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Water Quality

Nanotechnology for a Safe and Sustainable use of Water Resources

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

  • Nanotech-based sensors for water quality monitoring; we fully develop portable and/or remote biosensors for water biological and chemical contaminants.
  • Nanotechnology for cleaner water; we design, fabricate and test nanomaterials for the selective capture of water contaminants and biotoxins; and micro/nanostructured surfaces to control bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation.
  • Environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials; we develop and carry out tests to evaluate nanomaterials’ modification, fate, bioaccumulation and ecotoxicity. We make special emphasis on implementing the safety-by-design concept to the in house produced nanomaterials and from collaborators.

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

AIHABs is a multidisciplinary innovative initiative aimed at developing an integrated evaluation system to forecast the risk derived from the presence of emerging cyanotoxins in inland and coastal ecosystems. The innovation of this proposal resides at merging tools as last generation Artificial Intelligence (AI), remote sensing, nanosensors, hydrodynamic modelling and massive genetic sequencing with the joint purpose of providing an early warning system to decision making authorities in terms of risk to the population. The predicting modelling effort will allow a timely action to minimize the risks of consuming surface waters or using them as recreational resources when the waterbodies are prone to produce toxic cyanobacterial blooms.

New technologies to analyse the smallest fractions from environmental SMNPs and their additives, as well as new methodologies in remote sensing for meso- and macroplastics.

Investigate, develop and validate an integrated solution for monitoring critical biological and environmental parameters to support the demedicalization of agricultural holdings.

Develop a new IIoT/IoRT (Industrial Internet of Things/Internet of Robotic Things) ecosystem applicable to the process of visual inspection and quality control in complex production lines of the automotive industry, including environmental and energy monitoring, waste water and gas treatment.

Methods and tools to obtain the relevant data encompassing the specific properties that differentiate nanomaterials from chemicals, paying special attention to the differential needs of the diverse impact and application in the environment area.

Close knowledge gap by digitalization of parameters and processes in RAS, which in turn will lead to more sustainable production under special attention of fish health and welfare.

Development of a validated rapid hazard profiling module, coupled to a new exposure-driven modelling framework to reduce toxicity.

Investigate the effects of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) on aquaculture products, their bioaccumulation and assess its impact in human intake, and develop SERS-based sensors for these ENPs.

Advance in the knowledge of the possible toxic effects of metallic nanoparticles (NPs) of titanium dioxide and silver in aquatic ecosystems related to the aquaculture sector, as well as in the study of possible effects in the growth and welfare of cultured fish and molluscs.

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Biofilm prevention in Reverse Osmosis (OI) systems, with a focus on reducing the direct use of biocidal agents.

BDevelop a portable quantification system for priority substances such as pesticides, herbicides and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs).

  • AntiBACSURF: apply nanotechnology tools and concepts to develop innovative antibacterial nano-enabled surfaces to efficiently eradicate biofilms, providing complete antibacterial control;
  • SERSPharma: to design plasmonic devices for SERS sensing to detect aromatic pharmaceuticals via diazonium chemistry.
  • Detection system for Aeromonas salmonicida: development a portable quantification system for Aeromonas salmonicida.
  • Antifouling surfaces for water monitoring device: development antifouling surfaces for the prevention of the adhesion of microorganisms in the manifold of water monitoring device
  • Development of innovative systems for greywater purification and highly efficient water heating.
  • Microcantilever Sensors for Air Quality Monitoring: bio/chemical functionalization and application of packaged microcantilever sensors for air quality monitoring.
  • Implementation of Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor technology: development of nanocellulose-based composite for the biomass carriers for wastewater treatment.

Development of devices able to monitor in real time using SERS the production of carbon dioxide (CO2) by photodegradation of organic contaminants in urban wastewater.

Development of the lab-on-a-chip prototypes for fast detection of the (a) diarrheic shellfish poisoning toxins (okadaic acid) and (b) emerging toxins Ostreocins (Palytoxin) in fish and seafood.

