Our Patents

Electron and Ion Energy Scintillator Detector

(P201430394 20.04.2014)

Our scintillator devices are designed with a multilayer structure of several inorganic scintillators materials. Each scintillators layer, deposited with thin film technology (Gil-Rostra et al. Surf. Coat. Technol. 222 (2013) 144), consists basically of rare earths ions (Eu, Tb, Ce, …) doping insulating (SiO2, ZrO2, Y2O3, …) or semiconductors matrices (TiO2, ZnO, …). The color and intensity of the emitted light of the final device depends on the depth reached by the radiation (electron, ions) impinging on its multilayer structure. In particular, the color of the emitted light is mainly selected by the type of rare earth doping of the active luminescent layers, and its intensity depends on the doping level and film thickness of the active layers. The developed scintillator detectors may find application as beam monitors in materials science applications (SEM or SAM microscopes, ion beam implanters, equipment dedicated to XPS, AES, REELS surface science analysis), in medicine as 3D radiation dose monitors, or in fusion reactors as monitors of magnetohydrodynamic instabilities.



Resorbable Membrane for Guided Bone Regeneration

(PCT/ES2013/070924 WO/2014/102431 24.12.2013)

(P201430394 20.04.2014)





Inventors: David González Padilla, Alberto García-Perla García, José Luis Gutiérrez Pérez, Daniel Torres Lagares, Gabriel Castillo Dali, Mercedes Salido Peracaula, José Vilches Troya, José Ignacio Vilches Pérez, Antonia Terriza Fernández, Angel Barranco Quero, Francisco Yubero Valencia, Aránzazu Díaz-Cuenca, Agustín R. González-Elipe

CSIC, in collaboration with the Andalusian Public Health System and the Universities of Seville and Cadiz, has developed a fabrication method of polymeric membranes which, being biodegradable and resorbable, are especially suited for the promotion of guided bone regeneration. The method, based on the plasma treatment of one the surfaces of the membrane and the plasma deposition of nanometric layers of a bioactive oxide material on the other, permits to control the degradation of the implanted material and favors the formation of bone tissue without requiring the removal of the membrane.


Method for Producing a Dielectric and/or Barrier Layer or Multilayer on a Substrate and Device for Implementing Said Method

(PCT/ES2013/000264 WO/2014/083218 27.11.2013)


Inventors: Jorge Gil Rostra, Victor Rico Gavira, Francisco Yubero Valencia, Juan Pedro Espinós Manzorro, Agustín R. González-Elipe, Emilio Sánchez Cortezón, José María Delgado Sánchez

The invention relates to a method for producing dielectric and/or barrier layers on a substrate, characterised in that it comprises the following steps: (a) cleaning substrates, (b) placing the substrate in a sample carrier and introducing same into a vacuum chamber, (c) dosing an inert gas and a reactive gas into said vacuum chamber, (d) injecting, into said vacuum chamber, a volatile precursor that has at least one cation of the compound to be deposited, (e) activating a radiofrequency source and activating at least one magnetron, (f) decomposition of the volatile precursor by plasma, producing the reaction between the cation of the volatile precursor and the reactive gas at the same time as the reaction is produced between the reactive gas contained in the plasma with the cation generated from the target by cathode sputtering, thereby generating the deposition of the film on the substrate. The invention also relates to the device for carrying out said method.

Versatile and Economical Method of Manufacturing Mixed Oxides Thin Films

(P201230048 13.01.2012)


The process consists of the simultaneous deposition of a ceramic matrix, using a reactive magnetron sputtering source, and the evaporation of a metalorganic compound of at least one cation of the mixed oxide to be grown. The energy and strongly oxidizing plasma generated by the magnetron sputtering process is used to decompose the metalorganic precursor, leading to the reaction of the cation, coming from the metalorganic precursor, with the oxygen contained in the plasma, causing the deposition of an oxide film on the substrate. The metal is incorporated into the ceramic matrix in a proportion which depends on the relative speed of “evaporation” of the two sources involved.ormation of bone tissue without requiring the removal of the membrane.

