Projects at a Glance
This is a collaborative research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Economy (Mineco) for developing hierarchical routes for the synthesis of complex covalent molecular nanostructures with potential functionality as active optoelectronic components, such as pn junctions of quantum dots. Furthermore, FunMolDev targeted a new generation of nanodevices with disruptive impact in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). For this purpose, we developed methods for connecting active molecular components to electrical leads and further networking them into a percolating mesh as a proof of their scalability into devices. FunMolDev also aimed at bridging such highly interdisciplinary fundamental research into higher level of technology by developing alternative routes for the synthesis and transfer of CMNs to insulting and gateable surfaces, which to date remain big challenges to the scientific community. FunMolDev combineed the work of six Spanish research groups in Galicia (CiQUS at the University of Santiago de Compostela), Euskadi (the CFM, Centro de Física de Materiales - CSIC-UPV, and CIC nanoGUNE), Aragón (the ICMA, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón – CSIC-UZ), and Catalunya (the ICN2, Instituto Catalán de Nanociencia y Nanotecnología).
Graphene plasmons (GPs), is enable the transport and control of light on an extreme subwavelength scale as well as the dynamic tunability via electric-gate voltage, which can be exploited for numerous applications such as for strong light-matter interactions, tunable infrared biosensing and absorption spectroscopy, subwavelength optical imaging, as well as for the development of tunable transformation optics devices, metamaterials and metasurfaces.
The main objective of this project is to create and optimize highly functional materials using thin film growth techniques for hybrid materials and the infiltration of inorganics into polymers. These growth processes will be applied to technical products like polymer fibers or particles, with the aim of demonstrating their potential applications in various fields such as fiber-based (wearable) electronics, catalysis, and energy storage. With these advanced techniques, we aim to achieve precise control over material fabrication and the tuning of their physical properties, which are of significant interest in both technological and societal contexts.
In this project we investigated the mechanical properties of proteins associated with the adhesion of bacteria and viruses in the initial moments of infection. In addition, molecular tools were developed to control said mechanics and prevent the adhesion of proteins to their targets.
MARINA - Marine Knowledge Sharing Platform for Federating Responsible Research and Innovation CommunitiesThe objective of the MARINA project is to accomplish the resolution of marine related issues and problems following the responsible research and innovation principle, creating an all-inclusive Knowledge Sharing Platform, together with federating activities such as Mobilisation and Mutual Lerning workshops and exhibitions. The expected outcome of the Work Programme is a clear improvement of the integration of society in science and innovation.
The trend of miniaturization in electronic devices is making the interface between different materials increasingly more important. The interfaces are at the core of the performance of almost any nanoelectronic device, creating new physical phenomena that offer unexplored technological potential. This project aims to understand and control interfaces for advanced physical phenomena and electronic devices. The project is divided into three sections: interfaces for spintronics, metal/molecular interfaces, and 2D/molecular interfaces.
METAFRUMAG - NOVEL NANOSTRUCTURED METAMATERIALS WITH CONTROL OF MAGNETIC FRUSTRATION FOR APPLICATIONS TO DIGITAL AND ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGIES
Nanomagnet logic is a computational technology combining data storage and processing using magnetic phenomena at the nanoscale. This project explored the use of magnetic metamaterials with geometrically induced magnetic frustration for novel nanomagnet logic devices.
SIESTA - SIESTA for the Theory of Instabilities and Transport in Functional and Low-Dimensional Materials
The project involved a consortium of five institutions for the development of the SIESTA program for efficient first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory. New important features were incorporated (such as spin-orbit coupling, multiple-lead ballistic transport, and time-dependent DFT with moving nuclei), and used in 2D and topological materials. In Nanogune special effort was done in the simulation of strongly non-equilibrium electronic processes induced by swift nuclei projectiles.
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