Ramón Álvarez-Puebla

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Ramón Álvarez Puebla is an ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Center for Chemical Technology of Catalonia, both in Tarragona. He studied Chemistry at the Universidad de Navarra and got his PhD from the Universidad Pública de Navarra in Surface Science. In 2004 he joined the group of Ricardo Aroca at the University of Windsor (Canada) where he remained in a cross appointment with the General Motors Research and Development center until the end of 2005. In 2006, Dr Álvarez was promoted to Research Officer at the National Center for Nanotechnology (NINT) belonging to the National Research Council of Canada. In 2008 he moved to Spain at the Universidad de Vigo, Spain. He joined ICREA in October of 2012.

Research interests

Dr. Álvarez-Puebla is an expert in surface science and spectroscopy with emphasis on the fabrication and characterization of plasmonic particles and their integration into advanced "all optical" sensing devices for biomedicine, chemical biology and environmental monitoring. Currently he is interested in: - Design and development of plasmonic functional materials and their integration into real live "all optical" sensors. - Development of new technologies for pathogen/disease marker detection by using localized surface plasmon resonances, Raman and SERS. - In vivo intracellular monitoring and imaging of relevant cytoplasm metabolites under different conditions (health/disease). - Optical technologies for the ultrafast and ultrasensitive recognition of active compounds in combinatorial libraries.

Selected publications

- E. Polo, M.F. Navarro Poupard, L. Guerrini, P. Taboada, B. Pelaz, R.A. Alvarez-Puebla,* P. del Pino* 'Colloidal Bioplasmonics', Nano Today (2018) 20, 58-73.

- M. Garcia-Algar, A. Fernandez-Carrascal, L. Guerrini, N. Feliu, W.J. Parak, R. Guimera,* E. Garcia-Rico,* R.A. Alvarez-Puebla* 'Metabolic liquid biopsy for the disease monitoring in lung cancer', npj Precision Oncology (2018) 2, Art: 16 (1-10 pp) 

- R.A. Alvarez-Puebla,* N. Pazos-Perez, L. Guerrini.* 'SERS/Fluorescent Encoded Particles as Dual-mode Optical Probes', Applied Materials Today (2018) 13, 1-14.

- N. Pazos-Perez,* Luca Guerrini, Ramon Alvarez-Puebla* Plasmon Tunability of Gold Nanostars at the Tip Apexes, ACS Omega  (2018) 3, 17173−17179  Invited Paper

- C. Catala, N. Pazos-Perez, L. Guerrini, R.A. Alvarez-Puebla* 'SERS methods for diagnosis of infectious diseases' in Nanotechnologies in Preventive and Regenerative Medicine (V. Uskokovic Ed.) Elsevier (2018) Chapter 1.3, 1-92 (ISBN: 9780323480635). Invited Book Chapter  

- M Sivis,* N Pazos-Perez, R Yu, R.A. Alvarez-Puebla, F de Abajo & C Ropers, 2018, 'Continuous-Wave Multiphoton Photoemission from Plasmonic Nanostars', Communications Physics 1, Art 13 (1-6 pp)

- S. Jessl, M. Tebbe, L. Guerrini, A. Fery, R.A. Alvarez-Puebla,* Nicolas Pazos-Perez* 2018, 'Silver-assisted synthesis of gold nanorods: the relation between silver additive and iodide impurities', Small ,14, 1703879 (1-12 pp).

- I. Chakraborty, D. Jimenez de Aberasturi, N. Pazos-Perez, L. Guerrini, A. Masood, R.A. Alvarez-Puebla, N. Feliu, W.J. Parak* 'Ion-Selective Ligands: How Colloidal Nano- and Micro-Particles Can Introduce New Functionality', Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie (2018) 232, 1307-1317.

- E. Garcia-Rico, R.A. Alvarez-Puebla,* L Guerrini 2018,''Direct surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy of nucleic acids: from fundamental studies to real-life applications', Chemical Society Reviews , 47, 13, 4909 - 4923.