Background and activities

Research lines:

  • Advanced synthesis and characterization of hybrid nanostructures
  • Functionalization and conjugation of the nanostructures
  • Surface and interface properties
  • Nanosafety and nanosustainability

Main applications:

  • Diagnostic and biomagnetic guidance (magnetophoresis)
  • Environment (prevention and remediation)
  • Nanomaterials for industry (Automotive, building and furniture sectors)


  • TMT4320 Nanomaterials
  • MT8306 Advanced Ceramic Processing


  • Research Council of Norway, Fripro (2018-2021)
  • Research Council of Norway, KPN (2017-2021)
  • NTNU, "PhD project-support within Enabling Technology 2017-2021"
  • NorFab grant for PhD work at NTNU NanoLab (2016-2020)

Current students:

  • PhD candidate Anuvansh Sharma
  • PhD candidate Inger-Emma Nylund
  • PhD candidate Asmira Delic
  • PhD candidate Erik Roede
  • Postdoc Rany Miranti

Selected Journal publications:

  • D. Dias, L. Rebouta, P. Costa, A. Al-Rjouba, M. Benelmekki, C.J. Tavares, “Optical and structural analysis of solar selective absorbing coatings based on AlSiOx:W cermets” Solar Energy 2017, 150, 335-344
  • J.H. Kim, M. Benelmekki, "Interfacial Transformation of an Amorphous Carbon Nanofilm upon Fe@Ag@Si Nanoparticle Landing and its Colloidal Nanoscrolls" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 33121-30 
  • P. Grammatikopoulos, J. Kioseoglou, A. Galea, J. Vernieres, M. Benelmekki, R. E. Diaz, M. Sowwan “Kinetic Trapping through Coalescence and the Formation of Patterned Ag-Cu Nanoparticles” Nanoscale 8, (2016) 9780-9790
  • M. Benelmekki, J. Vernieres, J.H. Kim, R.E. Diaz, P. Grammatikopoulos, M. Sowwan “On the Formation of Ternary Metallic-Dielectric Multicore-Shell Nanoparticles by Inert-Gas Condensation Method” Mater. Chem. Phys. 151 (2015) 275-281
  • M. Benelmekki, M. Bohra, J.H. Kim, R.E. Diaz, J. Vernieres, P. Grammatikopoulos, M. Sowwan ”Facile Single-Step Synthesis of Ternary Multicore Magneto-Plasmonic Nanoparticles ”   Nanoscale , (2014), 6 (7), 3532 – 3535
  • J. Vernieres, M. Benelmekki, J.H. Kim, P. Grammatikopoulos, J.F. Bobo, R. E. Diaz, M. Sowwan “Single-step gas phase synthesis of stable iron aluminide nanoparticles with soft magnetic properties” APL MATERIALS 2, 116105 (2014)
  • V. Singh, P. Grammatikopoulos, C. Cassidy, M. Benelmekki, M. Bohra, Z. Hawash, K. Baughman, M. Sowwan “Assembly of graded-oxide tantalum porous film from size-selected nanoparticles”   J. Nanopart. Res. (2014), 16:23732014
  • P. Grammatikopoulos, C. Cassidy, V. Singh, M. Benelmekki, M. Sowwan “Coalescence Behaviour of Amorphous and Crystalline Tantalum Nanoparticles: a Molecular Dynamics Study” J. Mater. Sci. (2014), 49:3890–3897
  • M. Benelmekki, C. Caparros, E. Xuriguera, S. Lanceros-Mendez, E. Rodriguez-carmona, R. Mendoza, J.L. Corchero, Ll. M. Maretinez “Improving the binding capacity of Ni 2+ decorated porous magnetic silica spheres for histidine-rich protein separation” Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 101 (2013) 370– 375
  • M. Benelmekki, Ll.M. Martinez, J.S. Andreu, J. Camacho, J. Faraudo “ Magnetophoresis of colloidal particles in a dispersion of superparamagnetic nanoparticles: Theory and Experiments”  Soft Matter, (2012), 8, 6039-6047.
  • M. Benelmekki, E. Xuriguera, C. Caparros, E. Rodriguez, R. Mendoza, J.L. Corchero, S. Lanceros-Mendez, Ll.M Martinez "Design and Characterization of Ni2+ and Co2+ Decorated Porous Magnetic Silica Spheres Synthesised by Hydrothermal Assisted Modified-Stöber Method for His-tagged proteins separation" J. Colloid Interface Sci. 365 (2012) 156-162
  •  P. Martin, C. M. Costa, M. Benelmekki, G. Botello, S. Lanceros-Mendes “On the origin of the electroactive poly(vinylidene fluoride) b–phase nucleation by ferrite nanoparticles via surface electrostatic interactions”  CrystEngComm 14 (2012) 2807-2811

  • C. Caparros, M. Benlemekki, P. Martins, E. Xuriguera, C.J. Ribeiro, Ll.M Martinez, S. Lanceros-Mendez "Hydrothermal assisted synthesis of iron oxide-based magnetic silica spheres and their performance in magnetophoretic water purification” Mater. Chem. Phys. 135 (2012) 510-517.
  • P. Martins, C. Caparros, R. Gonçalves, M. Benelmekki, G. Botelho, S. Lanceros-Mendez “The Role of Nanoparticle Surface Charge on the Nucleation of the Electroactive β-Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Nanocomposites for Sensor and Actuator Applications”  J. Phys. Chem. C, (2012), 116 (29), 15790–15794.
  • M. Benelmekki, C. Caparros , A. Montras, R. Goncalves, S. Lanceros-Mendez, Ll.M. Martinez “Horizontal Low Gradient Magnetophoresis Behaviour of Iron Oxide Nanoclusters at the Different Steps of the Synthesis Route”  J. Nanopart. Res. 13 (2011) 3199-3206
  • J. Andreu, J. Camacho, J. Faraudo, M. Benelemkki, C. Rebollo, LL.M. Martinez, “A simple analytical model for the magnetophoretic separation of Superparamagnetic dispersions in a uniform magnetic gradient” Phys. Rev. E. 84, 021402 (2011).
  • V. Sencadas, P. Martins, A. Pitães, M. Benelmekki, J. L. Gómez-Ribelles, S. Lanceros-Mendez “Influence of ferrite nanoparticle type and content on the crystallization kinetics and electroactive phase nucleation of poly(vinilidene fluoride)”  Langmuir 27 (2011) 7241-7249
  • M. Benelmekki, A. Montras, A. J. Martin; P.J Coutinho, LL.M. Martinez,” Magnetophoresis behaviour at low gradient magnetic field and size control of Nickel single core nanobeads”  J. Mag. Mag. Mater. 323 (2011) 1947-1949


