Welcome to the website of the “Group of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites” from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC).

Group activity focuses on the controlled and rational synthesis of inorganic and hybrid (inorganic-organic) nanoparticles and nanocomposites and the study of their structural -functional properties. Among others, we are currently interested in the stabilization of metastable phases, the preparation of core-shell nanoparticles, stable colloidal dispersions and porous nanocomposites. Some of the synthetic methods we are using are sol-gel chemistry, supercritical fluids, thermal decompositon or microwaves. We must confess a soft spot for magnetic systems…

We aim at the applicability of our materials in the HEALTH and in the INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES sectors:


  • Contrast agents for MRI
  • Drug delivery vehicles
  • Cell tracking and therapy
  • Nanoparticle assessment in 3D environments


  • Magneto-electric materials
  • Magneto-photonic materials
  • Hard-magnetic materials

We work in different LINES OF RESEARCH: