(email: bferrari@icv.csic.es)


Laboratory: Tailoring through Colloidal Processing (Spain)

Address: Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC; c/Kelsen 5, Madrid, 28049, Spain

Telephone: +34 917355840

Personal page: http://personal.icv.csic.es/bferrari/



Our team is working on the development of innovative particle assembly and packing processes from the fundamentals of the manipulation of particles surface behaviour in liquid media. Our research in Electrophoretic Deposition is focus on the basic knowledge of the process in the fabrication of full-nanostructured films/layers within the micro-range thickness for different applications. Following green chemistry rules (catalytic processes, atomic efficiency, energy efficient use, shorter synthesis, innocuous solvents, etc.) we have been launching feasible wet-synthesis methodologies for the large‐scale production of particles at the submicron‐ and nano‐scale with functional compositions. The main goal is combine synthesis procedures with particle surface tailoring, offering the possibility to tackle main colloidal processing challenges connecting nano and macro-scales.

Our research efforts addressed the thought that manipulation and modelling of particles networks in suspensions contributes to control new materials at the atomic, molecular, or macromolecular levels in the macroscopic scale. Compared with the current state‐of‐the‐art in nanostructures shaping and compaction, we deem that Colloidal Processes, and especially Electrophoretic Deposition, have a multitude of attractive characteristics, including the structure size scalability (from <1μm to 1mm), flexibility, versatility, superior assembly rates, and tightly‐packed nanoparticles layers and films. Consequently, we are also interested in the innovative applications of available experimental tools (Spectroscopic techniques, AFM, TEM SEM, DLS, rheology, etc.) in the characterization of surface morphology and composition of particles, electrokinetics and flux behaviour of colloidal suspensions, and materials microstructure from atomic to microscopic level (from vacancies to defects and porosity).

Selected publications

  • M. Verde, Y. Iglesias, M. Villegas, A.C. Caballero, B. Ferrari, “Electrophoretic deposition of flake-shaped ZnO nanoparticles” J. Electrochem. Soc., 157 (1) H55-H59 (2010).
  • B. Ferrari, R. Moreno, “EPD Kinetics: A review”, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 30, 1069-1078 (2010).
  • Y. Castro, A. Durán, R. Moreno y B. Ferrari, “Thick sol-gel coatings produced by electrophoretic deposition (EPD)”, Adv. Mater., 14 (7) 505-08 (2002)