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U6. Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit

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U6. Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit

    • Scientific Director: Prof. Nora Ventosa ventosa@icmab.es 
    • Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Mariana Köber mkober@icmab.es
    • Technical Coordinator: José Amable Bernabé jabernabe@icmab.es
    • Entities: Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona ICMAB-CSIC
    • Address: Campus de UAB, 08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
    • Phone: +34 935 801 853
    • Fax: +34 935 805 729
    • Web: ICMAB


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Located at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), in Barcelona, and under the coordination of Prof. Nora Ventosa, current director of NANOMOL Group, which is a research group with wide expertise and recognized excellence in the synthesis, processing and study of molecular and polymeric materials with chemical, electronic, magnetic and biomedical properties. It gathers several laboratories, perfectly equipped, to perform the mission of this facility: the development, characterization, and large-scale production of molecular biomaterials of therapeutic or biomedical interest, with controlled micro-, nano- and supramolecular structure. One example of Key-Enabling-Technology (KET) available in this unit is a simple one-step methodology, DELOS-SUSP, based on the use of compressed fluids (CF), such as CO2, to prepare particulate materials with precise and reproducible structural characteristics at micro-, nano- and supramolecular levels (size, shape, internal structural gradients, supra­molecular organization and crystalline purity). This example shows one of the singularities of this unit is that counts with CF–based plants at different scales, from mL to L, which allow process development by QbD and process scale-up.
The NANBIOSIS Unit 6 is works under the ISO9001 certification for standard quality control system



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Active projects

Title Fundin: Organism Call: Funding source Role
GA: 720942 SMART FUNCTIONAL GLA-NANOFORMULATION FOR FABRY DISEASE – Smart-4-Fabry Unión Europea (Comisión Europea) H2020-NMBP-2016-2017 Coordinator
SAF2017-90810-REDI Strategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis II Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA»
-ICTS 2017

Other projects

Ref Title Funding Organism Unit Role
PI15/00272 Design of intelligent nanoconjugates for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Instituto de Salud Carlos III Participant
H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014-642196 Integrated self-assembled SWITCHable systems and materials: towards responsive organic electronics - a multi-site innovative training action i-Switch Unión Europea H2020 Participant
2014 SGR 17 Consolidation Research Group: Molecular Nanociènciai Materials Orgànics (NANOMOL) Generalitat de Catalunya Participant
CTQ2013-40480-R Molecular Bio- and Electro-active materials for the improvement of health and social well-being (Be-Well) MICINN Participant
FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN nº 607721 Nanochemistry of molecular materials for 2-photon functional applications. Nano2Fun Unión Europea Participant
MAT2013-50036-EXP Cell Surface Vessel Engineering Using Dynamic Molecular Bioinfecting (DYNAMO) MINECO Participant
RTC-2016-4567-1 Nanocapsules containing active ingredients for the topical treatment of dermatological diseases (NANO4DERM) MINECO Participant
RTC-2014-2183-S Application of Quatsomes technology for the development of a new range of perfumed softeners with lower environmental impact MINECO Participant
201260E080 Self-assembly, Nanostructuring and Processing of Functional Organic Molecules and their Applications Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación Participant
MAT2016-80826-R Molecular materials and supramolecular organizations for therapy, diagnosis and tissue engineering (MOTHER) MINECO Participant
RTC-2014-2207-1 TERARMET: Development of therapies for the treatment of rare congenital metabolic diseases MINECO Participant



  • Munoz-Gomez J.L., Monteagudo E., Lloveras V., Parella T., Veciana J., Vidal-Gancedo J.. Optimized polarization build-up times in dissolution DNP-NMR using a benzyl amino derivative of BDPA. RSC Advances. 2016;6(32):27077-27082.
  • Cordoba A., Hierro-Oliva M., Pacha-Olivenza M.A., Fernandez-Calderon M.C., Perello J., Isern B. et al. Direct Covalent Grafting of Phytate to Titanium Surfaces through Ti-O-P Bonding Shows Bone Stimulating Surface Properties and Decreased Bacterial Adhesion. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2016;8(18):11326-11335.
  • Cabrera I., Abasolo I., Corchero J.L., Elizondo E., Gil P.R., Moreno E. et al. α-Galactosidase-A Loaded-Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 2016;5(7):829-840.
  • Cano-Garrido O., Sanchez-Chardi A., Pares S., Giro I., Tatkiewicz W.I., Ferrer-Miralles N. et al. Functional protein-based nanomaterial produced in microorganisms recognized as safe: A new platform for biotechnology. Acta Biomaterialia. 2016;43:230-239.

News U6

01 Mar

Reaching for the unreachable: New efforts to treat Lysosomal Storage Diseases

NANBIOSIS researchers pioneer novel treatments for Lysosomal Storage Diseases utilizing extracellular vesicles and liposomes, offering hope to patients. 1 March 2024, Vall d’Hebron Research Institute/ICMAB-CSIC (Barcelona) Lysosomal Storage Diseases (LSDs) encompass a group of rare disorders caused by mutations in lysosomal proteins. These mutations can lead to dysfunctional proteins responsible for breaking down cellular materials, resulting in the accumulation of deposits. Such accumulations can manifest in various neurological symptoms, ranging from progressive neurodegeneration to severe cognitive impairment. Often emerging in childhood, LSDs tragically culminate in premature death for many patients. Currently, up to 14 subtypes of LSDs can be treated[...]

