73. Spin Frustration Drives Exchange Bias Sign Crossover in CoFe2O4-Cr2O3 Nanocomposites

Martín Testa-Anta, Beatriz Rivas-Murias, Verónica Salgueiriño

Advanced Functional Materials (2019), 1900030 (DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201900030).

A combined Raman spectroscopy and magnetometry study of CoFe2O4-Cr2O3 nanocomposites demonstrates the presence of spin-phonon interactions and exchange bias at the interface between the ferrimagnetic CoFe2O4 and the antiferromagnetic and magnetoelectric Cr2O3 phases. The pinned layer of uncompensated spins at the surface of the chromium oxide nanocrystals provides a source of unidirectional anisotropy and changes the sign of the exchange bias when transitioning from a canted to a frustrated situation, that is, as increasing the percentage of CoFe2O4 or decreasing the percentage of Cr2O3 in the composites. This assessment of the distinctive interfaces attained in the final oxide heterostructures offers a prospective route for hybrid materials on which upholding a magnetoelectric effect.

 38 2019 AFM

72. Titanate Nanowires as One-Dimensional Hot Spot Generators for Broadband Au-TiO2 Photocatalysis

Yoel Negrín-Montecelo, Martín Testa-Anta, Laura Marín-Caba, Moisés Pérez-Lorenzo, Verónica Salgueiriño, Miguel A. Correa-Duarte, Miguel Comesaña-Hermo 

Nanomaterials (2019), 9, 990 (DOI: 10.3390/nano9070990).


The use of titanate nanowires as advantageous substrates for the development of hybrid photocatalysts are herein reported, considering TEM, XRD and Raman for an in-depth characterization of the chemical and structural properties of these objects. These titanate nanowires functionalized with Au nanorods and TiO2 nanoparticles offer  a new class of hybrid nanostructures with outstanding photocatalytic features. These extraordinary properties are explained as a consequence of the anisotropic morphology of the substrates and the preferential directed 1D assembly of the Au nanorods, thus leading to the controlled formation of plasmonic hot spots. 

 37 2019 Nanomat

71. Raman Spectroscopy to unravel the Magnetic Properties of Iron Oxide Nanocrystals for Bio-related Applications

Martín Testa-Anta, Miguel A. Ramos-Docampo, Miguel Comesaña-Hermo, Beatriz Rivas-Murias, Verónica Salgueiriño

Nanoscale Advances (2019), 1, 2086-2103 (DOI: 10.1039/c9na00064j).

Iron oxide nanocrystals have become a versatile tool in biomedicine by presenting low cytotoxicity while offering a wide range of tuneable magnetic properties that may be implemented in magnetic separation, drug and heat delivery or bioimaging. These capabilities rely on the unique magnetic features obtained when combining different iron oxide phases, so that an important portfolio of magnetic properties can be attained by the rational design of multicomponent nanocrystals. In this context, Raman spectroscopy constitutes an invaluable and fast-performance tool to gain insight into the different phases forming part of the nanocrystals to be used, allowing to correlate the magnetic properties with the envisaged bio-related applications.

 36 2019 NA

70. Clusters of Magnetite-Maghemite Nanocrystals with a Chemically-tailored Average Diameter

Miguel A. Ramos-Docampo, Martín Testa-Anta, Beatriz Rivas-Murias, Verónica Salgueiriño

Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2019), 19, 4930-4937 (DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2019.16788).

Clusters of magnetic nanocrystals are very advantageous if keeping the superparamagnetic state of the individual nanocrystals while taking advantage of a large total magnetic moment, as very convenient in sensing, catalysis and bio-related applications. Herein, we demonstrate how the molecular weight of poly(ethylene glycol) exerts a dominant role in controlling the final size of the clusters and the average crystallites forming them, which delineate the final magnetic properties and their potential applications.

35 2019 JNN

69. Spontaneous Formation of Cold-Welded Plasmonic Nanoassemblies with Refracted Shapes for Intense Raman Scattering

Andrea Mariño-López, María Blanco-Formoso, Leonardo N. Furini, Ana Sousa-Castillo, Ecem Tiryaki, Moisés Pérez-Lorenzo, Martín Testa-Anta, Verónica Salgueiriño, Nicholas A. Kotov, Ramón A. Álvarez-Puebla, Miguel A. Correa-Duarte

Langmuir (2019), 35, 4110-4116 (DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00234).

 34 2019 Langmuir