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Pablo Guardia Giros

Affiliated Researcher
TecnioSpring MarieCurie Researcher

Research Line

Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


Via Morego, 30 16163 Genova, Italy.
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After getting my degrees in Physics (Universitat de Barcelona, 2004) and Material Science and Engineering (Universtiat Politecnica de Catalunya, 2006) I started my research career with my master thesis about Synthesis of Magnetic Nanoparticles (Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Universitat de Barcelona, 2007). As a researcher my work has been initially focused in the colloidal synthesis of nanoparticles for applications in nanomedicine (PhD at the University of Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, 2006-2009). I continued during my postdoc training at IIT (2010-2013) developing nanoparticles for biomedicine (FP7-MAGNYFICO and NANO-ARCH ERC) and extending my skills in catalysis (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 2012-2014). April 2014 I joined the Catalonian Institute for Energy Research (IREC) where my research moved to the development of novel hierarchical superstructures (FP7-UNION) and continued at the Center for Chemical Technology (CTQC) and Dublin City University (DCU) under the TECSPR14-1-0053 project. As an independent researcher, I carried out the activities of this project in between IREC and the University Pompeu Fabra. November 2016 I joined the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) where I keep exploiting nanoparticles as building blocks for novel graphene-based nanocomposites for micromotors. Currently my activities are focused in the development of novel hierarchical suprastructures (clusters or aerogels) out of inorganic and graphene nanosized building blocks. Currently my research is carried out at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (Barcelona) as a TecnioSpring-MarieCurie research fellow and at the Italian Institute of Technology (Genova) as an associate researcher.


Magnetic nanoparticles nanomedicine nanobitechnology hyperthermia nanoheterostructures gels aerogels nanoestructured composites


1) Smart nanoclusters for photo-magnetic hyperthermia TECSPR16-1-0082
PI: Pablo Guardia; Andreu Cabot                      Funding entity or bodies: ACCIÓ
Type of participation: coordinator
Name of the programme: TECNIOSPRING MarieCurie Action
Total amount: 115.457,58 €                               Start-End date: 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2019

2) Magneto-hipotermia: Es posible enfriar remotamente celulas o entidades subcelulares? SAF2015-73052-EXP
PI: Pilar Rivera Gil                      Funding entity or bodies: MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION Y CIENCIA
Type of participation: coordinator
Name of the programme: EXPLORA
Total amount: 35.000 €                                       Start-End date: 01/06/2016 - 31/05/2018 Duration: 2 years

3) Rational design of nanoclusters for biomedical applications
PI: Pablo Guardia; Pilar Rivera Gil                      Funding entity or bodies: ACCIÓ
Type of participation: coordinator
Name of the programme: TECNIOSPRING MarieCurie Action
Total amount: 96.378,26 €                                   Start-End date: 01/11/2014 - 31/10/2016 Duration: 2 years

4) Ultra-versatile Nanoparticle Integration into Organized Nanoclusters (Union 310250)
PI: Dermot Brougham; Andreu Cabot                  Funding entity or bodies: European Commission CORDIS
Type of participation: Team member
Name of the programme: SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP7)
Total amount: 3.798.053 €                                   Start-End date: 01/02/2013 - 31/01/2016 Duration: 3 years

5) ERC Starting Grant NANO-ARCH (NANO-ARCH, contract n. 240111).
PI: Liberato Manna                                               Funding entity or bodies: FP7 ERC Starting Grant
Type of participation: Team member
Name of the programme: EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ERC)
Code according to the funding entity: contract n. 240111
Total amount: 1.300.000 €                                    Start-End date: 01/11/2009 - 31/10/2013 Duration: 9 months

6) Name of the project: Magnetic nanocontainers for combined hyperthermia and controlled drug release (MAGNIFYCO-228622)
Type of participation: Team member
PI: Teresa Pellegrino                                             Funding entity or bodies: FP7 European Commission CORDIS
Name of the programme: SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP7)
Total amount: 330.000 €                                       Start-End date: 01/10/2009 - 28/02/2013 Duration: 3 years

