years Commemorative Prize of Carburos Metálicos

Scientific Highlights:


Bio-identity and fate of albumin pre-coated SPIONs evaluated in cells in vitro and in vivo with the C. elegans model, Si-Ming Yu, Laura Gonzalez-Moragas, Maria Milla, Androniki Kolovou, Rachel Mellwig-Santarella, Yannick Schwab, Anna Laromaine*, Anna Roig*, Acta Biomaterialia, 43 (2016) 348–35710.1016/j.actbio.2016.07.024

Magnetic Gold Nanotriangles by Microwave Polyol Synthesis, S.Yu, J. Hachtel, M. Chisholm, S. Pantelides, A.Laromaine*, A. Roig*, NANOSCALE (2015) 14039-14046, DOI: 10.1039/C5NR03113C

Origami magnetic cellulose: controlled magnetic fraction and patterning of flexible bacterial cellulose, M. Zeng, A. Laromaine*, W. Feng, P. A. Levkin, A. Roig*, J. Mater. Chem. C 2 (2014) 6312-6318 DOI: 10.1039/c4tc00787e

Multiferroic Iron Oxide Thin Films at Room Temperature, M.Gich*, I. Fina, A. Morelli, F. Sánchez, M. Alexe, J. Gàzquez, J. Fontcuberta, A. Roig, Advanced Materials (2014) 26, 27, 4645-4652 DOI: 10.1002/adma.201400990

In vitro angiogenic performance and in vivo brain targeting of magnetized endothelial progenitor cells for neurorepair therapies, E. Carenza, V. Barceló, A. Morancho, L. Levander, C. Boada, A. Laromaine, A. Roig*, J. Montaner, A. Rosell*, Nanomedicine: NBM 10, 1 (2014) 225-234 DOI:10.1016/j.nano.2013.06.005

Facile Synthesis of Porous Bismuth-Carbon Nanocomposites for the Sensitive Detection of Heavy Metals, M. Gich*, C. Fernandez-Sanchez*, L.C. Cotet, P. Niu, A. Roig, J. Mater. Chem. A 1 (2013) 11410-11418 DOI:10.1039/C3TA12190A

Nanospheres of Silica with an epsilon-Fe2O3 Single Crystal Nucleus, E. Taboada, M. Gich, A. Roig*, ACS Nano 3, 11 (2009) 3377-3382 DOI: 10.1021/nn901022s

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