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U6. Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit

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U6. Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit




    • Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Nathaly Segovia nvsegovia@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 Professor Jaume Veciana and Prof. Nora Ventosa, current directors 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.


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Active projects

TitleFundin: OrganismCall: Funding source Role
GA: 720942SMART FUNCTIONAL GLA-NANOFORMULATION FOR FABRY DISEASE – Smart-4-FabryUnión Europea (Comisión Europea)H2020-NMBP-2016-2017Coordinator
SAF2017-90810-REDIStrategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis IIAgencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA» -ICTS 2017Coordinator

Other projects

RefTitleFunding OrganismUnit Role
PI15/00272Design of intelligent nanoconjugates for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer.Instituto de Salud Carlos IIIParticipant
H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014-642196Integrated self-assembled SWITCHable systems and materials: towards responsive organic electronics - a multi-site innovative training action i-SwitchUnión Europea H2020Participant
2014 SGR 17Consolidation Research Group: Molecular Nanociènciai Materials Orgànics (NANOMOL)Generalitat de CatalunyaParticipant
CTQ2013-40480-RMolecular Bio- and Electro-active materials for the improvement of health and social well-being (Be-Well)MICINNParticipant
FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN nº 607721Nanochemistry of molecular materials for 2-photon functional applications. Nano2FunUnión EuropeaParticipant
MAT2013-50036-EXPCell Surface Vessel Engineering Using Dynamic Molecular Bioinfecting (DYNAMO)MINECOParticipant
RTC-2016-4567-1Nanocapsules containing active ingredients for the topical treatment of dermatological diseases (NANO4DERM)MINECOParticipant
RTC-2014-2183-SApplication of Quatsomes technology for the development of a new range of perfumed softeners with lower environmental impactMINECOParticipant
201260E080Self-assembly, Nanostructuring and Processing of Functional Organic Molecules and their ApplicationsMinisterio de Ciencia e InnovaciónParticipant
MAT2016-80826-RMolecular materials and supramolecular organizations for therapy, diagnosis and tissue engineering (MOTHER)MINECOParticipant
RTC-2014-2207-1TERARMET: Development of therapies for the treatment of rare congenital metabolic diseasesMINECOParticipant




  • 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

20 Mar

Peptide functionalized nanoliposomes for biomolecule intracellular delivery, prepared using compressed CO2

The PhD Researcher Dolores Bueno researcher of NANOMOL Group and NANBIOSIS Unit 6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit (from CIBER-BBN and ICMAB-SCIC) has defended her PhD thesis today, 20 March 2020, by videoconference from the ICMAB Meeting Room. No public was allowed due to the drastic measures of containment taken to tackle COVID-19. Peptide functionalized nanoliposomes for biomolecule intracellular delivery, prepared using compressed CO2  Abstract: Fabry disease is a rare disease caused by a gene mutation on the X-chromosome, which encodes α-galactosidase A (GLA) enzyme. The lack of GLA causes the accumulation of globotriaosylceramide at the lysosomes. The actual treatment is[...]

01 Mar

New COVER in Chemistry. A European Journal: an active organic radical stable agains racemization!

The journal Chemistry. A European Journal features in its COVER the recently published article “An enantiopure propeller‐like trityl‐brominated radical: Bringing together a high racemization barrier and an efficient circularly polarized luminescent magnetic emitter” authored by rearserchers of NANBIOSIS U6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit, led by Jaume Veciana (CIBER-BBN, ICMAB-CSIC) Nowadays, it is necessary to know the increasingly specific requirements of electronic devices in order ot be able to find new multifunctional materials that allow obtaining more efficient devices. This article represents a step forward in the field of organic free radicals. Organic free radicals act as polarized light emitters synthesizing and[...]

27 Feb

Rare diseases Day February 29: combating Fabry Disease

29 of February is a ‘rare’ date and February, a month with a ‘rare’ number of days, has become a month to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.  Since 2008 thousands of events happen every year all around the world and around the last day of February. NanoMed Spain Platform and the Hospital of Sant Joan de Déu have organized the NanoRareDiseaseDay to present the latest innovations in the field of Nanomedicine for the treatment and diagnosis of rare diseases (diseases affecting less than 5 people per 10,000 inhabitants). Nora Ventosa, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U6 Biomaterial Processing[...]

26 Feb

Fabry disease & Smart4Fabry project

The Fabry disease (FD) is a lysosomal storage disorder (LSD) that currently lacks an effective treatment. Lysosomes are spherical vesicles, which contain hydrolytic enzymes found in nearly all animal cells. LSDs are caused by lysosomal dysfunctions, usually because of the deficiency of a single enzyme required for the metabolism of macromolecules such as lipids, glycoproteins and mucopolysaccharides. Fabry disease is a progressive, X-linked inherited disorder caused by deficiency or absence of the α-galactosidase A (GLA) activity, an enzyme involved in the glycosphingolipid metabolism. The substrates of GLA are glycosphingolipids, being the primary substrate the globotriaosylceramide (Gb3). Therefore, the failure of GLA activity leads[...]

24 Feb

#RareDiseaseDay: Fabry lysosomal disease

Rare Disease Day is annually held on the last day of February in more than 100 countries with the main objective of raising awareness about rare diseases and their impact on the life of patients to the general public and in particular to policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers and professionals. Rare diseases are those that affect less than 1 in 2000 people. There are more than 300 million people living with one or more than more than 6000 rare diseases worldwide identified. Among the events organized we wont to mention the Nano Rare Diseases Day held in Barcelona[...]

04 Feb

NANBIOSIS research to fight cancer

Twenty years ago, the 4 February was declared World Cancer Day with the global challenge of cancer would not be forgotten. Since then, huge progress has been made to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. NANBIOSIS as an ICTS (Singular Scientific and Technical infrastructures) for biomedical research plays a very important role in the fight against cancer. Some examples of the work carried out during the last year, are bellow: Unit 20 of NANBIOSIS  at VHIR, works in several proyects reletaed to cancer as  H2020-NoCanTher: magnetic nanoparticles against pancreatic cancer through the use of hyperthermia combined with conventional treatment. H2020-Target-4-Cancer: nanotherapy based on polymeric micelles directed against[...]

16 Jan

New nanocarrier for bio-imaging and drug-delivery applications

Researchers of CIBER-BBN and NANBIOSIS-ICTS (U6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit at ICMAB-CSIC and U18 Nanotoxicology Unit at  Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau have developed a new nanocarrier for bio-imaging and drug-delivery applications The new nanovesicle formulation is based on the quatsome architecture – which stands out due to the high colloidal stability and homogeneity in size – and has now been shown to be suitable for in vivo dosing. Quatsomes are new non-liposomal lipid-based nanovesicles that have been developed by Nanomol group in recent years, and have been shown to be highly homogeneous and stable in[...]

11 Jan

A step forward in the field of organic free radicals acting as chiral emitters

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U6. Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit have just published the article titled “An enantiopure propeller ‐ like trityl ‐ brominated radical: Bringing together a high racemization barrier and an efficient circularly polarized luminescent magnetic emitter” in the scientific magazine Chemistry A European Journal. The urgent need to cope with the more and more specific requirements in electronic devices is nowadays behind the search for new multifunctional materials. In this work, a step forward has been done in the field of organic free radicals acting as chiral emitters. The recently developed brominated trityl derivative, namely TTBrM radical, shows[...]