Iron-oxide nanoparticles as T1-MRI contrast agents for Molecular Imaging
Iron oxide nanoparticles treated cells
Microwave-assisted chemistry-Ferrites Nanoparticles
Stabilization of metastable iron oxide polymorphs
Hydrophobic organo-modified silica aerogels
Inverse three dimensional AI2O3 opal infiltrated with 8nm NI NPs, showing a sizable enhancement of the magneto-optical signal at frequencies around the stop-band edges of the opal
Nanocomposites of conducting and superparamagnetic components prepared via an organogel
Microwave-assisted conformal coating of photonic structures
Supercritical carbon dioxide encapsulation of photoactive molecules in aerogels
Nanospheres of Silice
Thermal decomposition-Nickel Nanoparticles
Core (iron oxide) Shell (silica) nanospheres
CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals coated with silica
Core nanoparticles
CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals coated with a thin silica shell


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:


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


  • Contrast Agents for MRI
  • Drug Delivery Vehicles
  • Cell Tracking and Therapy
  • Nanoparticle Assessment in 3D Environments