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Helena Gavilan Rubio

Post Doc
Post Doctoral Researcher

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Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


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Postdoctoral researcher currently working at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). With a background in Chemistry, she has received education on Nanomaterials, Magnetism, Colloidal Chemistry and Health Science. She obtained her B. Sc i Chemistry (2013), M. Sc (2014) and Ph.D. in Advanced Chemistry (2017) by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain. She has mastered the synthesis of Magnetic Colloids (MC), in particular of iron oxides, and she has developed methodologies for fine tuning their shape and self-assembly, and thus controlling their magnetic features. She carried out her PhD in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and her research was framed in the EU funded NanoMag project.


Nanomedicine Material Science Chemistry Magnetic nanoparticles Nanocrystals Colloidal Synthesis Iron oxides Magnetic Nanoparticle Hyperthermia


Synthesis and Bioaplications of Magnetic Nanoparticles

Selected Publications

  1. Zyuzin M.; Cassani, M.; Barthel, M.; Gavilan, H; Silvestri, N.; Escudero, A.; Scarpellini, A.; Lucchesi, F.; Teran, Parak, W.; Pellegrino, T. 2019. "Confining iron oxide nanocubes inside submicrometric cavities as a key strategy to preserve magnetic heat losses in an intracellular environment" ACS applied materials & interfaces 11 (45), 41957-41971
  2. Bender, P., Wetterskog, E., Honecker, D., Fock, J., Frandsen, C., Moerland, C., Bogart, L.K., Posth, O., Szczerba, W., Gavilán, H. and Costo, R., 2018. Dipolar-coupled moment correlations in clusters of magnetic nanoparticles. Physical Review B, 98(22), p.224420.
  3. Roca, A. G., Gutiérrez, L., Gavilán, H., Brollo, M. E. F., Veintemillas-Verdaguer, S., & del Puerto Morales, M. (2018). Design Strategies for Shape-Controlled Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles. Advanced drug delivery reviews 138, 68-104.
  4. Bender, P., Wetterskog, E.; Honecker, D.; Fock, J.; Frandsen, C.; Moerland, C.; Bogart, L. K.; Posth, O.; Szczerba, W.; Gavilán, H.; Costo, R.; Fernández-Díaz, M. T.; González-Alonso, D.; Fernández Barquín, L.; Johansson, C., (2018). “Dipolar-coupled moment correlations in clusters of magnetic nanoparticles”, arXiv preprint arXiv:1803.01747.
  5. Gavilán, H., Brollo, M. E. F., Gutiérrez, L., Veintemillas-Verdaguer, S., Morales, M. P., (2018). 1 Controlling the Size and Shape of Uniform Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications. Clinical Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles, 1. (Book chapter).
  6. Marin-Barba, M.*, Gavilán, H.*, Gutiérrez, L., Lozano-Velasco, E., Rodríguez-Ramiro, I., Wheeler, G. N., Morales, M.P., Ruiz, A. (2018). Unravelling the mechanisms that determine the uptake and metabolism of magnetic single and multicore nanoparticles in a Xenopus laevis model. Nanoscale, 10(2), 690-704.
  7. Gavilán, H., Sánchez, E. H., Brollo, M. E., Asín, L., Moerner, K. K., Frandsen, C., ... & Gutiérrez, L. (2017). Formation Mechanism of Maghemite Nanoflowers Synthesized by a Polyol-Mediated Process. ACS Omega, 2(10), 7172-7184.
  8. Bender, P., Balceris, C., Ludwig, F., Posth, O., Bogart, L. K., Szczerba, W., Castro, A., Nilsson, L., Costo, R., Gavilán, H., ... & Johansson, L. (2017). Distribution functions of magnetic nanoparticles determined by a numerical inversion method. New Journal of Physics, 19(7), 073012.
  9. Rojas, J. M., Gavilán, H., del Dedo, V., Lorente-Sorolla, E., Sanz-Ortega, L., da Silva, G. B., ... & Morales, M. P. (2017). Time-course assessment of the aggregation and metabolization of magnetic nanoparticles. Acta biomaterialia, 58, 181-195.
  10. Ludwig, F., Balceris, C., Viereck, T., Posth, O., Steinhoff, U., Gavilan, H., ... & Johansson, C. (2017). Size analysis of single-core magnetic nanoparticles. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 427, 19-24.
  11. Gavilán, H., Kowalski, A., Heinke, D., Sugunan, A., Sommertune, J., Varón, M., ... & Balceris, C. (2017). Colloidal Flower‐Shaped Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Synthesis Strategies and Coatings. Particle & particle systems characterization, 34(7), 1700094.
  12. Gavilán, H., Posth, O., Bogart, L. K., Steinhoff, U., Gutiérrez, L., & Morales, M. P. (2017). How shape and internal structure affect the magnetic properties of anisometric magnetite nanoparticles. Acta Materialia, 125, 416-424.
  13. Vita, F., Gavilán, H., Rossi, F., de Julián Fernández, C., Secchi, A., Arduini, A., ... & Morales, M. P. (2016). Tuning morphology and magnetism of magnetite nanoparticles by calix [8] arene-induced oriented aggregation. CrystEngComm, 18(44), 8591-8598.


1. Special award "Marco Paganuzzi" for my team’s business idea at SMARTCup Liguria competition (2019)

2. Special award "Ricci and Partners" for the creation of an innovative start-up at SMARTCup Liguria competition (2019)



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