Research. Nanostructures, Surfaces, and Coatings

Nanostructures, Surfaces, Coatings, and Molecular Astrophysics


The NSC research line deals with different processes taking place at surfaces, thin films and low-dimensional systems. The combination of applied technological issues with fundamental
research, advanced characterization tools and theoretical methods makes of this research line a pillar of the emerging nanoscience and nanotechnology. The scale of the processes and systems under study requires the use and development of specific tools, both for theoretical and experimental approaches. High and ultra-high vacuum (UHV) is a common requirement for many of our growth and analytical techniques, and also a methodology to study nanometric systems on surfaces in a controlled environment. Our experience in designing and building UHV equipment is thus an important advantage for the proposed scientific goals.


The main interests of this line can be grouped in those dealing with fundamental physical and chemical problems at surfaces and low-dimensional systems, and those related to the use of
fundamental information to grow and design functional materials.


Advanced Force Microscopy and Nanolithography. ForceTool


Molecular Astrophysics Group


Structure of Nanoscopic Systems Group, ESISNA



  • Abrasion resistant Boron-Carbon-Nitrogen coatings
  • AFM study of biomolecules
  • Atomic structure of surfaces and nanometric systems
  • Comparative depth profiling analysis of nanometre metal multilayers by GDOES, RBS and SIMS
  • CVD preparation of decorative coatings. Flat substrates and granules
  • Development of new preparation and characterization methods of thin film growth fronts
  • Effect of incorporation of Cr, Mo and Ag in fullerene-like carbon films
  • Growth kinetics of silicon nanostructures
  • Hybrid nanostructures based on noble and ferromagnetic metals for magnetoplasmonics
  • Modelling of spin dynamics at different temporal and spatial scales
  • Nanoparticles for incorporation in inorganic and polymeric coatings
  • Nanostructured hard coatings grown by cathodic arc
  • Nanostructures based on colloids and photonic forces
  • Nanostructuring organic materials
  • On Surface reactivity: controlled synthesis of fullerenes
  • Organic and bio molecules on surfaces
  • Selective epitaxy of III-V compounds on nanostructured high-k dielectrics for next generation MOSFETs
  • Self-assembled silicon quantum wires on Ag(110)
  • Self-organized surface nanopatterns by ion beam erosion
  • Si and/or metal based functional layered structures and nanostructures grown by MBE on semiconductor (Si) and oxide (MgO, TiO2,...) single crystal substrates
  • Space applications of advanced materials. Multipactor effect and spacecraft charging phenomena
  • Spin dynamics in nanomaterials
  • Synthesis and characterization of mixed oxides by reactive magnetron sputtering
  • Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 nanostructures
  • Synthesis of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon layers for photovoltaic applications
  • Synthesis of thin mixed-oxide films for structural and/or functional applications
  • Thin film growth dynamics





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