Author: Anna May

Anna Laromaine will give the next ICMAB Periodical Lecture


Next Monday, February 1st, at 12 pm, Dr. Anna Laromaine, member of our group, will give the ICMAB Periodical Lecture. Anna will talk about “Caenorhabditis elegans and bacterial cellulose: exploiting nature to build materials”.

Short abstract :
Many researches have been inspired by nature, from the synthesis of materials mimicking our environment to the evaluation of materials using in vivo animal models. In this talk, I will briefly introduce two approaches that we have been working recently in the group.
First, I will present the use of the small animal model, Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). The characteristics of this model organism endorse this 1 mm long nematode as an ideal living system for the primary screening of engineered nanoparticles in a standard synthetic laboratory. I will present how using the worm, we assessed iron oxide nanoparticles in a simple and facile way.
On the other hand, I will present how a bacterial strain can produce cellulose (named bacterial cellulose (BC)), of the same molecular formula as vegetal cellulose; however exhibiting a higher degree of polymerization and better crystallinity. BC also has high porosity, transparency in the UV-NIR and a high water holding capacity. I will show how we controlled its structure and fabricate nanocomposites that can respond to external stimulus.

“Caenorhabditis elegans and bacterial cellulose: exploiting nature to build materials”
By: Dr. Anna Laromaine 
Date: Monday, 1st February
Time: 12 pm
Place: ICMAB Meeting room


Judit Fuentes
January-July 2016
4th year Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Final Project – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Adrià Gordillo
January-July 2016
4th year Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Final Project – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Miquel Torras Martinez
February-July 2016
5th year Physics and Chemistry (dual degree)
Final Project – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Irene Anton Sales
February-July 2016
Master in Biomedical Research
Master Thesis – Universitat Pompeu-Fabra (UPF) and Vall d´Hebron Research Institute (VHIR)

Sebastià Parets Barrios
January-July 2016
Master in Advanced Biotechnology
Master Thesis – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Jana Segmehl
Februrary-March 2016
Visiting Ph.D. Student
ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Deyaa Mohamed Abol Fotouh
March 2016 – March 2017
Visiting Ph.D. Student
Advanced Technology and New Materials  Research  Institute
City of Scientific Research & Technological  Applications,  Alexandria, Egypt

Iván Dario Gómez Robayo
March 2016 – September 2016
Visiting Ph.D. Student
Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia

Jordi Floriach Clark
July 2016 – July 2017
3rd year Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Ander Ardibe Nieto
July 2016 – June 2017
3rd year Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Teresa Soto Sierra
July-September 2016
1r Batxillerat – Highschool
Institut Pere Calders, Bellaterra

Jan Grzelak
November 2016- January 2017
MSc. Nanoscience Engineering /Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
University of Warsaw / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Screen-printed electrodes made of a bismuth nanoparticle porous carbon nanocomposite applied to the determination of heavy metal ions
Pengfei Niu, César Fernández-nchez,* Martí Gich,* Carla Navarro-Hernández, Pablo Fanjul-Bolado, and Anna Roig
Microchimica Acta, February 2016, 183 (2), 617-623. DOI: 10.1007/s00604-015-1684-4.

Gold nanotriangles decorated with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: a compositional and microstructural study 
J.A. Hachtela, S. Yuc , A.R. Lupini, S.T. Pantelidesa, M. Gich, A. Laromaine, A. Roig*
Faraday Discussions, March 2016, 191, 215-227. DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00028B.

A silica-based magnetic platform decorated with mixed ligand gold nanoparticles: A recyclable catalyst for esterification reactions 
Elif Ertem, Nerea Murillo-Cremaes, Randy Patrick Carney, Anna Laromaine, Emma-Rose Janeček, Anna Roig* and Francesco Stellaccia*
Chemical Communications, March 2016, 52, 5573-5576. DOI: 10.1039/C6CC01146B.

Albumin-coated SPIONs: An experimental and theoretical evaluation of protein conformation, binding affinity, and competition with serum proteins
Siming Yu, Alex Perálvarez-Marín, Caterina Minelli, Jordi Faraudo, Anna Roig and Anna Laromaine
Nanoscale, May 2016, 8, 14393-14405. DOI: 10.1039/C6NR01732K.

Bio-identity and fate of albumin-coated SPIONs evaluated in cells and by the C. elegans model
Si-Ming Yu, Laura González-Moragas, Maria Milla, Androniki Kolovou, Rachel Santarella-Mellwig, Yannick Schwab, Anna Laromaine, Anna Roig
Acta Biomaterialia,  July 2016, 43, 348-357. DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.07.024.

Alignment under magnetic field of mixed Fe2O3/SiO2 colloidal mesoporous particles induced by shape anisotropy 
Jheng-Guang Li, Giulia Fornasieri, Anne Bleuzen, Martí Gich, Alexander Gloter, Frédéric Bouquet, Marianne Impéror-Clerc
Small,  September 2016. Published online. DOI: 10.1002/smll.201602272

Electrochemically active thin carbon films with enhanced adhesion to silicon substrates 
Pengfei Niu, Laura Asturias-Arribas, Martí Gich, César Fernández-Sánchez, Anna Roig
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces,  October 2016. Just Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b07347

Book chapters:

A Carretero‐Genevrier, R Bachelet, G Saint‐Girons, R Moalla, JM Vila‐Fungueiriño, B Rivas‐Murias, F Rivadulla, J Rodriguez‐Carvajal, A Gomez, J Gazquez, M Gich, N Mestres, Ashutosh Tiwari, Rosario A Gerhardt, Magdalena Szutkowska
Advanced Ceramics Materials, Advanced Materials Series
Scrivener Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2016

Merry Christmas from the N&N Group!


All the members of the Group of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites participated in the group Christmas meeting by bringing nice chocolates, minerals (Bismuth and Calcite), origami stars, Christmas plants (Poinsettia and Mistletoe) and Christmas cards. The last group meeting of the year 2015!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!
Let the Nano be with you! ***