PhD Theses

Congratulations Dr. Ana Begoña Buades, new ICMAB Graduate

Doctor Ana Begoña Buades from the Inorganic Materials And Catalysis Lab (LMI) at ICMAB, defended her PhD thesis titled "Metallacarboranes: Synthesis of Boron-Heteroatom Derivatives and Applications in Energy and Magnetism" on Thursday, 28 January 2021 in an online session. Congrats!

03 February 2021
Ana Begoña Buades presenting her PhD

The PhD thesis was supervised by Francesc Teixidor (LMI group). The PhD Committee that evaluated the Thesis was formed by Emilia Morallón, Universidad de Alicante (President), Jordi Faraudo, ICMAB-CSIC (Secretary), and Hong Yan, City University of Hong Kong (Vocal).

Camilla's PhD thesis was part of the PhD Programme in Chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

 Dr. Ana Begoña Buades, Francesc Teixidor (Supervisor), Rosario Nuñez, and Jordi Faraudo (Secretary)
Dr. Ana Begoña Buades, Clara Viñas, Francesc Teixidor (Supervisor), Rosario Nuñez, and Jordi Faraudo (Secretary of the PhD Committee)

Why did you choose the ICMAB for your PhD?

It was a coincidence, my college offered me to do the PhD in ICMAB.

How would you explain your research to a non-scientific audience? 

I create chemical compounds based on the atomic element boron for energetic applications.

What are the main applications of your research? Could you give us an example?

Water splitting, organic solar cells and quantum computing. For example, we can use one of our compounds to work as qbit to construct a quantum computer.

From the lessons learnt here, which one do you value the most?

I learnt to demonstrate your value and the value of your work.

What will you miss the most from ICMAB?

The people. The center is like a big family which makes comfortable the work.

How do you think this experience will contribute to your training and to your future? 

I learnt a lot of skills, such as team working, leadership, management of work, time and resources, and I think that these things will be useful for my future.

What are your plans once you finish your PhD?

I do not know yet!

What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your PhD, that now you can recommend to the ones who are starting?

I would have liked to know that it usually represents too much work for not too much results, and too much stress, that only is worthy if you want to dedicate yourself to a scientific research career. It is not a normal work!

Why did you become a scientist? Which have been your role models? 

Because I am good at science and I’m a very curious person, but I haven’t had a role model.

Which is your favorite female scientist? And why?

Hypatia from Alexandria, because I think she was a woman ahead of her time and I think she should be very brave to be one of the first ones.

Describe in 3 keywords… 

  • Your research: Boron, synthesis and applications
  • Barcelona: Sun, beach and mountains
  • Your experience at ICMAB: People, learning and fun

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The PhD thesis was supervised by Agustín Mihi (NANOPTO Group). The PhD Committee that evaluated the Thesis was formed by Elvira Fortunato, NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT-UNL) (President), Gemma Rius, IMB-CNM-CSIC (Secretary), and Valerio Pruneri, ICFO (Vocal).

Camilla's PhD thesis was part of the PhD Programme in Materials Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).octor Camilla Dore from the Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting (NANOPTO) group at ICMAB, defended her PhD thesis titled "Hydroxypropyl Cellulose as Enabling Material for the Nanofabrication of Photonic Architectures" on Friday, 29 January 2021 in an online session. Congrats!

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