CQMF is a research center focused on the development of functional materials. These materials, also known as smart materials, possess the ability to adapt and transform in response to chemical, physical or biological stimuli. Members of the center are working towards the development of advanced materials for biomedical, environmental and energy applications.
Design of biomaterials suitable for in vivo implantation, favoring tissue integration and presenting tailored biodegradation mechanisms.
Development of materials allowing the imaging of physiological states and the transduction of biological events into an optical signal for diagnostic applications.
Elaboration of new devices for the high-throughput measurement of biomolecule concentrations and the detection of infectious agents or contaminants, leading to a new class of rapid diagnostic tools.
Purification and separation
Development of highly efficient filtration processes, membranes and reactor systems for water and air treatment and purification.
Elaboration of new protocols for the synthesis and production of functional materials using methods and reagents lowering the ecological footprint on surrounding ecosystems.
Creation of functional materials using biomass and post-processing residues such as nanocellulose, spider silk, mussel byssus and chitosan.
Organic, inorganic and electrochemical solar cells
Development of affordable photovoltaic and electrochemical solar cells for large scale deployment in both stationary and portable applications.
Low temperature fuel cells
Development of catalysts and membranes for biofuel and polymeric electrolyte fuel cells using hydrogen, methanol, ethanol, and formic acid as combustible material.
Hydrogen production, purification and storage
Design of effective and affordable processes for the conversion of byproducts into hydrogen and elaboration of hydrogen capture and storage methods for the development of a sustainable hydrogen economy.
Elaboration of electricity storage devices through the study of systems using lithium, nickel-metallic hydrides, metal-air, and electrochemical supercapacitors.
Development of new materials such as LEDs and organic diodes requiring less energy than traditional devices to function.