Research Division Dr. Beatriz Julián

Research Division Dr. Beatriz Julián

Nanoparticles and nanohybrids

The main interest of the division is the development of new luminescent inorganic and hybrid organic–inorganic materials, textured at different scales, for their application in photonics, energy, ceramics and catalysis. We focus on the synthesis, characterization and evaluation of nanostructures (from nanoparticles to micrometric powders) containing lanthanide ions due to their unique optical processes (fluorescence, phosphorescence, non-linear processes, up- and down-conversion…). By combining self-assembly and Soft-Chemistry processes as well as conformation techniques (films, monoliths, fibers…), a huge range of materials with tailored structure (morphology, size, crystalline phase) and properties can be envisaged. Especially relevant for our research is to understand the mechanisms for the formation of the structure in order to provide materials with enhanced properties for specific technological applications. Our current efforts focus on nanostructures with up-conversion properties able to absorb near-IR radiation and convert it into UV and VIS light for luminescent solar concentrators, solar-fuels and photocatalysis. Our division also addresses the study of the photophysical properties and their dependence with the composition and nanostructure of the materials, including inorganic crystals and also hybrid organic-inorganic composites.

Short biography of Dr. Julián

Dr Beatriz Julián-López was born in 1977. She obtained her B.Sc. degree in chemistry (1995–1999) at the Jaume I University of Castellón (Spain), where she also received her Ph.D. in Chemistry of Materials (1999–2003). Her first work was focused on the synthesis of ceramic pigments by nonconventional methods, but during her Ph.D. she specialized in the synthesis and characterization of sol–gel hybrid organic–inorganic materials for optical applications. In 2004 she moved to Paris for a post-doctoral formation at Prof. C. Sanchez’s Laboratory (University of Pierre and Marie Curie), addressed to get expertise on the synthesis of mesoporous and nanostructured materials. In 2007 she came back to Jaume I University with a “Ramon y Cajal” research contract, where she is nowadays Associate Professor (2011). Since 2012 she leaders the Group of Multifunctional Materials (GMM) towards the development of novel multifunctional inorganic and hybrid organic–inorganic materials, textured at different scales, for optical, energy, ceramics and biomedical applications. With h-index 19, she published 50 papers in research journals with more than 2500 citations.



  1. Frontiers in Materials, 2020, 7, 273.
    Vallés-Pelarda, M.; Sánchez, R.S.; Barea, E.M.; Mora-Seró, I.; Julián-López, B.
    Up-Converting Lanthanide-Doped YAG Nanospheres.
  2. Nanoscale, 2020, x, x.
    Hassanabadi, E.; Latifi, M.; Gualdrón-Reyes, A.F.; Masi, S.; Yoon, S.Joon; Poyatos, M.; Julián-López, B.; Mora-Seró, I.
    Ligand & band gap engineering: tailoring the protocol synthesis for achieving high-quality CsPbI3 quantum dots.
  3. Energy Technology, 2020, 8, 2000301.
    Lemsi, A.; Cardenas-Morcoso, D.; Haro, M.; Gil-Barrachina, C.; Aranda, C.; Maghraoui-Meherzi, H.; Garcia-Tecedor, M.; Giménez, S.; Julián-López, B.
    PbS nanocubes for solar energy storage.
  4. Nanomaterials, 2020, 10, 872.
    Marand, Z.Rezay; Kermanpur, A.; Karimzadeh, F.; Barea, E.M.; Hassanabadi, E.; Anaraki, E.Halvani; Julián-López, B.; Masi, S.; Mora-Seró, I.
    Structural and Electrical Investigation of Cobalt-Doped NiOx/Perovskite Interface for Efficient Inverted Solar Cells.


  1. ChemNanoMat, 2019, 5, 9, 1188-1201.
    Van Renterghem, L.; Guzzetta, F.; Le Griel, P.; Selmane, M.; Ben Messaoud, G.; Teng, T.Tan Su; Lim, S.; Soetaert, W.; Roelants, S.; Julián-López, B.; Baccile, N.
    Easy Formation of Functional Liposomes in Water Using a pH‐Responsive Microbial Glycolipid: Encapsulation of Magnetic and Upconverting Nanoparticles.


  1. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2017, 8, 5730-5735.
    Guzzetta, F.; Roig, A.; Julián-López, B.
    Ultrafast Synthesis and Coating of High Quality ?-NaYF4:Yb3+,Ln3+ Short Nanorods.
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  2. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2017, 121, 21154?21159.
    Felip-Leon, C.; Guzzetta, F.; Julián-López, B.; Galindo, F.; Miravet, J.F.
    Multimodal Light-Harvesting Soft Hybrid Materials: Assisted Energy Transfer upon Thermally Reversible Gelation.


  1. Catalysis Science & Technology, 2016, 6, 8257-8267.
    Gonell, F.; Portehault, D.; Julián-López, B.; Vallé, K.; Sanchez, C.; Corma, A.
    One step microwave-assisted synthesis of nanocrystalline WOx–ZrO2 acid catalysts.
  2. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2016, 180, 263-270.
    Gonell, F.; Puga, A.V.; Julián-López, B.; Garcia, H.; Corma, A.
    Copper-doped titania photocatalysts for simultaneous reduction of CO2 and production of H2 from aqueous sulfide.
  3. Advanced Functional Materials, 2016, 26, 6506–6544.
    Parola, S.; Julián-López, B.; Carlos, L.D.; Sanchez, C.
    Optical Properties of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials and their Applications.


  1. Mendeleev Communications, 2015, 25, 384-385.
    Pavasaryte, L.; Julián-López, B.; Kareiva, A.
    Solvothermal synthesis of Eu3+-doped holmium aluminum garnet.
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  2. Nanotechnology, 2015, 26, 405601 (9pp).
    Julián-López, B.; Gonell, F.; Lima, P.P.; Freitas, V.T.; André, P.S.; Carlos, L.D.; Ferreira, R.A.S.
    Easily processable multimodal spectral converters based on metal oxide/organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites.
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  1. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118, 11279-11284.
    Gonell, F.; Haro, M.; Sánchez, R.; Negro, P.; Mora-Seró, I.; Bisquert, J.; Julián-López, B.; Giménez, S.
    Photon Up-Conversion with Lanthanide-Doped Oxide Particles for Solar H2 Generation.
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  1. Electrochimica Acta, 2013, 113, 570-574.
    Herraiz-Cardona, I.; Fabregat-Santiago, F.; Renaud, A.; Julián-López, B.; Odobel, F.; Cario, L.; Jobic, S.; Giménez, S.
    Hole conductivity and capacitance of p-type CuGaO2 nanoparticles determined by impedance spectroscopy. The effect of Mg doping.
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