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Aitor Mugarza

Aitor Mugarza

Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

Engineering Sciences

Aitor Mugarza graduated and obtained his PhD in Physics both at the University of Basque Country. After his doctoral studies, he was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to work as a postdoctoral scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and at the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB). He later joined the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-ICN2 (formerly ICN) starting as a Ramon y Cajal Fellow in 2007, and as Tenure Track Group Leader of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group at ICN2 since 2013. He is author of 70+ articles, and of 60+ invited talks at international conferences, universities and schools. His research activity is based on the investigation of quantum properties of matter on the nanoscale, and developing strategies to manipulate them with atomic precision.

Research interests

The research interests of Aitor Mugarza focus on the atomic-scale engineering of the quantum properties of novel nanomaterials. At the nanoscale, the properties of materials are dominated by quantum effects and interfacial phenomena, which impose strong limitations on the control and reproducibility of device performances, but also open up avenues for engineering new physical properties. The aim of Aitor Mugarza and his group is to understand and control quantum phenomena with atomic precision by chemical and structural manipulation, nanostructuring and interfacing materials that are identified as strategic in the roadmap for new technologies (hybrid metal-organic heterostructures, graphene-based 2D materials, topological insulators…).

Selected publications

– Parreiras, Sofia O.; Moreno, Daniel; Cirera, Borja; Valbuena, Miguel A.; Urgel, Jose I.; Paradinas, Markos; Panighel, Mirco; Ajejas, Fernando; Nino, Miguel A.; Gallego, Jose M.; Valvidares, Manuel; Gargiani, Pierluigi; Kuch, Wolfgang; Martinez, Jose I.; Mugarza, Aitor; Camarero, Julio; Miranda, Rodolfo; Perna, Paolo; Ecija, David 2021, ‘Tuning the Magnetic Anisotropy of Lanthanides on a Metal Substrate by Metal-Organic Coordination‘, Small, 2102753.

Selected research activities



-“Graphene nanoarchitectonics: building hybrid graphene nanostructures with atomic precision“, Trends in Nanotechnology – TNT2021, Tirana (Albania)

– “2D materials at ICN2“, Trends in Nanotechnology – Satellite Workshop: Cooperation event between Spain, Albania & Japan, Tirana (Albania)


– “Fabricating carbon-based nanoarchitectures with atomic precision” Clustering & Global Challenges (Online)

– “2D materials at ICN2“, Workshop on 2D materials and synchrotron radiation (online)



Research Agencies:

– Agence Nationale de Recherche – ANR

– Iberian Vacuum Conference (RIVA)


– Science

– Advanced Materials

– Applied Materials and Interfaces


Other Activities:

– Member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Vacuum Society (ASEVA).

-Lecturer in Master in Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences (UPF-BIST).

– Lecturer in Master in Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (UAB).

ICREA Memoir 2021