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

Ramón y Cajal Researcher

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. 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.

Project Manager

Dr. Beltzane Garcia-Cirera

Hey! It is Dr. Beltzane Garcia-Cirera.

I hold a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (2016), followed by a post-doctoral position at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Lyon, France. During these years of academic research, I worked in the synthesis of manganese compounds that are mimetic of the active centre of the Mn-catalases enzymes. Also in their insertion into mesostructured silica supports and silica nanoparticles in order to design new antioxidants agains Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS).

In 2019 I joined the Functional Nanomaterials & Surface group (FunNanoSurf) as a Post-Doc Project Manager.

PhD Students

Laura Rodríguez-Cid

Project: Curcuminoid-MOF-based systems to control the electronic response by reliable microscaled hybrid transistors obtained using sustainable CO2 methods.

Co-supervisor: Prof. Concepción Domingo (ICMAB)


I am Laura Rodríguez-Cid and I am from Galicia. I obtained my degree in Chemistry in 2015 in the university of Santiago de Compostela and my master in Analytical Chemistry in 2016 in the university of Barcelona. At present I am doing my PhD in two different groups at the ICMB, under the supervision of Nuria Aliaga-Alcalde and Concha Domingo. The title of my thesis is Curcuminoid-MOF-based systems to control the electronic response by reliable microscaled hybrid transistors obtained using sustainable CO2 methods. It is focused in the obtaining of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Coordination Polymers (CPs) for electronic applications using curcuminoids as organic linkers.

Daniel Riba López

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


Hi! I am Daniel Riba López and I am from Lleida. I’ve got my degree in Chemistry 2016 and my Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB). Currently I am doing a PhD on Chemistry at the Institut de Ciències dels Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) called Efficient electronic transport at room temperature by T-shaped molecules in graphene based on chemically modified three-terminal nanodevices, under the supervision of Núria Aliaga-Alcalde. It is focused in the synthesis of molecules that are related with curcumin for electronic applications and to use them as possible hybrid transistors. 

In my free time I like to go out with friends, play football and basketball and read books of adventures and fantasy.  

Teresa Cardona

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


Hello! I am Teresa Cardona and I am from Zaragoza. I finished my chemistry degree at University of Zaragoza in 2017. In 2018 I obtained my master degree in Nanostructured Materials for Nanotechnology Applications also at University of Zaragoza. Recently, I joined the Functional Nanomaterials & Surfaces group as a PhD student. During my PhD, I will synthesize advanced materials based on curcumin in order to include them in three terminal field effect electronic devices.

Raquel Gimeno Muñoz

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


Hi! I am Raquel Gimeno Muñoz. I obtained my degree in Chemistry in January 2018 at the University of Barcelona. In 2017 I started working in the ICMAB-CSIC FunNanoSurf group, under the supervision of Professor Nuria Aliaga-Alcalde. I’m spent some time working on the synthesis of MOFs by solvothermal and on the synthesis of acceptor and donor curcuminoids with application in bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells. In 2019 I finished the Master of Materials at the University of Barcelona. Currently, I am doing my PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr. Núria Aliaga Alcalde and Dr. Arántzazu González Campo, I work on the synthesis and characterization of new curcuminoid systems for their immobilization on surface and their use as metal sensors.

Joseline Iribarra Araya

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

Co-supervisor: Monica Soler (Universidad de Chile)


I am Joseline Iribarra Araya from Chile. I obtained my degree in Chemical Engineering in 2015 at the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana. This year I got my master’s degree in Engineering Sciences, Chemistry mention, at the Universidad de Chile. Now, I am starting with my PhD in the FunNanoSurf group under the supervision of Dr. Nuria Aliaga-Alcalde (ICMAB-CSIC) and Dr. Mónica Soler (U. Chile) at the Institute of Materials Science in Barcelona (ICMAB).

Master Students

Esteve Ribas Saurí

Project: Design of 2D organic materials for sensing applications.

Undergraduate students

Víctor Riu

Project: Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of boronic-based Curcuminoid Species.

Andrea Suárez Herrera

Project: Synthesis of Biocompatible Metal-Organic Frameworks (Bio-MOFs) and their immobilization on surfaces.



I am Andrea Suárez from Barcelona. I am currently finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at University of Barcelona and I will start on my Bachelor’s thesis at ICMAB-CSIC, which is about the synthesis of Biocompatible Metal-Organic Framworks (Bio-MOFs) and their immobilization on surfaces.

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