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Ibáñez Group

Functional Nanomaterials

Understanding structure-property relationships as well as the development of materials for target applications is limited by our ability to control the nanostructure of solid state materials. One potential solution is through the use of nanocrystals, which can be used as artificial atoms to create metamaterials.

The Ibáñez group develops novel functional nanomaterials using precisely designed nanocrystals as building blocks and investigates their properties as function of their finely tunable nano-features. In this way, they are able to create a new generation of complex materials in which components and functionalities can be defined in a predictable way. Beyond fundamental studies in nanocrystal synthesis, surface chemistry and assembly, the group also aims to provide high-efficiency cost-effective thermoelectric materials.


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Andreu Bonet Navarro


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Igor Echevarria Poza


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Christine Fiedler

PhD Student

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Sharona Horta


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Tobias Kleinhanns

PhD Student

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Abayomi Lawal

PhD Student

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Seungho Lee

PhD Student

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Magali Lorion

Research Technician

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Krishnendu Maji


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Navita Navita


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Jeonghyun Park

Research Technician

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Aiswarya Rayaroth Puthiyaveettil

PhD Student

Current Projects

Syntheses of novel metal and semiconductor nanocrystals | Unravelling of nanocrystal surface chemistry | Nanocrystals assembly and consolidation | Transport properties of nanocrystal-based solids | Electrocatalytic CO2 conversion | Bottom-up processed thermoelectric nanomaterials


ReX-Link: Maria Ibáñez


Since 2022 Verbund Professor for Energy Sciences, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2018-2022 Assistant Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2014-2018 Research Fellow, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2013-2014 Research Fellow, Catalonia Institute of Energy Research (IREC), Spain 
2013 Visiting Researcher, Northwestern University, USA
2012 Visiting Ph.D. student, Cornell University, USA
2011 Visiting Ph.D. student, Caltech Materials Science, USA
2010 Visiting Ph.D. student, University of Chicago, USA
2009-2013 Graduate researcher assistant, University of Barcelona, Spain
2009 Visiting Ph.D. student, Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics (INAC), CEA, France
2008-2009 Graduate researcher assistant, University of Barcelona, Spain

Selected Distinctions

2017 Ružička Prize
2017 ETH Career Seed Grant
2014 Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Grant
2013 PhD Extraordinary Award, University of Barcelona
2009 Training program for Academic Staff (FPU)

Additional Information

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Chemistry Colloquia website

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