The University Autonoma of Barcelona (UAB) has more than 30000 students and 4000 academic and research staff. UAB is internationally renowned for its quality and innovation in research. The University coordinates a potent scientific and technological centre (the Esfera UAB), promotes new business projects, and directs and projects its productive activity towards its socio-economic surroundings by disseminating new knowledge. It plays a leading role in scientific research in many main areas of investigation in Sciences. UAB campus is located in a technologic area with several research technologic centres including the ALBA Synchrotron Light Laboratory. Research centres and groups involved in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology are gathered in the Barcelona Nanocluster at Bellaterra (BNC-b), a virtual network integrated in the Research Park of the University Autonoma of Barcelona (PRUAB).
The Department of Chemistry of the UAB is a research and education centre with 90 teaching and research staff that performs chemistry teaching activities in many bachelor degrees and masters and develops research in most innovative areas of chemistry. Our group of research is integrated in the Unit of Inorganic Chemistry and it has activities in organo-transition metal compounds: synthesis, characterisation and applications to the preparation of nanomaterials.
Current research expertises of the group are:
- Design and synthesis of hybrid and hemilabile organic ligands with particular physical properties
- Synthesis and characterisation of tailored transition metal complexes for homogeneous catalysis
- Study of transition-metal complexes that aggregate in solution forming metallomicelles and metallovesicles.
- Use of hybrid and hemilabile ligands in the stabilisation of transition-metal nanoparticles.
- Development of solvothermal methods for the preparation of transition-metal oxide nanoparticles
- Size and shape controlled spinel ferrites dispersible in alcohols and water.
- Preparation of inorganic nanoparticles for inks and nanosensors.
Previous relevant experience related to the project’s aims:
The UAB research group has more than 20 year experience in transition-metal chemistry, organometallic and coordination chemistry. In 2005 it directed its research activity towards the preparation of inorganic nanoparticles in collaboration with some groups of Barcelona Nanocluster at Bellaterra (BNC-b). Synthetic methodologies in the preparation of metal-oxide nanoparticles developed in our group have shown to be very promising for the nanostructuration of YBCO tapes.
Profile of staff members involved in the project:
- Prof. Josep Ros, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at UAB, group leader with long experience in research, coordination of several national projects and international collaborations.
- Dr. Ramón Yáñez (PhD in Chemistry) has large experience in transition-metal chemistry, structural characterisation of inorganic materials and synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles.
- Dr. Jordi Garcia-Antón (PhD in Chemistry) is a junior researcher that carried out a postdoctoral stay in Nanostructures and Organometallic Chemistry group in LCC of Toulouse (France). He is expert in transition-metal and metal-oxide nanoparticles.