Núria Aliaga-Alcalde

Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I completed my doctorate in 2003 at the University of Indiana (USA). Then, I carried out post-doctorates at the Max Planck Institut für Bioanorganische Chemie (MPI, Germany, 2003-2005) and at the Leiden University (The Netherlands, 2005-2007). In 2007 I started as ICREA Researcher in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB) and in September 2012 became ICREA Researcher Professor and moved to the Institut de Ciències dels Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) where I am the group leader of "Functional Nanomaterials & Surfaces" since 2014 (FunNanoSurf, http://departments.icmab.es/funnanosurf/). My research focuses on multifunctional molecules and polymers, their nanostructuration and application taking advantage of their magnetic, electronic and/or fluorescent properties in the bulk, on surfaces and as active components in nanodevices.

Research interests

My work focuses on the relevance and necessity of molecular design in Nanoscience, where functional molecules play a key role since they provide homogeneous tunable nanometer-size units and properties ready to be exploited (as reliable sensors, switches, quantum computing materials or molecular electronics). Main goals are the design of specific molecules and their control and organization on surfaces/nanodevices where their properties can be used. In my group, we synthesize different molecular-based systems (from 0D-3D, of porphyrinic/curcuminoid nature, with or without coordination to metal ions), characterize and study them on surfaces (eg.: graphene, gold, SWCNTs) and analyze their electronic behavior on nanodevices (eg.: nanoFETs). So far, our work in progress has shown the advantages of our systems as (i) biomarkers (luminescence), (ii) transistors (BJs, gateable molecular junctions) and (iii) as Single-Molecule Magnets (SMMs).

Selected publications

- Olavarria-Contreras IJ, Etcheverry-Berrios A, Qian W, Gutierrez-Ceron C, Campos-Olguin A, Sanudo EC, Dulic D, Ruiz E, Aliaga-Alcalde N, Soler M & van der Zant HSJ 2018, 'Electric-field induced bistability in single-molecule conductance measurements for boron coordinated curcuminoid compounds', Chemical Science, vol. 9, no. 34, pp 6988-6996.

- Qian W, González‐Campo A, Pérez‐Rodríguez A, Rodríguez‐Hermida S, Imaz I, Wurst K, Maspoch D, Ruiz E, Ocal C, Barrena C, Amabilino DB & Aliaga‐Alcalde N 2018¸ 'Boosting Self-Assembly Diversity in the Solid-State by Chiral/Non-Chiral ZnII-Porphyrin Crystallization', Chemistry-A European Journal, vol.24, pp 12950-12960.  

- Portoles-Gil N, Lanza A, Aliaga-Alcalde N, Ayllon JA, Gemmi M, Mugnaioli E, Lopez-Periago AM & Domingo C 2018, 'Crystalline Curcumin bioMOF Obtained by Precipitation in Supercritical CO2 and Structural Determination by Electron Diffraction Tomography', Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, vol. 6, no. 9, pp 12309-12319.

- Guzman-Mendez O, Gonzalez F, Bernes S, Flores-Alamo M, Ordonez-Hernandez J, Garcia-Ortega H, Guerrero J, Qian W, Aliaga-Alcalde N & Gasque L 2018, 'Coumarin Derivative Directly Coordinated to Lanthanides Acts as an Excellent Antenna for UV-Vis and Near-IR Emission', Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 57, no. 3, pp 908 - 911.

Selected research activities

- Master course instructor (Nanochemistry: from small molecules to nanoporous materials)

- Member of 2 evaluation committees for PhD degree 

- Talks: One Seminar (INA) and Invited talks at International Workshops (NAGC, ELECMI and ESMolNa)

- Director of 2 defended thesis

- Editorial board member of Inorganica Quimica Acta

- Management of Tmol4TRANS ERC Consolidator grant