The activity of the group focuses on the micro and nanostructuring of polymers and liquid crystals in the search of novel functional polymeric systems of interest in different application fields such as Biomedicine, Photonics and Soft Robotics. The preparation of polymeric systems (microparticles, thin films, microstructures,..) with controlled morphology and functionality that confers to the materials novel or improved properties is achieved by using liquid crystal or block copolymer self-organization and advanced lithography techniques and additive micromanufacturing techniques, such as inkjet or 3D printing.
Given the multidisciplinary and applied nature of the Research carried out, the group, composed primarily by physicist, collaborates with chemists, biochemists, engineers and theoreticians both in academia and industry.
The BIONANOSURF Group’s research focuses on all the stages involved in the design, development, characterization, testing, validation and transfer of nanotechnologies for the diagnosis and treatment of various pathologies. Specifically, our research is mainly divided into 4 lines of research: therapeutic nanoconjugates and drug delivery systems; Magnetic Nanoactuators for Enzyme Activation and Membrane Receptors; Calorimetric nanobiosensors and Quality management in the development of Nanotechnology.
The BIONANOSURF group is a multidisciplinary group made up of approximately 45 members with extensive training in physics, biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy and other relevant areas. The multidisciplinary nature of the group facilitates research and development in various areas, including biosensors, gene therapy and magnetism, among others.
CREG group is formed by professors, lecturers and researchers associated with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environment at the University of Zaragoza. The research carried out by members of CREG involves several aspects related to Chemical Engineering and Material Science. CREG is formed by two different sub-groups belonging to INMA.
– Membranes and Nanostructured Materials. It is focused on three main research lines: (1) Synthesis and characterization of nanoporous materials: zeolites, titanosilicates, layered materials, ordered mesoporous silicas, graphene derivatives, MOF and COF, controlling their surface chemistry and textural properties. (2) Development of flat and hollow fiber mixed matrix membranes for molecular separations: dense membranes and supported membranes over polymeric supports. (3) Application of nanostructured materials to membranes with greater separation performance that enable more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly separation processes: gas-phase separations (CO2 capture, H2 purification, biogas upgrading, etc.) and liquid-phase separations such as nanofiltration (solvent purification, removal of micropollutants from water), pervaporation and osmotic desalination. Other applications are encapsulation for the textile industry or catalysis for the biorefinery industry.
– Catalysis and Carbonaceous Nanomaterials. The main research fields are: (1) Biomass derived carbon based catalysts for the production and use of green hydrogen. (2) CO2 methanation reaction using the catalysts described above. (3) Production of hydrogen and carbonaceous nanomaterials (i. e. carbon nanotubes) by catalytic decomposition of methane and biomethane. (4) Production of hydrogen by bioethanol dehydrogenation.
ENMA´s group (Assembly of Materials and Surface Modification) has wide experience in the assembly of organic, inorganic or hybrid materials using the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB), self-assembly (SA), electrografting or spin-coating techniques and their characterization by spectroscopic, microscopic or electrochemical techniques, as well as in the modification of surfaces through physicochemical processes ((super)-hydrophobicity / hydrophilicity), or formation of nanostructures. Its research focuses mainly on applications oriented to the fields of:
– Molecular Electronics
– Model Cell Membranes
– Surface Modification
The NANOMIDAS research group (Nanofabrication and advanced microscopies) is a group recognized by the Dirección General de Aragon (DGA) dedicated to cutting-edge research into different types of nanomaterials from an advanced microscopy point of view (Focused Ion Beam FIB, (Scanning) Transmission Electron Microscopy STEM and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy STM). Our group pursues the structural understanding at the atomic level and its correlation with the physico-chemical properties, allowing the synthesis and manufacture in a controlled manner and at the nanometric scale, of multifunctional materials for their application in the fields of electronics, nanoengineering, catalysis, energy, medicine and environment.
NANOMIDAS is a multidisciplinary group that brings together researchers with different backgrounds, including physics, chemistry or materials science.
The research interest of the Nanoscopy on Low Dimensional Materials (NLDM) group is mainly focused on the study of the atomic structure and configuration, as well as the physical (electronic, optical, vibrational, mechanical) properties of low-dimensional nanomaterials based on carbon, boron and nitrogen, transition metal dichalcogenides as well as other nano-structures (in particular, metallic nano-objects for plasmonic/photonic interest). To accomplish these studies different TEM techniques are utilized (HR(S)TEM imaging, electron diffraction, EELS, EDS and electron tomography) as well as other spectroscopies as XPS and Raman. The group actively collaborates with industrial and academic partners in the area of graphene and related materials as well as other nanocarbon structures and materials.
The NFP Group was created in 2007 by researchers from different backgrounds, with the aim of concentrating efforts in the development and application of nanostructured materials, with an emphasis on nanoparticles, nanoporous interfaces and hybrid systems. The NFP Group belongs to the Nanoscience and Materials Institute of Aragon (INMA), a multidisciplinary institute where researcher backgrounds include Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine and Biochemistry. At the INA and beyond we find numerous opportunities for lateral thinking and scientific collaboration.
Our interests are focused in the investigation and development of structural and functional ceramics for energy applications and their devices. Basic research and transfer to industry.
A) Functional ceramics for electrochemical applications and their devices: ionic and mixed conductors for electrochemical devices (SOFC and SOEC cells, lead-acid batteries, Li ion conductors, H2 and O2 membranes, etc.), cell assembly.
B) Functional materials based on directionally solidified eutectics: with applications as CO2 membranes; selective thermal emitters; metamaterials; photocatalizers, etc.
C) Ceramics with mechanical performance: Laser assisted solidification of eutectic oxide and non-oxide ceramics, with exceptional mechanical resistance and to high temperature corrosion, good behaviour against wear and thermal shock.
D) Laser assisted processing of ceramics and other materials: Solidification from the melt, marking and structuring by melting, ablation etc.
Our research is oriented to develop the scientific basis of future quantum technologies, based on the manipulation and detection of quantum states in materials. The main theme of our research is the study of the interaction of these materials with electromagnetic radiation in devices.
The group combine expertise in fabrication, experimentation and theory. Our research can be grouped in three main axis:
– Nanophotonics (with the aim of controlling light-matter interaction at the nanoscale)
– Quantum Circuits (with the sublines of Quantum Circuits with Magnetic Molecules and the Exploration of Light-Matter interaction in New Regimes of Coupling Strength).
– Sensors (both Sensors of X-Rays based on Quantum Technology and Scanning Magnetic Microscopy).
The RASMIA Research Group focuses its activity on the use of Synchrotron Radiation for research in materials science and nanotechnology, and low temperature techniques
Our object of study are magnetic materials, oxides and molecular, with application in spintronics, investigated with various techniques and in particular, with Synchrotron Radiation. Spintronics is a new technology based on spin currents, relevant in ICTs today, and even more in the medium and long term, for enabling energy-competitive technological solutions. The success of this technology depends on advances in new materials and nanofabrication. Our work is carried out at very low temperatures, which is why we have worked on liquefaction and helium regeneration, with the generation of a broad portfolio of licensed patents with high impact results worldwide.
Synthesis, experimental and theoretical studies on organic molecules with nonlinear optical activity and dyes for DSSC (Dye Sensitized Solar Cells)