Welcome to the web site of the Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials (CIQUS). Here you will find information about the research areas, groups and scientists that comprise this center, and also about its organization, facilities, services and other data of interest. CIQUS is a member of the Singular Research Centers Network, a core structure of  the Campus of International Excellence– Campus Vida project, and it is focused towards the application of transdisciplinary strategies to solve relevant problems in the field of biological chemistry and in the development of novel functional materials.


Materials Today published a way to improve SERS substrates by micro and nanofabrication of regular patterns made of photopolymers as supporting material instead of silicon and Aluminium as plasmonic material instead of Au or Ag.


Today, october 24rd, the CIQUS PhD student Marcos Alejandro González Castro obtained the maximum qualification for the defense of his Doctoral Thesis entitled "New synthetic applications of D-glucose and (-)-shikimic acid: synthesis of polyhydroxylated derivatives of 2-(2-aminocyclohexyl)acetic acids, 2-aminomethylcyclohexancarboxilic acids, azepanes and cyclohexan-1,2-dimines".

His work has been supervised by Professors Ramón José Estévez Cabanas and Juan Carlos Estévez Cabanas.


CiQUS researchers publishes at Angewandte Chemie a infrequent case of self-assembly, as it involves four different components: a metal, a peptide, a small molecule and a nucleic acid. This is a new approach for achieving a highly selective, recognition of designed nine DNA base pairs.

Recent publications

Nickel-Catalyzed Intramolecular [3 + 2 + 2] Cycloadditions of Alkylidenecyclopropanes. A Straightforward Entry to Fused 6,7,5-Tricyclic Systems

L. Saya, I. Fernández, F. López, J.L. Mascareñas

Ionic Liquids Entrapped in Reverse Micelles as Nanoreactors for Bimolecular Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction. Effect of the Confinement on the Chloride Ion Availability

D. Blach, M. Pessego, J.J. Silber, N.M. Correa, L. García Río, R D. Falcone

Small and Efficient Basis Sets for the Evaluation of Accurate Interaction Energies: Aromatic Molecule-Argon Ground-State Intermolecular Potentials and Rovibrational States

H. Cybulski , A. Baranowska-Laczkowska , C. Henriksen , B. Fernandez

Irreversible Covalent Modification of Type I Dehydroquinase by a Stable Schiff Base

L. Tizón, M. Maneiro, A. Peón, J.M. Otero, E. Lence, S. Poza, M.J. van Raaij, P. Thompson, A. R. Hawkins, C. González Bello

Exchange Bias Effect in CoO@Fe3O4 Core–Shell Octahedron-Shaped Nanoparticles

N. Fontaina Troitiño, B. Rivas Murias, B. Rodríguez González, V. Salgueiriño