The MSOC-Nanochemisty group focuses its research efforts on the functionalisation and purification of carbon nanostructures using non-conventional techniques, obtaining results that show how scaling up is possible using green methodologies. The group has used microwave radiation and ball milling methodologies for the functionalisation of carbon nanostructures in solvent-free conditions.

 

Ball milling conditions in dry media have also being used for the exfoliation of graphite and the preparation of stable graphene dispersions in many solvents. This protocol (published in Nature Protocols ) represents, today, one of the best ways for producing stable aqueous dispersions of graphene in macroscopic quantities and has permitted the collaboration with companies interested in graphene production (such as Antolín group) and with many research groups. In fact, the graphene dispersions can be used for a number of applications, including toxicological and environmental studies, while opening the door to the preparation of new graphene composites.

 

The MSOC-Nanochemistry group is testing graphene related materials in several cell models, analysing their effect on toxicity, motility, including metabolomic studies. Moreover, the incorporation of those nanostructures in three dimensional polymeric scaffolds allows the preparation of new stimuli-responsive materials as intelligent systems, which can be applied in a wide range of fields such as drug delivery, tissue engineering or even soft robotics.

In our research we collaborate with several other groups in Spain and Europe. All these groups carry on research in the fields of carbon  nanotechnology:

 


-Prof. Maurizio Prato. Università degli Studi di Trieste. Italy. Organic functionalization of fullerenes and other carbon nanostructures.

-Prof. Kostas Kostarelos. University of Manchester. Pharmaceutical applications of carbon nanotubes.

-Prof. Dirk M. Guldi. University of Erlangen. Germany. Photophysics of carbon nanotubes.

-Prof. Valentín Ceña. Departamento de Farmacología, UCLM. Pharmaceutical applications of carbon nanotubes.

-Prof. Alberto Bianco, CNRS, Strasbourg, France, Biomedical applications of carbon nanostructures.

-Prof. Francesco Paolucci, Universi degli Studi di Bologna, ItalyBiosensors using carbon nanostructures.

-Prof. Marco Colombatti, Universi degli Studi di Padova,Italy. Antibody carbon nanostructurederivatives.

-Grupo Antolín, preparation of graphene dispersions

Overview
Ongoing collaborations

Av. Camilo José Cela 10

Ciudad Real, Spain. 13071

Phone: +34 926295300 (3513)
Contact: ester.vazquez@uclm.es
Ball mill
NanoChemistry Group
Exfoliated Graphene
Graphite exfoliation using melamine
PhD student Cristina and Bachelor Alicia making science!
HRTEM
UCLM Albacete
PhD student Ana taking some fluorescence measurements
Maribel is doing intriguing experiments!
Obtaining nice hydrogels
Spraying!