Scope The research of FunNanoBio
is focused on the development
of new nanomaterials
and their applications
Optical Properties FunNanoBio studies the size
-and shape- dependent optical
properties of gold and silver
Nanoparticles Characterization Size and morphology of
nanomaterials are widely
characterized using advanced
Metal at the nanoscale Colloid chemistry allows
tayloring the size, morphology
and composition of metal
Applications The gold and silver nanoparticles
are widey used as colorimetric
and Surface-Enhanced Raman
Spectroscopy (SERS) sensors
Social media We are active in different
scientific and social platforms,
so don’t hesitate to follow us
on twitter @FunNanoBio!
Projects The group is involved in different
projects such as FoodSense
Project, that aims to transfer
innovative technologies to
companies in the Galicia/Northern
Portugal region to Reduce
Food Risks


FunNanoBio (former Colloid Chemistry Group) was founded at Universidade de Vigo in 1995 by Prof. Luis M. Liz-Marzán and Prof. Pablo Hervés Beloso. Prof. Luis M. Liz-Marzán led the group till 2012 when he moved to Basque Country after being appointed Scientific Director at CIC biomaGUNE.

Since then, Assoc. Prof. Isabel Pastoriza-Santos and Jorge Pérez-Juste lead the group. FunNanoBio group research is focused on the design and fabrication of novel nanostructured materials, mainly plasmonic, for a broad range of applications, including environmental sensing, biosensing, catalysis, imaging, or theranostics.


The control of the morphology and size of a certain material at the nanoscale is a hot topic because of the spectacular effects that small changes produce on their properties (optical, magnetic, electronic…)
The applicability, versatility, and even certain properties of nanoparticles are enhanced through either their self-assembly or deposition on platforms (glass, beads, cellulose paper, hydrogels, polymer films, etc.)
The group is very interested in study the optical properties of nanostructures when interacting with light from an experimental and theoretical point of view.
Metals at nanoscale exhibit enhanced catalytic properties. Importantly, many parameters such as nanoparticle shape and size can produce remarkable effects on their catalytic performance
In this research line, we develop and design plasmonic nanostructures for applications in high-throughput screening and/or real-time analysis of environmental-relevant analytes
MRI is an important technique in diagnostic clinical imaging owing to its exceptional spatial and anatomical resolution