"Physical intuition fails miserably in the nanoworld"

Mark Reed, Yale University

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ICREA Research Professor

Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)

Physics Department, Sciences Faculty, Building C3, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), E-08193 Bellaterra, Spain

Telf: +34 93 581 2085 - Fax: +34 93 581 2155

E-mail: jordi.sort[at]uab.cat, jordi.sort[at]icrea.cat

Our research activity is focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of advanced materials with unique properties, suitable for widespread innovative engineering applications. We seek for new types of materials, whose microstructure can be precisely controlled at the nanoscale level, leading to enhanced mechanical, magnetic, optical, thermal and anti-corrosion performances. The investigated systems include nanoparticles, nanowires, lithographed micro- and nano-objects, mesoporous and nanoporous structures, electrodeposited thin films, bulk metallic glasses and bulk nanocomposite materials.


Amongst our most relevant recent achievements one can mention: the use of nanoindentation and ion irradiation to tailor the magnetic, mechanical and optical properties of a large variety of materials; the ductilization of metallic glasses by development of nanostructured morphologies; the growth of new types of coatings with enhanced mechanical and magnetic properties; the enhanced functionalities of mesoporous materials and multi-component nanoparticles via interlayer exchange interactions; the development of advanced biodegradable and permanent materials for orthopedic implants; the characterization of remotely-actuated magnetic nanowires for biomedical applications; enhancement of energy-efficiency in voltage-actuated magnetic materials; etc.
Our research is funded both from private contracts with industries, as well as from public grants from the Catalan Government, the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the European Union (Horizon 2020).