PLATON is a multidisciplinar group recognized by the Aragón government (E31_17R). Its members belong to CSIC, the University of Zaragoza, the San Jorge University and the Defence University Center, several pertaining to research institutes (ICMA and INA). For more information see the group's webpage.
PLATON’s expertise is in the bottom-up fabrication and characterization of ultrathin films (Langmuir-Blodgett films, self-assembly, electrochemical processes, etc.), the synthesis and physics of nanoscale magnetic materials and the physico-chemistry and thermodynamics of liquid systems. The group currently has active projects along the following lines:
1) Molecular electronics (single molecules, large area 2D devices, fully organic molecular electronics including electrodes, etc.)
2) Bio-membranes simulation: thermodynamic, spectroscopic and microscopic studies towards the understanding of molecular interactions among the membrane constituents and with pharmaceutics, nanoparticles etc.
3) Magnetic hyperthermia: instrumental development, design and physical properties of magnetic nanoparticles assemblies towards a better control of hyperthermia therapy and use of localized magnetic hyperthermia for immunomodulation in genetic therapy.
4) Membranes and ultrathin layers of metal- or covalent- organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs) for their use in gas mixtures separation, CO2 capture and integration into hybrid architecture for quantum computing.
5) Determination of the physico-chemical properties and environmental impact of green solvents and other newly synthesized chemical substances of interest before their application or commercialisation.