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European projects

 Nanocosmos ERC Synergy Grant n° 610256 –
“Gas and dust from stars to the laboratory: exploring the nanocosmos”

The aim of NANOCOSMOS is to understand the physical and chemical processes leading to the formation of cosmic dust. Astronomical observations and computer modeling by themselves cannot provide a full description of dust formation & processing and its interaction with gas-phase species. The original approach of NANOCOSMOS is to combine astronomical observations at high angular resolution and sensitivity, with modelling supported by top-level laboratory simulations.

The project lies on a synergetic approach between astronomers, vacuum and microwave engineers, molecular and plasma physicists, surface scientists, including both experimentalists and theoreticians, which is the key to provide a cutting-edge view of cosmic dust.

National projects


→ Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación Grant n° CTQ2013-40717-P-
“Biomolecules and molecules of the interestelar medium: structure, interactions and spectroscopic characterization”

Nucleosides, carbohydrates, amino acids and peptides are being studied so that their most stable structures and interactions can be unraveled in the isolation conditions of the gas phase. Knowledge on the different geometries adopted by biomolecules is crucial to gain insight on their biological functions. Moreover, ablation/discharge techniques are being used to produce metal-bearing molecules and other unstable species to be characterized, spectroscopically. These experiments are being complemented with standard spectroscopic measurements to fully characterize prebiotic molecules in the ISM.


 Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Programa Consolider Ingenio – 2010 CSD200900038-
“Molecular astrophysics: the Herschel and Alma era”

The aim of this project is to achieve a high degree of synergy between Spanish astrophysicists, chemists and physicists, joining efforts to unveil the physics of molecules of astrophysical interest, with the final goal of preparing sound scientific foundations for the interpretation of the data that ALMA provides.

Regional projects


 Junta de Castilla y Leon. Subprograma: Programa de apoyo a proyectos de investigación (VA077U16) –
“Structure-property relation in sweeteners”

The aim of this project is mainly focused on studying natural and artificial sweeteners by LA-MB-FTMW and LA-CP-FTMW high resolution spectroscopic techniques in order to establish possible structure-property relations.

The food industry is currently looking to design tasty new substances, not only maintaining a sweet taste but also avoiding undesirable health effects. Thus, Helios S.A., one of the companies leading the food sector in Spain, is presently collaborating with our group through this project.


 Junta de Castilla y Leon. Subprograma: Programa de apoyo a proyectos de investigación (VA175U13) –
“Caracterización de fármacos y estupefacientes mediante ablación láser y espectrometría de masas”

Analysis of illicit drugs arises as an important field of work given the high social impacts presented by drugs in the modern society. Direct laser ablation of solid compounds allows their analysis without sampling or preparation procedures. For that purpose, an experimental set-up that combines laser ablation with time-of-flight mass spectrometry has been constructed very recently to perform studies on the mass spectra of drugs such as 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine, commonly known as MDMA or ecstasy.

All our work has been published in high prestige scientific journals. You can consult them in “Comunications”.


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