The Nanomaterials Research Group (NRG) mainly deals with:
- Luminescent inorganic nanomaterials:
preparation, structural, morphological and spectroscopic investigation (absorption and luminescence in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectral regions) of inorganic nanomaterials, also of colloidal nature, activated with luminescent lanthanide ions.
- Multifunctional colloidal nanostructures for applications in biotechnology and nanomedicine:
development of organic-inorganic nanocomposites of colloidal nature for theranostics in biotechnology and nanomedicine,in particular for optical imaging, nuclear magnetic resonance (MRI), nanothermometry, photothermal therapy and photodynamics and investigations on their functional properties.
- Surface functionalization of inorganic nanomaterials:
chemical attack of ligands or compounds on the surface of inorganic nanomaterials to confer additional functionality (eg solubility, colloidal stability, biocompatibility, bioconjugation, targeting, sensing, controlled release of substances).