Welcome to the Soft Matter Nanotechnology Lab
The research in our group focuses on nanofabrication, the study of physical-chemical phenomena
on the nanometric scale, and on the properties
of biomaterial resulting from its nanostructuration. Nanofabrication research is achieved using elements of soft matter such as synthetic polymers,
biopolymers, and membranes.
We are particularly interested in the design and fabrication of surfaces and complex colloidal systems with structures and properties controlled at
the nanometric level (nanoparticles, nanowires, latexes, and capsules); and the development of these systems for eventual use in medical applications,
such as controlled drug delivery.
Our work is complemented with studies of the physical chemistry of supramolecular interactions and the application of hydrogen and coordination
bonding to nanofabrication. We combine techniques of self assembly and surface synthesis with methods of nanomaterial characterization including
quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, fluorescence spectroscopy, confocal microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and
atomic force microscopy
The Soft Matter Nanotechnology Lab is lead by Dr. Sergio Moya, who obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the National University of the South in Argentina, and finished his PhD work at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Germany (2001). After completing his PhD, he held postdoctoral research positions at the College de France in Paris, and the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Cambridge in England. Before joining CIC biomaGUNE, he worked as a research scientist for the National Council of Research in Mexico. His doctoral and postdoctoral research has been focused on nanotechnology employing elements of soft matter and biomolecules, and on supramolecular chemistry.