Institute of Polymer Science and Technology, CSIC, Spain
Research Topics: The research activity at the Polymer Science and Technology Institute (ICTP-CSIC) is focused in understanding and controlling the molecular structure and properties of polymeric materials in order to: a) design new polymers for specific applications, b) obtain polymeric systems with controlled behavior, and c) generate added value to existing materials and processes, mitigating their environmental impact.
The research topics can be summarized:
A) Synthesis, modification and processing of polymers.
B) Polymers and sustainability.
C) Polymer nanocomposites, organic-inorganic hybrids, blends, and complex polymer systems.
D) Control of the nanostructure and study of the properties at the nano-scale
E) Advanced techniques of characterization
Expertise: The group of Nanostructured Polymers and Gels (Nanopolygel) at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC) has developed expertise on the preparation of gel forming systems, interpenetrating polymer gels, hybrid gels (polymer-nanoparticles (magnetic, optical…) as well as colloidal dispersions of polymer micro and nanogels. The group is focused in the development of functional hybrid polymer gels with specific value-added properties such as optical, mechanical, electrical or magnetic for advanced biomedical applications including magnetic hyperthermia and drug delivery.
Another ongoing research line in our group is the fabrication of ordered 1D nanostructured polymers and multicomponent polymeric systems: nanotubes, nanofiber and nanopillars . The study of the effect of nanoconfinement in polymer properties: polymer dynamics, crystallization, and the development of new methods for controlled micro- and nanostructuring (hierarchical) polymer surfaces, e.g. functional micropatterned surfaces for biological applications , photonics, etc.
Techniques Available: The ICTP-CSIC has extensive and state-of-the art polymer characterisation and testing facilities including thermal and mechanical analysis (Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and fast scanning calorimetry (FSC), dynamic mechanical thermal analysis( DMTA)), variable Temperature X ray diffraction experiments at small, middle and wide angles, spectroscopy (NMR, solid state NMR, and low field NMR spectromether, FT-IR, ATR-FTIR confocal Raman Spectroscopy), microscopic techniques (AFM, SEM, ESEM, TEM) and controlled stress reomether with several available geometries (AR-G2 and TA AR1000-N) .
Request Expertise: COST ACTION MP 1205 represents a definitive platform for our research group to incorporate microfluidic technology in the production of well controlled soft particles for biomedical applications. In addition, the expertise of the group in the encapsulation of inorganic nanoparticles (magnetic nanoparticles) could be extended to the encapsulation of photonic nanoparticles that would add functionality to the soft materials.