A Bit About Us

NanoSelf is leaded by two Ramón y Cajal assistant Professors, Dr Jesús Mosquera and Dr Alejandro Criado. This research group is located at the multidisciplinary research center CICA at Universidade da Coruña. Our research covers multiple projects in the fields of supramolecular chemistry, chemical biology, and nanotechnology. Our main goal is to develop nanostructured materials mainly for biomedical applications.

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Was born in Vilalba, Lugo (Spain) in 1983. He received his BSc degree in chemistry, followed by his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela. In 2013, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Trieste (Italy) with Prof. Maurizio Prato, working on new chemical modification approaches of carbon-based nanomaterials. In 2015, he moved to CIC biomaGUNE research center (Spain), where he developed modified nanomaterials for bioapplications. Currently, he is an independent researcher at the Universidade da Coruña (UDC, Spain) from 2021.

Was born in 1984 in Arzúa, A Coruña (Spain). Following undergraduate and graduate studies (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, USC) in Spain (2015), he undertook postdoctoral studies at the University of Cambridge with Prof. J. Nitschke on the design of molecular containers (2015-2017). In 2018, he moved to CIC biomaGUNE with Prof. Luis Liz-Marzán, where he worked on preparing plasmonic nanoparticles. In 2020, he joined the group of Prof. E. W. Meijer as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral researcher to develop artificial extracellular matrixes based on supramolecular polymers. After a short stay as an assistant professor at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow),  he started an independent research career at the Universidade da Coruña (UDC, Spain) in 2021.

Post doctoral researchers

My scientific career started with my bachelor’s and master’s degree in 2016-2017 under the supervision of Prof Joaquín Coronas and Prof Wolfgang Maser at the Universidad de Zaragoza and ICB-CSIC, which focused on the growth of ZIF-8 continuous layers on graphene oxide thin film substrates for gas separation membranes. The next step in my career took me to the Department of Engineering of Durham University, United Kingdom, where I developed my PhD research as a Marie Curie fellow, working on the growth of ZnO NWs. Nowadays I am part of the REACT! Group as a Margarita Salas fellow, currently working in the G-CNN group at ICB-CSIC, Zaragoza, as part of my internship, under the guidance of Dr Alejandro Criado and Prof Wolfgang Maser developing nanostructured semiconductor photoanodes.

PhD students

In 2020, I obtained my BsC. degree in Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) after finishing my final project on synthesis of CO2 attractor amines with modulable hydrophilia in the group of prof. Antonio Rumbo. For my master thesis in Organic Chemistry at USC, I worked on the synthesis of nanoporous graphene precursors under the supervision of prof. Diego Peña.

In October 2021, I started as PhD candidate in this group to investigate the synthesis of graphene nanoribbon precursors.

In 2020, I received my BSc. Degree in Chemistry at Universidade da Coruña (UDC) after a final bachelor’s project in the group of prof. dr. David Esteban Gómez. During this project I focused on the synthesis of manganese complexes with potential application in clinical diagnosis. Afterwards, I went to Denmark to study a Master in Chemistry at Syddansk Universitet (SDU). During this period, I have worked on the synthesis of porphyrin catalysts for chemoenzymatic reactions and studied the structure and properties of iron phosphate minerals. In 2021, I started as a PhD-candidate in this group to combine traditional covalent chemistry and self-assembly for the preparation of molecular containers, under guidance of Dr. Jesús Mosquera and Dr. Alejandro Criado.

In 2020, I received my BSc Degree in Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) after a final bachelor’s Project in the group BioNanoTools at CIQUS. During this Project I focused on the development of biomimetic nanomaterials. In 2021, I received mi MSc in Organic Chemistry with my graduation thesis under the supervision of prof. Dr Eugenio Vázquez and prof. Dr José Luis Mascareñas, where I developed Pd(II) catalitic WW domains. Since september of 2021 I am a PhD student in the group NanoSelf focused on the synthesis of chiral plasmonic nanoparticles and 2D nanomaterials. 

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