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 Welcome to our webpage. We are an experimental research group investigating the electronic and magnetic properties of matter on the nanoscale, and developing strategies to manipulate them with atomic precision. Our current research activities focus on metal-organic and graphene-based heterostructures, as well as two dimensional electron gases in the presence of superlattice structures. We are based at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), which is located on the campus of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Job Offers

Our group encourages motivated candidates to apply for competitive grants to join us. Here are some open calls:

PhD Positions:

  • La Caixa INPhINIT: Within this funding program, there is a PhD position for our group, related to the development of plasmonic devices based on atomically precise graphene nanostructures. Find the link to the project, and a promo video!

There are two type of calls open at the moment.

  • The Retaining call aims at students that have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain or Portugal for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
  • The Incoming call aims at students that have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for less than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Postdoc positions:

  • Beatriu de Pinós: This is a Marie Curie Co-funding program for a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship. The call is aimed at high level researchers with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience outside Spain, and not having resided or worked in Spain for more than 12 months within the last 3 years.
  • Juan de la Cierva: This program, funded by the Spanish Government offers a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship. The call is aimed at high level researchers with PhD obtained between 1/1/2015 and 31/12/2017. 
News
AMS researchers receive the third prize of La Vanguardia de la Ciencia award

AMS researchers receive the third prize of La Vanguardia de la Ciencia award

César Moreno and Aitor Mugarza received the third prize of La Vanguardia de la Ciencia award of 2018.[...]
Holey graphene membrane voted Molecule of the Year by C&EN journal

Holey graphene membrane voted Molecule of the Year by C&EN journal

Readers of the journal of the American Chemical Society have voted this graphene membrane with pores controlled at the atomic scale as the best molecule of 2018. The material was presented in Science in a joint article by researchers from the ICN2, CiQUS and DIPC.[...]
Science Week at the ICN2

Science Week at the ICN2

ICN2 researchers were involved in a number of dissemination activities held during Science Week (9-18 November 2018). The figure of Richard Feynman and science aimed at young girls were the theme of some of the events in which the ICN2 participated during this intense week.[...]
AMS researchers synthetise superlattice arrays of ultra-long graphene nanoribbons

AMS researchers synthetise superlattice arrays of ultra-long graphene nanoribbons

The new work has been highlighted in the back cover of Chemical Communications. It is the latest contribution of the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group to the on-surface synthesis of atomically precise nanostructures.[...]

Publication Highlights

On-surface synthesis of superlattice arrays of ultra-long graphene nanoribbons

On-surface synthesis of superlattice arrays of ultra-long graphene nanoribbons

C. Moreno, M. Paradinas, M. Vilas-Varela, M. Panighel, G. Ceballos, D. Peña, and A. Mugarza, Chem. Comm. 54, 9402-9405 (2018)
Bottom-up synthesis of multifunctional nanoporous graphene

Bottom-up synthesis of multifunctional nanoporous graphene

C. Moreno, M. Vilas-Varela, B. Kretz, A. Garcia-Lekue, M. V. Costache, M. Paradinas, M. Panighel, G. Ceballos, S. O. Valenzuela, D. Peña, and A. Mugarza, Science 360, 199-203 (2018) (click here for a free of charge access to the article). See also Perspectives and Commentary by A. Sinitskii.   
Symmetry forbidden morphologies and domain boundaries in nanoscale graphene islands

Symmetry forbidden morphologies and domain boundaries in nanoscale graphene islands

S. O. Parreiras, M. Gastaldo, C. Moreno, M. D. Martins, A. Garcia-Lekue, G. Ceballos , R. Paniago and A. Mugarza, 2D Mater. 4,  025104 (2017)    
Manipulating the Topological Interface by Molecular Adsorbates: Adsorption of Co-Phthalocyanine on Bi2Se3

Manipulating the Topological Interface by Molecular Adsorbates: Adsorption of Co-Phthalocyanine on Bi2Se3

M. Caputo, M. Panighel, S. Lisi, L. Khalil, G. Di Santo, E. Papalazarou, A. Hruban, M. Konczykowski, L. Krusin-Elbaum, Z. S. Aliev, M. B. Babanly, M. M. Otrokov, A. Politano, E. V. Chulkov, A. Arnau, V. Marinova, P. K. Das, J. Fujii, I. Vobornik, L. Perfetti, A. Mugarza, A. Goldoni, and M. Marsi, Nano Letters 16, 3409 (2016).  
Spin-Flip and Element-Sensitive Electron Scattering in the BiAg2 Surface Alloy

Spin-Flip and Element-Sensitive Electron Scattering in the BiAg2 Surface Alloy

S. Schirone, E. E. Krasovskii, G. Bihlmayer, R. Piquerel, P. Gambardella, and A. Mugarza, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 166801 (2015)
Spin-Dependent Electron Scattering at Graphene Edges on Ni(111)

Spin-Dependent Electron Scattering at Graphene Edges on Ni(111)

A. Garcia-Lekue, T. Balashov, M. Olle, G. Ceballos, A. Arnau, P. Gambardella,D. Sanchez-Portal, and A. Mugarza, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 066802 (2014).