  • M. Benelmekki, S. Gasso, LL.M. Martinez Opto-magnetophoretic method for the detection of biological and chemical substance PCT/ES2018/070392 30-05-2018
  • J. Verniere, M. Benelmekki, J.H. Kim, R.R. Diaz, M. Sowwan, 稳定的软磁性合金纳米颗粒的气相合成 CN 1066601212017-05-10
  • J. Verniere, M. Benelmekki, J.H. Kim, R.R. Diaz, M. Sowwan, Gas phase synthesis of stable soft magnetic alloy nanoparticles EP 3177420, 2017-06-14
  • J. Verniere, M. Benelmekki, J.H. Kim, R.R. Diaz, M. Sowwan, Gas phase synthesis of stable soft magnetic alloy nanoparticles US 20170216924, 2017-08-03
  • J. Verniere, M. Benelmekki, J.H. Kim, R.R. Diaz, M. Sowwan, Gas phase synthesis of stable soft magnetic alloy nanoparticlesWO 2016021205, 2016-02-11
  • M. Benelmekki and M. Riera,  Method of applying coatings with a metallic or ceramic finish, WO/2005/093121, 2005-10-06
  • M. Benelmekki and M. Riera, Process for applying coatings with metallic or ceramic finish, US20070020396,  2007-01-25
  • M. Benelmekki and M. Riera, Method of applying coatings with a metallic or ceramic finish, EP1736566, 2006-12-27
  • M. Benelmekki  and M. Riera, Procedimiento de cromado, ES2239907, 2006-12-01
  •  J. L. Andujar, X. Ferret, M. Benelmekki, J. Esteve, Method for coating ceramic discs and ceramic disc obtained by said method, US6720035, 2004-04-13
  • M. Benelmekki, J. L. Andujar, X. Ferret & J. Esteve Method for coating ceramic discs and ceramic disc obtained by said method, EP1277718A3 2003-07-23
  • M. Benelmekki, J. L. Andujar, J. Esteve, Procedimiento para el recubrimiento de discos cerámicos y disco cerámico obtenido mediante dicho procedimiento, ES2190345, 2001-07-17
  • M. Benelmekki, LL.M Martinez, L. Oses & D. Perez, Biocompatible capsule for animals and objects control, ES2259554, 2007-05-16
  • M. Benelmekki, M. Riera, Nanometric coating for the improvement of silver resistance to corrosion, ES200300873, 2003-05-15 8


  • Maria Benelmekki  “Designing hybrid nanoparticles” IOP Concise Physics serie,  ISBN 978-1-627-05468-3 Publisher: Morgan & Claypool (2015)   

Book Chapters:

  • Jeong-Hwan Kim, Maria Benelmekki "Emerging Applications of Nanoparticles and Architecture Nanostructures".  Chap.33,  Publisher: Elsevier 2017 (in press) 
  • Maria Benelmekki ,Mukhles Sowwan “Vapor-phase Synthesis of Free Standing and Stable Colloidal Magneto-plasmonic Nanoparticles Encapsulated by an Amorphous Silicon Shell”, HANDBOOK OF NANO-CERAMIC AND NANO-COMPOSITE COATINGS AND MATERIALS Chp.9, ISBN: 9780127999470 Publisher: Elsevier (2015)
  • Maria Benelmekki, Lluis M. Martinez “Magnetophoresis of iron oxide nanoparticles: A tool for synthesis monitoring and biomagnetic applications” Series: Nanotechnology (ISBN: 1-62699-000-X), Vol. 7 “ Diagnostics and Therapeutics” (2012) Chp. 15, pp 321-336, Vol. 7,  ISBN: 1-62699-007-7  Publisher: Studium Press LLC   

Contributed and invited talks (Since 2016):

  • M.Benelmekki Invited speaker CSI 2018 Trondheim, Norway 19-21 June 2018
  • M. Benelmekki Invited speaker to Gordon Research Conference “Clusters and Nanostructures” Mount Holyoke College, USA, 9th-15th  July 2017 
  • M. Benelmekki, J.H. Kim “Magneto-plasmonic-carbon-nanoscrolls with enhanced performances for sensitive biosensing applications” ANNIC 2016 Barcelona 9th-11th November 2016
  • M. Benelmekki “Vapour phase synthesis of nanoparticles” International workshop Nano2021 FOXET, Trondheim, 24th-25th November 2016
  • M. Benelmekki “Designing hybrid nanomaterials for bioapplications” Nano@NTNU Symposium 2016,  Trondheim, 17th-18th November 2016
  • M. Benelmekki “On the formation of binary nanoparticles by inert-gas-condensation method” Dept. Seminary, NTNU, 29th  April 2016
  • M. Benelmekki “Nanotechnology in furniture industry” Mobelkraft, Ålesund, 9th March 2016

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications