Seminar of Dr. Ali Mohraz next Tuesday 17th of November at 3pm

“Colloids at Fluid Interfaces: Opportunities for Advanced Materials Synthesis”
Ali Mohraz, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Irvine

Particle seAli Mohrazquestration at the interface of immiscible fluids has been known for more than a century and exploited in the formulation of solid-stabilized (Pickering) emulsions for drug delivery, oil recovery, food, and personal care products, to name a few.  More recently, new classes of multi-phase mixtures have emerged that exploit interfacial colloid jamming, bridging, ordering, and aggregation for the self-assembly of complex higher-order structures from colloidal building blocks, such as bicontinuous interfacially jammed emulsion gels (bijels), or bridged emulsion gels. The multiphase nature of these mixtures makes them excellent templates for the synthesis of composite materials with tunable morphology at the nano- to micrometer scales, and our group has recently demonstrated various examples of functional materials that can be derived from them.  However, to expand these capabilities into a robust materials synthesis platform, the factors that mediate the mechanical stability and processability of these colloidal mixtures must be better understood.  In this talk, I will review the fundamentals and recent developments in colloidal self-assembly at fluid interfaces, present a novel materials synthesis route that we have pioneered based on these concepts, and discuss the applications of our technology in electrochemical energy conversion and storage, sensing, catalysis, and tissue engineering.  Finally, I will discuss our ongoing efforts to better understand the link between the microstructure, rheology, and processability of this new class of soft materials.

Ali Mohraz received his BSc, ME, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Azad University, The City College of New York, and The University of Michigan, respectively, and his postdoctoral training at the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  He is currently Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Irvine.  Dr. Mohraz’s primary research interests are in colloid science and complex fluids engineering, including colloidal assembly at fluid interfaces and microstructural evolution of complex fluids under transient large-strain deformations.

Additional information: Anna Laromaine

Success in the HINT -BCN Workshop

Dr. Fernando Novio (ICN2) and Dr. Anna Laromaine (ICMAB) organized last 8-9th of June the HINT-BCN Workshop with success. Invited speakers and poster contributions were of great quality! From here, we would like to thank the group members for their help during the workshop!

Large Participation of the N&N group members at the Fourth International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials

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Fourth International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials (Hybrid Materials 2015) in Sitges (near Barcelona), Spain | 9 – 13 March 2015

To know more about the group activities: 

  • Tuesday 10 Symposium B1, 15:50‐16:10 [OB1.05.06]  Versatility of supercritica fluids as reaction media for hybrid SPIONs‐silica‐polymer biomaterials, N. Murillo‐Cremaes, J. Saurina, P. Subra‐Paternault, C. Domingo* (presenter) , A. Roig
  • Tuesday 10 Symposium B1, 16:10‐16:30 [OB1.05.07] Bacterial cellulose films: Origami and scaffoldsM. Zeng, A. Roig, A. Laromaine* (presenter)
  • Wenesday 11 Symposium A 12:20‐12:40 [OA.07.04] Encapsulation of a growth factor in magnetic polymeric nanocapsules,  E. Carenza, O. Jordan, P. Martínez‐San Segundo, R. Jirik4, Z. Starcuk jr., G. Borchard, A. Rosell, A. Roig* (presenter)
  • Wenesday 11 Symposium C  13:00‐13:20 [OC.07.06] Thin epitaxial quartz films with tunable textures on silicon, A. Carretero‐Genevrier, M. Gich* (presenter), L. Picas, J. Gazquez, G.L. Drisko, C. Boissiere, D. Grosso, J. Rodriguez‐Carvajal, C. Sanchez
  • Thursday 12 Symposium A 10:00‐10:20 [OA.08.03] C. elegans: a model to evaluate nanoparticles?, L. Gonzalez‐Moragas* (presenter), E. Carenza, S. Yu, A. Roig, A. Laromaine
  • A poster presented by M. Gich on Bismuth Carbon nanocomposites for heavy metal sensor detection




Siming Yu gave a presentation at IDS-FunMat in Belgium.



 IDS-FunMat is an EMMI International Doctoral School for Functional Materials, supported by ERASMUS MUNDUS.

The fourth Training School took place on 16-21 March in Spa, Belgium where a number of high-profile external speakers were invited. Siming gave a presentation on the stability of nanoparticles in biological media which is part of his PhD thesis.

Anna Roig attended the Hybrid Materials 2013 Conference

hybridThe conference was held in Sorrento, Italy, from 3rd to 7th March 2013. Each day started will a Plenary Lecture followed by 3 parallel symposia:

Symposium A: Biohybrids and biomaterials;
Symposium B: Functional hybrid nanomaterials, nanocomposites and their applications;
Symposium C: Functional porous materials.

Plenary speakers:

Takuzo Aida, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
C. Jeffrey Brinker, University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USAPeter Fratzl, Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung (MPIKG), Gölm, Germany
Clément Sanchez, Collège de France, Paris, France
Sir Fraser Stoddart, Nortwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Prof. Luisa de Cola visits us (19th Feb)

luisa da colaMartí Gich invited Prof. de Cola to visit the ICMAB and to give seminar. We were delighted to listen to her latest research. She also had the opportunity to talk with several other groups.

Luisa De Cola is full Professor at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (I.S.I.S.), Université de Strasbourg, chair of Supramolecular and (bio)Materials Chemistry. She is also part-time scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Nanotechnology.