Research Groups

RESEARCH UNIT: Functional Surfaces and Interfaces

Functional Nanomaterials and Surfaces (FunNanoSurf)

FunNanoSurf has provided insight on the supramolecular organization of chiral/achiral block-copolymers, also, synthesized and tested new fullerenocurcuminoids in perovskite solar cell.

FunNanoSurf develops its activity on the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology, with emphasis in the areas of molecular electronics, molecular magnetism,(bio)sensors and biomaterials. Some of FunNanoSurf members focus on the design of molecular systems that provide inputs at the micro-/nano- scales, operating on different substrates, paying special attention on the control and molecular organization. Meanwhile others, in the group, are in charge of measuring the electronic/luminescent response of our materials. The synergy of both provides straightforward and detailed evaluation of molecular systems toward the search of active molecular-based components at a variety of scale levels.


  • Dr. Núria Aliaga-Alcalde - ICREA Research Professor 
  • Dr. Arántzazu González-Campo - Ramón y Cajal Researcher 
  • Daniel Herrera Miranda - Postodoctoral Researcher  
  • David Limón - Postdoctoral Researcher  
  • Rossella Zaffino - Postdoctoral Researcher  
  • Dr. Beltzane Garcia-Cirera - Project Manager 
  • Sandra Giraldo - PhD Researcher 
  • Laura Rodríguez-Cid - PhD Researcher 
  • Daniel Riba López - PhD Researcher 
  • Teresa Cardona - PhD Researcher 
  • Raquel Gimeno Muñoz - PhD Researcher 
  • Joseline Iribarra Araya - PhD Researcher 
  • Raquel Gimeno Muñoz - MSc Student 
  • Esteve Ribas Sauri - MSc Student 
  • Àlex Pérez Castro - Undergraduate Student 
  • Marc Surós Roman - Undergraduate Student 
  • Víctor Riu - Undergraduate Student 

Examples of curcuminoid molecules designed to perform as (a,b) nanowires on different setups (graphene and functionalized β-CD electrodes), (c) molecular sensors of metal/metalloid species and (d) 2D coordination polymer (e) supramolecular block copolymers incorporating chiral and achiral porphyrins.


As it happened with the previous year, 2020 has been a challenging year for all. However, during this period, FunNanoSurf has successfully worked at the best speed possible to reach goals, keep flowing purposes and add (exciting) new ones. For that, the PIs of the group genuinely appreciate the effort of all the team (Thank you FunNanoSurfers! Your rocked it!).

Overall, we have focused on our two pillars: synthesis-functionalization of surfaces and physico-chemical characterization. Regarding them, first, we have achieved a series of new molecular materials based on Curcuminoids (CCMoids) and started the synthesis of new bipyrimidine derivatives and porphyrazines. This way, (i) multifunctional CCMoids have been designed and attached to functionalized surfaces, functioning as sensors of boron, taking advantage of their effective anchoring groups and luminescent properties that switch upon coordination; (ii) a new family of PAH-CCMoids (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) has been attained with the aims of anchoring such materials in hybrid graphene-based nanodevices for single-molecule electronic transport purposes; (iii) a number of CCMoids have been used as polytopic systems coordinating to transition metals and achieving high-dimensional coordination polymers (CPs) and organic polymers (OPs), among them, 2D CCMoid-based materials that are been exfoliated and characterized on different substrates (works published). In addition, (iv) molecular units covalently attached to functionalized electrodes, as for example, graphene and CNTs are being examined; (v) supramolecular approaches are following to control the deposition of bioinspired molecules on different substrates and microparticles and to obtain new bio(inspired) responsive supramolecular polymers; (vi) and new molecular systems are analyzed toward the creation of biommetic surfaces and theranostic materials. In an advanced action, (vii) we are creating and measuring our own graphene-hybrid three-terminal devices and (viii) using different deposition methods (e.g.: exfoliation and sublimation) are measuring the electronic capabilities of our CPs and molecular units.


