International

  1. DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-HEALING RUBBER BIOCOMPOSITES: A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH - BIOHEAL
    Programa CSIC de conexión internacional i-LINK+ (LINKA20325)
    January 2021 - December 2022
    Coordinator: Dr Marianella Hernández Santana

    Summary

    The main objective of bioHeal is to develop ad-hoc self-healing rubber composites with biobased fillers, combined with additive manufacturing and soft robotics processing technologies.

  2. DEVELOPMENT AND MULTI-SCALE CHARACTERIZATION OF NANOCOMPOSITE COATINGS WITH POLYMER MATRIX FOR TRIBOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS
    Programa CSIC de cooperación científica para el desarrollo i-COOP (CSIC) (COOPA20241)
    January 2019 - December 2020
    Coordinator: Dr Raquel Verdejo and Mohamed Kharrat

    Summary

    This project aims at strengthening the scientific collaboration with the University of Sfax, through the training of PhD students. This proposal aims to develop advanced polymer coatings for precision systems while improving our understanding of the mechanisms and interactions taking place between two moving surfaces. The project is aligned with 3 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and has the potential to have technical, scientific, and social impacts.

  3. ALMACENAMIENTO DE ENERGÍA SOLAR PARA COMUNIDADES AISLADAS
    Programa Iberoamericano de Ciencia y Tecnología para el desarrollo (CYTED) (Red 717RT0535)
    January 2017 - December 2020
    Coordinator: Dr. Juan José Millón

    Summary

    The objective of the project is to create an "international network of new solar energy storage technologies" to provide efficient, reliable and sustainable solutions that can improve the quality of people's lives in isolated communities in Ibero-America where 50% of the population lacks energy resources and the sun is an unexploited source. Despite its large potential, solar energy is intermittent and not available at night. Therefore, there is a need to generate knowledge to improve technology in solar energy production and storage for electricity applications.

  4. TUNABLE MATERIALS: PREPARATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND INVESTIGATION OF PHOTOCATALYTIC ACTIVITY OF NEW HYBRID MATERIALS
    EU FP7 (PEOPLE-2012-IRSES-318899)
    September 2012 - August 2015
    Coordinator: Dr. Paola Calza

    Summary

    The scientific objective of this exchange program is to explore possible environmental applications of hybrid materials previously synthetized by participating organizations and establishing an international network. Fine characterization with different structural and spectroscopic techniques will allow us to valorize the synthetized materials for further environmental applications.

  5. THE GENDER IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LAB – GENIS LAB
    EU FP7 (SiS-2010- 266636)
    January 2011-December 2016
    Coordinator: Dr. José M. Kenny

    Summary

    The GENIS – LAB project aims to implement structural changes in a group of selected scientific organizations in order to overcome the factors that limit the participation of women in research. Our proposal is to create a synergy among scientific partners promoting common actions and best practices exchange in order to defeat gender discrimination, and technical partners providing and sharing innovative tools and methodologies for gender mainstreaming in science.

  6. GREEN NANOCOMPOSITES FROM SPANISH AND MOROCCAN NATURAL RESOURCES
    CSIC-Academia de Ciencias y Tecnología Hassan II (2010MA003)
    January 2011 - December-2012
    PI: Dr. Mohammed Lahcini and Dr. Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky

    Summary

    The main objective of the project is to develop a new type of nanostructured materials, prepared from natural, ecofriendly and cheap natural resources, such as clays and biopolymers. Both types of components are abundant in Spain and Morocco, this research seeks to provide an added value to such resources.

  7. HIGH ASPECT RATIO CARBON-BASED NANOCOMPOSITES (HARCANA)
    EU FP7 (NMP3-LA-2008-213277)
    July 2008 – June 2012
    Coordinator: Prof. Volker Abetz

    Summary

    The aim of HARCANA is to produce polymer-based nanocomposites by mastering the spatial organization of carbon-based nanoparticles (CNP) with various surface functionalities, sizes and shapes having large aspect ratios.

