Technicians in charge: Amable Bernabé and David Piña
Scientist in charge: Nora Ventosa
The Soft Material Service provides the tools and assistance for the preparation and characterization of micro and nanostructured soft molecular materials with applications in different fields like biomedicine, electronics, energy storage, and others. It is linked to the U6 (Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit) of the ICTS-NANBIOSIS.
The Soft Materials service has the possibility to perform the experiments with technician or in auto-service, and has many external users using the equipment. The service has been used by 11 ICMAB research groups, by 34 external research groups from other research centers or universities, and by 7 groups from different companies.
The equipment for materials characterization has been used 2,426 hours (53 % by internal users and 47 % by external users) and the equipment for materials processing has been used 5,150 hours (84 % by internal users and 16 % by external users).
During 2019 the LyoQyest-80 processing equipment was acquired. The equipment is design for the lyophilisation of liquid samples and colloidal dispersions. The lyophilisation or freeze-drying is a drying process where liquid components undergo a sublimation process. The characterization equipment Infinite M200 Pro Reader is also new. The equipment is a multimode microplate reader that provides a full range of leading detection methods. It can be used for a wide range of biological assays and measurements including: DNA/RNA quantification, protein quantification and ion channel studies, among others. This has involved two new techniques for materials characterization: lyophilisation and plate reader (ELISA).
Moreover, during 2019 a new contract with the company Nanomol Technologies has started.
The Soft Materials services is working in the implementation of a quality management system (QMS) based on the ISO 9001:2015 requirements. The implementation aspects were discussed in the NANBIOSIS meeting, which took place at the ICMAB in November 2019.
The Soft Materials service has participated in several outreach activities, such as “Programa Argó”, in which we have welcomed visits of scholar groups of different levels, as well as University groups. The Service has organized a course for the CSIC staff called: “Técnicas de caracterización de materiales particulados”. We have also received many ESCOLAB school visits.
The service is co-author of the following publications:
The service has participated in the following projects: