José Rivas is a Full Professor of Applied Physics at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain and started his research activities at Valladolid University (Spain) and Max-Planck-Institute (Stuttgart, Germany), where he focused on the preparation and characterization of magnetic materials, which are basic materials for electric and electronic devices. By joining the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain as a Full Professor in Physics, he started a new stage related to the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured magnetic materials. As a result of his collaborations, an interdisciplinary laboratory in Nanotechnology and Magnetism was created, where several original methods for the preparation of magnetic nanoparticles have been patented in Europe, the United States and in several Asian countries. These multifunctional (core@shell) particles are of great interest in fields such as biomedical applications, hyperthermia, biosensors, etc. José Rivas is author of several book chapters, eleven patents and more than three hundred fifty scientific articles. He was supervisor of twenty three doctoral thesis. Besides, it should be stressed that Jose Rivas was the first Director General and responsible for the implementation of the INL-International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, located in Braga, Portugal.
University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), over 500 years old, maintains one of the most important academic traditions in Europe. The university has over 44,000 students, more than 1,000 people working in administration and services and represents a huge potential of scientists (>2000) dedicated to research and higher education, grouped in more than 400 research teams from 76 different departments.
NANOMAG is a leading group of the University of Santiago de Compostela in the field of Nanotechnology and, in particular, in the field of materials related to diagnostics and therapies in nanomedicine (including the coordination of the Doctorate Programme in this topic) with a strong focus into physico-chemical synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles and nanocomposites. It is an interdepartmental group directed by professors J. Rivas (Dept. of Applied Physics) and M.A. López-Quintela (Dept. of Physical Chemistry) , and is part of the Institute of Technological Investigations of the University of Santiago since its foundation in the 90’s. This research unit –with more than 250 peer-review papers- has a long history in the preparation of nanomaterials as well as in the study of their properties. The group is actually formed by 2 full professors, 4 associate professors, 3 assistant researchers, 3 postdoctoral researchers and about 10 PhD students.