ENANEBIO: Programmable assembly of electronic nanocomponents via bio-inspired pathways

David G. Calatayud completed his doctorate in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2010, during which time he was working on the study of new asymmetric double Schiff bases containing a thiosemicarbazone branch.

To date, his scientific career has resulted in the publication of 41 SCI articles in prestigious journals such as Advanced Functional Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A and B, Applied Catalysis B, Chemical Communications and the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

He has participated in 9 research projects. His career also includes a series of stays in prestigious international institutions: University of Oxford and University of Bath (UK).

He has also carried out various teaching/training activities: assistant professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid (2008-2009), associate professor at the Catholic University of Avila (2010-2018) and assistant professor at the University of Bath (2015).

As of 1 September 2018, he is a ComFuturo researcher in the Institute of Ceramics and Glass, where he is developing his project “Programmable assembly of electronic nanocomponents via bio-inspired pathways“.

Project Summary

Much of the current research in materials science and technology is focused on obtaining miniaturised devices and developing intelligent systems with multiple functionalities. The specialised literature highlights a pressing need for new functional materials, and the critical role they play in issues of particular importance such as energy, the environment and the economy. In view of this, nanotechnology is rapidly evolving towards the fabrication of complex materials with highly defined structures and properties. However, to date, progress in the field has been slow and scant, mainly due to the intrinsic difficulties of the manufacturing process itself, which usually involves the use of sophisticated technologies. These technologies also entail high energy consumption, thus contributing to global warming.

Against this background, the present project proposes a completely new and innovative approach to bio-inspired manufacturing, in which molecular recognition and soft chemistry processes will be combined to produce functional components with nanometric precision in a sustainable manner. This is a bottom-up approach in which it is proposed to use peptides to selectively bind to certain materials (inorganic surfaces), allowing the immobilisation of components following a predefined pattern with a high level of precision. Like a cell culture, various functional materials can be grown with controlled morphology and properties under extremely mild conditions (aqueous processes, at temperatures below 300°C), allowing large-scale production of complex systems, from the molecular to the macro scale. All of this using an accelerated growth process without the need for large energy inputs, thus contributing to driving solutions to climate change.

Application: This project addresses the challenge of developing innovative new technologies and/or production processes with the potential to dramatically improve the way we use energy for manufacturing. Specifically, the project aims to sustainably manufacture self-assembled functional components and/or materials with nanometric precision using a pioneering bio-inspired approach based on the combination of molecular recognition mechanisms and soft chemistry processes.

Scientific production derived from ComFuturo ENANEBIO Project

Scientific articles  


  • T. Jardiel; M. Peiteado; A. Castellanos; A.C Caballero; D.G. Calatayud (2021). Peptide-driven bio-assisted removal of metal oxide nanoparticles from an aqueous suspensión: A novel strategy for wáter remediation. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.124852


  • M. Li, B. Wang; M. Yang; Q. Li; D. G. Calatayud; S. Zhang; H. Wang; L. Wang; B. Mao (2020). Promoting mercury removal from desulfurization slurry via S-doped carbon nitride/graphene oxide 3D hierarchical framework. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2020.116515


  • C. Gumiel; T. Jardiel; D. G. Calatayud; T. Vranken; M. K. Van Bael; A. Hardy; M. L. Calzada; R. Jiménez; M. García-Hernández; F. J. Mompeán; A. C. Caballero; M. Peiteado (2020). Nanostructure stabilization by low-temperature dopant pinning in multiferroic BiFeO 3 -based thin films produced by aqueous chemical solution deposition. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C. DOI: 10.1039/C9TC05912A


  • S. Sarpaki; F. Cortezon-Tamarit; S. R. M. M. de Aguiar; R. M. Exner; D. Divall; R. L. Arrowsmith; H. Ge; F. J. Palomares; L. Carroll; D. G. Calatayud; S. J. Paisey; E. O. Aboagye; S. I. Pascu (2020). Radio- and nano-chemistry of aqueous Ga(III) ions anchored onto graphene oxide-modified complexes. NANOSCALE. DOI: 10.1039/C9NR10145D


