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Water Quality

RESEARCH

DEPARTMENTS
Lifescience
NANOENVIRON
RESEARCH GROUPS
Nano4Enviroment_WaterQuality
Nanotechnology for a Safe and Sustainable use of Water Resources 

We work on overcoming some of the most challenging issues in water environment making responsible use of the great opportunities that nanotechnology offers. The Water Quality research group focuses in three main activities:

  •  Nanotech-based sensors for water quality monitoring; we fully develop portable and/or remote biosensors for water biological and chemical contaminants.
  • Nanomaterials for water contaminants capture; we design, fabricate and test nanomaterials for the selective capture of water chemical contaminants.
  • (Eco) nanotoxicology; we develop and carry out methods for evaluating nanomaterials’ fate, bioaccumulation and toxicity. Special emphasis in implementing the safety-by-design concept to the in house produced nanomaterials.

Water Quality

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

Advanced web tools for enhancing the implementation of nanotechnology and the safe use of nanomaterials in the plastic industrial sector

New systems for water contaminants capture are being explored by means of novel tailored nanomaterials. On the other hand, biosensing devices are developed and/or tailored to detect and quantify the presence of water contaminants such as biotoxins, pathogens and invasive species.

Nanoporous COFs as modulable platforms for monitoring and analysis of pollutants in marine environment. The main objective of the COFsMEM project is the immobilization of highly accessible porous COFs onto solid substrates that can be implemented in Solid Phase Extraction modules for the selective adsorption of pollutants in the marine environment, such as biotoxins.

NANOEATERS is a network of Research Centers created with the objective of supporting Euroregional “early adopters” companies in the application of new nanotechnology-based solutions. Companies, Universities and Technology Centers will work together with INL in the definition of new nano-based commercially available products and /or services. The technologies targeted by the project will offer effective responses to the weaknesses detected in the cross border Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) Galicia – Northern Portugal, contributing to major social challenges as Health, Environmental Monitoring, Food Safety, Energy Efficiency or Industry 4.0

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Industrial application of protocols for the mussel and pectinides detoxification using processing or depuration by microencapsulated agents. Nanotechnology enabled systems for aquacultured seafood contamination forecast.

Research on nanotechnologies applied to the environmental control in the water cycle.

PUBLICATIONS

2019

Romero V.; Fernandes, Rodriguez Lorenzo Kolen'ko Yu Espiña Salonen S P S ; L ; V ; B ; L M

Recyclable magnetic covalent organic framework for the extraction of marine biotoxins Journal Article

Nanoscale, 2019.

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Cindy Dias Nagamalai Vasimalai, Marisa Sárria Ivone Pinheiro Vânia Vilas-Boas Joao Peixoto Begoña Espiña P

Biocompatibility and Bioimaging Potential of Fruit-Based Carbon Dots Journal Article

Nanomaterials (Basel), 9 (2), pp. E199, 2019.

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Vânia Vilas-Boas Begoña Espiña, Yury Kolen’ko Manuel Bañobre-López Marina Brito Verónica Martins José Alberto Duarte Dmitri Petrovykh Paulo Freitas Félix Carvalho V Y

Effectiveness and Safety of a Nontargeted Boost for a CXCR4-Targeted Magnetic Hyperthermia Treatment of Cancer Cells Journal Article

ACS omega, 4 (1), pp. 1931–1940, 2019.

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Soraia PS Fernandes Vanesa Romero, Begoña Espiña Laura Salonen M

Tailoring Covalent Organic Frameworks to Capture Water Contaminants Journal Article

Chemistry: A European Journal, 2019.

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Ana Tinoco Marisa P. Sárria, Ana Loureiro Pier Parpot Begoña Espiña Andreia Gomes Artur Cavaco-Paulo Artur Ribeiro C

BSA/ASN/Pol407 nanoparticles for acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment Journal Article

Biochemical Engineering Journal, 141 , pp. 80-88, 2019.

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2018

Eugenia Nogueira Marisa P. Sarria, Nuno Azoia Egipto Antunes Ana Loureiro Diana Guimaraẽs Jennifer Noro Alexandra Rollett Georg Guebitz Artur Cavaco-Paulo G

Internalization of Methotrexate Conjugates by Folate Receptor-alpha Journal Article

Biochemistry, 57 (49), pp. 6780-6786, 2018.

