Micro and Nanostructured Materials

Nanostructures will be developed in order to take advantage of their specific tailored properties and to support the development of multiresponsive hybrid materials. Magnetic and metallic nanoparticles produced by bacteria and plants, single and hybrid magnetic, plasmonic and photocatalytic nanoparticles will be developed, among others. Special attention will be devoted to mesoporous materials, mainly metallic organic frameworks and zeolites, which are being investigated based on their tuneability and specific intrinsic properties for sensing (e.g. gas sensing), energy (e.g. batteries, hydrogen generation and storage), environmental (e.g. contaminant absorption processes) and biomedical (therapeutic) applications. In particular, strong efforts are being develop in the area of hierarchical materials out of MOFS as well as to molecular materials such as molecular magnets.

Researchers

Andreo, Jacopo Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: jacopo.andreo@bcmaterials.net

Dr. Jacopo Andreo received his M.Sc. in Chemistry in 2016 from the University of Turin and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Parma, with a thesis on cobalt and palladium coordination complexes with zwitterionic ligands. He is currently working at the BCMaterial with Prof. Stefan Wuttke, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of conductive MOFs and hierarchical materials.

Barandika, Gotzone UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: gotzone.barandika@ehu.eus

Expertise
Coordination chemistry, X-ray diffraction, crystal structure, microstructure, electronic microscopy (SEM and TEM), magnetic properties, DFT calculations, topology, synthesis methods, pulvimetallurgy, catalysis, mechanical properties, management models, innovation in education

Bio
Dr. Gotzone Barandika was graduated in Chemistry (UPV/EHU, 1989), and received her PhD in Physics in 1995 (Universidad de Navarra). Since 1996 she works for UPV/EHU as a lecturer and researcher at the Inorganic Chemistry deparment. She has been working in Materials Science focusing her work on machine tools materials, magnetic compounds, biomaterials, and metal organic frameworks. She has published over 80 articles receiving more than 20 cites per article. She is the author of an international patent, and has supervised 5 PhD theses. She has been the director of the UPV/EHU postgrade “Orthopaedics”, and since 2011 is an executive board member of the Spanish Association of Bioinorganics. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Computational Methods in Molecular Design.

Interests and objetives
I am involved in several research projects focused on the development of MOF-type porous materials for the storage and transport of mass and energy. Additionally, I intend to go on the development of surface coatings for orthopaedic biomaterials. I am interested in management models applied to research groups, and I have published several articles on the matter. Additionally, I spend some of my time on divulgation activities directed to the local society, focusing special attention on young people.

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Barroso García, Nagore Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: nagore.barroso@bcmaterials.net

Nagore Barroso García graduated in Chemistry in 2018 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her degree thesis was on “Surface modification of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) for biomedical applications” in the Macromolecular Chemistry Laboratory of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Leioa.

 

Subsequently, she finished her master’s degree in New Materials in 2019 at the University of the Basque Country and the University of Cantabria with a thesis based on “Hyaluronic acid/chitosan biodegradable polycomplexes for 3D printing”, carried out in the Macromolecular Chemistry Laboratory of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

 

Currently, she is starting her PhD at BCMaterials, in the field of metal-oxide framework nanoparticles (MOF NPs) under the direction of Stefan Wuttke.

Bazán, Begoña UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: bego.bazan@ehu.es

Expertise
Solid coordination frameworks (SCF), hydrothermal synthesis; X-ray diffracion; crystal structures; structural analysis.

Bio
Begoña Bazán received the diploma degree in geology and the doctor degree in sciences from the University of Basque Country (UPV-EHU) in 1997 and 2003, respectively. She held the position of Assistant Professor from 2004 to 2013. Now, she holds a post of permanent doctor researcher in the Mineralogy and Petrology Department at UPV/EHU from 2013. She is a member of the Crystallography group from 2001 and a junior researcher of the BCmaterials from 2014, an excellence research centre sponsored by the Basque Science Foundation and the University. Her current research includes the synthesis and study of solid coordination networks (SCN), X-ray diffraction, elucidation of crystal structures and their structural analysis. She is co-author of 33 scientific papers (h-index=10), of 7 book-chapters and of 80 contributions to Spanish and international conferences. She is author of 1 international patent, and has supervised 3 Thesis Master. Currently, she is supervising 2 PhD Thesis.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I am involved in DEMAGENER (Development of advanced materials for the generation, storage and liberation of energy) project, funded under the MINECO.
I also belong to the Consolidated Group (Basque Government) led by Prof. Arriortua.

