Atomic and molecular processes of biomedical interest (RMI)

Study of radiation interactions at the molecular level with biologically relevant systems: water, DNA and RNA compounds, aminoacids, etc…By combining theory and experiment the first goal of this research group is to obtain the interaction probabilities (cross sections) of both primary constituents of radiations (photons, ions, electrons and positrons) and secondary produced species (electrons, ionic and neutral radical) with those biomaterials over a broad energy range. In principle, from the high energy of the primary particles to the final thermalisation of the secondary species in the medium. These data, together with the energy loss distribution functions derived from the experiment are used as input parameters for a Monte Carlo simulation code, we have especially designed to model single particle tracks in biological media. This model can be coupled to standard dose planners used in medical applications (radiodiagnostics and radiotherapy).

Main specialization

ERC discipline:
  • PE4 Physical and Analytical Chemical Sciences
Industrial Leadership:
  • 2. Nanotechnologies
  • 2.5. Developing capacity-enhancing techniques, measuring methods and equipment
Societal Challenges:
  • 1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • 1.09. Transferring knowledge to clinical practice and scalable innovation actions