21 Feb

The NABIHEAL Project Pioneers Wound Healing with New Biomimetic Matrices

Nearly 40 scientists across 7 countries are pioneering this breakthrough in wound healing using a nobel and affordable bio-inspired, anti-bacterial matrix. In addition to the vast consortium, the project also comprises 5 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and 9 academic institutions. These were convened last February at the University of Granada to share insights, progress, and strategies. According to an article published by UGR at the beginning of this month, about 40 researchers involved in the project have attended a meeting to share results and progress. The Horizon Europe project NABIHEAL, coordinated by the Biomedical Research Networking Center (CIBER) at[...]

27 Oct

Technical seminar on materials characterisation equipment

The Service-SOFT/U6 Nanbiosis ICTS (of CIBER-BBN and ICMAB-CSIC) together with the company NANE are organising a technical seminar on materials characterisation equipment. In this seminar, different techniques for the characterisation of particulate materials such as DLS, NTA, Laser Diffraction, Morphology will be discussed. Limited places. You can register at this link Link to the program: here Date: 08th of November Place: Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) -CSIC – Conference room[...]

12 May

NABIHEAL project launches website

The website for NABIHEAL, an EU-funded Horizon Europe project developing biomaterials for complex wound healing, is now online. The Horizon Europe project NABIHEALi project is coordinated by the Center for Biomedical Research Network (CIBER) at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). This project will apply one the “Cutting Edge Biomedical Solutions” of NANBIOSIS for the preparation of different nanoestructures with antimicrobial properties, required for the development of the final multifunctional wound healing biomaterials. This case will gather the expertise of two NANBIOSIS unit: NANBIOSIS U6 will produce and characterize these nanoestructures with antimicrobial properties, which will be tested in NANBIOSIS U16. Find out mor[...]

21 Mar

A discovery in one of the most aggressive cancers will allow more efficient diagnosis

The extracellular vesicles secreted by triple-negative breast cancer stem cells are markers of lung metastasis, according to a study carried out by researchers at CIBER. The work has been carried out by researchers from various CIBER-BBN groups (Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicia), and CIBERONC (CIBER area focused on cancer) has participated in it. The research has been led by Joaquín Seras, from the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), a specialist in targeted drug therapies. Physicochemical EVs characterization and all the in vivo studies were performed by NANBIOSISunits of CIBER, specifically NTA analysis was carried out at Unit 6 of Biomaterial Processing[...]

20 Mar

Nanoparticles to modulate topography and ligand distribution at the nanoscale: impact on cell behavior

Doctor Marc Martínez from the Nanomol-Bio group – NANBIOSIS U6 from CIBER-BBN at ICMAB-CSIC, defended his PhD thesis “Nanoparticles to modulate topography and ligand distribution at the nanoscale: impact on cell behavior” on 9 March 2023 at ICMAB. he PhD thesis was supervised by Imma Ratera, Judith Guasch and Nora Ventosa from the Nanomol-Bio group at ICMAB-CSIC. Ana Paula Candiota Silveira, Scientific Coordinator of NANBIOSIS U25 was part of the Committee that evaluated the Thesis tooghether with Jesús Martínez de la Fuente, Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (INMA-CSIC) (President),  and Anna Lagunas Targarona, Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC) (Vocal). As[...]

02 Feb

Advancing a novel nano-pharmaceutical towards clinical translation

Prof Nora Ventosa, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U6 “Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit” from CIBER-BBN and ICMAB-CSIC) is hosting the Lecture on nano-pharmaceuticals: “Advancing a novel nano-pharmaceutical towards clinical translation” by Elisabet González, from Nanomol-Bio Group of ICMAB-CSIC and CIBER-BBN Monday, 13 February 202312 PM – 15 PMICMAB – Sala d’Actes Carles Miravitlles and ONLINE Registration and futher information Abstract: Nano-pharmaceuticals have the potential to drive the scientific and technological uplift, offering great clinical and socio-economic benefits to the society in general, industry and key stakeholders and patients. However, the translation of nano-pharmaceuticals from lab bench to an advanced stage of[...]

20 Jan

New nanoarchitectonics of RGD peptide developed using quatsomes as robust tool in tissue engineering.

Researchers of three groups of CIBER-BBN at CSIC and IBEC, have created a versatile platform based on hierarchically nanostructured RGD peptide using quatsomes, with proved enhanced cell adhesion. These findings, which arose within the framework of the intramural project of CIBER-BBN “Molecular Biointerfaces for cell guidance” (DynaMo4Vasc), open new possibilities for tissue engineering. The participation of two NANBIOSIS units were acknowledged in the publication of the research results: the synthesis of RGD derivatives were performed at NANBIOSIS U3 “Synthesis of peptides unit” of CIBER-BBN at IQAC−CSIC.  And the design and characterization of quatsomes were done at U6 of NANBIOSIS “Biomateria[...]