Prof. Víctor F. Puntes’ research spans in the field of nanoparticles: synthesis and conjugation of inorganic nanoparticles, their properties, nanotoxicology and nanosafety, and a variety of applications including medicine and environment. In 1998 he obtained his PhD in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona, working with Prof. Xavier Batlle and Prof. Amilcar Labarta in Giant magnetoresistance in granular alloys. He had previously done his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, at the Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, France, and at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain.
After his PhD he spent more than 3 years at the University of California – Berkeley (UCB) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA, in the groups of Prof. Paul Alivisatos and Prof. Kannan Krishnan, working on the synthesis and control of nanostructures. In 2003 he returned to Catalonia with a Ramón y Cajal research position at the Universitat de Barcelona, and in 2005 obtained an ICREA Professorship at the then Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN – now ICN2) in Barcelona, Spain, to create the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group, which he leads today.
By the end of 2017, Víctor Puntes had 195 peer-reviewed publications and over 12,500 citations. He is also well-known for his work in science communication to the general public, his industrial and commercial efforts, and for his endeavors linking science and art.
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