The main research line of the lab is the synthesis and modification of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications, exploring new compositions, synthetic strategies and surface modifications. In the past we have explored also applications for the oils & gas industry and, currently, a new research line on the use of metal oxide nanoparticles for catalysis is being developed.
The main activities of the lab are:
- Synthesis and characterization of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (IONPs) by thermal decomposition in organic media (hydrophilic nanoparticles) or by coprecipitation in water.
- Synthesis of IONP-based core-shell nanomaterials (e. g. shell of silica or manganese oxide).
- Surface modification of IONPs with small molecules or macromolecules.
We work frequently in collaboration with national and international academic groups, as well as with different technological companies.