PhD Theses

PhD Thesis Defense by Abhishek Saini on 20 September 2019 at 11 am

The PhD Researcher Abhishek Saini from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory at ICMAB will defend his PhD thesis on Friday, 20 September 2019, at 11 am at the ICMAB-CSIC. 

29 August 2019

Application of carboranes and metallacarboranes for synthesis of innovative nanostructures and for the development of highly stable ion-pair potentiometric sensorsnes

by Abhishek Saini, Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory, ICMAB-CSIC

Date: Friday, 20 September 2019
Time: 11 am
Venue: Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles, ICMAB-CSIC


The metallacarborane anion [Co(C2B9H11)2]has been used in conjunction with antiobiotics of the type [NR-R’H+] to form ion pair complexes which upon incorporation in the polymeric membrane of a micro-Ion Selective Electrode (ISE), can be used for the potentiometric detection of the antibiotic used in the Ion pair complex. Further, carboranyl derivatives have been used as capping agents for the colloidal synthesis of Quantum Dots, Quantum Rods, Quantum Rings and Quantum Tetrapods.

Carboranyl derivatives were also used for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles which show a unique property of being able to transfer from aqueous to organic phases, making them ideal for use in biomedical applications.


  • Francesc Teixidor, ICMAB-CSIC

PhD Committee:

  • President: Cecilia Jimenez-Jorquera, IMB-CNM-CSIC, Spain
  • Secretary: Jordi Poater Teixidor, ICREA, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Vocal:  Isabel Romero Garcia, University of Girona, Spain
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