Stone agglomerate slab or flag with TiO2 or ZnO coatings

(WO/2010/012849; PN: ES5631458)


Inventors: José Luis Ramón Moreno, Salvador Cristobal Rodríguez García, Raúl Pozas Bravo, Francisco Gracia Torres, Adrián Medina Jiménez, Francisco Yubero Valencia, Agustín R. González-Elipe, Jorge Gil Rostra, Pablo Romero Gómez, Patricia del Arco González

Article in the form of a slab or flag fabricated from stone agglomerate coated with thin, transparent films of TiO2 or ZnO, using dry deposition techniques, with a high level of resistance to solar degradation, said article having the form of a slab or flag fabricated from stone agglomerate coated with a thin, transparent film of TiO2 and/or ZnO with low or zero photocatalytic activity, said film being deposited by means of dry deposition, physical vapour deposition (PVD) or plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) techniques. Said article has a high level of resistance to solar degradation, which means that the resulting material is suitable for external environments.

Procedure for marking, encryption, labelling and optical coding

(PCT/ES2010/070054 WO/2010/089439)



Inventors: Angel Barranco Quero, Agustín R. González-Elipe, Juan Ramón Sánchez Valencia, Francisco Javier Aparicio Rebollo, Iwona Krystina Blaszczyk-Lezak, Miguel Holgado Bolaños, Rafael Casquel del Campo, José Luis Ocaña Moreno, Carlos Molpeceres Alvarez. Juan José García-Ballesteros Ramírez, Miguel Morales Furió

It permits marking or recording motifs on surfaces whereon there has been deposited previously a fluorescent polymer layer through a procedure of plasma polymerisation of molecules of a colourant. The procedure combines the special characteristics of the polymer layers making them suitable for being capable of recording diverse motifs thereon, and the possibility of recording by laser or other techniques. Among such characteristics should be mentioned the possibility of a notable visual effect, including for thicknesses of 100 nm, the use of layers non-observable when illuminated with visible light, the high optical quality (transparency) thereof, or the facility wherewith they may be processed by subsequent treatments, including diverse laser treatments.

Polymer lens comprising a hardening layer, an absorbent layer, and an interferential multilayer, and corresponding production method



The invention relates to a polymer lens comprising a hardening layer, an absorbent layer, and an interferential multilayer, and to a corresponding production method. Said polymer lens comprises a hardening layer, an interferential multilayer, and an absorbent layer there between. The absorbent layer is formed from a metal, a metal oxide or a metal nitride that can produce a transparent layer by means of sputtering deposition, and also comprises cations of a colouring metal of the group formed by the transition elements that, in an oxidised form, have a cation that absorbs electromagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum. Between 10 atom % and 70 atom % of the cations, in relation to the predominant metallic cation in said absorbent layer, are said colouring metal cations.

Device for determining the porosity of thin films and use thereof

(PCT/ES2008/070099 WO/2008/145797)


Inventors: Ángel Barranco Quero, Ana Borrás Martos, Juan Ramón Sánchez Valencia, Agustín R. González-Elipe, Juan Pedro Espinós Manzorro, Francisco Yubero Valencia, José Cotrino Bautista

The invention relates to a device which can be used to determine the adsorption/desorption isotherms and porosity in thin films, supported membranes and directly supported nanostructured materials. For this purpose, the adsorption and desorption isotherms of the sample are determined and subsequently used to determine the type of porosity of the sample, as well as the pore volume and pore size distribution thereof, using solid surface thermodynamic and physicochemical concepts.

Procedure and reactor for the reformation of fuels



Inventors: Victor Rico Gavira, José Cotrino Bautista, Agustín Rodríguez González-Elipe, Carmen López Santos, Javier Brey Sánchez, Belén Sarmiento Marrón

The present invention relates to a procedure for the reformation of gaseous or liquid fuels in mixtures with water and/or CO2 in a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma reactor. It is differentiated from other reformation procedures based on plasma techniques in that the design and characteristics of the reactor are conducive to having virtually the entire process lead to the production of mixtures of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, with virtually no contribution from higher hydrocarbons. This process takes place at low temperatures and has low electrical power consumption requirements. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a barrier discharge plasma reactor for the reformation of fuels comprising a power supply source, a cylindrical electrode and a dielectric device.

Method for preparing thin porous layers of inorganic oxides




Inventors: Ángel Barranco Quero, Francisco Yubero Valencia, Juan Pedro Espinós Manzorro, Agustín Rodríguez González-Elipe, José Cotrino Bautista

The invention relates to a method for preparing thin layers of inorganic oxides on substrates by means of plasma-assisted vapour phase deposition. The inventive method is different from other common methods in that organic layer deposition steps are included between the successive inorganic oxide deposition steps such that, during the inorganic layer deposition step, the previously-deposited organic part is eliminated by combustion. Said method is suitable for developing selective membranes that are used to separate and purify fluids and to produce and modify sensors for gases and humidity and electronic components.