ICREA Academia

Guillem Aromí

ICREA Academia 2008 & 2013

Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Born in Barcelona in 1969, Dr. Guillem Aromí graduated in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Barcelona (UB) and EHICS (Strasbourg, France), respectively. He earned his PhD in Chemistry at Indiana University (USA) and completed posdoctoral stays at Leiden University (Holland) with a Marie Curie Fellowship and at Manchester University (UK). He became in 2003 a “Ramon y Cajal” Fellow at the UB where he is Associate Professor of Chemistry since 2007. He has spent visiting periods as researcher or invited scholar in Leiden University (Holland), Monash University (Australia), Bordeaux University (France) and University of California Berkeley (USA). Dr. Aromí was awarded the UB/Generalitat de Catalunya distinction for “enhanced research profile” and an ICREA Academia twice, in 2008 and 2013. He is also recipient of an ERC Starting Grant. In 2012 he chaired the Vth International Conference on Molecular Materials, and has organized two symposia at EMRS meetings.

Research interests

I focus on the design, synthesis and study of molecular functional materials, as a way to face the challenges of Nanotechnology, with three main lines. A) Design and preparation of molecules for Quantum Computing (QC) through the coherent manipulation of spins. This is pursued by preparing molecules that incorporate the spin carriers leading to the appropriate energy spectrum and quantum dynamic properties. B) Preparation and study of switchable materials based on spin crossover (SCO). We develop new SCO materials with the aim of exploiting their potential in nanotechnology, by studying and enhancing their dynamic properties in relation to intermolecular interactions. C) Preparation of magnetic photoswitchable molecules. We design photomagnetic molecules by the synthesis of ligands with photoactive moieties and their magnetic complexes.


Coordination Chemistry, Molecular Magnetism, Single Molecule Magnets, Quantum Computing, Functional Molecules