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.


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.


The results of this collaboration between CiQUS and Research Center for Animal Health (CISA) have been published in the journal "Antiviral Research", and demonstrate the effectiveness of this system to protect animals against bluetongue virus infection.


The structures obtained are easily modified at the molecular level, which would allow its use in more complex applications, such as technologies for the transport and release of drugs in the body. This study, performed by Dr. Michele Panciera and led by CiQUS researchers Dr. Manuel Amorín y Prof. Juan R. Granja, was recently published in the journal Chemistry European Journal.

Recent publications

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

Chem. Mater., 2014, 26 (19), 5566–5575

Single-Nucleotide-Resolution DNA Differentiation by Pattern Generation in Lipid Bilayer Membranes

J.M. Priegue, J. Montenegro, J.R. Granja