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

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.

New systems for water contaminants capture by means of novel tailored nanomaterials and biosensing devices to detect and quantify the presence of water contaminants.

Nanoporous COFs as modulable platforms for monitoring and analysis of pollutants in marine environment.

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PUBLICATIONS

  • 2022

    Vanesa Romero, Isela Lavilla, Alicia Álvarez, Carlos Bendicho, Begoña Espiña, Laura M Salonen

    Covalent organic framework as adsorbent for ultrasound-assisted dispersive (micro)solid phase extraction of polycyclic synthetic fragrances from seawater followed by fluorescent determination Journal Article

    ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA, 1191 (339293), 2022.

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    Jessica Caldwell, Patricia Taladriz-Blanco, Roman Lehnera, Andriy Lubskyy, Roberto Diego Ortuso, Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Alke Petri-Finkad

    The micro-, submicron-, and nanoplastic hunt: A review of detection methods for plastic particles Journal Article

    Chemosphere, 293 , pp. 133514, 2022.

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  • 2021

    Ana M. Milosevic, Laetitia Haeni, Liliane Ackermann Hirschi, Stefano Vanni, Pablo Campomanes-Ramos, Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Alke Petri-Fink

    The Choice of Nanoparticle Surface-Coupled Fluorescent Dyes Impacts Cellular Interaction Journal Article

    CHEMNANOMAT, 2021.

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    Jessica Caldwell, Patricia Taladriz-Blanco, Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Alke Petri-Fink

    Additional Commentary on the Detection and Quantification of Plastic Micro- and Nanoparticles in Tea Samples Journal Article

    CHIMIA, 75 (10), pp. 882-885, 2021.

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    Maria Rita Ortega Vega, Estela Kerstner Baldin, Daniela Pavulack Pereira, Martha Cestari Silva Martins, Patricia Pranke, Fabiana Horn, Ivone Pinheiro, Ana Vieira, Begoña Espiña, Silvana Mattedi, Célia de Fraga Malfatti

    Toxicity of oleate-based amino protic ionic liquids towards Escherichia coli, Danio rerio embryos and human skin cells Journal Article

    Journal of Hazardous Materials, 422 (126896), 2021.

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    Monica Quarato, Ivone Pinheiro, Ana Vieira, Begoña Espiña and Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo

    Detection of Silver Nanoparticles in Seawater Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Journal Article

    Nanomaterials 2021, 1711 (11(7)), 2021.

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    Marisa P. Sárria, Ana Vieira, Ângela Lima, Soraia P. S. Fernandes, Ivo Lopes, Anabela Gonçalves, Andreia C. Gomes, Laura M. Salonen and Begoña Espiña

    Acute ecotoxicity assessment of a covalent organic framework Journal Article

    ACS Appl. Mater. Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2021, 6 , 2021.

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    Soraia P.S.Fernandes, Vanessa F. Fonseca, Vanesa Romero, Irina A. Duarte, Andreia Freitas, Jorge Barbosa, Patrick Reis-Santos, Laura M. Salonen and Begoña Espiña

    Study on the efficiency of a covalent organic framework as adsorbent for the screening of pharmaceuticals in estuary waters Journal Article

    Chemosphere , 278 , 2021.

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    Soraia P. S. Fernandes, Petr Kovář, Milan Pšenička, Artur M. S. Silva, Laura M. Salonen, Begoña Espiña

    Selection of Covalent Organic Framework Pore Functionalities for Differential Adsorption of Microcystin Toxin Analogues Journal Article

    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13 (13), pp. 15053–15063, 2021.

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    Ana Castanheira, Marília Barreiros dos Santos, Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Raquel Queirós and Begoña Espiña

    A novel microfluidic system for the sensitive and cost-effective detection of okadaic acid in mussels Journal Article

    Analyst , 8 , 2021.

