The group interests relate to the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology, particularly the areas of molecular electronics, molecular magnetism and biology. We design molecular systems capable of providing inputs at the nano-scale and focus our efforts in the control and organization of such species on different surfaces/nanodevices. The main areas of expertise are
The group has a wide expertise in the preparation and advanced characterization of nanostructured materials, mainly thin films of oxides. We have a core activity in high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials, particularly the cuprates, prepared with the thin film and coated conductor architectures and as nanocomposites. We continuously generate new approaches to process these materials with enhanced performances using chemical solution deposition (CSD) methodologies for low cost conductors. The correlation between physical properties and micro/nano structure is a distinguishing element of our research, evaluated by magnetic and transport properties at high magnetic fields and low temperatures and advanced TEM characterization. Power and electronic applications of HTS is a topic of general interest of the group. More recently, other functional properties of thin film complex oxides have become also a relevant topic in the group, including oxides with metal – insulator transitions as elements for oxide electronics and ferroelectric oxide for photovoltaics.