  8. IN SITU PREPARATION OF BIODEGRADABLE NANOCOMPOSITES BASED ON POLY(ε-CAPROLACTONE) AND POLY(LACTIC ACID)
    AECI (A/017367/08)
    January 2008 – December 2009)
    PI: Mohammed Lahcini and Dr. Miguel A. López Manchado

    Summary

    The objective of this collaboration is to inspire and advance development of a convenient route to poly(L-lactide)(PLLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) /organoclay hybrids (PLACHs) and (PCLCHs) nanocomposite materials by in situ intercalative polymerization catalysed by non-toxic bismuth catalysts.

  9. BIODEGRADABLE NANOCOMPOSITES BASED ON POLI(ε-CAPROLACTONE) AND POLYLACTIC ACID WITH CLAY SYNTHETHIZED IN-SITU BY RING OPENING POLYMERIZATION OF LACTONE
    CSIC-Universidad de Marrakech (2007MA0018)
    January 2008 – December 2009
    PI: Dr. Mohammed Lahcini and Dr. Miguel A. López Manchado

    Summary

    The objective of this collaboration is to inspire and advance development of a convenient route to poly(L-lactide)(PLLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) /organoclay hybrids (PLACHs) and (PCLCHs) nanocomposite materials by in situ intercalative polymerization catalysed by non-toxic bismuth catalysts.

  10. NANOSTRUCTURED AND FUNCTIONAL POLYMER BASED MATERIALS AND NANOCOMPOSITES (NANOFUN-POLY)
    EU FP6 (NMP3-CT-2004-500361)
    June 2004 - May 2008
    Coordinator: Prof. José M. Kenny

    Summary

    The main objective of Nanofun-Poly is to generate a Network of Excellence designed to become the European organization on Multifunctional Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposite Materials. The object will be reached through a trans-disciplinary partnership of 120 scientists combining excellence in different areas, where the synergy of international excellence and multidisciplinary approaches will lead to develop and spread knowledge in innovative functional and structural polymer-based nanomaterials and their sustainable technologies. Applications that will benefit from Nanofun-Poly concern strategic industrial sectors which can be competitive only by using advanced technologies: optoelectronics and telecommunications, packaging, agriculture, building construction, automotive and aerospace, etc.


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National & Regional projects

  1. BRINGING CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABILITY TO FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITES - SUCOMP
    Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (PDC2021-120853-I00)
    December 2021 - November 2023
    PI: Dr. Raquel Verdejo and Miguel A. López Manchado

    Summary

    SuComp PoC aims to create a spin-off based on the commercialization of Akelite, a liquid thermoplastic resin that can be used to create 100% circular composites.

  2. MULTIFUNCTIONAL ELECTROLYTES FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL CO2 SEPARATION - ELECTROCO2
    Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (PID2020-119546RJ-I00)
    September 2021 - September 2024
    PI: Dr. Javier Carretero and Miguel A. López Manchado

    Summary

    ELECTROCO2 project will rationally design and develop advanced electrolytes for carbon capture. Besides, the possibility of transforming them into a structural electrolyte as one of the main components of an electrochemical cell towards practical applications exhibiting continuous carbon capture-release operations will be also explored.

  3. SMART ANTICORROSIVE BIOBASED COATING - SABIO
    Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (PID2020-119546RJ-I00)
    January 2022 - December 2024
    PI: Dr. Suman Thakur

    Summary

    The main aim of SABIO project is development of the bio-based and mechanically strong anticorrosion coating with excellent self-healing and superhydrophobic properties. This proposed sustainable smart anticorrosion coating is highly desirable for wide applications from the social and environmental standpoint, with the increasing emphasis on issues concerning waste disposal and depletion of non-renewable resources.

  4. SELF-HEALING NITRILE RUBBER FOR HIGH ABRASION APPLICATIONS - SHENA
    Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (PID2019-107501RB-I00)
    June 2020 - May 2023
    PI: Dr. Marianella Hernández Santana and Raquel Verdejo

    Summary

    The project aims to develop self-healing rubber compounds. In particular, our objective is to develop multi-functional rubber composites capable of repairing wear damages.

  5. DEVELOPMENT OF ELASTOMER COMPOUNDS ACCORDING TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY PRINCIPLES
    Ministerio de Economía y Cmpetitividad (RYC2017-22837)
    March 2019 – February 2024
    PI: Dr Marianella Hernández Santana

    Summary

    The aim of this programme is to promote the incorporation of researchers with an outstanding track record in R&D centres through granting both an aid for their employment contracts and for funds to carry out the research. The PI will develop rubber compounds with extended life, according to the circular economy principles.

  6. DESARROLLO DE COMPUESTOS FUNCIONALES DE POLIDIMETILSILOXANO (PDMS) MEDIANTE LA FABRICACIÓN ADITIVA 3D
    Plan Regional de Investigación Científica e Innovación Tecnológica de Madrid (2016-2020) (IND2018/IND-9635)
    January 2019 - December 2021
    PI: Dr. Raquel Verdejo

    Summary

    The project aims to develop functional compounds of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) through additive manufacturing. In particular, our objective is to develop thermal transfer materials and dielectric elastomers for electromechanical actuators and pseudo-piezoelectric systems.

  7. DEVELOPMENT OF PHYSICAL UNCLONABLE FUNCTIONS FOR ANTICOUNTERFEITING BASED ON SUSTAINABLE INKS OF CONJUGATED POLYMER NANOPARTICLES
    Plan Regional de Investigación Científica e Innovación Tecnológica de Madrid (2016-2020) (IND2018/IND-9882)
    January 2019 - December 2021
    PI: Dr. Miguel A. López Manchado

    Summary

    The objective is the design and synthesis new advanced materials based on nanoparticles of conjugated polymers (CPNs) for the development of dispersions or water-based stable inks that can be processed by inkjet printing (IJP) on any type of substrates, including those of natural origin (cellulose).

  8. NUEVOS ELECTROLITOS POLIMÉRICOS RECARGABLES PARA BATERÍAS ACUOSAS DE FLUJO REDOX
    Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MAT2017-86796-R)
    January 2018 - December 2020
    PI: Dr. Javier Carretero

    Summary

    The main goal of the project is the development of innovative, low-cost, safe and efficient water-soluble polymer-based redox active electrolytes in an aqueous based rechargeable redox-flow battery. These innocuous analytes would be competitive with those used in commercially available vanadium redox flow batteries.

  9. ADVANCED POLYMERIC ELECTRODES AND ELECTROLYTES FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY APPLICATIONS
    Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (RYC-2015-17722)
    January 2017 - December 2021
    PI: Dr. Javier Carretero

    Summary

    The aim of this programme is to promote the incorporation of researchers with an outstanding track record in R&D centres through granting both an aid for their employment contracts and for funds to carry out the research. The PI will develop Polymeric Nanomaterials with advanced properties for energy applications.

  10. ELASTÓMEROS AUTO-REPARADORES AMIGABLES AMBIENTALMENTE (ECO-SHEAR)
    Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MAT2015-73392-JIN)
    January 2017 - December 2019
    PI: Dr. Marianella Hernandez

    Summary

    The objective of eco-SHEAR is to develop self-healing elastomeric composite materials containing large volume fraction of waste tire rubber, aimed at the production of low cost materials with good mechanical, noise and vibration damping properties. eco-SHEAR will focus on the validation and optimization of self-healing concepts and their application to different rubber matrices, and on the development of a wide set of innovative self-healing elastomeric composites filled with scrap rubber. The achievement of high quality mechanical and damping properties plus self-repair ability will lead to an up grading of the processed elastomeric wastes. These up graded reused composite materials will have the possibility for their incorporation in various applications in the Spanish/European industry where there is a strong need for low cost, noise and vibration damping elastomeric composites for improvement of transport means quality (aircrafts, cars, and railway vehicles) and upgrade working environments, providing effective noise insulation.

  11. MATERIALES COMPUESTOS MULTIFUNCIONALES JERARQUICOS Y AUTOREPARABLES PARA EL SECTOR DEL TRANSPORTE Y ENERGIA
    Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MAT2016-81138-R)
    January 2017 - December 2019
    PI: Dr. Raquel Verdejo, Prof. Miguel Ángel López Manchado

    Summary

    Current generation of fibre reinforced polymer composites (FRP) have extensively been used as structural elements in a myriad of sectors, such as transport and energy, among others. However, current technological demands are increasingly stretching their properties to expand their application to more severe or extreme conditions or to extend their life cycle.
    The purpose of the project is to tackle these demands by developing the next generation of FRP applying new and ingenious ideas and methods. Hence, the objective of the project is to develop a composite material with (1) nano/micro/macro structure, i.e. hierarchical, (2) high mechanical performance and damage sensing capabilities, and (3) self-healing functionality, i.e. multifunctional.

  12. MEDIUM VOLTAGE SENSORS FOR SMARTGRID APPLICATIONS, MVS
    Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (RTC-2014-1730-3)
    February 2014 - March 2017
    PI: Dr. Josu Izagirre Etxeberria

    Summary

    The objective of this project is the development of a new generation of high performance capacitive sensors for their use in medium voltage systems (up to 36 kV), manufacturing new polymeric materials with a very high dielectric permittivity and from which a high capacitive and stable signal would be obtained over a wide range of temperatures and frequencies.

  13. TAILORING ADVANCED GRAPHENE/POLYMER COMPOSITES FROM THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GRAPHENE MATERIAL
    Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MAT2013-48107-C3-2-R)
    January 2014 - December 2016
    PI: Dr Rosa Menezdez and M.A. Lopez Manchado

    Summary

    The use of graphene to reinforce polymeric matrices significantly enhances their mechanical properties, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity, opening up a wide range of potential applications. Nonetheless, before the use of graphene/polymer materials becomes a social reality, several technical barriers need to be overcome. These include: the development of new routes for graphene production of high reproducibility that will enable graphene quality to be enhanced and production to be increased at industrial scale; Optimization of the processing conditions to achieve an optimum dispersion and alignment of graphene in the polymeric matrix and to enhance the interaction graphene/polymer to ensure that the full potential of the graphene materials is realized. The ultimate goal of this project is to prepare new nanomaterials that are commercially attractive and with characteristics superior to those of conventional materials, by using graphenes with tailored properties as nanoreinforcements

  14. ELECTROACTIVE POLYMERS BASED ON ELASTOMERIC NANOCOMPOSITES
    Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MAT2010-18749)
    January 2011 - December 2013
    PI: Dr Raquel Verdejo

    Summary

    The major objective of this project would be to develop improved actuators based on electroactive polymers (EAPs) with the appropriate nano/meso/micro structure and electromechanical properties. The project is based on the development of electroactive polymers controlling the distribution, structure and properties of the material by two distinct approaches and a combination of both. This will lead to the development of new processing routes and the improvement of the performance of the resulting polymeric materials. The characterisation of the microstructure and macroscopic properties in conjunction with the electromechanical properties will provide the fundamental knowledge required to reach a profound understanding of the developed materials. Due to the performance similarities of EAPs and biological muscles, the project will establish a biomimetic and bioinspired approach to the material development by looking and adapting nature´s time-tested patterns and strategies.

  15. DEVELOPMENT OF NANOCOMPOSITE FOAMS FILLED WITH CARBON NANOSTRUCTURES
    CSIC (201160E015)
    January 2011 - December 2013
    PI: Dr. Miguel A. López Manchado

    Summary

    This project aims to develop new commercially attractive materials using nanofillers to get superior performances to standard materials. Polyurethane nanocomposite foams will be prepared Polyurethane nanocomposite foams will be prepared and evaluated their potential application as electronic packaging or electromagnetic interference shielding.

  16. DEVELOPMENT OF ELASTOMER NANOCOMPOSITES FOR ADVANCED APPLICATIONS
    Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (MAT2007-61116)
    October 2007 - September 2010
    PI: Dr. Miguel A. López Manchado

    Summary

    The project novelty lies on the selected materials and targeted applications where we will be establishing a new research area within the research institution and nationally. Two applications have been selected to such purpose: fuel cell membranes and electronics packaging or electromagnetic interference shielding with elastomeric foams.