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    Maraja Riechers, Lucia Fanini, Annalisa Apicella, Carolina Batista Galván, Elise Blondel, Begoña Espiña, Simone Kefer, Tristan Keroullé, Katja Klun, Tania R. Pereira, Francesca Ronchi, Pedro Ruiz Rodríguez, Haritz Sardon, Alexandra Viana Silva, Maris Stulgis, Nagore Ibarra-González

    Plastics in our ocean as transdisciplinary challenge Conference

    164 (2021), 2021.

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  • 2020

    Espiña, B.; Prado, M.; Santos, M.B.; Salonen, L.M.; Queirós, R.B.; Fernandes, S.P.S.; Vial, S.; Martins, V.C.

    New techniques in environment monitoring Book Chapter

    pp. 35-106, De Gruyter , 2nd, 2020.

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    Jarju, J.J.; Lavender, A. M.; Espiña, B; Romero, V; Salonen, L. M.

    Covalent Organic Framework Composites: Synthesis and Analytical Applications Journal Article

    Molecules 2020, 25(22) (5404), 2020.

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    Steinmetz, L.; Geers, C.; Balog, S.; Bonmarin, M; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.; Taladriz-Blanco, P.; Rothen-Rutishauser, B.; Petri-Fink, A.

    A comparative study of silver nanoparticle dissolution under physiological conditions Journal Article

    Nanoscale Advances, (12), pp. 5760-5768, 2020.

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    Valerio, A.; Sarria, M. P.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L; Hotza, D; Espiña, B.; González, S.Y.G.

    Are TiO2 nanoparticles safe for photocatalysis in aqueous media? Journal Article

    Nanoscale Advances, (2), pp. 4951-4960, 2020.

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    Romenro, V.; Fernandes, S. P. S.; Kovář, P.; Pšenička, M.; Kolen'ko, Y.V.; Salonen, L.M.; Espiña, B.

    Efficient adsorption of endocrine-disrupting pesticides from water with a reusable magnetic covalent organic framework Journal Article

    Microporous and Mesoporous Materials Journal , 307 , 2020.

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    Abalde-Cela, S.; Rebelo, R; Wu, L.; Barbosa, A.I.; Rodríguez-Lorenzo, L.; Kant, K.; Reis, R.L.; Correlo, V. M. and Diéguez, L.

    A SERS-based 3D nanobiosensor: towards cell metabolite monitoring Journal Article

    Mater. Adv., 1 , pp. 1613-1621, 2020.

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    Fernandes, S. P. S.; Mellah, A.; Kovar, P.; Sárria, M.P.; Psenicka, M.; Djamila, H.; Salonen, L.M.; Espiña, B.

    Extraction of Ibuprofen from Natural Waters Using a Covalent Organic Framework Journal Article

    Molecules 2020, 25 (14), pp. 3132, 2020.

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    Septiadi, D.; Lee, A.; Spuch-Calvar, M.; Moore, T.; Spiaggia, G.; Abdussalam, W.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.; Taladriz-Blanco, P.; Rothen-Rutishauser, B.; Petri-Fink, A.

    Particle Surfaces to Study Macrophage Adherence, Migration, and Clearance Journal Article

    Advanced Functional Materials 2020, 30 (34), 2020.

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    Vilas-Boas, V.; Carvalho, F.; Espiña, B.

    Magnetic Hyperthermia for Cancer Treatment: Main Parameters Affecting the Outcome of In Vitro and In Vivo Studies Journal Article

    Molecules 2020, 25 (12), pp. 2874, 2020.

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    Belekbir, S; El Azzouzi, M.; El Hamidi, A.; Rodríguez-Lorenzo, L.; Arturo Santaballa, J.; Canle, M.

    Improved Photocatalyzed Degradation of Phenol, as a Model Pollutant, over Metal-Impregnated Nanosized TiO2 Journal Article

    Nanomaterials 2020, 10 (5), pp. 996, 2020.

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    Garrido-Maestu, A.; Azinheiro, S.; Carvalho, J.; Espiña, B.; Prado, M.

