Born in Barcelona in 1970, Prof. Víctor Franco Puntes studied chemical engineering at the Louis Pasteur University (Strasbourg, France) and chemistry at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), graduating in 1994. He obtained his PhD in Physics at the University of Barcelona (1998), working on Giant Magnetoresistance in granular alloys. Then he spent more than 3 years in Berkeley (California, USA) as a postdoc, first in the group of Prof. Krishnan Kannan (National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) and then in the group of Prof. Paul Alivisatos (College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley). In 2003 he obtained a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship and worked in the Physics Dep. at the University of Barcelona. In 2005, he moves to the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN - now ICN2) as ICREA Research Professor and creates the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group. Since December 2014 he holds a double affiliation ICN2 and VHIR.
Prof. Víctor Puntes works on the synthesis, characterisation and applications of engineered inorganic nanoparticles (NPs). By controlling the size, structure and shape of the inorganic core, and manipulating the linking of organic molecules to the nanoparticle surface, the group aims to design nanoparticles that interact with a variety of systems (biological, medical, materials, etc.). This allows for the deliberate modification of these systems, or the use of NPs for witnessing and reporting things.
– Patarroyo J, Delgado JA, Merkoçi F, Genç A, Sauthier G, Llorca J, Arbiol J, Bastus NG, Godard C, Claver C & Puntes V 2019, “Hollow PdAg-CeO2 heterodimer nanocrystals as highly structured heterogeneous catalysts”, Scientific Reports 9 (1), 1-8.
– Lorenzo R, Sanchez-Purra M, Rodriguez-Quijada C, Leonardo BM, Puntes V & Hamad-Schifferli K 2019, ‘Detection of resistance protein A (MxA) in paper-based immunoassays with surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy with AuAg nanoshells’, Nanoscale, 11, 22, 10819 – 10827.
– Carvajal S, Perramon M, Oro D, Casals E, Fernandez-Varo G, Casals G, Parra M, Gonzalez de la Presa B, Ribera J, Pastor O, Morales-Ruiz M, Puntes V & Jimenez W 2019, ‘Cerium oxide nanoparticles display antilipogenic effect in rats with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease’, Scientific Reports, 9, 12848.
– Piella J, Gonzalez-Febles A, Patarroyo J, Arbiol J, Bastus NG & Puntes V 2019, ‘Seeded-Growth Aqueous Synthesis of Colloidal-Stable Citrate-Stabilized Au/CeO2 Hybrid Nanocrystals: Heterodimers, Core@Shell, and Clover- and Star-Like Structures’, Chemistry Of Materials, 31, 19, 7922 – 7932.
Selected research activities
As a significant progress during 2019 combining new synthesized inorganic nanoparticles of cerium oxide and their application in the treatment of degenerative diseases, we have finished the preclinical work to treat Age-related Macular Degeneration, we are preparing the publication of the results, nanoparticles GMP production and protection of the intellectual property to start future phase I/II clinical trials.