Josep Nogués Sanmiquel

Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

Engineering Sciences

ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader of the Magnetic Nanostructures group at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia. Graduated in Physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1986, earned his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) in 1993. He was post-doc fellow at the University of California San Diego from 1993 to 1997. From 1997-2001 research associate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and since 2001 ICREA Research Professor at the same university. In 2007 he moved to the ICN2 - Institut Català de Nanociencia I Nanotecnologia. His research interests are on the magnetic properties of thin films, lithographed nanostructures and nanoparticles and the exchange coupling between dissimilar magnetic materials and magnetoplasmonic materials for biomedical applications.

Research interests

We study the magnetic properties of different types of exchange coupled nanostructures, e.g., lithographically patterned structures and core-shell type nanoparticles. The idea is to use magnetic interactions that arise between different magnetic materials to improve the overall magnetic properties of the materials. We correlate the different structural, morphological or magnetic parameters with the enhanced magnetic properties. We also investigate magnetoplasmonic nanostructures for biomedical applications (e.g., hyperthermia).

Selected publications

- Menéndez E et al. 2017, 'Lateral Magnetically Modulated Multilayers by Combining Ion Implantation and Lithography' Small, 3, 11, 1603465.

- Gonzalez JA et al. 2017, 'Maximizing Exchange Bias in Co/CoO Core/Shell Nanoparticles by Lattice Matching between the Shell and the Embedding Matrix', Chem. Mater., 29, 12, 5200 - 5206.

- Fantechi E et al. 2017, 'Seeded Growth Synthesis of Au-Fe3O4 Heterostructured Nanocrystals: Rational Design and Mechanistic Insights', Chem. Mater., 29, 9, 4022 - 4035.

- De Toro JA et al. 2017, 'Remanence Plots as a Probe of Spin Disorder in Magnetic Nanoparticles', Chem. Mater., 29, 19, 8258−8268.

- Quintana A et al. 2017, 'Voltage induced coercivity reduction in nanoporous alloy films: A boost towards energy-efficient magnetic actuation', Adv. Funct. Mater., 27, 32, 1701904. 

- Serrà A et al. 2017, 'Magnetically-actuated mesoporous nanowires for enhancedheterogeneous catalysis', Appl. Catal. B, 217, 81-91.

- Belec B et al. 2017, 'Novel Ba-hexaferrite structural variations stabilized on the nanoscale as building blocks for epitaxial bi-magnetic hard/soft sandwiched maghemite/hexaferrite/maghemite nanoplatelets with out-of-plane easy axis and enhanced magnetization', Nanoscale, 9, 44, 17551–17560.

- García-Muñoz JL et al. 2017, 'Unveiling a New High-Temperature Ordered Magnetic Phase in ε-Fe2O3', Chem: Mater., 29, 22, 9705-9713.

Selected research activities

Selected Talks


'Formation of Mn3O4/Fe3O4 hollow oxide nanoparticles by galvanic replacement'

International Union of Materials Research Societies – Int. Conf.  Advanced Materials; Japan


'Synthesis of Fe3O4 nanorods using different approaches abd their potential biomedical applications'

Int. Conf. Composites/Nano Engineering; Italy

'Understanding the synthesis of Au-Fe3O4 heterostrutures'

Autumn Japanese Society of Applied Physics; Japan

'Multifunctional magneto-plasmonic nanodomes for combines magnetic manipulation multi-modal imaging and photo-thermal therapies'

Collaborative Conf. Materials Research; Korea