    Evaluation and implementation of commercial antibodies for improved nanoparticle-based immunomagnetic separation and real-time PCR for faster detection of Listeria monocytogenes Journal Article

    Journal of Food Science and Technology 2020, 57 , pp. 4143–4151, 2020.

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    Teixeira, A; Paris, J.L., Roumani, F.; Diéguez, L.; Prado, M.; Espiña, B.; Abalde-Cela, S.; Garrido-Maestu, A.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.

    Multifuntional Gold Nanoparticles for the SERS Detection of Pathogens Combined with a LAMP–in–Microdroplets Approach Journal Article

    Materials 2020, 13 (8), pp. 1934, 2020.

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  • 2019

    Septiadi, D.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L; Balog, S.; Spuch-Calvar, M.; Spiaggia, G.; Taladriz-Blanco, P.; Barosova, H.; Chortarea, S.; Clift, M. J. D.; Teeguarden, J.; Sharma, M.; Petri-Fink, A.; Rothen-Rutishauser, B.

    Quantification of Carbon Nanotube Doses in Adherent Cell Culture Assays Using UV-VIS-NIR Spectroscopy Journal Article

    Nanomaterials 2019, 9 (12), pp. 1765, 2019.

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    Rodríguez-Lorenzo,L.; Garrido-Maestu, A.; Bhunia, A. K.; Espiña, B.; Prado, M.; Diéguez, L; Abalde-Cela, S.

    Gold Nanostars for the Detection of Foodborne Pathogens via Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Combined with Microfluidics Journal Article

    ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2 (10), pp. 6081–6086, 2019.

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    Santos, M.B.; Queirós, R.B.; Geraldes, A.; Marques, C; Vilas-Boas, V.; Dieguez, L.; Paz, E.; Ferreira, R.; Morais, J.; Vasconcelos, V.; Piteira, J.; Freitas, P.P.; Espiña, B.

    Portable sensing system based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for the simultaneous quantification of free and total microcystin-LR in freshwaters Journal Article

    Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 142 , pp. 111550, 2019.

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    Fong, W.-K.; Moore, T. L.; Balog, S.; Vanhecke, D.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.; Rothen-Rutishauser, B.; Lattuada, M.; Petri-Fink, A.

    Nanoparticle Behaviour in Complex Media: Methods for Characterizing Physicochemical Properties, Evaluating Protein Corona Formation, and Implications for Biological Studies Book Chapter

    Springer International Publishing, 2019.

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    Crippa, F.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.; Hua, X.; Goris, B.; Bals, S.; Garitaonandia, J. S.; Balog, S.; Burnand, D.; Hirt, A. M.; Haeni, L.; Lattuada, M.; Rothen-Rutishauser, B.; Petri-Fink, A.

    Phase Transformation of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles via Thermal Annealing: Implications for Hyperthermia Applications Journal Article

    ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2 (7), pp. 4462–4470, 2019.

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    Bossert, D.; Urban, D. A.; Maceroni, M.; Ackermann-Hirschi, L.; Haeni, L.; Yajan, P.; Spuch-Calvar, M.; Rothen-Rutishauser, B.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.; Petri-Fink, A.; Schwab, F.

    A hydrofluoric acid-free method to dissolve and quantify silica nanoparticles in aqueous and solid matrices Journal Article

    Scientific Reports 2019, 9 (1), pp. 7938, 2019.

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    Hocevar, S.; Milosevic, A.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.; Ackermann-Hirschi, L.; Mottas, I.; Petri-Fink, A.; Rothen-Rutishauser, B.; Bourquin, C.; Clift, M. J. D.

    Polymer-Coated Gold Nanospheres Do Not Impair the Innate Immune Function of Human B Lymphocytes in Vitro Journal Article

    ACS Nano 2019, 13 (6), pp. 6790–6800, 2019.

