Josep Nogués  Sanmiquel

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 interest is in the magnetic properties of diverse materials and the exchange coupling between dissimilar magnetic materials. In recent he has expanded hir reesrach interest into magnetoplasmonic materials for biomedical applications, novel structures for enviromental remediation and advanced characterization of nanomaterials.

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.

Another core topic of the group is magnetoplasmonic nanostructures for biomedical applications (e.g., hyperthermia). In recent years, we have started to work on new topics like  novel structures for environmental remediation or advanced characterization of nanomaterials (using TEM, synchrotron techniques or neutrons).

Selected publications

– Serra A et al. 2019, ‘Highly active ZnO-based biomimetic fern-like microleaves for photocatalytic water decontamination using sunlight’, Applied Catalysis B-environmental, 248, 129 – 146.

– Muro-Cruces J et al. 2019, ‘Precise Size Control of the Growth of Fe3O4 Nanocubes over a Wide Size Range Using a Rationally Designed One-Pot Synthesis’, Acs Nano, 13, 7, 7716 – 7728.

– Golosovsky IV et al. 2019, ‘Zinc blende and wurtzite CoO polymorph nanoparticles: Rational synthesis and commensurate and incommensurate magnetic order’, Applied Materials Today, 16, 322 – 331.

Selected research activities

Selected Talks


‘Magnetoplasmonic nanodomes as a novel structure for biomedical Applications’
Joint European Magnetic Symposia (JEMS), Sweden

‘Magnetoplasmonic nanodomes as a novel structure for biomedical Applications’
International Baltic Conference on Magnetism, Russia


‘Multifunctional magneto-plasmonoic nanodomes for combined magnetic manipulation multi-modal imaging and photo-thermal therapies’
International Symposium On Metastable, Amorphous And Nanostructured Materials (ISMANAM), India

‘Inversion parameter in spinel Fe3O4/Mn3O4 core/shell nanoparticles at atomic resolution’
Nanotech France, France


‘Surface-driven Magnetism of Fe-oxide nanocrystals’
American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exhibition, USA

‘Magnetic behavior of binary assemblies of nanoparticles’
International Conference on Nanoscience Nanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology (3NANO), Brazil

‘Determination of the inversión parameter in spinel oxides core-shell nanoparticles at atomic resolution by STEM-EELS techniques’
Global Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Italy