The MSOC Nanochemistry Group has focused its research efforts on the functionalization and purification of carbon nanostructures using non-conventional techniques, obtaining results which show how scaling up the modification of carbon nanostructures is possible using green methodologies. Ball milling treatment and microwave irradiation in the absent of solvents have been the main techniques employed for the preparation of multifunctional derivatives that can serve as versatile synthons in materials science and biological applications.  Moreover, the incorporation of those nanostructures in three dimensional polymeric structures is being carried out as an innovative means for obtaining new stimuli-responsive materials as intelligent systems, which can be applied in a wide range of fields such as drug delivery or tissue engineering among others.  

 

 

Ball milling methodologies in dry media have also being used to cut and functionalize carbon nanotubes and recently, for the exfoliation of graphite and the preparation of stable graphene sheets dispersions in many solvents. This protocol represents, today, one of the best ways  of producing stable aqueous dispersions of graphene in macroscopic quantities and has permitted the collaboration with different companies interested in graphene production.

 

The graphene dispersions can be used for a number of applications, including toxicological and environmental studies, and open the door to the preparation of new graphene composites.  In fact, the group is also focussing in the development of new stimuli-responsive materials as intellingent systems,  which can be applied in a wide range of fields such as drug delivery or tissue engineering among others.

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
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!

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Ciudad Real, Spain. 13071

Phone: +34 926295300 (3513)
Contact: ester.vazquez@uclm.es