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

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

    Nanoscale, 2019.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

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

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

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

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    Burnand Lemal Crippa Monnier Christophe Rodriguez-Lorenzo Petri-Fink Rothen-Rutishauser J; D; P; F; A ; L ; A ; B MilosevicAc A; Bourquin

    Artificial Lysosomal Platform to Study Nanoparticle Long-term Stability Journal Article

    Chimia, 73 (1), pp. 55-58, 2019.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Rafiee Rodriguez-Lorenzo List Rothen-Rutishauser Mayer Petri-Fink C ; S ; L ; J ; B ; M ; A Ruegg C.; Reis

    A Bio-Inspired Amplification Cascade for the Detection of Rare Cancer Cells Journal Article

    Chimia, 73 (1), pp. 63-68, 2019.

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    Moore, T.L.; Urban, D.A.; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, L.; Milosevic, A.; Crippa, F.; Spuch-Calvar, M.; Balog, S.; Rothen-Rutishauser, B.; Lattuada, M.; Petri-Fink,

    Nanoparticle administration method in cell culture alters particle-cell interaction Journal Article

    Scientific Reports, 9 (900), 2019.

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

    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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    Begoña Espiña Laura Salonen M Soraia PS Fernandes Vanesa Romero

    Tailoring Covalent Organic Frameworks to Capture Water Contaminants Journal Article

    Chemistry: A European Journal, 2019.

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

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

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

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  • 2018

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

    Internalization of Methotrexate Conjugates by Folate Receptor-alpha Journal Article

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

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

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

    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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    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 Andrea Mariño‐Lopez Ana Sousa‐Castillo

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

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

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

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

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

    Chemical European Journal, 2018.

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

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

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

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

    Biointerphases, 13 (1), 2018.

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  • 2017

    Espiña B Vasimalai N Fernández-Argüelles MT

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

    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, R Queirós, DY Petrovykh and PAA De Beule

    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

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

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

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

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

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    N Vasimalai and Maria T Fernández-Argüelles*.

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

    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

Marília Santos
Staff Researcher

Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo
Staff Researcher

Najib Ben Messaoud
Research Fellow

Patricia Taladriz
Research Fellow

Antonio Rubino
Research Fellow

Lurdes Gonçalves
Research Fellow

Renato Gil
Research Fellow

Ana Vieira
Junior Research Fellow

Monica Quarato
Junior Research fellow

Ivone Pinheiro
Junior Research Fellow

Ana Castanheira
Junior Research Fellow

Sofia Azevedo
Junior Research Fellow

Samuel Silva
Junior Research Fellow

Soraia P. Fernandes
PhD Student (FCT Grant)

Tianxing Wang
Scientific Associate (South China University of Technology, China)

Tânia Rebelo
Scientific Associate (DIN)

Juliana Dias
Scientific Associate (ICVS)

Sofia Neto
Scientific Associate (MSc student, UM)

Maria Catarino
Scientific Associate (MSc student, UM)

FORMER MEMBERS

Marisa P. Sárria
Research Fellow

Nagamalai Vasimalai
Research Fellow

Teodora Miclăuș
Research Fellow

Riya Gupta
Junior Research Fellow

Vânia Vilas-Boas
Research Laboratory Assistant

Vanesa Romero
Scientific Associate (UVigo, Spain)

Juan López
Scientific Associate (UVigo, Spain)

Juan Sanchéz
Scientific Associate (USantiago Compostela, Spain)

Blanca Astray
Scientific Associate (USantiago Compostela, Spain)

Catarina Ribeiro
Scientific Associate (FCT – NOVA , Portugal)

Beatriz Santamaria
Scientific Associate (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

Alexsandra Valerio
Scientific Associate (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)

Maria Rita Vega
Scientific Associate (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Cindy Dias
Master Student (UMinho, Portugal)

Sara Pinela
Master student (UMinho, Portugal)

Ana Castanheiro
Master student (UMinho, Portugal)

Filipe Ferreira
BSc Student (Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal)

Rui Oliveira
BSc student (UMinho, Portugal)

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

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GROUP LEADER

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