Selected Publications



S. Giraldo, M.E. Alea-Reyes, D. Limón, A. González, M. Duch, J.A. Plaza, D. Ramos-López, J. de Lapuente, A. González-Campo, L. Pérez-García

π-Donor/π-Acceptor Interactions for the Encapsulation of Neurotransmitters on Functionalized Polysilicon-Based Microparticles

Pharmaceutics 2020, 12, 724, doi: 10.3390/pharmaceutics12080724


M. Duch, N. Torras, M. Asami, T. Suzuki, M.I. Arjona, R. Gómez-Martínez, M.D. VerMilyea, R. Castilla, J.A. Plaza, A.C.F. Perry

Tracking intracellular forces and mechanical property changes in mouse one-cell embryo development

Nature Materials (2020), doi: 10.1038/s41563-020-0685-9


S. Durán, M. Duch, R. Gómez-Martínez, M. Fernández-Regúlez, J.P. Agusil, M. Reina, C. Müller, Á. San Paulo, J. Esteve, S. Castel, J.A. Plaza

Internalization and Viability Studies of Suspended Nanowire Silicon Chips in HeLa Cells

Nanomaterials 10(5), 893 (2020), doi: 10.3390/nano10050893


M.A. Hernández‐Rodríguez, C.D.S. Brites, G. Antorrena, R. Piñol, R. Cases, L. Pérez‐García, M. Rodrigues, J.A. Plaza, N. Torras, I. Díez, A. Millán, L.D. Carlos

Lanthanide Luminescence to Mimic Molecular Logic and Computing through Physical Inputs

Advanced Optical Materials 2020, 2000312, doi: 10.1002/adom.202000312


P. Giménez-Gómez, R. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, J.M. Ríos, M. Pérez-Montero, E. González, M. Gutiérrez-Capitán, J.A. Plaza, X. Muñoz-Berbel, C. Jiménez-Jorquera

A self-calibrating and multiplexed electrochemical lab-on-a-chip for cell culture analysis and high-resolution imaging

Lab on a Chip 20, 823-833, (2020), doi: 10.1039/C9LC01051C



G. Bruce, M. Samperi, D.B. Amabilino, M. Duch, J.A. Plaza, L. Pérez-García

Singlet oxygen generation from porphyrin-functionalized hexahedral polysilicon microparticles

Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines 23, 01n02, 223-233 (2019), doi: 10.1142/S1088424619500226


R. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, T.N. Ackermann, J.A. Plaza, U. Simonsen, V. Matchkov, A. Llobera, X. Munoz-Berbel

Ultrasensitive photonic microsystem enabling sub-micrometric monitoring of arterial oscillations for advanced cardiovascular studies

Frontiers in physiology 10: 940 (2019), doi: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00940



G. Murillo, A, Blanquer, C. Vargas-Estevez, L. Barrios, E. Ibáñez, C. Nogués, J. Esteve

Electromechanical Nanogenerator-Cell Interaction Modulates Cell Activity

Adv. Mater. 29 - 24, pp. 1605048 - 1605048 (2017)


C. Vargas-Estevez, M. Duch, M. Duque, J. del Campo, L. Enríquez-Barreto, G. Murillo, N. Torras,J. A. Plaza, C.A. Saura, J. Esteve 

Suspended Silicon Micro-photodiodes for Electrochemical and Biological Applications

Small, Vol 13, issue 41, doi: 10.1002/smll.201701920 


C. Vargas-Estevez, A. Blanquer, P. Dulal, R. del Real, M. Duch, E. Ibañez, L. Barrios, G. Murillo, N. Torras, C. Nogués, B.J.H. Stadler, J.A. Plaza, J. Esteve

Study of Galfenol direct cytotoxicity and remote microactuation in cells

Biomaterials Volume 139, September, pp. 67-74 (2017).