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Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo Sarah D. Rafiee, Corine Reis Ana Milosevic Thomas Moore Sandor Balog Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser Curzio Ruegg Alke Petri-Fink L

A rational and iterative process for targeted nanoparticle design and validation Journal Article

Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 171 , pp. 579-589, 2018.

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Estelle Durantie Hana Barosova, Barbara Drasler Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo Dominic Urban Dimitri Vanhecke Dedy Septiadi Liliane Hirschi-Ackermann Alke Petri-Fink Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser A

Carbon nanodots: Opportunities and limitations to study their biodistribution at the human lung epithelial tissue barrier Journal Article

Biointerphases, 13 (6), pp. 06D404, 2018.

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Andrea Mariño‐Lopez Ana Sousa‐Castillo, Maria Blanco‐Formoso Leonardo Furini Laura Rodríguez‐Lorenzo Nicolas Pazos‐Perez Luca Guerrini Moises Pérez‐Lorenzo Miguel Correa‐Duarte Ramon Alvarez‐Puebla N A A

Microporous Plasmonic Capsules as Stable Molecular Sieves for Direct SERS Quantification of Small Pollutants in Natural Waters Journal Article

CHEMNANOMAT, 5 (1), pp. 46-50, 2018.

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Alexandre Chícharo Marco Martins, Lester Barnsley Amal Taouallah João Fernandes Bruno Silva Susana Cardoso Lorena Diéguez Begoña Espiña Paulo Freitas C F B P

Enhanced magnetic microcytometer with 3D flow focusing for cell enumeration Journal Article

Lab on a chip, 18 , pp. 2593, 2018.

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Salonen, Abdelkarim Mellah; Soraia Fernandes; Ramón Rodríguez; José Otero; Jairo Paz; Jacobo Cruces; Dana Medina; Harik Djamila; Begoña Espiña; Laura P S D M

Adsorption of Pharmaceutical Pollutants from Water Using Covalent Organic Frameworks Journal Article

Chemical European Journal, 2018.

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Alexandre Chicharo Lester C. Barnsley, Marco Martins Susana Cardoso Lorena Diéguez Begoña Espiña Paulo Freitas P

Custom Magnet Design for a Multi-Channel Magnetic Microcytometer Journal Article

IEEE Transactions on Magnetics , 54 (11), 2018, ISSN: 1941-0069.

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Vasimalai, Nagamalai; Vilas-Boas, Vânia; Gallo, Juan; de Cerqueira, María Fátima; Menéndez-Miranda, Mario; Costa-Fernández, José Manuel; Diéguez, Lorena; Espiña, Begoña; Fernández-Argüelles., María Teresa

Green synthesis of fluorescent carbon dots from spices for in vitro imaging and tumour cell growth inhibition Journal Article

BEILSTEIN JOURNAL OF NANOTECHNOLOGY, 9 , pp. 530-544, 2018.

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Vilas-Boas, Vânia; Espiña, Begoña; Kolen'ko, Yury V; Bañobre-Lopez, Manuel; Duarte, José A; Martins, Verónica C; Petrovykh, Dmitri Y; Freitas, Paulo P; Carvalho, Felix D

Combining CXCR4-targeted and nontargeted nanoparticles for effective unassisted in vitro magnetic hyperthermia Journal Article

Biointerphases, 13 (1), 2018.

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2017

Vasimalai N Fernández-Argüelles MT, Espiña B

Detection of sulfide using mercapto tetrazine protected fluorescent gold nanodots: The preparation of paper based testing kit for on-site monitoring Journal Article

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2017.

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L. M. Salonen S. R. Pinela, Fernandes Louçano Carbó-Argibay Sarria Rodríguez-Abreu Peixoto Espiña. S P S J E M P C J B

Adsorption of marine phycotoxin okadaic acid on a covalent organic framework Journal Article

J Chromatogr A., 1525:17-22 , 2017.

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D Viegas E Fernandes, Queirós DY Petrovykh R; Beule, PAA De

Adapting Bobbert-Vlieger model to spectroscopic ellipsometry of gold nanoparticles with bio-organic shells Journal Article

Biomed Opt Express, 8 , pp. 3538–3550, 2017.

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2016

Prado M.; Espiña, Fernandez-Arguelles Diéguez Fuciños Vial Oliveira Reis Boehme B ; M T ; L ; P ; S ; J M ; R L ; K

Detection of Foodborne Pathogens Using Nanoparticles. Advantages and Trends Book Chapter

Antimicrobial Food Packaging, pp. pp.183-202, Jorge Barros-Velazquez, 1st Edition, 2016, ISBN: 978-0-12-800723-5.

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Gallo J Vasimalai N, Fernandez-Arguelles MT Bañobre-López M

Green synthesis of multimodal 'OFF-ON' activatable MRI/optical probes Journal Article

Dalton Trans., 45 , pp. 17672-17680, 2016.

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Vasimalai, N; Fernández-Argüelles*., Maria T

Novel one-pot and facile room temperature synthesis of gold nanodots and application as highly sensitive and selective probes for cyanide detection Journal Article

Nanotechnology, Volume 27 (Issue 47), pp. article id. 475505, 2016.

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C.N. Oliveira M.P. Sarria, Moreira Fernandes Castro Lopes Corte-Real Cavaco-Paulo Real Oliveira Gomes P J L I M A M E C D A C

Counter ions and constituents combination affect DODAX:MO nanocarriers toxicity in vitro and in vivo Journal Article

Toxicology Research , 5 (Issue 4), pp. 1244-1255 , 2016.

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GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Raquel Queirós
Staff Researcher

Ana Vieira
Research Fellow

Marisa P. Sárria
Research Fellow

Marilia Santos
Research Fellow

Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo
Research fellow

Ivone Pinheiro
Research Laboratory Assistant

Ana Castanheira
Research Laboratory Assistant

Vanesa Romero
Scientific Associate (UVigo, Spain)

Soraia P. Fernandes
PhD Student (FCT Grant)

FORMER MEMBERS

Nagamalai Vasimalai
Research Fellow

Vânia Vilas-Boas
Research Laboratory Assistant

Nanotechnology for a Safe and Sustainable use of Water Resources 

We work on overcoming some of the most challenging issues in water environment making responsible use of the great opportunities that nanotechnology offers. The Water Quality research group focuses in three main activities:

  •  Nanotech-based sensors for water quality monitoring; we fully develop portable and/or remote biosensors for water biological and chemical contaminants.
  • Nanomaterials for water contaminants capture; we design, fabricate and test nanomaterials for the selective capture of water chemical contaminants.
  • (Eco) nanotoxicology; we develop and carry out methods for evaluating nanomaterials’ fate, bioaccumulation and toxicity. Special emphasis in implementing the safety-by-design concept to the in house produced nanomaterials.

Water Quality

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Industrial application of protocols for the mussel and pectinides detoxification using processing or depuration by microencapsulated agents. Nanotechnology enabled systems for aquacultured seafood contamination forecast.

Research on nanotechnologies applied to the environmental control in the water cycle.

Advanced web tools for enhancing the implementation of nanotechnology and the safe use of nanomaterials in the plastic industrial sector

New systems for water contaminants capture are being explored by means of novel tailored nanomaterials. On the other hand, biosensing devices are developed and/or tailored to detect and quantify the presence of water contaminants such as biotoxins, pathogens and invasive species.

Nanoporous COFs as modulable platforms for monitoring and analysis of pollutants in marine environment. The main objective of the COFsMEM project is the immobilization of highly accessible porous COFs onto solid substrates that can be implemented in Solid Phase Extraction modules for the selective adsorption of pollutants in the marine environment, such as biotoxins.

NANOEATERS is a network of Research Centers created with the objective of supporting Euroregional “early adopters” companies in the application of new nanotechnology-based solutions. Companies, Universities and Technology Centers will work together with INL in the definition of new nano-based commercially available products and /or services. The technologies targeted by the project will offer effective responses to the weaknesses detected in the cross border Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) Galicia – Northern Portugal, contributing to major social challenges as Health, Environmental Monitoring, Food Safety, Energy Efficiency or Industry 4.0

GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Raquel Queirós
Staff Researcher

Marisa P. Sárria
Research Fellow

Marilia Santos
Research Fellow

Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo
Research fellow

Ivone Pinheiro
Research Laboratory Assistant

Ana Castanheira
Research Laboratory Assistant

Vanesa Romero
Scientific Associate (UVigo, Spain)

Soraia P. Fernandes
PhD Student (FCT Grant)

FORMER MEMBERS

Nagamalai Vasimalai
Research Fellow

Vânia Vilas-Boas
Research Laboratory Assistant

RESEARCH

DEPARTMENTS
Lifescience
NANOENVIRON
RESEARCH GROUPS
Nano4Enviroment_WaterQuality