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The NanoMatMicro laboratory is integrated into the Institute of Materials Science of Seville, a joint centre of the Spanish Research Council CSIC and the University of Seville.
The laboratory develops its research within the CSIC scientific area A6: Science and Technology of Materials.
Main scientific objectives of the laboratory are:

  • Development of sputtering technology for manufacturing supported nanostructures. Mainly coatings with controlled porosity, catalytic coatings and nanocomposite structures. Thin-Film and coatings Technology.
  • Development of materials, catalysts and photocatalysts for hydrogen storage, hydrogen production and catalytic combustion of Hydrogen. Hydrogen Technology.
  • Microstructural and chemical charaterization of materials. Mainly using advanced electron microscopy facilities, in conjuction with other techniques such as XPS spectroscopy or X-Ray diffraction. Nanoscopies and Spectroscopies.


Pt-impregnated catalysts on powdery SiC and other commercial supports for the combustion of hydrogen under oxidant conditions
G.M. Arzac, O. Montes, A. Fernández
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Volume 201, February 2017, Pages 391–399
Characterization and Validation of a-Si Magnetron-Sputtered Thin Films as Solid He Targets with High Stability for Nuclear Reactions
Vanda Godinho, Francisco Javier Ferrer, Begoña Fernández, Jaime Caballero-Hernández, Joaquin Gómez-Camacho and Asunción Fernández
ACS Omega, 2016, 1 (6), pp 1229–1238 - OPEN ACCESS
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Tailor-made preparation of Co-C, Co-B, and Co catalytic thin films using magnetron sputtering: Insights into structure-composition and activation effects for the catalyzed NaBH4 hydrolysis
M. Paladini, V. Godinho, G. M. Arzac, M. C. Jimenez de Haro, A. M. Beltran and A. Fernandez
RSC Advances, 2016,6, 108611-108620 - OPEN ACCESS
Monolithic supports based on biomorphic SiC for the catalytic combustion of hydrogen
G. M. Arzac, Joaquin Ramirez-Rico, Antonio Gutierrez-Pardo, Maria Carmen Jimenez de Haro, Dirk Hufschmidt, Julian Martinez-Fernandez and Asuncion Fernandez
RSC Advances, 2016,6, 66373-66384 - OPEN ACCESS
Nitrogen Nanobubbles in a-SiOxNy Coatings: Evaluation of its Physical Properties and Chemical Bonding State by Spatially Resolved EELS
B. Lacroix, V. Godinho, and A. Fernández
J. Phys. Chem. C, January 2016, 120 (10), pp 5651–5658
Investigation of a Pt containing washcoat on SiC foam for hydrogen combustion applications
A. Fernández, G.M. Arzac, U.F. Vogt, F. Hosoglu, A. Borgschulte, M.C. Jimenez, O. Montes, A. Züttel
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Volume 180, January 2016, Pages 336–343