Lines of Research

Strategic Area 1

Functional nanomaterials and other advanced materials

Central Theme 1

Functional Nanomaterials

The development and study of the physical and chemical properties of nanostructured systems with magnetic, plasmonic, polymeric, superconductor and catalytic applications, among others. The applied science is combined with fundamental research using tools which have a direct link with emerging nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Line of Research 1.1

Nanostructures and next generation materials (graphene, other 2D materials, next-generation superconductors, topological insulators, USB sticks, etc.)

Line of Research 1.2

Hybrid magnetic nanostructures (organic/inorganic) with multifunctional response controlled via external stimuli.

Line of Research 1.3

Nanostructured polymers and controlled-structure block copolymers with advanced properties (plasmonics, molecular imprint, etc.)

Line of Research 1.4

Atomic metal quantum clusters with catalytic and luminescent functionalities (atomic quantum dots).

Central Theme 2

Surfaces and Coatings

Study and treatment of processes that occur on surfaces, thin films and low dimensional systems, which play a fundamental role in many of the properties and applications of current technological materials. The treatment of surfaces and the growth and design of coatings to give specific characteristics to the materials’ surfaces is particularly relevant.

Line of Research 1.5

Thin films and low dimensional systems.

Line of research 1.6

Micro coatings and nanometrics: Corrosion-resistant, non-stick coatings. Tribological, dielectric and electromagnetic shielding properties.

Line of research 1.7

Bidimensional materials with magnetic and thermoelectric properties.

Line of Research 1.8

Nanostructured Solid/Liquid interfaces. New electrode-electrolyte systems (in batteries, fuel cells, microfluidic devices among others).

Central theme 3

Other Advanced materials

Materials capable of satisfying new technological and/or basic research needs, with structural and/or morphological properties distinctly different to those of conventional materials. Advanced materials are on the way to developing products with higher added value.

Line of research 1.9

Multifunctional hybrid materials

Line of Research 1.10

New techniques of production and design for advanced materials: 3D printing, supercritical fluids, electro-spinning, self-assembly, elect.

Line of Research 1.11

Nanostructuring and functional properties of advanced electrolytes. Dense ionic solvents: ionic liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents Nanofluids (filtration, homogenisation and applications).

Line of Research 1.12

Advanced heterogeneous multifunctional catalysers

Strategic Area 2


Designing and obtaining new nanomaterials and devices for use in the controlled and selective release of active agents; new contrast agents for biomedical imaging and / or new therapeutic agents (theragnostics); specific and sensitive detection of bioanalytes and biomarkers in complex biological media; repair / regeneration of tissue and creation of new tissue through 3D printing, etc.

Line of Research 2.1

Auto-assembled nanoparticles of biotechnological and/or medical interest. Algorithms and software for the recognition, aggregation and dissociation of biomolecules.

Line of Research 2.2

Macro and mesoporous materials with multifunctional response for implantology; regenerative medicine and as theragnostic agents in biomedical applications.

Line of Research 2.3

Nanofiltration of liquids of biotechnological and sanitary interest through nanofunction microfilters.

Line of Research 2.4

Wavefront coding and plenoptics to prevent visual disability.

Line of Research 2.5

Atomic Quantum Clusters for biomedical applications

Strategic Area 3

Optical Materials and devices

Light control, especially in exotic mediums involving quantum mechanics or non-linear components in equations, is one of the most active fields of photonics both on a fundamental level and for applications with high innovative value.

Line of Research 3.1

Quantum coherence and polarization of light.

Line of Research 3.2

Integrated quantum photonics for cryptography and quantum processors.

Line of Research 3.3

High-powered PET

Line of Research 3.4

Micromachining with short and ultrashort laser pulses.

Line of Research 3.5

Deposition of thins layers through PLD and characterization.

Line of Research 3.6

Writing with laser lights and electrons in photonic materials.

Line of Research 3.7

Femtomagnetism and nonlinear optics.

Strategic Area 4

Computer simulation of materials

The level of computational demand in the strategic areas of the partnership is very high, with the need for numeric calculus, simulations, data analysis, etc. and for sophisticated tools from a computing point of view. The partnership has vast experience in mathematical methods for sophisticated calculus, both in analytical and numerical terms.

Line of Research 4.1

Simulation in biomaterials.

Line of Research 4.2

Simulation in low dimension systems and nanostructures.

Line of Research 4.3

Simulation in quantum materials.

Line of Research 4.4

Simulation in materials for energy gathering