  • C. Gumiel; M. S. Bernardo; P. G. Villanueva; D. G. Calatayud; M. Peiteado; T. Jardiel (2020). Two-step doping approach releasing the piezoelectric response of BiFeO3 bulk ceramics co-doped with titanium and samarium. BOLETIN SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA DE CERÁMICA Y VIDRIO. DOI: 10.1016/j.bsecv.2019.07.002


  • R.E. Owen; F. CortezonTamarit; D. G. Calatayud; E. A. Evans; S. I. J. Mitchell; B. Mao; F. J. Palomares; J. Mitchels; P. Plucinski; D. Mattia; M. D. Jones; S. I. Pascu (2020). Shedding Light onto the Nature of Iron Decorated Graphene and Graphite Oxide Nanohybrids for CO2 Conversion at Atmospheric Pressure. CHEMISTRYOPEN. DOI: 10.1002/open.201900368


  • B. Mao; F. Cortezon-Tamarit; H. Ge; N. Kuganathan; V. Mirabello; F.J. Palomares; G. Kociok-Köhn; S.W Botchway; D.G. Calatayud; S.I. Pascu (2019). Directed Molecular Stacking for Engineered Fluorescent Three-Dimensional Reduced Graphene Oxide and Coronene Frameworks. CHEMISTRY OPEN. DOI: 10.1002/open.201900310


  • D.G. Calatayud; R.M. Flores; A. Aliaga Castellanos; M. Peiteado; F.J. Palomares; A.C. Caballero; T. Jardiel (2019). Tailoring the visible light photoactivity of un-doped defective TiO2 anatase nanoparticles through a simple two-step solvothermal process. NANOTECHNOLOGY. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/ab49af


Works presented at conferences


  • T. Jardiel; E. Cordero-Oyonarte; M. Peiteado; A.C. Caballero; D.G. CalatayudEfficient Luminescent Sr0.95Eu0.02Dy0.03Al2O4@SiO2 Composites for Imaging Applications. 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences (NALS 2020). Poster. Madrid, Spain. 29/01/2020-31/01/2020


  • D.G. Calatayud; M. Peiteado; E. López-Torres; M.A. Mendiola; V. Mirabello; S. Pascu; A.C. Caballero; T. Jardiel. Multimodal Nanoceramics: Synthesis, luminescence studies and in vitro imaging. 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences (NALS 2020). Poster. Madrid, Spain. 29/01/2020-31/01/2020


  • M.Peiteado; T. Jardiel; A. Castellanos-Aliga; A.C. Caballero; D.G. CalatayudPeptide-driven biomimetic conjugation of oxide nanocomposites. 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences (NALS 2020). Oral Presentation. Madrid, Spain. 29/01/2020-31/01/2020


  • S.I. Pascu; D.G. CalatayudBehaviour of Supramolecular Assemblies of Radiolabelled and/or Fluorescent Metal Complexes in Vitro and in Vivo. Advances in Theranostics. Invited oral presentation. Oxford, United Kingdom. 2/08/2019-2/08/2019


  • E. Cordero-Oyonarte; D.G. Calatayud; M. Peiteado; A.C. Caballero; T. Jardiel. Luminescent Core-Shell nanoparticles based on NaY1.54Yb0.40Er0.06F5O, Sr0.95Eu0.02Dy0.03Al2O4 and SiO2. Jornadas de Jovénes Investigadores del Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio. Poster. Madrid, Spain. 10/07/2019-10/07/2019


  • D.G. Calatayud; T. Jardiel; A.C. Caballero; M. Peiteado. Peptide-driven biomimetic growth of electronic nanocomponents. XIV Reunión Nacional de Electrocerámica. Oral Presentation. Castellón, Spain. 26/06/2019-28/06/2019


  • T. Jardiel; M. Peiteado; A.C. Caballero; D.G. CalatayudMolecular Recognition as the key to sustainable processing of Electronic Nanocomponents. XVI conference and exhibition of the European Ceramic Society. Oral Presentation. Turin, Italy. 16/06/2019-20/06/2019


  • T. Jardiel; M. Peiteado; A.C. Caballero; D.G. CalatayudSelective immobilisation of TiO2 nanoparticles to ZnO through molecular recognition as the key to the sustainable design of functional composites. Synthesis and Applications of Isotopically Labelled Compounds, 27th International Isotope Society (UK Group) Symposium. Poster. Cambridge, United Kingdom. 02/11/2018