• Dra. Montserrat Agut Bonsfills

Dra. Montserrat Agut Bonsfills
Applied Photobiological Chemistry (AppLightChem)
IQS School of Engineering
Universitat Ramon Llull
Via Augusta 390, E-08017
Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 932 672 000
Fax: + 34 932 056 266


Degree in Veterinary Science (UAB, 1988). Masters in Microbiology (UAB, 1991). PhD in Sciences (Biology section) (UAB, 1992). Vertex Program: The Government and the Management for SMEs (IQS Executive, 2012).


Full Professor (2010-)
Head of the Bioengineering Departament (2020-)
Head of the Microbiological Lab (1999-)
Numerary Member of The Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Catalonia
Corresponding Member of The Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia



Biology (Degree in Chemistry, Degree in Chemical Engineering)
Cell biology and genètics (Degree in Biotechnology)
Microbiology (Degree in Biotechnology, Degree in Chemistry)
Microbiology and parasitology (Degree in Pharmacy)
Industrial Microbiology (Master of Bioengineering)


Research Lines

  • Microbiological aspects of the photodynamic therapy


Representative publications

M.A. Revuelta-Maza, E. de las Heras, M. Agut, S. Nonell, T. Torres, G. de la Torre. Self-assembled binaphthyl-bridged amphiphilic AABB phthalocyanines: nanostructures for efficient antimicrobial photodynamic therapy. Chemistry—A European Journal (2021): 27, 4955 – 4963.

R. Bresoli-Obach, M. Frattini, S. Abbruzzetti, C. Viappiani, M. Agut, S. Nonell. Tetramethylbenzidine: An acoustogenic photoacoustic probe for reactive oxygen species detection. Sensors (2020), 20(20), 5952. 

O. Gulias, G. McKenzie, M. Bayó, S. Nonell. Effective photodynamic inactivation of 26 Escherichia coli srains with different antibiotic susceptibility profiles: a planktonic and biofilm study. Antibiotics (Basel, Switzerland)  (2020): 9 , 3.

E. de las Heras, E. Boix-Garriga, F. Bryden, M. Agut, M. Mora, M. L. Sagristà, R.W. Boyle, N. Lange, S. Nonell1c(RGDfK)- and ZnTriMPyP-Bound polymeric nanocarriers for tumor-targeted photodynamic therapy. Photochemistry and photobiology (2020), 96: 570–580.

I. Nieves, C. Hally, C. Viappiani, M. Agut, S. Nonell. A porphycene-gentamicin conjugate for enhanced photodynamic  inactivation of bacteria. Bioorganic Chemistry (2020), 97, 103661.

M.A. Revuelta-Maza, P. González-Jiménez, C. Hally, M. Agut, S. Nonell, G. de la Torre, T. Torres, T. Fluorine-substituted tetracationic ABAB-phthalocyanines for efficient photodynamic inactivation of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2020), 187, 111957.

V. Laguna, Y. Gilaberte, M.I. Millán-Lou, M. Agut, S. Nonell, A. Rezusta, M.R. Hamblin. Combination of photodynamic therapy and antimicrobial compounds to treat skin and mucosal infections: a systematic review. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences (2019), 18 (5): 1020-1029.

R. Bresolí-Obach, I. Gispert, D. García Peña, S. Boga, O. Gulías, M. Agut, M.E Vázquez, S. Nonell. Triphenylphosphonium cation: a valuable functional group for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy. Journal of Biophotonics (2018), 11: e201800054.

M. Juliana, R. Bresoli-Obach, M. Agut, L.R. Comini, J.L. Cabrera, M.G. Paraje, S. Nonell, S.C. Núñez Montoya. On the mechanism of Candida tropicalis biofilm reduction by the combined action of naturally-occurring anthraquinones and blue light. PLOS ONE (2017), 12: e0181517.

G. Zampini, O. Planas, F. Marmottini, O. Gulias, M. Agut, S. Nonell, L. Latterini. Morphology effects on singlet oxygen production and bacterial photoinactivation efficiency by different silica-protoporphyrin IX nanocomposites. RSC Advances (2017), 7: 14422-14429.

R. Ruiz-Gonzalez, R. Bresoli-Obach, O. Gulias, M. Agut, H. Savoie, R.W. Boyle, S. Nonell, F. Giuntini. NanoSOSG: a nanostructured fluorescent probe for the detection of intracellular singlet oxygen. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition (2017), 56: 2885-2888.

R. Ruiz-Gonzalez, F. Setaro, O. Gulias, M. Agut, U. Hahn, T. Torres, S. Nonell. Cationic phthalocyanine dendrimers as potential antimicrobial photosensitisers. Organic & biomolecular chemistry (2017), 15: 9008–9017.

E. Anaya-Plaza, E. van de Winckel, J. Mikkilae, J.M. Malho, O. Ikkala, O. Gulias, R. Bresoli-Obach, M. Agut, S. Nonell, T. Torres, M.A. Kostiainen, de la Escosura, A. Photoantimicrobial biohybrids by supramolecular immobilization of cationic phthalocyanines onto cellulose nanocrystals. Chemistry - A European Journal (2017), 23: 4320 – 4326.

P. Delcanale, B. Rodriguez Amigo, J. Juarez-Jimenez, J. Luque, S. Abbruzzetti, M. Agut, S. Nonell, C. Viappiani. Tuning the local solvent composition at a drug carrier surface: Effect of dimethyl sulfoxide/water mixture on the photofunctional properties of hypericin-β-lactoglobulin. Journal of Materials Chemistry B: Materials for Biology and Medicine (2017), 5: 1633-1641.


Research groups

Applied Photobiological Chemistry (AppLightChem)