  17. COMPOSITES FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES RESINS AND FILLERS
    Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (CIT-420000-2008-18)
    July 2008 - December 2009
    PI: Dr. Ignacio Letona Picaza

    Summary

    The aim of the project is the development of eco-profiles, based on materials from renewable resources by filament winding for the construction sector.

  18. NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS BASED ON POLYMERS: INTERPHASE PHENOMENARELATED TO THEIR PROPERTIES AND ADVANCED APLICATIONS
    Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid (S0505/MAT-0227)
    January 2006 - December 2009
    PI: Dr. Juan Baselga Llidó

    Summary

    This research project is devoted to generate scientific knowledge, both basic and applied, of nanostructured materials based on polymers. It is pointed out that interphase plays a crucial role in the development of this kind of materials and in the understanding of their properties. Moreover, the development of methods to control the properties may have a great impact in a variety of applications such as membranes for ultrafiltration or combustible cells or nanocomposites for Aeronautics or dentals, including the development of self-assembling systems of immediate application in cosmetics.

  19. DESARROLLO DE NANOCOMPUESTOS ELASTOMÉRICOS REFORZADOS CON NANOESTRUCTURAS CARBONOSAS
    Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid (CCG07-CSIC/MAT-2336)
    January 2008 - December 2008
    PI: Dr. Miguel A. López Manchado

    Summary

    The goal of this Project is to develop new polymer nanocomposites based on silicone both solid and foams, filled with carbon nanostructures with a high aspect ratio, such as carbon nanotubos and graphenes.


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Industry Contracts


  • Poly(ethylene vinyl acetate) foams for footwear with non-linear properties
    August 2021 - August 2022
    Sport & Fashion Management
  • Development of self-healing rubbers
    February 2021 - August 2022
    Bridgeston Corporation
  • Desarrollo de Nuevos Sistemas Anti-falsificación para Perfumes a través de un Dispositivo Personalizado
    February 2018 - March 2020
    INENTIA ARO S.L.
  • Caracterización física y morfológica de espumas de poliuretano
    December 2017 - December 2019
    GRUPO ANTOLIN S.A.
  • Desarrollo de espumas compuestas de poliuretano
    October 2016 - September 2018
    GRUPO ANTOLIN S.A.
  • Diseño, síntesis, caracterización, análisis de propiedades y escalado de nuevos materiales elastoméricos basados en siliconas LSR comerciales para su uso mediante las Tecnologías de fabricación aditiva que desarrollará SILCOTECH dentro de SILICON3D
    March 2016 - January 2018
    SILCOTECH S.L.
  • Empleo de nanocargas en espumas de poliuretano (PU)
    September 2015 - December 2016
    REPSOL S.A.
  • Aplicaciones del grafeno en el sector eólico
    January 2015 - June 2015
    ACCIONA WINDPOWER S.A.
  • Desarrollo de espumas de PVC ignífugas mediante la adición de nanopartículas
    December 2011 - November 2012
    ACCIONA, S.A.
  • Investigación sobre la viabilidad de aplicación de tecnologías "hot melt extrusion" para la obtención de materiales compuestos que mejoren las propiedades fisicoquímicas de moléculas con potencial interés terapéutico
    December 2010 - 31 May 2011
    NOSCIRA, S.A.
  • Mejora de la resistencia al fuego de polímeros mediante la adición de determinados aditivos y nanocargas
    July 2008 - June 2009
    EMPRESA TECNOLOGÍA AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA
  • Desarrollo de la tecnología de pultrusión de eco-perfiles para la construcción basados en materias primas provenientes de fuentes renovables
    October 2007 - December 2008
    ULMA C and E. S. Coop.
  • Desarrollo de sistemas eco-resinas provenientes de fuentes renovables
    October 2007 - December 2008
    FIBER PROFIL, S.L.
  • Estudio de espumas de poliuretano reforzadas con nanotubos de carbono
    March 2007 - February 2008
    BAYER POLÍMEROS, S.L.
  • Optimización de las curvas de vulcanización de cauchos EPDM
    March 2007 - February 2008
    OK COMPANY, S.A.