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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 (click here for more information):

Postdoc positions:

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships are now open. The deadline for the application is on September 11th 2020. There are two types of Individual Fellowships:
  • European Fellowships: We welcome applications to work on the topics of synthesis, characterization and device integration of i) graphene nanostructures and ii) 2D metal-organic frameworks
  • Global Fellowships We welcome applications to work on the synthesis and characterization of Ferromagnetic vdW heterostructures
News
Our work highlighted at ALBA's News

Our work highlighted at ALBA's News

Our work on hybrid molecular/topological insulator heterostructures has been highlighted at ALBA's News section.[...]
Molecules with a spin on a topological insulator: a hybrid approach to magnetic topological states of matter

Molecules with a spin on a topological insulator: a hybrid approach to magnetic topological states of matter

Researchers of AMS has shown that ligands from metal-organic molecules can be used to tailor electronic and magnetic interactions bewteen single magnetic ions and topological states.[...]
Review on graphene nanoarchitectures published in the Spanish Royal Physics Society Journal

Review on graphene nanoarchitectures published in the Spanish Royal Physics Society Journal

Cesar Moreno and Aitor Mugarza, together with Aran Garcia-Lekue, have published a review article, titled "Nanoarquitecturas de grafeno con precisión atómica" on the latest advances and future challenges of this field. [...]
AMS researchers receive the Distinguished Research Award of the CSIC

AMS researchers receive the Distinguished Research Award of the CSIC

César Moreno and Aitor Mugarza received the Distinguished Research Award of the CSIC.[...]
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.[...]

Publication Highlights

Molecular Approach for Engineering Interfacial Interactions in Magnetic/Topological Insulator Heterostructures

Molecular Approach for Engineering Interfacial Interactions in Magnetic/Topological Insulator Heterostructures

M. G. Cuxart, M. A. Valbuena, R. Robles, C. Moreno, F. Bonell, G. Sauthier, I. Imaz, H. Xu, C. Nistor, A. Barla, P. Gargiani, M. Valvidares, D. Maspoch, P. Gambardella, S. O. Valenzuela, A. Mugarza, ACS Nano, Just Accepted.
Band Depopulation of Graphene Nanoribbons Induced by Chemical Gating with Amino Groups

Band Depopulation of Graphene Nanoribbons Induced by Chemical Gating with Amino Groups

J. Li, P. Brandimarte, M. Vilas-Varela, N. Merino-Díez, C. Moreno, A. Mugarza, J. Sáez Mollejo, D. Sánchez-Portal, D. Garcia de Oteyza, M. Corso, A. Garcia-Lekue, D. Peña, J. I. Pascual, ACS Nano 14, 1895 (2020)
Critical Role of Phenyl Substitution and Catalytic Substrate in the Surface-Assisted Polymerization of Dibromobianthracene Derivatives

Critical Role of Phenyl Substitution and Catalytic Substrate in the Surface-Assisted Polymerization of Dibromobianthracene Derivatives

C. Moreno , M. Panighel, M.Vilas-Varela, G. Sauthier, M. Tenorio, G. Ceballos, D. Peña , and A. Mugarza, Chem. Mater. 31, 331–341 (2019).
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.   
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).