Nanomachines & Nanomanipulation Soft self-assembled nanostructures

Our group is focused on the molecular self-assembly in soft matter as a vehicle for the bottom-up fabrication of nanomaterials. We are interested in nanostructured soft systems such as surfactants, polymers, micelles, gels, liquid crystals, foams, microemulsions and nano-emulsions; they can find direct applications or be used as templates, structure directing agents or nanoreactors for the synthesis of nanoparticles, nanocomposites or nanoporous solids. Through state-of-the-art techniques, we intend to understand the fundamentals mechanisms of aggregation, colloidal forces and interfacial interactions and their impact on material domain size, structure, stability and other properties. We aim to use molecular information and physicochemical parameters to predict, control and program hierarchical self-organization at multiple scales and with increasing complexity, for materials with new or improved properties and applications.

Research is currently carried out in the following areas:

- Self-organization of functional dyes for the preparation of hybrid nanocomposites.

- Magnetic nanocomposites for sensors.

- Porous polymers.

- Covalent organic frameworks.

Recent Publications

Vargas-Osorio, Z.; Piñeiro, Y.; Vázquez-Vázquez, C.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Álvarez-Pérez, M.A.; López-Quintela, M.A.; Rivas , J. “Magnetic nanocomposites based on mesoporous silica for biomedical applications” International Journal of Nanotechnology 13, 648 – 658 (2016)

Vila, A.; Abal, M.; Muinelo-Romay, L.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Rivas, J.; López, R.; Costa, C.” EGFR-Based Immunoisolation as a Recovery Target for Low-EpCAM CTC Subpopulation”. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0163705 (2016)

Silva, B.F.B.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Vilanova, N. "Recent advances in multiple emulsions and their application as templates" Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science 25, 98-108 (2016)

Costa, J.D.;  Lado, J.L.;  Carbó-Argibay, E.; Paz, E.; Gallo, J.;  Cerqueira, M.F.; Rodriguez-Abreu, C.; Kovnir, K.;  Kolen’ko, Y.V. “Electrocatalytic Performance and Stability of Nanostructured Fe–Ni Pyrite-Type Diphosphide Catalyst Supported on Carbon Paper” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120, 16537–16544 (2016)

“Nanocolloids : A Meeting Point for Scientists and Technologists” Edited by M. Sánchez-Dominguez and C. Rodríguez-Abreu, Elsevier ISBN: 978-0-12-801578-0 (2016)

Salonen, L. M. ; Medina, D. D. ; Carbó-Argibay, E. ; Goesten, M. G. ; Mafra, L. ; Guldris, N. ; Rotter, J. M. ; Stroppa, D. G. ; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.  “A Supramolecular Strategy Based on Molecular Dipole Moments for High-Quality Covalent Organic Frameworks”, Chem. Commun. 52, 7986-7989 (2016)!divAbstract

Magana, J. R. ; Homs, M. ; Solans, C. ; Obiols-Rabasa, M. ;  Salonen, L. M. ; Rodríguez-Abreu, C. “Self-Assembly and Formation of Chromonic Liquid Crystals from the Dyes Quinaldine Red Acetate and Pyronin Y” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120,  250–258 (2016)

Guldris, N.; Argibay, B.; Kolen'ko, Yu.V.; Carbó-Argibay, E.; Sobrino, T.; Campos, F. ; Salonen, L. M.; Bañobre-López, M.;  Castillo, J.;  Rivas, J.  “Impact of Purification on Magnetic Nanoparticles: Gaining in vitro Stability and Dual T1-T2 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Performance”, J. Colloid Interface Sci. 472, 229–236 (2016)

Oliveira, A. C. N.; Nogueira, S. S.; Gonçalves, O.; Cerqueira, M. F.; Alpuim, P.; Tovar,J.;  Rodriguez-Abreu, C.; Brezesinski, G.;  Gomes, A. C.; Lúcio, M.;  Real Oliveira,  M. E. C. D. “Role of counter-ion and helper lipid content in the design and properties of nanocarrier systems: a biophysical study in 2D and 3D lipid assemblies” RSC Adv., 6, 47730–4774 (2016)!divAbstract

Carbó-Argibay, E.; Bao, X-Q.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Cerqueira, F. M.; Petrovykh, D.; Liu, L.; Yu. V. "Up-scaling the synthesis of Cu20 submicron particles with controlled morphologies for solar H2 evolution from water" Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 485, 219-227 (2015)