J.P. Agusil, N. Torras, M. Duch, J. Esteve, L. Pérez-García, J. Samitier, J.A. Plaza

Highly Anisotropic Suspended Planar Array Chips with Multidimensional Submicrometric Biomolecular Patterns

Advanced Functional Materials. Vol. 27, Issue 13, 1605912 (2017) Doi: 10.1002/adfm.201605912


S. Marquez, M. Alvarez, J.A. Plaza, L.G. Villanueva, C. Dominguez, L.M. Lechuga

Asymmetrically coupled resonators for mass sensing

Applied Physics Letters. 111, 113101 (2017); doi: 10.1063/1.5003023


M. E. Alea-Reyes, M. Rodriguez, A. Serrà, M. Mora, M-Lluïsa, A. González, S. Durán, M. Duch, J.A. Plaza,E. Vallés, L. Pérez-García

Nanostructured Materials for Photodynamic Therapy: Synthesis, Characterization and in vitro Activity

RSC Advances 16963-16976 (2017)



S. de Pedro, X. Muñoz-Berbel, R. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, J. Sort, J.A. Plaza, J. Brugger, A. Llobera, V.J. Cadarso

Characterization of Ferrofluid-Based Stimuli-Responsive Elastomers

Nanoscale, 8, 8773-8783 (2016) Doi: 10.1039/09022a


T. Patiño, J. Soriano, E. Amirthalingam, S. Durán, A. González-Campo, M. Duch, E. Ibáñez, L. Barrios, J.A. Plaza, L. Pérez-García, C. Nogués

Polysilicon-chromium-gold intracellular chips for multi-functional biomedical applications.

Nanoscale, 8, 8773-8783 (2016) Doi: 10.1039/09022a


N. Torras, J.P. Agusil, P. Vázquez, M. Duch, A.M. Hernández-Pinto, J. Samitier, E.J. de la Rosa, J. Esteve, T. Suárez, L. Pérez-García, J.A. Plaza 

Suspended Planar Array Chip for Molecular Multiplexing at the Microscale.  

Advanced Materials, 28, 1449-1454 (2016) Doi: 10.1002/adma.201504164


M. Rodrigues, R. Piñol, G. Antorrena, C.D.S. Brites, N.J.O. Silva, J.L. Murillo, R. Cases, I. Díez, F. Palacio, N. Torras, J.A. Plaza, L. Pérez-García, L.D. Carlos, A. Millán 

Implementing Thermometry on Silicon Surfaces Functionalized by Lanthanide-Doped Self-Assembled Polymer Monolayers.  

Advanced Functional Materials, 26, 200-209 (2016) Doi: 10.1002/adfm.201503889. Back cover.



C. Blanco-Roldán,  C. Quirós, A. Sorrentino, A. Hierro-Rodriguez, L.M. Álvarez-Prado, R. Valcárcel, M. Duc , N. Torras, J. Esteve, J.I. Martín, M. Velez, J.M., E. Pereiro, S. Ferrer 

Nanoscale imaging of buried topological defects with quantitative x-ray magnetic microscopy 

Nature Communications, 6(8196), 1-6 (2015) Doi: 10.1038/ncomms9196


S. Novo, I. Mora-Espí, R. Gómez-Martínez, L. Barrios, E- Ibáñez, X. Such, M. Duch, X. Mora, J.A. Plaza, C. Nogués

Traceability of human sperm samples by direct tagging with polysilicon microbarcodes

Reproducible BioMedicine, 31(2), 162-170 (2015) Doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2015.04.012


M. Lee, M.J. Lopez-Martinez, A. Baraket, N. Zine, J. Esteve, J.A. Plaza, N. Ahmend, A. Elaissari, N. Jaffrezic-Renault, A. Errachid

Combination of PDMS microfilters and micromixers based on flexible thermoplastic films for size sorting and mixing of microparticles

Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132(25), 42088(1-6) (2015) Doi: 10.1002/app.42088  Cover image


