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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.

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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.[...]
ICN2 researchers synthetise superlattice arrays of ultra-long graphene nanoribbons

ICN2 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).