Novel Zn(II) Coordination Polymers Based on the Natural Molecule Bisdemethoxycurcumin 
Rodriguez-Cid, Laura; Sanudo, E. Carolina; Lopez-Periago, Ana M.; Gonzalez-Campo, Arantzazu; Aliaga-Alcalde, Nuria; Domingo, Concepcion.  
Crystal Growth & Design 2020, 20, 6555, 10.1021/acs.cgd.0c00742 

π-Donor/π-Acceptor Interactions for the Encapsulation of Neurotransmitters on Functionalized Polysilicon-Based Microparticles 
Giraldo, Sandra; Alea-Reyes, María E.; Limón, David; González, Asensio; Duch, Marta; Plaza, José A.; Ramos-López, David; de Lapuente, Joaquín; González-Campo, Arántzazu Pérez-García, Lluïsa. Pharmaceutics 2020, 12, 724, 10.3390/pharmaceutics12080724 

Tuning Single-Molecule Conductance in Metalloporphyrin-Based Wires via Supramolecular Interactions 
Aragones, Albert C.; Martin-Rodriguez, Alejandro; Aravena, Daniel; Puigmarti-Luis, Josep; Amabilino, David B.; Aliaga-Alcalde, Nuria; Gonzalez-Campo, Arantzazu; Ruiz, Eliseo; Diez-Perez, Ismael. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 2020, 59, 19193, 10.1002/anie.202007237 

Determination of Curcuminoids by Liquid Chromatography with Diode Array Detection: Application to the Characterization of Turmeric and Curry Samples 
Vidal, Oscar; Castilla, Xavier; Aliaga-Alcalde, Nuria; Lopez-Periago, Ana M.; Domingo, Concepcion; Sentellas, Sonia; Saurina, Javier 
Current Analytical Chemistry 2020, 16, 95, 10.2174/1573411014666180629125729 

Single-Molecule Transport of Fullerene-Based Curcuminoids 
Dulic, Diana; Rates, Alfredo; Castro, Edison; Labra-Munoz, Jacqueline; Aravena, Daniel; Etcheverry-Berrios, Alvaro; Riba-Lopez, Daniel; Ruiz, Eliseo; Aliaga-Alcalde, Nuria; Soler, Monica; Ecgegoyen, Luis; van der Zant, Herre S.J. 
Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2020, 124, 2698, 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b10166 

Outreach activities

PhD student Sandra Giraldo Clemente attended on a virtual NanoBio&Med2020 Conference. Her speech was entitled Neurotransmitter’s encapsulation on Bipyridinium-functionalized polysilicon microparticles by supramolecular interactions. At the NanoBio&Med2020, the most recent international developments in the field of Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine have been presented in order to provide a platform for multidisciplinary communication, new cooperation and projects to participants from both science and industry (10/07/2020).

The CSIC Catalunya organized a morning in which women scientists from different CSIC centers visited the school “Escola Can Maiol” in Sants, Barcelona, to talk and experiment with science. From ICMAB, Arántzazu González, chemist, visited the group of 3r Primària (8-9 years olds) and did some experiments to discover the acid/basic properties of some natural substances that we have at home by the change of color. Sants3Radio was there to talk with them (14/02/2020).


Raquel Gimeno is the Second Finalist in the FOTICMAB 2020, June 20, 2020 

Main projects

Screening of curcuminoid-based systems for the achievement of sensor materials (CCMoids4sense) PID2019-108794GB-I00 
N. Aliaga-Alcalde, A. González-Campo 
1/07/2020 - 30/06/2024 // 217.800 € 

Synthesis and characterization of molecular systems for functional surfaces and responsive materials. (Ramón y Cajal) 
A. González Campo 
01/02/2019 - 31/01/2024 // 208.600 € 

Efficient electronic transport at room temperature by T-shaped molecules in graphene-based chemically modified three-terminal nanodevices 
European Research Council 
N. Aliaga-Alcalde 
01/02/2017 - 31/01/2020 // 1.998.879 € 

FUNmatApp Group - SGR  
N. Aliaga-Alcalde, A. González-Campo, M. L. Perez-Garcia 
01/01/2017 - 30/08/2021 // 20.000 € 

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