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

- Perumbilavil S et al. 2018, 'Enhanced ultrafast nonlinear optical response in ferrite core/shell nanostructures with excellent optical limiting performance' Small, 14, 1701001

- Quintana A et al. 2018, 'Tunable Magnetism in Nanoporous CuNi Alloys by Reversible Voltage-Driven Element-Selective Redox Processes', Small, 14, 1704396

- Roca AG et al. 2018, 'Unravelling the Elusive Antiferromagnetic Order in Wurtzite and Zinc Blende CoO Polymorph Nanoparticles', Small, 14, 1703963

- Dislaki E et al. 2018, 'Coercivity Modulation in Fe-Cu Pseudo-Ordered Porous Thin Films Controlled by an Applied Voltage: A Sustainable, Energy-Efficient Approach to Magnetoelectrically Driven Materials', Adv. Sci., 5, 1800499

- Torruella P et al. 2018, 'Atomic-Scale Determination of Cation Inversion in Spinel-Based Oxide Nanoparticles', Nano Lett., 18, 5854

- Li Z et al. 2018, ‘Simultaneous local heating/thermometry base don plasmonic magnetochromic nanoheaters’ Small, 14, 1800868

- Ichikawa RU et al. 2018, ‘Combining X-ray whole poder pattern modeling, Rietveld and pair distribution function analyses as a novel bulk approach to study interfaces in heteronanostructures: Oxidation front in FeO/Fe3O4 core/shell nanoparticles as a case study, Small, 14,  1800804   

- Li Z et al. 2018, ‘Magnetically amplified photothermal therapies and multimodal imaging with magneto-plasmonic nanodomes’, Appl. Mater. Today, 12, 430

- Quintana A et al. 2018, ‘Voltage-controlled ON-OFF Ferromagnetism at room temperature in a single metal oxide film’ ACS Nano, 12, 10291

Selected research activities

Selected Talks


Magnetoplasmonic Nanodomes as a Novel Structure for Biomedical Applications
Int. Union of Materials Research Societies; S. Korea


Simultaneous local heating/thermometry based on plasmonic magnetochromic nanodomes
Int. Symp. on Metastable, Amorphous Nanostructured Materials; Italy

Simultaneous local nanoheating/thermometry based on plasmonic magnetochromic nanodomes
Collaborative Conf. on Materials Research; S. Korea