Multifunctional Optical Materials Group

José Raúl Castro-Smirnov

JRCastro PhD Student. Physicist.
Multifunctional Optical Materials Group
Institute of Materials Science of Seville
Spanish National Research Council
c/ Américo Vespucio, 49. 41092 – Sevilla
tel: +34 954 489 500 ext: 9235

Research Interests

Synthesis of Nanoparticles metal oxides porous films Design of hybrid polymeric structures to create flexible films
– ZrO2 nanoparticles
– TiO2 nanocrystals
– Nb2O5 nanoparticles
– Self-supporting hybrid nanoparticle-polymer films
1D Photonic Crystals UV Radiation Protection
– UV radiation protection
– Polymer-based 1DPCs
– Optical interference photonic structures
– Selective UV filters


– 2010 – to date: Ph.D. student at the University of Seville, Spain. Research performed at the Institute of Materials Science of Seville.
– 2009 – 2010: M. Sc. in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology student at the University of Barcelona, Spain.
– 2004 – 2009: B.Sc. student of Nuclear Physics at the Higher Institute of Technologies and Applied Sciences (InSTEC), Cuba.


Vertically aligned Carbon nanotubes microelectrode arrays for applications
J.R. Castro Smirnov, Jover E, Amade R, Gabriel G, Villa R, Bertran E. J.
NanosciNanotechnol. 2012 Sep., 12 (9): 6941-7.

Novel Approaches to Flexible visible transparent hybrid films for ultraviolet protection
Mauricio E. Calvo, José R. Castro Smirnov Hernán Míguez.
Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics. Volume 50, Issue 14, pages 945-956, 15 July 2012.

Selective UV reflecting mirrors based on nanoparticle multilayers
J. R. Smirnov Castro, Mauricio E. Calvo, Hernán Míguez.
Adv. Funct. Mater. 2013, 23, 2805–2811.