C. Vargas-Estevez, R.R. Robaina, R.P. del Real, J.A. Plaza

Nanometric metal-film thickness measurement based on a planar spiral coils stack

IEEE Transactions on nanotechnology, 14(2), 297-303 (2015) Doi:10.1109/TNANO.2015.2392794


S. Durán, S. Novo, M.Duch, R. Gómez-Martínez, M. Fernández-Regúlez, A. San Paulo, C. Nogués, J. Esteve, E. Ibañez, J.A. Plaza

Silicon-nanowire based attachment of silicon chips for mouse embryo labeling

Lab on a Chip, 15, 1508-1514 (2015) Doi:10.1039/C4LC01299B


S. Durán, M. Duch, T. Patiño, A. Torres, O. Penon, R. Gómez-Martínez, L. Barrios, J. Esteve, C. Nogués, L. Pérez-García, J.A. Plaza

Technological development of intracellular polysilicon-chromium-gold chips for orthogonal chemical functionalization

Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 209, 212-224 (2015) Doi:10.1016/j.snb.2014.11.077



O. Penon, D. Siapkas, S. Novo, S. Durán, G. Oncins, A. Errachif, L. Barrios, C. Nogués, M. Duch, J.A. Plaza, L. Perez-Garcia 

Optimized immobilization of lectins using self-assembled monolayers on polysilicon encoded materials for cell tagging

Journal Colloids and Surfaces B, 116, 104-113 (2014) Doi:10.1013/1.colsurfb.2013.12.053


S. Novo, R. Morato, O. Penon, S. Durán, L. Barrios, C. Nogués, J.A. Plaza, L. Perez-Garcia, T. Mogas, E. Ibanez

Identification of bovine embryos cultured in groups by attachment of barcodes to the zona pellucida

Human Reproduction, 26, 645-652 (2014)


N. Torras, J.E. Marshall, K.E. Zivoviev, C.J. Camargo, E.M. Terentjev, J. Esteve

Gas-Pressure Molding-Based Fabrication of Smart Actuators from Nematic Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers

Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 299, pps. 7 (2014), doi:10.1002/mame.201300462


S. De Pedro, V.J. Cadarso, T.N. Ackermann, X. Muñoz-Berbel, J.A. Plaza, J. Brugger, S. Büttgenbach, A. Llobera

Polymeric variable optical attenuators based on magnetic sensitive stimuli materials

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering  24, 12, (2014), doi:10.1088/0960-1317/24/12/125008


S. de Pedro, V.J. Cadarso, X. Muñoz-Berbel, J.A. Plaza, J. Sort, J. Brugger, S. Büttenbach, A. Llobera

PDMS-based, magnetically actuatted variable optical attenuators obtained by soft lithography and inkjet printing technologies

Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 299, pps. 7, (2014) Doi:10.1016/j.sna.2014.01.021


S. Novo, C. Nogues, O. Penon, L. Barrios, J. Santalo, R. Gomez-Martinez J. Esteve, E. Errachid, J.A. Plaza, L. Perez-Garcia, E. Ibanez

Barcode tagging of human oocytes and embryos to prevent mix-ups in assisted reproduction technologies

Human Reproduction, 29, 18-28 (2014) Doi:10.1093/humrep/det409


N. Torras, K. E. Zivoviev, C. J. Camargo, E. M. Campo, H. Campanella, J. Esteve, J.E. Marshall, E.M. Terentjev, M. Omastová, I. Krupa, P. Teplický, B. Mamojka, P. Bruns, B. Roeder, M. Vallribera, R. Malet, S. Zuffanelli, V.Soler, J.Roig, N.Walker, D.Wenn, F.Vossen, F.M.H.Crompvoets

Tactile device based on opto-mechanical actuation of liquid crystal elastomers

Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 208, 104-112 (2014) Doi:10.1016/j.sna.2014.01.012



R. Gómez-Martínez, A.M. Hernandez-Pinto, M. Duch, P. Vázquez, K. Zinoviev, E.J. de la Rosa, J. Esteve, T. Suárez, J.A. Plaza

