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 the 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 since 2013. He is author of 65+ articles, and of 45+ invited talks at international conferences, universities and schools. His research activity is based on the investigation of quantum properties of matter at 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

– Moreno C, Garcia-Lekue A & Mugarza A 2019, ‘Nanoarquitecturas de grafeno con precisión atómica‘, Revista Española de Física, Vol. 33, Num. 4.

– Hieulle J, Wang X, Stecker C, Son D-Y, Qiu L, Ohmann R, Ono L K, Mugarza A & Qi Y 2019, ‘Unraveling the Impact of Halide Mixing on Perovskite Stability‘, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141, 3515–3523

– Moreno C, Panighel M, Vilas-Varela M, Sauthier G, Tenorio M,†Ceballos G, Peña D & Mugarza A 2019, ‘Critical role of phenyl substitution and catalytic substrate on the surface-assisted polymerization of dibromobianthracene derivatives‘, Chem. Mater., 31 (2), pp 331–341.

Selected research activities

Selected Talks


International Workshop on Nanomaterials and Nanodevices (IWNN), Beijing, China, July 1-7, 2019.


Symposium on Two Dimensional Materials (Carbonhagen), Copenhagen, Denmark, August 21-22, 2019.
European Conference on Chemistry For Two-Dimensional Materials (Chem2DMat), Dresden, Germany, September 3-6, 2019.
International Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, Kirchberg, Austria, March 9-16, 2019.
International Workshop on Nanomaterials and Nanodevices (IWNN), Changsha, China, July 1-7, 2019.
Graphene Industry Challenges & Opportunities (GraphIn), Madrid, Spain, February 21-22, 2019.

Other Activities
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the I2 Workshop on Innovation and Technology Transfer.
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).