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Three projects in electronics and biomedicine, funded by the ERC Consolidator Grants

Scientists at the Institute of Science of Materials of the CSIC start three groundbreaking projects aimed at developing hybrids which join cell and devices, at studying flexoelectricity and obtaining radioactive materials smaller than human cells for cancer treatment.

 

One of the projects is aimed at studying flexoelectricity, a property by which a material produces electricity when it suffers a non-homogeneous deformation, for instance, when is folded. Núria Aliaga has been awarded by her project “Efficient electronic transport at room temperature by T-shaped molecules in graphene based chemically modified three-terminal nanodevices” (Tmol4TRANS). It is aimed at designing molecules which are introduced into nano-transistors based on graphene, in order to obtain nanodevices with efficient conductance at room temperature. The goal is also to improve the devices and the production of cell/device hybrids, and to promote the use of molecules in the everyday electronic devices to improve their features.

Massimiliano Stengel has been selected for his project MULTIFLEXO, focused on understanding better the flexoelectricity. The latest is a property by which a material produces electricity when it suffers a non-homogeneous deformation, for instance, when is folded. The potential of this property is huge. Stengel will analyze flexoelectricity in order to design, in the future, innovative devices to collect and transform energy, as well as to obtain photovoltaic materials with improved characteristics.

Gerard Tobias has been selected for the project “Nanoengineering of Radioactive Seeds for Cancer Therapy and Diagnosis» (NEST). The project is aimed at obtaining radioactive nanomaterials, smaller than human cells, in order to use them in the  diagnosis and therapy of cancer. Depending on the radioactive compound used, the nanomaterials can allow the early diagnosis of tumors, as well as the local treatment, avoiding the harm of the healthy tissues.

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to back up researchers who want to establish their research teams and continue developing a successful career in Europe.

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Scientists at the Institute of Science of Materials of the CSIC start three groundbreaking projects aimed at developing hybrids which join cell and devices, at studying flexoelectricity and to obtain radioactive materials smaller than human cells for cancer treatment.