Nanostructured materials

Nanostructures are being developed in order to take advantage on their specific tailored properties and to make use of them in the development of multiresponsive composites. Magnetic nanoparticles produced by bacteria are being investigated, together with novel magnetic, plasmonic and photocatalytic nanoparticles, among others. Further, novel porous materials, basically MOFS and Zeolites are being investigated based on their tuneability and outstanding intrinsic properties.

Researchers

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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Fidalgo-Marijuan, Arkaitz Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: arkaitz.fidalgo@bcmaterials.net

Expertise
Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction.

Crystal structure solution and refinement.

IR and Raman spectroscopies.

Thermal properties of materials.

Catalytic activity measurements.

DFT calculations.

Bio
Arkaitz Fidalgo-Marijuan is graduated in Environmental Science in 2009 and Master in New Materials in 2010. In March 2014 he obtained his PhD degree on material science and technology at the University of the Basque Country. His research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of new metalloporphyrin MOF materials as heterogeneous catalysts and gas adsorption and separation. He has specialized on single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, thermal characterization, catalytic activity studies and DFT calculations. He is currently working in collaboration with the Crystallography group in UPV/EHU on the synthesis and characterization of MOF@LI composites for CO2 capture.

Interests and objetives
Design of metalloporphrin based MOF materials for heterogeneous catalysis and gas adsorption.
Currently, I am involved in LISOL (Soluciones basadas en líquidos iónicos para diversificar las oportunidades de la industria vasca) project, funded under the ELKARTEK program of the Basque Government for the design of new composite materials based on ionic liquids supported on MOFs for CO2 capture and separation.

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Gandia Aguado, David Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: david.gandia@bcmaterials.net

Expertise
Structural, Magnetic and Biological techniques, including Cell Manipulation, Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopies (SEM and TEM), Vibrating Sample and SQUID Magnetometry (VSM and SQUID), and Magnetic Hyperthermia.c

Bio
I obtained my Degree in Physics from the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU) in 2016, and afterwards I enrolled in the Interuniversity Master of New Materials, offered by the Universidad de Cantabria (UC) and the Universidad del País Vasco(UPV/EHU). In my Bachelor`s Final Year and master`s Degree Projects I have been working with the Group of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, collaborating with the Inmunology, Microbiology and Parasitology department, in an interdisciplanary research project related to Magnetotactic Bacteria for Enhanced Applications. In this project I have developed a method to create 2D and 3D arrays of magnetotactic bacteria for data storage applications and theoretical studies, and in addition, I have also analyzed the viability of these bacteria as nanorobots for Magnetic Hyperthermia mediated Cancer Treatment.

Interests and objetives
I plan to continue my research in the areas of Novel Cancer Treatment Therapies such as Drug Delivery and Magnetic Hyperthermia.

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Kazim, Samrana Senior Researcher - Group Leader
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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Payno Zarceño, David Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: David.payno@bcmaterials.net

Career and achievements:

David Payno studied physics and a Master in renewable energies in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

During the master, he did an internship on CIEMAT, working in the project of building integration photovoltaics proposing a new standardization system. This results where showed in “XVI Congreso Ibérico y XII Congreso Iberoamericano de Energía Solar”.

He did a training in the European Commission JRC of Netherlands, working the energy storage unit. Here, he study of the viability of giving a second life in a stationary application (like grid or renewables support) to the lithium batteries used in electric vehicles, by testing the degradation trends and processes in representative samples.

In BCMaterials, he will do the PhD in the “Printable kesterites solar cells and interface optimization for high performance devices” project, looking for improvements on this green, element earth abundant and low toxic PV technology, and ways to make it cheaper and suitable for future commercialization.

The used skills are materials characterization, photovoltaic characterization, multiple thin film deposition techniques as:

  • Spin coating
  • Sputtering
  • Inkjet print
  • Chemical Bath CBD

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Vadillo Lacasa, Virginia Pre-Doctoral Researcher
Email: virginia.vadillo@bcmaterials.net

Expertise
Magnetic nanoparticles synthesis by chemical and physical methods. Nanoparticules characterization (SEM, TEM, XRD, DLS, VSM). Design and characterization of magnetorheological fluids.

Bio
I received my degree in Industrial Chemical Engineer in 2008 and the degree in Materials Engineer in 2011. I get a Master in Structured materials for new technologies in 2013. I have been working in diferents research center since 2010 in diferent materials fields: polymer matrix composites for aeronautical aplications, metallurgical materials, sol-gel materials for electrooptical aplications. Since december 2017, I am working in a Ph.D. in magnetic nanoparticles for magnetorheological fluids applications.

Interests and objetives
Currently, I am involved in FLUMAN project. The aim of this project is to get magnetic nanoparticles with high saturation magnetization to use them in magnetorheological fluids for design and manufacture an damper prototype.

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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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