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Beobide, Garikoitz UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: garikoitz.beobide@ehu.eus

Garikoitz Beobide is professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the UPV/EHU since 2010. G.B. obtained his BSc in Chemistry degree (University of Strathclyde and UPV/EHU) in 2002 and PhD degree in 2007, receiving from the UPV/EHU the doctorate extraordinary award related to his research results. During the postdoctoral period (2007-2010), G.B. joined the IK4-Tekniker Technology Centre as a Senior Scientist, where his research focused in the development and application of materials and functional surfaces. Since 2010, as professor of the UPV/EHU, his research field is devoted to the design and synthesis of novel metal-organic materials, including MOF (metal-organic frameworks), MBioF (metal-biomolecule frameworks), SMOF (supramolecularly assembled metal-organic frameworks) and MOA (metal-organic aerogels). G.B. deals also with the modelling of electronic properties and adsorptive behavior of materials, through both experimental techniques and computational calculations (DFT, GCMC) that allow a deeper understanding of the surface of porous systems, interactions with adsorbed species and potential applications. As a result of his research activity, G.B. has made more than 70 contributions to scientific journals (h-index: 24). G.B. is also co-author of three international patents and co-founder of Poretune S.L. Company, a star-up devoted to the development of novel porous catalysts for electrochemical applications.

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Castillo, Oscar UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: oscar.castillo@ehu.eus

Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country since April 2010. He completed his PhD studies in September 2001, joining the University of the Basque Country in that same year as a teacher within the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. In April 2015 he received the accreditation to the academic full professor body.

He has developed several research lines all of them related to porous metal-organic materials. One of them focused on developing a sustainable production route for this type of porous materials through its solvent-free synthesis by directly heating a carefully selected reagent mixture so that some of them melt at moderate temperatures. It was also possible to demonstrate that microwave heating allows reducing reaction times to a few minutes while maintaining high yields and materials performance.

In addition, he developed another research line based on the use of nucleobases together with different metal centers for the formation of porous materials with a three-dimensional skeleton supported by coordination links between nucleobases and metal centers (Metal-Biomolecule Frameworks, MBioFs) or by complementary hydrogen bonds between the nucleobases attached to the metal centers (Supramolecular Metal-Organic Frameworks, SMOFs). In both cases, they are novel materials in which the use of the nucleobases improves the adsorption selectivity of these materials.

A third line focuses on the processing of MOFs as aerogels (Metal-Organic Aerogels, MOA). Aerogels consist of gels where the liquid present inside has been replaced by air without causing gel contraction. This is achieved by drying the gel under supercritical conditions, usually with CO2. There are few examples of these new materials in which the microporosity of MOF is combined with the meso- and macroporous characteristics of aerogels to give rise to a hierarchically ordered porous material.

Currently, these three lines are converging in the preparation of multifunctional porous metal-organic materials where a second property (conductivity, luminescence, fluorescence) is altered by the interaction of host molecules with the biomolecules integrated in the porous material to develop highly selective chemical sensors.

As a result of the aforementioned research activity, 146 contributions (h=34) have been made to scientific journals in the area of materials science, inorganic chemistry and crystalline engineering. He is also co-author of two patents in this area and co-founder of a technology-based company (PORETUNE SL) related to one of these patents. In the last 5 years, he has participated in 6 national and regional research projects, being IP in four of them. He has also directed 7 doctoral theses and 2 more will be defended shortly. I am also a cofounder, together with Drs. Garikoitz Beobide and Daniel Vallejo of the start-up company PORETUNE S.L. which is responsible for exploiting one of these patents (PCT / ES2017 / 070255).

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Celaya Azcoaga, Leire Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: leire.celaya@bcmaterials.net

Leire Celaya Azcoaga graduated in Chemistry in 2018 from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her undergraduate thesis, entitled “Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for removal of pollutants from aqueous media”, was carried out in the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Leioa as a continuation of her previous work as an intern student at BCMaterials.

Subsequently, she studied a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and an Expertise in International Education + IB Certificate (2019) at Camilo José Cela University after which she continued her scientific career by completing her Master’s degree in New Materials (2020) at the University of the Basque Country and the University of Cantabria. Due to exceptional circumstances, she developed a bibliographic master’s thesis in collaboration with BCMaterials on the state of the art of inner and surface functionalization strategies of Metal-Organic Frameworks as bio-active molecules delivery systems.

