Over the past 20 years, the MSOC Nanochemisty group at UCLM has worked during the last few years on focused different research lines, which goes from the production of exfoliated 2D nanomaterials for use in biological applications, and the development of new stimuli-responsive materials, more concretely in smart hybrid hydrogels. We have also worked on the functionalization and purification of carbon nanostructures using non-conventional methodologies, demonstrating how scaling-up of the modified carbon nanostructures is possible using green protocols. We have also used microwave radiations for the activation of carbon nanostructures in solvent-free conditions, preparing multifunctional derivatives that can serve as versatile synthons in materials science and biological applications. We have also developed ball milling methodologies in dry media to shorten and functionalize carbon nanotubes, and recently, for the exfoliation of graphene. The ball milling approach allows the production of highly dispersed graphene in organic solvents and it is one of the best ways of producing graphene suspensions in water, which enables, for instance, the study of interactions of graphene with biological bodies and the incorporation of graphene in smart gels with applications on controlled drug delivery. This work has permitted the collaboration with industrial partners under the INNPACTO program. Our group is currently active with numerous European groups within the framework of the Graphene Flagship projects. Our work is collected in a total of 6 international patents which are actively in use with multiple industries. The group is currently made up of 17 people, four of them are UCLM professors, two postdoctoral researchers, seven PhD students, two master’s student and two research technicians. Nowadays, these seven undergoing doctoral theses all of them have finances by the Central Administration, either in open calls, or associated with projects.
You can find us at the Nanotechnology Laboratory at the IRICA (Instituto Regional de Investigación Científica Aplicada, www.irica.uclm.es) Institute, UCLM, Ciudad Real, Spain.