Silicon chips detect intracellular pressure changes in living cells

Nature Nanotechnology July 8, 517-521 (2013) doi:10.1038/nnano.2013.118. Front cover

About the Cover:

The development of sophisticated devices to monitor, and eventually interfere with, essential cellular processes is an ongoing challenge. Now, José A. Plaza and colleagues have fabricated silicon chips that are small enough to be internalized inside cells and detect intracellular pressure changes. These devices can be considered the first step towards achieving a broad range of intracellular nanochips. A pseudocoloured scanning microscopy image (on the cover) shows a HeLa cell interacting with a silicon chip pressure sensor.

IMAGE: Marta Duch and José A. Plaza, Cover Design: Alex Wing

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Michael Berger,  Silicon chips inserted into living cells can feel the pressure (w/video), July 18 15, 2013  


K. Czaniková, N. Torras, J. Esteve, I. Krupta, P. Kasák, E. Pavlová, I. Chodák, M. Omastová

Nanocomposite actuators based on ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer filled with carbon nanotube

Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 186, 701 (2013) Doi:10.1016/j.snb.2013.06.054


I. Tsioutsios, J. Moser, J.A. Plaza, A. Bachtold

Controlled assembly of graphene sheets and nanotubes: Fabrication of suspended multi-element all-carbon vibrational structures

Journal of Appl. Phys. 114, 10, 104310, (2013), doi: 10.1063/1.4821127.


A. Sanchez-Ferrer, N. Torras, K. Zinoviev, J. Esteve 

Liquid-Crystalline Elastomer Micropillar Array for Haptic Actuation

Journal of Material Chemistry C, 1:5183-5190 (2013) Doi:10.1039/C3TC31109K. Front cover


C.J. Camargo, A. Melendez, J. Robles, J. Esteve, I. Ramos

Electrospun nanobridges towards self-heated gas sensors with enhanced sensitivity

Journal of physics: Conference Series (JPCS), 421, 012002 (3/2013)


H. Campanella, C.J. Camargo, J. Esteve, J.M. Tsai 

Sensitivity of thin-film bulk acoustic resonators (FBAR) to localized mechanical forces

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 23, 065024 (5/2013)


M. Lee, Maria J. Lopez-Martinez, A. Baraket, N. Zine, J. Esteve, J. A. Plaza, N. Jaffrezic-Renault, A. Errachid

Polymer Micromixers Bonded to Thermoplastic Films Combining Soft-Lithography with Plasma and APTES Treatment Processes

Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 51, 59-70 (2013)



O. Penon, S. Novo, S. Duran, E. Ibñez, C. Nogues, J. Samitier, M. Duch, José A. Plaza, L- Perez-García

Efficient Biofuntionalization of Polisilicon Barcodes to the Zona Pellucida of Mouse Embryos

Bioconjugate Chemistry, 23, 12:2392-2402 (2012)


A. Eichler, M. del Álamo Ruiz, A. Bachtold, J.A. Plaza

Strong coupling between mechanical modes in a nanotube resonator

Physical Review Letters, 109, 025503 (2012)


E. Coronado, A. Forment-Aliaga, E. Pinilla-Cienfuegos, S. Tatay, L. Catala, J.A. Plaza

Nanopatterning of Anionic Nanoparticles based on Magnetic Prussian-Blue Analogues

Advanced Functional Materials, (2012) DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201200067


D. Naumenko, V. Snitika, M. Duch, N. Torras, J. Esteve

Stress mapping on the porous silicon microcapsules by Ramman microscopy

Microelectronic Engineering, 98, 488-491 (2012)


CJ. Camargo, H. Campanella, J.E. Marshall, N. Torras, K. Zinoviev, EM. Terentjev, J. Esteve

Batch fabrication of optical actuators using nanotube–elastomer composites towards refreshable Braille displays

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 22, 7, 075009. (6/2012). Invited Paper in highlight in 2012 by JMM.


