Personnel of the ICMAB

Name:Núñez Aguilera, María Rosario
Date of assignement:15/06/2001
Date and place of birth:1968 Loja, Granada

University degrees:
Degree in Chemical Sciences, University of Granada, 1991
MA in Chemical Sciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1994
Doctorat, universitat i any:
PhD in Chemical Sciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1996
Boron and silicon compounds
Dendrimers, nanoparticles
Hybrid materials
Most significative academic merits:
Scientific Member of the Organizing Committee of EUROBORON I (I European Conference on Boron Chemistry), Septiembre 1997
Scientific Member of the Organizing Committees of XIII IMEBORON (XIII International Conference on Boron Chemistry), Septiembre 2008
Member of the Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ)
Member of the Real Sociedad Catalana de Química ( RSCQ)
Special Award for the PhD thesis supervised to Arántzazu González-Campo, UAB 2005-2006
Accésit to the Sant Jordi Award of the RSCQ for the MA supervised to Arántzazu González-Campo, 2004
Special Award for the PhD thesis supervised to Emilio José Juarez-Pérez, UAB 2008-2009
Number of published articles:66
H Factor:26

Researcher Id:

Most significatives scientific articles:
The distinct effect of the o-carboranyl fragment. First example of the discrete P-I-I-P assembly.
Authors:Rosario Núñez, Francesc Teixidor, Clara Viñas, Pau Farrás, Raiko Kivekäs, Reijo Sillanpää.
Reference:Angew. Chem. , 118, 1292- 294 (2006). Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 45, 1270-1272 (2006).

Synthesis and characterization of new fluorescent styrene-containing carborane derivatives. The singular quenching role of a phenyl substituent.
Authors:Albert Ferrer-Ugalde, Emilio José Juárez-Pérez, Francesc Teixidor, Clara Viñas, Reijo Sillanpää, Ezequiel Pérez-Inestrosa, Rosario Núñez
Reference:Chem. Eur. J. 18, 544-553 (2012).

Metallacarboranes and their Interactions: Theoretical Insights and their Applicability
Authors:Pau Farràs, Emilio José Juárez-Pérez, Martin Lepsik, Rafael Luque, Rosario Núñez, Francesc Teixidor
Reference:Chem. Soc. Rev. 41, 3445-3463 (2012)

Fluorescence of new o-carborane compounds with different fluorophores, can it be tuned?
Authors:Albert Ferrer-Ugalde, Arántzazu González-Campo, Clara Viñas, Jesús Rodríguez-Romero, Rosa Santillan, Norberto Farfán, R. Sillanpää, Antonio Sousa-Pedrares, Rosario Núñez, Francesc Teixidor
Reference:Chem. Eur. J. 20, 9940-9951 (2014)

Methods to produce B-C, B-P, B-N and B-S bonds in boron clusters
Authors:David Olid, Rosario Núñez, Clara Viñas, Francesc Teixidor
Reference:Chem. Soc. Rev. 42, 3318-3336 (2013).

Last update: 2015-06-19 11:26:00

Research Fields:

I am a staff member of the group of Inorganic Materials and Catalysis at the ICMAB. My work mainly consists in the design, preparation and study of the properties of carborane cluster derivatives. These compounds can be used in dendrimeric structures, hybrid materials, or to functionalize surfaces. The group works with different types of dendrimers, such as carbosilane, aryl-ether or polyphenylene. The introduction of boron compounds into the dendrimers allows us to obtain boron-rich compounds, which can be soluble in water when working with anionic carboranes. These compounds can be good candidates to be apply in biomedicine, specially in BNCT or antiviral. Some of dendrimers have luminescent properties such as fluorescence, making them very interesting for research. Another field of interest is the preparation of metallodendrimers based on metallacarboranes, which can be used in catalysis. Different techniques are used for the characterization of compounds such as IR, multinuclear NMR (1H, 13C, 11B, 29Si), UV-vis, fluorescence, elemental analysis, mass spectrometry and in some cases, X-ray diffraction. I am also interested have also in the preparation of carboranyl-containing organic-inorganic hybrid materials obtained by hydrolysis-polycondensation or Sol-Gel process. In this way, solid materials with a specific pore size and especially high thermal stability were obtained. I am currently interested in working on the functionalization of surfaces, such as SiO2, TiO2, Si wafers, with metallacarborane and carborane derivatives, and the study of their properties and their potential applications in materials science and biomedicine. To sum-up, my field of research can be framed within inorganic chemistry, more specifically within the chemistry of B and Si, in the preparation of new materials of interest in biomedicine and catalysis.

Contact Data:

+ 34 935 801 853
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P.O. Box:
+ 34 935 805 729
rosario (at)
Molecular and Supramolecular Materials
Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

08193 Bellaterra

Catalunya, Espanya