Interview with PI Jorge Pérez-Juste, and postdoctoral researcher Gustavo Bodelon from the Colloid Chemistry Group

“The quality and impact of our scientific output is our main endorsement as an elite research group”

The Colloid Chemistry Group was formed in 1996 not long after the opening of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vigo.

The group is currently integrated into the CINBIO Biomedical Research Centre and is made up of 10 researchers, most of whom have a background in chemistry. The Principal Investigators are Jorge Pérez-Juste and Isabel Pastoriza and their research focuses on the synthesis, characterization and application of metal nanoparticles.

Meanwhile, Gustavo Bodelon, molecular biologist and postdoctoral researcher, offers a biological viewpoint to the group and his research is focused on plasmonic colloidal particles and their application in diagnostics and biodetection.

What currently active research projects among those being carried out by the Colloid Chemistry Group would you highlight?

Jorge Pérez-Juste (J.P.J): We currently have two MINECO research projects underway; one of which is led by Isabel Pastoriza Santos and myself, and deals with 3D Hierarchical assemblages mediated by microfluidic platforms for advanced catalysis and detection applications as part of the National Programme for Research Aimed at the Challenges of Society; and another as part of the “Explore Science” and “Explore Technology” projects, 2015, relating to Nano Lamps for light-induced modulation of cell function, which is led by Isabel Pastoriza.

 

What are the main indicators of your group?

J.P.J: The most important indicator of our group is the impact of our scientific output. In 2016 we  10 articles published, 6 of which were among the top decile and 9 in the first quartile, in publications such as Nature Materials (impact factor: 36,503), in Nano Letters (impact factor: 13,799) or in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (impact factor: 13,038).

In addition, Isabel Pastoriza has a H53 index (source: Scopus), another indicator of our quality with regard to scientific output.

 

Have you obtained research results which have the potential to be transferred?

Gustavo Bodelón (G.B): We have actually just had a new article about the use of nanomaterials for detecting molecules of bacterial communication published in Nature Materials, a publication with one of the very highest impact factors. This work is focused on a phenomenon called quorum sensing and could have a large impact on the diagnosis and prevention of bacterial diseases.

What collaboration networks is the group currently participating in?

J.P.J and G.B: The Colloid Chemistry Group collaborates with groups from CINBIO-University of Vigo, The University of Santiago de Compostela, the Novoa Santos Foundation, the Institute of University of Minho, The Catholic University of Portugal, the Higher Institute of Engineering and Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (INEB) at the University of Porto in the Network of Bioengineering for Healthy Ageing (IBEROS).

The main aim of this cross-border cooperation project (funded by the POCTEP program’s most recent call) is to strengthen interdisciplinary research to generate new knowledge and innovation by combining fields such as nanomedicine, tissue engineering, etc. with health. The results of this research contributes to improving the quality of life and health of the population, with special focus on diseases related to ageing.