Currently, she is starting her PhD in BCMaterials in the field of multifunctional materials for the controlled release of drugs based on inorganic-organic clusters. Her research will also be focusing on the design of bioactive MOF-type materials.

Fernández-Gubieda, María Luisa UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: malu.gubieda@ehu.eus

Expertise: 

Magnetic Characterization, X-Absorption spectroscopy, Magnetotactic bacteria, magnetic nanoparticles, biomedical application

Bio:

I graduated in Solid State Physics at the University of the Basque Country where I received my doctorate in 1991. Since 2002 I am Professor of Applied Physics and currently head of the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Research Group.. From 2007 to 2011, I have been vice dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

My main research line has been to study the relationship between structure and magnetism in amorphous magnetic materials and nanometric systems. In 2011, I launched a new line of research with magnetotactic bacteria with a double purpose: 1) to study 1D magnetic nanostructures using the bacteria as a model and 2) to study the viability of the particles synthesized by the bacteria and the bacteria themselves in biomedical applications.

Another of the important activities of my research career is the use of large scientific facilities, mainly synchrotron radiation. I have been one of the promoters of the beamline of the Spanish ALBA synchrotron “Core level absorption and Emission Spectroscopies Beamline” which was approved in the first phase. In addition, I have been a member of the International Commission for the evaluation of the Italian line in the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility: Review panel GILDA 2009 and I am currently a member of the International Commission for the Evaluation of Measurement Proposals of the British DIAMOND Synchrotron.

Since 2000 I have been the principal investigator of 7 research projects within the National Materials Plan and  I have coordinated two Marie Curie Individual Fellowship projects.

I have participated in the organization of international congresses as organizational secretary (VI International Workshop on Non-Crystalline Solids, 2000; XV International Conference on Soft Magnetic Materials, 2001; 6th European Conference on Magnetic Sensors and Actuators, 2006) and I have been a member of the editorial committee of Soft Magnetic Materials 2017. Finally, it should be noted that I have participated in the nomination for the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 at the invitation of the Nobel Committee for Physics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

Interest and Objectives:

I led the Group of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, At present, an interdisciplinary group composed of Physicists, Electronic Engineers and Biologists working together.. The group develops an intense research and training work with more than 200 indexed publications and 7 theses defended in the last 6 years, and 9 theses in progress.

The main objective of the group is to prepare and characterize new magnetic materials with special properties for outstanding applications.

Main project: Magnetotactic bacteria as sources of model magnetic nanoparticles and biorobots for targeted therapies (MAT2017-83631-C3-1-R)

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Fernández, Roberto Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: roberto.fernandez@bcmaterials.net

Expertise
Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. Crystal structure solution and refinement. Crystallographic databases. Hydrothermal synthesis. IR and Raman spectroscopies. Thermal properties of materials.

Bio
Roberto Fernández de Luis got his PhD (Material science, 2009) from the University of the Basque Country. His research is focused on crystal structure determination and thermal stability of the crystal frameworks after the loss and uptake of guest and coordinated species. For these studies, he has specialized on single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction at non-ambient temperature. He is currently working in collaboration with the Crystallography group in UPV/EHU on the room temperature and hydrothermal synthesis of nano-structured hydrogels of silver vanadium oxides for sensing and battery applications.

Interests and objetives
Design of porous materials as sensor for alcohols detectors.
Development of electrode materials for battery applications.

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Kazim, Samrana Ikerbasque Research Fellow
Email: samrana.kazim@bcmaterials.net

Expertise
Electro-optical characterization of organic semiconductors, perovskite and nanocomposites.
Thin film deposition by vaccum thermal evaporation and by wet chemistry.
Synthesis of plasmonic metal nanoparticles,conducting polymers.

Bio
Dr. Samrana Kazim is working as a senior researcher & group leader of Nanostructured Materials at BCMaterials-Basque Center for Materials, Applicatons and Nanostructures, Spain. Prior to this position, she worked as a tenured Senior scientist (2013-2017) at Abengoa Research, a corporate research center of multinational energy company. She obtained her Master degree (M.Sc) and doctoral degree(Ph.D.) in Materials chemistry from New Delhi (India). After submitting her Ph.D., she worked as a post-doc at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Kanpur,India) for one year, then she moved to Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (IMC), Prague on IUPAC/UNESCO fellowship. She continued her work as staff scientist at IMC before moving to Abengoa Research. Her field of research interest includes perovskite solar cells, plasmonics, hybrid inorganic-organic nanocomposites. She has published more than 40 research articles in peer review international journal in the field of material science, energy and nanotechnology. She is co-author of 2 book chapters, book editor and co-inventor of 5 patents in the field of energy conversion and storage and delivered keynote & invited talks.