Lado, J. L.; Wang X.; Paz, E.; Carbó-Argibay, E.; Guldris, N.; Rodriguez-Abreu, C. Liu, L., Kovnir, K.; Kolen'ko, Yu. V. "Design and Synthesis of Highly Active Al-Ni-P Foam Electrode for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction" ACS Catalysis 5, 6503-6508 (2015)

Deepak, F.L.; Bañobre-López, M.; Carbó-Argibay , E. ; Cerqueira, M.F.; Piñeiro-Redondo, Y.; Rivas, J.; Thompson, C. M.  Kamali, S.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Kovnir, K.; Kolen’ko, Y.V. “A Systematic Study of the Structural and Magnetic Properties of Mn-, Co-, and Ni-Doped Colloidal Magnetite Nanoparticles” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 11947–11957 (2015)

Vilas-Boas, V.; Guldris, N.; Carbó-Argibay, E. ; Stroppa, D. G. ;  Cerqueira, M. F. ; Espiña, B. ; Rivas, J. ; Rodríguez-Abreu, C. ; Kolen'ko, Yu. V.  “Straightforward phase-transfer route to colloidal iron oxide nanoparticles for protein immobilization”. RSC Advances, 5, 47954-47958 (2015)!divAbstract

Vila, A.; Martins, V.C.; Chícharo, A; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Fernandes, A.C.; Cardoso, F.A.; S.; Rivas, J.; Freitas, P. "Customized Design of Magnetic Beads for Dynamic Magnetoresistive Cytometry", IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 50, 5101904 (2014)

Salas, C.; Nypelö, T; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Carrillo, C.; Rojas, O.J. "Nanocellulose properties and applications in colloids and interfaces", Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science 19, 383-396 (2014)

Vilanova, N.; Kolen´ko, Yu.V.; Solans, C.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C. “Multiple emulsions as soft templates for the synthesis of multifunctional silicone porous particles” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 437, 235-243 (2015)

Nypelö, T.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Kolen´ko, Yu.V.; Rivas, J.; Rojas, O.J. “Microbeads and Hollow Microcapsules Obtained by Self-Assembly of Pickering Magneto-Responsive Cellulose Nanocrystals” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6, 16851-16858 (2014)

Nypelö, T.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Rivas, J.; Dickey, M.D.; Rojas, O.J. “Magneto-responsive hybrid materials based on cellulose nanocrystals” Cellulose, 21, 2557-2566 (2014)

Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Vila, A. “Nano-droplet Systems by Surfactant Self-assembly and Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry” Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, 14, 747-765 (2014)

Kolen’ko, Yu. V.; Bañobre-López, M.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Carbó-Argibay, E.; Sailsman, A.; Piñeiro-Redondo, Y.; Cerqueira, M. F.; Petrovykh, D. Y.;  Kovnir, K.; Lebedev, O. I.; Rivas, J. “Large-Scale Synthesis of Colloidal Fe3O4 Nanoparticles Exhibiting High Heating Efficiency in Magnetic Hyperthermia”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118, 8691–8701 (2014)

Vílchez, A.; Rodriguez-Abreu, C.; Menner, A.; Bismarck, A.; Esquena, J. "Antagonistic effects between magnetite nanoparticles and hydrophobic surfactant in highly concentrated Pickering emulsions" Langmuir, 30, 5064–5074 (2014)

Shrestha, L.K.; Shrestha, R. G.; Vilanova, N.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Ariga, K. “In-Situ Formation of Silver Nanoparticles Using Nonionic Surfactant Reverse Micelles as Nanoreactors” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 14, 2238-2244 (2014)

Vilanova, N; Solans, C.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C. "Preparation of novel silicone multicompartment particles by multiple emulsion templating and their use as encapsulating systems", Langmuir, 29, 15414–15422 (2013)

Casal-Dujat, L.; Griffiths, P.C.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Solans, C.; Rogers, S. Pérez-García, L. "Nanocarriers from dicationic bis-imidazolium amphiphiles and their interaction with anionic drugs", Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 1, 4963-4971 (2013)

Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Shrestha, R. G.; Shrestha, L.K.; Harush, E.; Regev, O. “Worm-Like Soft Nanostructures in Nonionic Systems: Principles, Properties and Application as Templates” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 13, 4497-4520 (2013)

Vilanova, N.; Rodríguez-Abreu, C.; Fernandez-Nieves, A.; Solans, C. “Fabrication of Novel Silicone Capsules with Tunable Mechanical Properties by Microfluidic Techniques” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5, 5247–5252 (2013)


Group manager Carlos Rodriguez-Abreu