• Nanostructured Functional Materials

    Supramolecular engineering toward smart materials

  • Nanoscale functional polymers for brain diseases & regenerative medicine

  • Chromogenic & emissive nanomaterials for energy efficient devices


Nanoscale functional polymers for brain diseases & regenerative medicine

Nanomedicine embraces mostly, though not exclusively, the biomedical application of nanoscale materials for diagnosis and therapy.

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Chromogenic & emissive nanomaterials for energy efficient devices

We aim to develop advanced (nano)materials following novel and emerging concepts and approaches for their integration in smart devices.

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About Nanosfun

The goal of the Nanostructured Functional Materials or NANOSFUN group is to develop new routes to molecular nanostructures with properties inspired by nature and smart responses to external stimuli. The group has a lot of exoerience on novel catechol-based coatings and wet adhesives that reproduce the sticking power of marine mussels, as well as the development of nanoencapsulation strategies for photoactive species with potential photophysical and chemical applications. The group also carries out a strong research line in photo- and thermochromism.

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PhD Fellowship: Towards a new generation of smart windows based on chromogenic nanoparticles for energy saving in buildings. Find the PhD of your dreams and join the ICN2 through the INPhINIT Programme.


Daniel Ruiz-Molina
Group Leader

Daniel Ruiz-Molina earned his PhD in polyradical dendrimers at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) under Prof. Jaume Veciana. He then took a postdoctoral position at the University of California San Diego (USA), where he spent three years working on single molecule magnets and molecular switches.

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The chemistry behind catechol-based adhesion.

J. Saiz-Poseu; J. Mancebo-Aracil; F. Nador; F. Busqué; D. Ruiz-Molina.

Bioinspired functional catechol derivatives through simple thiol conjugate addition.

J. Mancebo-Aracil; C. Casagualda; M.A. Moreno-Villaécija; F. Nador; J. García-Pardo; A. Franconetti-García; F. Busqué; R. Alibés; M.J. Esplandiu D. Ruiz-Molina; J. Sedó-Vegara.

Dual T1/T2 Nanoscale coordination polymers as novel contrast agents for MRI: A preclinical study for brain tumor

S. Suárez-García; N. Arias-Ramos; C. Frias; A. P. Candiota; C. Arús; J. Lorenzo; D. Ruiz-Molina; F. Novio.

Off/On fluorescent nanoparticles for tunable high-temperature threshold sensing.

A. Julià-López; Daniel Ruiz-Molina; K. Landfester; M.B. Bannwarth; C. Roscini.

The ICN2

The Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, with its official English translation Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and acronym ICN2, is a non-profit international research institute located close to Barcelona, Spain. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale.

The trustees of the ICN2 are the Government of Catalonia, the Spanish National Research Council and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The institute promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse backgrounds to develop basic and applied research, while always seeking out new ways to engage with local and global industry.

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