Interests and objetives
Her research objective is the development of nanostructured materials for optoelectronics devices and more specifically for thin film solar cells.

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Luque, Antonio UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: antonio.luque@ehu.eus

Dr. Antonio Luque (Male) received his M.Sc. in Chemistry 1986 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences 1990 from the Basque Country University (UPV/HU) in Bilbao, Spain. Since 2002, he occupies the position of University Professor in the Inorganic Department of the above-cited university. He has published 155 articles in scientific journals, receiving more than 3900 citations (h-index = 35) focused on the chemistry of polyoxometalates, the structural and magnetic features of coordination compounds, the development of porous metal-organic materials, and the supramolecular self-assembly of discrete metal-organic entities. He is co-inventor of two patents, and he has supervised six Ph.D. Thesis and several final degree and master projects. His research lines are currently devoted to the development of solvent-free synthetic methods for producing MOF (metal-organic frameworks) at lower costs, using a scalable and environmentally friendly route. Another line of research is dedicate to the rational design and preparation of new MBioF (metal-biomolecule frameworks), SMOF (supramolecularly assembled metal-organic frameworks) and MOA (metal-organic aerogels).

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Martin, James Harry Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Oyarzabal Epelde, Itziar Ikerbasque Research Fellow
Email: itziar.oyarzabal@bcmaterials.net

Career and achievements

Itziar Oyarzabal received her B.S. Degree in Chemical Sciences in 2011 and her M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry and Polymeric Materials in 2012, both from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU, Donostia-San Sebastián). She obtained her PhD degree (UPV/EHU) in December 2015, under the supervision of Professors José Manuel Seco Botana (UPV/EHU) and Enrique Colacio (University of Granada) and she received the extraordinary PhD award given by UPV/EHU. In 2016 she continued working in the same research group at UPV/EHU thanks to a Postdoctoral Grant from the university and in April 2017 she joined the Molecular Materials & Magnetism (M3) group at Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (Pessac, France) led by Dr. Rodolphe Clérac. During the postdoctoral period of almost 4 years in France (first due to a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship and after to a Postdoctoral Grant from the Basque Government), she focused her research in the development of metal-organic materials with interesting magnetic properties.

She has published over 30 articles (h-index = 15) in peer-reviewed international journals and has presented her work as invited and oral speaker in several international and national conferences in the area of magnetism and material sciences. Her most important contribution to date is the development of a couple of metal-organic magnets with large coercivity and ordering temperatures up to 242°C (published in Science, 2020).

Expertise
Synthesis under inert-gas atmosphere (Schlenk technique and gloveboxes) and solvothermal synthesis. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. Crystal structure solution and refinement. Magnetic properties of materials.

Interests and objectives

As an Ikerbasque Research Fellow, she plans to continue her research in the area of molecular magnetism.

Links to external profiles

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9149-2511

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Itziar-Oyarzabal

Pérez-Yáñez, Sonia UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: sonia.perez@ehu.eus

Sonia Pérez-Yáñez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the UPV/EHU since 2016. She obtained her PhD degree (UPV/EHU) in 2012, under the supervision of Professors Antonio Luque and Oscar Castillo, and she received from the University of the Basque Country the doctorate extraordinary award related to her research results. During the postdoctoral period, she kept on researching in the development and application of metal-organic materials in the same group given that she was awarded with two different postdoctoral fellowships from the UPV/EHU. During this period, she made a stay at the University of Saint Andrews under the supervision of Paul A. Wright.

Currently, she is member of the Metal-Organic Materials research group. One of the most relevant research lines to which she is devoted deals with the development of porous metal-organic materials such as MBioFs (metal-biomolecule frameworks), SMOFs (supramolecularly assembled metal-organic frameworks) and MOAs (metal-organic aerogels). During the last years, her target research has evolved to obtaining those materials by sustainable methods (i.e. solvent-free) and to applying them for environment remediation.

