Congratulations Dr. Alexander Stangl! New SUMAN graduate!

Dr. Alexander Stangl, former PhD researcher under the supervision of Prof. Teresa Puig and Dr. Anna Palau defended his PhD thesis entitled “Oxygen kinetics and charge doping for high critical current YBCO films” publicly on 20 March 2019 at the ICMAB-CSIC Auditorium. We have interviewed him to know a little bit more about her PhD and his life at the ICMAB! Do you know which is his favourite women scientist?

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Congratulations Dr. Jordi Martínez: new SUMAN graduate!

Dr. Jordi Martínez from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group at ICMAB, and the Chemistry Department at the UAB, successfully defended his PhD thesis on Wednesday, 31 October 2018. Congratulations!
In the photo, Jordi appears with his three supervisors, Dr. Susagna Ricart and Dr. Jordi Faraudo from the ICMAB, and Dr. Ramon Yañez from the UAB, and with the three members of the PhD Committee, Dr. Daniel Maspoch, from the ICN2, Dr. Anna Llordes,from CIC Energigune, and Prof. Maria Ibañez, from the Institute of Science and Technology (IST), Austria.

The Surface Chemistry of Metal Fluoride Nanocrystals

Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018foto 1
Time: 11 am
Venue: Sala de Graus, Facultat de Ciències, UAB

Abstract: This thesis is mainly based on the understanding the synthesis and the final behaviour of the surface of LnF3 nanocrystals. In consequence, this knowledge will allow the control and manipulation of the bridge between synthesis and applications, currently called surface chemistry.

Starting from the successful synthesis of fifteen different types of inorganic nanocrystals, the general trends of metal fluoride nanocrystals is successfully unravelled. A new kind of ionic self-assembly in colloidal systems is postulated and  thermodynamically stable patchy nanocrystals also obtained. Using experimental techniques and molecular dynamics simulations, a self assembly mechanism also applicable to other kind of systems is postulated and we demonstrate that the different facets of the patchy nanoparticles can be modified selectively.


  • Dr. Susagna Ricart, ICMAB
  • Dr. Ramon Yañez, UAB
  • Dr. Jordi Faraudo, ICMAB

PhD Committee:

  • President: Dr. Daniel Maspoch, ICREA Research Professor, Supramolecular NanoChemistry & Materials Group, ICN2
  • Secretary: Dr. Anna Llordes, Solid Electrolyte Groups, Asociate Researcher (Ikerbasque Fellow) CIC Energigune, Basque Country, Spain 
  • Vocal: Prof. Maria Ibañez, Assistant Professor, Functional Nanomaterials, Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria

Congratulations to Dr. Bernat Mundet, new SUMAN-ICMAB graduate!

Dr. Bernat Mundet defended his PhD thesis on “Atomic-scale characterization of structural distortions in perovskite oxide thin films”Monday, 9 October 2018, with great success, surrounded by his friends, family and colleagues! Congratulations!

Title: Atomic-scale characterization of structural distortions in perovskite oxide thin films

Date: Monday, 8 October 2018
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Sala d’Actes Carles Miravitlles, ICMAB

Abstract: In this thesis, we investigate the structural distortions appearing in three different kind of perovskite oxides that are fabricated as thin films following a chemical solution deposition process.  In the first case, we study how the YBCO lattice is distorted around its most common defect, this is the Y124 intergrowth. Secondly, we investigate which structural mechanisms help to accommodate the strain generated by the substrate mismatch in nickelate thin films. Finally, we study how the spatial confinement influences both the physical and structural properties of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures.


  • Jaume Gázquez, Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (ICMAB)

PhD Committee: 

  • President: Francesca Peiró (UB)
  • Secretary: Felip Sandiumenge (ICMAB)
  • Vocal: César Magén (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA))

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