Two ICMAB researchers have been granted with a Ramón y Cajalgrant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Raphael Pfattner, from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) Group, and Pablo Guardia, from the Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites (NN) Group. Congratulations!
Raphael Pfattner holds a senior postdoctoral research position in the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) Group (Beatriu de Pinós Researcher).
Raphael’s research interest is focused on the optoelectronic properties of pi-conjugated materials by making use of field-effect transistors as analytical tool to study complex systems. Special interest is devoted to transfer intrinsic materials properties towards applications such as E-skin (electronic-skin) for the development of the next generation of wearable health-care sensors.
He accomplished the University degrees (B.Sc., M.Sc.; Dipl.-Ing.) in Physics at Graz University of Technology, Austria (2007) and holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the ICMAB (2011). Furthermore, he spent 40 months as a Visiting Researcher/Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, California.
Pablo Guardia received his PhD in Nanoscience from the University of Barcelona (2009) working in the synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles. In 2010, he joined the Nanochemistry department at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT, Italy) where he developed novel colloidal syntheses for the production of magnetic nanoparticles for nanomedicine.
After this first postdoctoral experience, Pablo was awarded with a TecnioSpring (2014-2016) and a TecnioSpring+ (2017-2019) MSCA COFUND Fellowships. In the framework of these two fellowships, he worked at Dublin City University (DCU, Dublin), the Chemistry Technology Centre (CTQC, Tarragona) and the Catalan Institute for Energy Research (IREC, Barcelona). In 2019, he was awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation with a “Young Researcher project” (Jovenes Investigadores) and started a new research line in the development of porous nanocomposites at IREC.
His activities focus in the exploitation of nanoscale building blocks for the formation of multifunctional hierarchical superstructures. These activities can be organized in two main research lines: on one hand, the development of high-quality nanomaterials by solution processes. On the other hand, the development of assembly strategies in solution combining several types of building blocks to produce dimers, trimers up to large nanostructured gels. These structures show magnetic, plasmonic and catalytic functionalities that can be exploited in nanomedicine, water remediation or catalysis.
The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation is the funding agency of this programme, which has the aim of providing financial support for a period of five years for the recruitment of researchers. The aid is intended to co-finance the salary and the employer's contribution to Social Security of the researchers hired during each of the annuities.