Miguel Angel Correa-Duarte

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A hybrid system comprising bimetallic nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was engineered to maximize the surface-enhanced Raman scattering signal from solution by generating a high density of hot spots with reproducible enhancing activity and long-term colloidal and optical stability. CNT@AgAu was employed as a bifunctional material to(More)
The synthetic architectures of complex inorganic nanostructures, including multifunctional hollow capsules, are expected to play key roles in many different applications, such as drug delivery, photonic crystals, nanoreactors, and sensing. Implementation of novel strategies for the fabrication of such materials is needed because of the infancy of this(More)
Chemical speciation of heavy metals has become extremely important in environmental and analytical research because of the strong dependence that toxicity, environmental mobility, persistence and bioavailability of these pollutants have on their specific chemical forms. Novel nano-optical-based detection strategies, capable of overcoming the intrinsic(More)
In this work we show that the electrical conductivity and thermoelectric power of random networks of carbon nanotube (CNT) films can be tuned by means of a layer-by-layer polymer coating technique of the individual nanotubes. Using this approach, nanotubes dispersed in water are coated before the formation of the film, achieving a control of the transport(More)
The alignment of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) has been accomplished through deposition of uniform layers of magnetite/maghemite nanoparticles (diameter = 6-10 nm) and use of an external magnetic field. The coating of CNTs with magnetic nanoparticles was performed by combining the polymer wrapping and layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly techniques. The(More)
The combination of low electrical resistance and high optical transparency in a single material is very uncommon. Developing these systems is a scientific challenge and a technological need, to replace ITO in flexible electronic components and other highly demanding applications. Here we report a facile method to prepare single layers of densely aligned(More)
It happens inside: highly active nanoreactors are prepared by encapsulating dendritic Pt nanoparticles (NPs) grown on a polystyrene template inside hollow porous silica capsules. The catalytic activity of these Pt NPs is preserved after encapsulation and template removal. Different metals, such as Ni, can thus be reduced inside the capsules, thereby leading(More)
Feature film: Thin films made by exponential layer-by-layer growth display high diffusivity and can be readily infiltrated with inorganic nanoparticles. They can sequestrate molecular systems from solution as a function of the composition of their layers, while providing intense surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals (see picture).