Núria Aliaga-Alcalde

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). Since 2014, I am the group leader of "Functional Nanomaterials & Surfaces" (FunNanoSurf, http://departments.icmab.es/funnanosurf/), included in the Research Unit of "Functional Surfaces and interfaces" at the same institute.

My research focuses on molecular-based materials, 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 targets are the design of specific molecules together with 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 curcuminoid nature and coordination compounds), characterize and study them on surfaces (eg.: graphene, gold, SWCNTs) and analyze their electronic behavior on nanodevices (eg.: nanoFETs). So far, our work has shown the advantages of our systems as (i) biomarkers and/or sensors, (ii) active components in nano-transistors and as (iii) Single-Molecule Magnets .

Selected publications

– Castro E, Ceron MR, Garcia Hernandez A, Kim Q, Etcheverry-Berrios A, Morel MJ, Diaz-Torres R, Qian W, Martinez Z, Mendez L, Perez F, Santoyo CA, Gimeno-Munoz R, Esper R, Gutierrez DA, Varela-Ramirez A, Aguilera RJ, Llano M, Soler M, Aliaga-Alcalde N & Echegoyen L 2019, ‘A new family of fullerene derivatives: fullerene-curcumin conjugates for biological and photovoltaic applications (vol 8, pg 41692, 2018)‘, RSC Advances, 9, 5, 2379 – 2379.

– Buades AB, Arderiu VS, Maxwell L, Amoza M, Choquesillo-Lazarte D, Aliaga-Alcalde N, Vinas C, Teixidor F & Ruiz E 2019, ‘Slow-spin relaxation of a low-spin S=1/2 Fe-III carborane complex‘, Chemical Communications, 55, 26, 3825 – 3828.

Selected research activities

– Research Stay of 6 months at the Department of Quantum Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (Feb-Jul 2019)

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

– Member of 3 evaluation committees for PhD degree (from the UB, UAB and URV, Barcelona and Tarragona, Spain)

– Member of 1 evaluation committee for Master degree (from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands)

– Editorial board member of Inorganica Quimica Acta

– Management of Tmol4TRANS ERC Consolidator grant