Senior Researchers


ICREA Research Professor

Dr. Aliaga-Alcalde completed her doctorate in 2003 at the University of Indiana (USA). Then, she 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 she 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 she is now one of the leaders of FunNanoSurf. Her 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.

DR. Arántzazu González-Campo

Tenured Scientist

Dr. González-Campo received her PhD in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2006. For her PhD work she was awarded with the second prize of the Sant Jordi awards (2004) of the Catalonian Society of Chemistry, Young boron researcher prize and Extraordinary Prize of PhD of the UAB. After, she moved first to the Imperial College London (UK) to lead a project with Toyota Motors (2006-2007) and after, to the University of Twente/MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology (The Netherlands) as a Beatriu de Pinós fellow (2007-2009). Later, she re-joined the ICMAB first as Beatriu de Pinós fellow and, second as JAE-DOC researcher. Currently, she is Ramon y Cajal Researcher to lead the FunNanoSurf group with Prof. Núria Aliaga. Her research focuses on the development of multifunctional responsive materials for biomedical and electronic applications using supramolecular and surface chemistry.


Dr. Sara Battista

Dr. Sara Battista is an organic chemist and received her PhD in Physical and Chemical Sciences in 2019 from the University of L’Aquila (Italy). Her research has focussed on the preparation and characterisation of liposomes and GUVs using a number of techniques, including microfluidics, for their use in a variety of applications, besides the synthesis of new surfactants to be included in novel formulations. She recently joined the Functional Nanomaterials & Surface group as Post-Doctoral researcher to work in the preparation and (bio)functionalization of nanoparticles and in the investigation of their interaction with specific lipids and/or proteins.

Dr. Daniel Herrera

Dr. Daniel Herrera obtained his PhD on Chemistry in 2018 from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His Pre-Doctoral research focused on the development of new carboxylic and trifluoromethylated phosphines and their use as ligands for homogeneous catalysis. He worked as visiting PhD student at the University of Edinburgh in the study of the Rh-catalyzed hydroformylation of alkenes with “in situ techniques. Previous to his stage as PhD student, Daniel had the opportunity to work in different research areas including the synthesis of metal nanoparticles and in the preparation of polymers. In 2019, he moved to the industry in the field of chromatography. He has recently joined the Functional Nanomaterials & Surface group as Post-Doctoral researcher to work in the development of highly-conjugated molecular-based materials.

Dr. Rossella Zaffino

Dr. Rossella Zaffino received her PhD in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2015 from the University of Barcelona (UB). During her pre-doctoral stage, she worked on the development of a sensor based on nano-gap electrodes for the detection of DNA’s hybridization and single point mutation exploiting the charge transport through DNA’s molecules. Then, she worked as post-doctoral researcher in the IMB-CNM where she developed research in the field of advanced nanofabrication and characterization in collaboration with different groups. She recently joined the functional nanomaterial and surfaces group as post-doctoral researcher to develop graphene-based molecular junctions.

PhD Students

Daniel Riba López

Project: Efficient electronic transport at room temperature by T-shaped molecules in graphene based on chemically modified three-terminal nanodevices.

Teresa Cardona

Project: Curcuminoid based materials towards their use as active components in three terminal devices.

Raquel Gimeno Muñoz

Project: Design of new T-shaped Curcuminoid systems and deposition studies for the creation of sensors.

Joseline Iribarra Araya

Project: Design and implementation of molecular-based sensors using curcuminoid systems.

Co-supervisor: Monica Soler (Universidad de Chile)

Chiara Di Stefano

Project: SynErY, reproducing the key features of erithrocytes


Jorick Waeterschoot

Project: SynErY, reproducing the key features of erithrocytes

Master Students

Marc Surós

Project: Synthesis, Characterization and exfoliation optimization of Curcuminoid-based 2D layered materials for potential microdevice application.
Graduated in July 2022.


Clara Moreno Bravo

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Project: Fluorescent curcuminoids as sensors.

Pol Cid Viñas

Project: Fabrication and characterization of graphene field effect transistors.
Graduated in July 2022.

Andrea suarez herrera

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Project: Síntesi de metal-organic frameworks biocompatibles i la seva immobilizació en superfícies
Graduated in 2022.

Victor Riu Moreno

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Project: Síntesis, caracterización y reactividad de Curcuminoides basados en especies de boro.
Graduated in June 2021.

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