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Do you want to do you PhD at the N&N group?

Bacterial Nanocellulose diagram

The call for the PhD grants form the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities “FORMACIÓN DE PROFESORADO UNIVERSITARIO (FPU) 2018” is now open. If you are a highly motivated student with a strong background in chemistry/physics do not hesitate to contact us (alaromaine@icmab.es)! The N&N group is offering a PhD project on the topic “Engineering Bacterial Cellulose Composites” aiming at developing new materials based on bacterial nanocellulose. Join us if you want to take part in this innovative project within an interdisciplinary and dynamic research group!


Welcome Genís and Albert

The N&N group keeps growing! This term we welcome two new master students, both of them will be funded by a Severo Ochoa Collaborative Scholarship

Genís Rabost

My name is Genís Rabost and I am from Sant Antoni de Vilamajor (Barcelona). Currently, I am studying a Biomedical Engineering Master’s Degree in UB-UPC. Thanks to the Severo Ochoa collaboration scholarship, I will be working in the N&N group for five months under the supervision of Anna Laromaine. My project is focused on the study of the interaction between nanoparticles and C. Elegans. 


Albert Serra

My name is Albert Serra and I will be staying for five months at ICMAB thanks to a Severo Ochoa collaboration scholarship from CSIC. During this period of time I will be working on the development of thin film carbon microelectrodes for the analysis of arsenic in water, under the supervision of Dr. Martí Gich.

Welcome to Michaela and Gustavo!

As the new academic course starts, we have new members in the N&N group: We welcome Michaela and Gustavo!

  • Michaela comes from the Czech Republic and she is going to work with Marti Gich for a short period:

I am going to study study epsilon-Fe2O3 in detail: its synthesis, properties, and applications. In the laboratory, I am going to study sol-gel process for preparation of iron oxide nanoparticles. Afterwards, the nanoparticles will be characterized by different techniques to examine their composition, structure and magnetic properties.

  • Gustavo is a permanent researcher of CONICET, Argentina. He will be at the ICMAB for a year in N&N group thanks to a grant from the Argentine government. 

My current scientific interests are focused on  magnetic colloids, dipolar interactions between particles and effects of liquid matrix solidification on the final distribution of nanoparticles as well as distribution of their anisotropy orientations. I am also interested on magnetic systems relevant to potential applications in medicine. In particular, heat dissipation for magnetic hyperthermia and magnetic induced transport for magnetofection gene therapy. At the N&N group, I will work on the synthesis and characterization of anisotropic magnetic nanoparticles as generators of magnetomechanical stimuli inside cancer cells as a new way to induce apoptotic cell death. We will work in performing insitu observation by optical microscopy of magnetic-microparticles movements induced by rotating magnetic fields.

We hope you enjoy your time at the N&N group!

Welcome to Olatz in the NN Group, and farewell to Dani and Valentin

In this week’s Group Meeting we welcomed Olatz Arriaga, an undergraduate student from the Basque Country. Olatz is studying “Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and will do her Final Bachelor’s Project under the supervision of Anna Roig, working in the synthesis of gold and titanium oxide nanoparticles.

We also said goodbye to Dani Beltran and Valentin Natarov, who are leaving this week the ICMAB. Dani will continue his Master in Biomedical Engineering at UB-UPC, and Valentin will go back to Belarus to continue his Master in Chemistry at Belarusian State University.

They both gave a very nice presentation on the work they have been doing in our group, about stabilizing non-stable polymorphs in mesoporous silica, and synthesizing iron oxide and silica nanocomposites for biomedical applications, under the supervision of Martí Gich and Anna Roig