INA – Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón

Nanostructured materials

  Nanostructured materials


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The area of nanostructured materials is aimed at the synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials: Nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes, nanofibres, nanoporous interphases, nanocomposites, thin coatings and liquid crystals.

Applications of these materials are being developed in a variety of fields from sensors and bactericidal coatings to Nanomedicine.

The main research topics in this area are:


• Metallic nanoparticles with bactericidal properties.
• Metallic nanoparticles for optical/electrical applications.
• Inorganic nanoparticles as fillers in nanocomposites.
• Inorganic nanoparticles with light absorption / UV barrier properties.
• Magnetic nanoparticles for sensing applications.
• Magnetic and gold nanoparticles for hyperthermia.
• Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery and Diagnosis.
• Hierarchically structured materials.
• Particle size and shape control.

Nanowires, nanotubes and nanofibers:

• Carbon nanotubes and nanofibres.
• Graphene sheets.
• Inorganic nanotubes (halloysites, Titania, Metallic).
• Nanowires for micro- and nanoelectronics.

Nanocomposites and nanocoatings:

• Polymer nanocomposites with improved properties:
electrical, optical, magnetical and bactericidal.
• Nanocoatings based on mono/multilayer of organic compounds with defined molecular architecture.
• Polymeric fibres with micro and nanoencapsulation.
• Molecule releasing textiles.
• Composites with enhanced barrier effect.

Nanoporous interphases based on zeolites films:

• Chemical sensors for molecular recognition.
• Drug eluting porous interfaces.
• Microreators and membrane reactors.
• Micromembranes for Hydrogen production in fuel cells.
• Hybrid membranes for gas separation.

Functional organic materials:

• Liquid crystals for opto-electronics applications.
• Supramolecular structures based on liquid crystals.
• Optical storage by mean of polymers.
• Liquid crystal Dendrimers.
• Langmuir-Blodgett Fllms.


• Characterisation of nanoparticle dispersions and Aerosols.
• Monitoring of nanomaterials in the environment.
• Safe handling of nanomaterials.