Advanced Materials for Multifunctional Applications​

Goal and Vision

The Programme on Advanced Materialsfor Multifunctional Applications at IMDEA Materials Institute combines expertise in design and synthesis of nano and molecular building blocks with their integration into macroscopic materials and devices. The guiding objective is to simultaneously realise various functions, including fire safety, highperformance mechanical properties and efficient energy management, amongst other properties. 34 researchers in the programme combine expertise spanning from in silico molecular design to fabrication of large energy  storing devices.


Main research lines

  • Synthesis of nanocarbon/semiconductor hybrids for photo and electrocatalysis, interaction of nanocarbons with liquid molecules, polyelectrolytes and inorganic salts.
  • Sensors: chemical, piezoresistive, piezoelectric.
  • Hierarchical materials: materials design from the nanoscale to the macroscale, nano-reinforced materials, composite materials with enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity.
  • Sustainable materials: bio-based nanocarriers, novel guest-host nanomaterials, nano-cross linkers, functional dye-sensitized solar cells, multifunctional polymer nanocomposites, etc.
  • Fire retardant materials through nanodesign: multifunctional nanomaterials to increase fire retardancy: layered double hydroxides, sepiolite, molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), nanocarbon, nano metal hydroxide, nanocoatings, etc.
  • Advanced dye-sensitised solar cells: Pt-free counterelectrodes, new electrolytes, etc.
  • Fabrication of flexible solar cells with non-conventional substrates.
  • Tailored designing of nanostructured electrode materials, interfaces and electrolyte compositions.
  • Spectroscopic/microscopic studies and implementation in electrochemical energy storage devices such as Li-ion, Na-ion, Li-S and Li-O2.
  • Discovery of porous materials for energy applications (CO2 capture, methane storage).
  • Design of ionic liquids.
  • Characterisation of nanoparticles and others.