Selected Publications

10 Most relevant publications:

  1. Berestok, T.; Guardia, P.; Du, R.; Portals, J. B.; Colombo, M.; Estradé, S.; Peiró, F.; Brock, S. L.; Cabot, A. Metal Oxide Aerogels with Controlled Crystallinity and Faceting from the Epoxide-Driven Cross-Linking of Colloidal Nanocrystals. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2018, 10, 16041-16048.
  2. Berestok, T.; Guardia, P.; Blanco, J.; Nafria, R.; Torruella, P.; López-Conesa, L.; Estradé, S.; Ibáñez, M.; de Roo, J.; Luo, Z.; Cadavid, D.; Martins, J. C.; Kovalenko, M. V.; Peiró, F.; Cabot, A. Tuning Branching in Ceria Nanocrystals. Chemistry of Materials 2017, 29, 4418-4424.
  3. Baptista-Pires, L.; Orozco, J.; Guardia, P.; Merkoçi, A. Architecting Graphene Oxide Rolled-Up Micromotors: A Simple Paper-Based Manufacturing Technology. Small 2017, 14, 1702746.
  4. Sathya, A.; Guardia, P.; Brescia, R.; Silvestri, N.; Pugliese, G.; Nitti, S.; Manna, L.; Pellegrino, T. CoxFe3–xO4 Nanocubes for Theranostic Applications: Effect of Cobalt Content and Particle Size. Chemistry of Materials 2016, 28, 1769-1780.
  5. Carregal-Romero, S.; Guardia, P.; Yu, X.; Hartmann, R.; Pellegrino, T.; Parak, W. J. Magnetically triggered release of molecular cargo from iron oxide nanoparticle loaded microcapsules. Nanoscale 2015, 7, 570-576.
  6. Guardia, P.; Riedinger, A.; Kakwere, H.; Gazeau, F.; Pellegrino, T.: Magnetic Nanoparticles for Magnetic Hyperthermia and Controlled Drug Delivery. In Bio- and Bioinspired Nanomaterials; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2014; pp 139-172.
  7. Riedinger, A.; Guardia, P.; Curcio, A.; Garcia, M. A.; Cingolani, R.; Manna, L.; Pellegrino, T. Subnanometer Local Temperature Probing and Remotely Controlled Drug Release Based on Azo-Functionalized Iron Oxide Nanoparticles. Nano Letters 2013, 13, 2399-2406.
  8. Guardia, P.; Korobchevskaya, K.; Casu, A.; Genovese, A.; Manna, L.; Comin, A. Plasmon Dynamics in Colloidal Au2Cd Alloy–CdSe Core/Shell Nanocrystals. ACS Nano 2013, 7, 1045-1053.
  9. Guardia, P.; Di Corato, R.; Lartigue, L.; Wilhelm, C.; Espinosa, A.; Garcia-Hernandez, M.; Gazeau, F.; Manna, L.; Pellegrino, T. Water-Soluble Iron Oxide Nanocubes with High Values of Specific Absorption Rate for Cancer Cell Hyperthermia Treatment. ACS Nano 2012, 6, 3080-3091.
  10. Guardia, P.; Pérez-Juste, J.; Labarta, A.; Batlle, X.; Liz-Marzán, L. M. Heating rate influence on the synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles: The case of decanoic acid. Chemical Communications 2010, 46, 6108-6110.


  • TECNIOSPRING-MarieCurie fellow(TECSPR16-1-0082) 115500€ 01/09/2017-31/08/2018
  • Mariecurie IF seal of excellence 12/2016
  • TECNIOSPRING-MarieCurie fellow(TECSPR14-1-0053) 96378€ 01/10/2015-1/09/2016
  • QualityNano Transnational Access (ICN-TAF-166) 5000 € 14/10/2013-0/10/2013


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