J. Marshall, Y. Ji, N. Torras, K. Zinoviev, E.M. Terentjev

Carbon-nanotube sensitized nematic elastomers for IR-visible photo-actuation

Soft Mater, (8) 5, 1570-1574 (2012) DOI: 10.1039/c1sm06656k.



N. Torras, K.E. Zinoviev, J.E. Marshall, E.M. Terentjev, J. Esteve

Bending kinetics of photoactuated nematic elastomer cantilever

Applied Physics Letter 99, 254102 (2011) DOI: 10.1063/1.3670502.


E. Fernández-Rosas, A. Baldi, E. Ibañez, L. Barrios, S. Novo, J. Esteve, J.A. Plaza, M. Duch, R. Gómez, O. Castell, C. Nogués, C. Fernández-Sánchez

Chemical functionalization of polysilicon microparticles for single cell studies

Langmuir, 27, 8302-8308. DOI: 10.1021/1a200857x (2011)


J. Vila-Planas, E. Fernández-Rosas, B. Ibarlucea, S. Demming, C. Nogués, J.A. Plaza, C. Domínguez, S. Büttgenbach, A. Llobera

Cell analysis using a multiple internal reflection photonic lab-on-a-chip 

Nature Protocols, 6(10). DOI: 10.1038/nprot.2011.383 (2011)


R.R. Robaina, M.J. López, J.Eteve, R. Pérez-Castillejos, J.A. Plaza

Directed Fracture for the fabrication of freestanding Multi-layered Nanostructures

Small, 7(5), 558-562. DOI: 10.1002/smll.201001105 (2011)


C.J. Camargo, H. Campanella, J.E. Marshall, N. Torras, K. Zinoviev, E.M. Terentjev, J. Esteve.

Localised actuation in composites containing carbon nanotubes and liquid crystalline elastomers

Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 32, 1953-59 (12/2011). Front cover.



B. Ibarlucea, E. Fernández-Rosas, J. Vila-Planas, S. Demming, C. Nogués, J.A. Plaza, S. Büttgenbach, A. Llobera

Cell screening using disposable photonic lab on a chip system

Analytical Chemistry, 82(10), 4246-4251 (2010)


E. Fernández-Rosas, R. Gómez, E. Ibáñez, L. Barrios, M. Duch, J. Esteve, J.A. Plaza, C. Nogués

Internalization and cytotoxicity analysis of silicon-based microparticles in macrophages and embryos

Biomedical Microdevices, 12(3), 371-379 (2010)


E. M. Campo, M.J. Lopez-Martínez, E. Fernández-Rosas, L. Barrios. E. Ibáñez, C. Nogués, J. Esteve, J.A. Plaza

Focused Ion Beam Micromachined glass pipettes for cell microinjection

Biomedical Microdevices, 12(2), 311 (2010)


R. Gómez, P. Vázques, M. Duch, A. Muriano, D. Pinacho, N. Sanvicens, F. Sánchez-Baeza, P. Boya, E.J. de la Rosa, J. Esteve, T Suarez, J.A. Plaza.

Intracellular Silicon Chips in Living Cells *

Small, 6(4), 499-502 (2010)

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Michael Berger, Future bio-nanotechnology will use computer chips inside living cells, March 15, 2010.

Most accessed post of year 2010.



E. Fernandez-Rosas, R. Gómez, E. Ibañez, L. Barrios, M. Duch, J. Esteve, C. Nogués, J.A. Plaza

Intracellular Polysilicon Barcordes for Cell Traking

Small, 5(21), 2433-2439 (2009)



A. San Paulo, N. Arellano, J.A. Plaza, R. He, C. Carraro, R. Maboudian, R.T. Howe, J. Bokor, P. Yang.

Suspended mechanical structures based on elastic silicon nanowire arrays

Nano Letters, 7 (4), 1100-1104 (2007)