As a result of her research activity, she has made 50 contributions to scientific journals (h-index: 18) and she is co-author of two international patents.

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Rodríguez Esteban, Corina Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: corina.rodriguez@bcmaterials.net

Corina Rodríguez Esteban graduated in Chemistry in 2019 at the University of Sevilla. Her degree thesis was on “Synthesis and characterization of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for environmental applications”, at the Inorganic Chemistry Group of the Faculty of Chemistry of Sevilla.

Subsequently, she finished her master’s degree in Science and Technology of New Materials in 2020 at the University of Sevilla with a thesis based on the development of lanthanide-based trimodal nanoparticles contrast agent for luminescence, magnetic resonance and X-ray computed tomography imaging, carried out in the Colloidal Materials Group of the Material Science Institute (ICMS) of Sevilla.

Currently, she is starting her PhD at BCMaterials in the field of molecular magnetism under the direction of Itziar Oyarzabal.

Valverde de Mingo, Ainara Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: ainara.valverde@bcmaterials.net

Ainara Valverde de Mingo graduated in Chemistry in 2017 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her degree thesis was on polymeric coatings with antibacterial properties in the Macromolecular Chemistry Laboratory of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Leioa.

Subsequently, she finished her master’s degree in New Materials in 2018 at the University of the Basque Country and the University of Cantabria with a thesis based on hyaluronic acid and chitosan coatings onto titanium substrates for their use in implants and prothesis, carried out in the Macromolecular Chemistry Laboratory of the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Currently, she is starting her PhD at BCMaterials, in the field of multifunctional materials for environmental sensing and water remediation based on Metal Organic Framework polymeric composites. Her research will be also focused in the study of these materials by different neutronic techniques.

Expertise:

Surface modification and characterization (XPS, SEM, AC, TEM…)
Synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials. (NMR, FTIR, UV-VIS…)
Thermal properties and degradation (DSC, TGA…)

Walden, Madeline Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: Madeline.Walden@bcmaterials.net

Madeline’s research focuses primarily on conductive metal organic frameworks and their applications in energy storage. Before joining BCMaterials, Madeline received her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado and her Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College (Boettcher Scholar).

Her previous research projects include

  • The design and synthesis of small molecule drugs for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases and cancers
  • The study of hydrogen bonding patterns along and within cell membranes to develop better organ preservation methods
  • The synthesis of a series of core-shell metal organic frameworks for applications in drug delivery
  • The characterization and development of redox-flow battery electrolytes for grid scale energy storage

In addition to presenting her work to scientists in the United States and Europe, Madeline has also been invited to speak with members of the US congress and senate about her research.  She looks forward to developing new methods and materials to make practical improvements to the lives of those around her!

Wuttke, Stefan Ikerbasque Research Professor
Email: stefan.wuttke@bcmaterials.net

BIO

Stefan Wuttke created the research group “Wuttkegroup for Science”, initially hosted at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Munich (LMU, Germany). Currently, he is an Ikerbasque Professor at the Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures (BCMaterials, Spain). His research is focused on developing methodologies to read and write chemical information from and onto the backbone of hybrid framework materials. In addition, his research interests also include the acquisition of a fundamental understanding of the chemical and physical processes involved in their synthesis and functionalization.

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Yu, Xiangjiang Guest UPV/EHU Researcher
Email: xiangjiang.yu@bcmaterials.net

Yu Xiangjiang received his M.S. degree in the State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials at University of Science and Technology Beijing in 2020, under the supervision of Prof. Ye Feng and his research focused on the structure and phase transformation process of Al/Ni multilayers.

He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Stefan Wuttke, focusing on the microfluidic synthesis of MOFs and encapsulate enzymes into MOFs.

Zaremba, Orysia Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: orysia.zaremba@bcmaterials.net

Orysia Zaremba received her B.Sc. in Chemistry in 2017 from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine and M.Sc. in Materials Science in 2019 from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia. She also worked as an assistant researcher in Nagoya University, Japan. In BCMaterials, she will work as a pre-doctoral researcher in the area of metal organic compounds synthesis under supervision of Prof. Stefan Wuttke. So far, she has published 5 papers in peer-reviewed international journals in the field of nanomaterials and materials science.

Research Associates

In this research line also take part several Research Associates, that belong to the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and perform part of their activity within BCMaterials. Thus, the work of the different lines is carried out in close collaboration with research groups at the University, promoting excellence and worldwide impact.

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