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Postdoc position: Nanostructured stable organic radicals for sensing applications

Deadline: Sep 1, 2022

The NANOMOL Research Unit is looking for a postdoc researcher to design and synthesize stable organic free radicals (SOFR) to prepare robust hybrid materials by their assembly onto conducting surfaces or nanoparticles.

07 March 2022

The main goal is to develop a new generation of hybrid platforms with high potential in applications in (bio)sensing, exploiting the electronic, optical and magnetic properties of the radicals.

In particular, the work will be mainly focused on polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radicals.

The NANOMOL Research Unit has a large and long expertise with these materials, which have been applied in diverse fields, such as molecular switches and spintronics, opto-electronics and imaging. Due to the electronic properties of PTM radicals, these materials can interact with certain analytes or to participate as redox-mediators catalyzing relevant bio-chemical reactions. These phenomena would be translated into changes in the magnetic, optical or electrical outputs. Hence, PTM radicals offer new exciting opportunities for the development of novel (bio)sensor devices.

This is a multidisciplinary and transversal project and the candidate will be part of a dynamic and international team. Furthermore, the candidate will work in close collaboration with researchers at the Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragon (INMA). Several short secondments between both institutions are foreseen.

Main tasks

The main tasks that will be carried out within the project include:

  • Synthesis and characterization of organic radicals.
  • Nanostructuration of the synthesized radicals on surfaces or nanoparticles.
  • Structural characterization of compounds and hybrid functional materials.
  • Advanced spectroscopic (EPR, RAMAN, etc) and electrochemical characterization of the materials.
  • In depth characterization of the sensing response of the hybrid platforms for the detection of relevant (bio)analytes.


  • The fellow should have an internationally recognized PhD degree (or equivalent) in a Chemistry, MaterialsThe fellow should have an internationally recognized PhD degree (or equivalent) in a Chemistry, MaterialsScience or related discipline.
  • The ideal candidate should have a strong background in organic synthesis and material science, and onknowledge on physicochemical characterization techniques.
  • Knowledge in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and electrochemical techniques will be a plus in theevaluation of the candidate’s experience.


  • Full time contract.
  • Gross annual salary in accordance to a post-doc fellow from the Spanish Ministry (MICINN)
  • Duration of 2 years (starting as soon as possible)

Application process

Please contact Dr. Núria Crivillers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with:

  • Resume or CV including a list of publications
  • Motivation Letter
  • Statement of the applicant’s research experience
  • List of three references with contact details

The recruitment process will be closed when a suitable candidate is found.


The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) is a multidisciplinary research center focused on cutting-edge research in functional advanced materials in the fields of ENERGY, ELECTRONICS, NANOMEDICINE and application fields yet to imagine.

The ICMAB is integrated within the Barcelona Nanocluster in Bellaterra (BNC-b), a research network that includes the UAB, the CSIC (ICMAB, IMB-CNM and ICN2) and IRTA, part of the UAB Research Park of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (PRUAB) and the ALBA Synchrotron. The BNC-b aims to share advanced scientific equipment and promote and disseminate nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The ICMAB offers a complete range of scientific services, including a 10,000 class cleanroom (the Nanoquim Platform) that are open to interested parties, whether these are academic or from industry, and it participates in all kinds of educational and promotional activities. Many ICMAB researchers teach at the UAB Master's degree in Nanotechnology and Materials Science and also on the UAB degree on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

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