Rovira Angulo

Codirector of NANOMOL group

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Department: Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials


Prof. Concepció Rovira is Research Professor at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and at Ciber-BBN. She received the Ph.D in Chemistry from  the Barcelona University working  in the area of organic radicals. She carried out postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University (Maryland, USA)  with Prof. D. O. Cowan in the area of organic conductors. Back in Europe, she joined the CSIC as a postdoctoral fellow and in 1987 became Tenured Scientist there. In 1991 She joined the new Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona. where she develop an interdisciplinar research on functionsl molecular materials and molecular nanoscience . Part of the research is performed in collaboration with different groups inside the frameworks of European and International projects, and has lead to more than 340 publications in SCI journals, 15 patents, 1 edited book and 21 book chapters.

Research interest

My research interest focuses on molecular functional materials and molecular nanoscience and in particular in the fields of molecular electronics and spintronics, crystal engineering, supramolecular self-assembling, electron-transfer processes and molecular magnetism with emphasis in the basic and applied aspects. Research efforts also aimed towards the development of new processing methods for structuring functional molecular materials on surfaces. All these lines of research are eminently interdisciplinary, since they go from the design and organic synthesis of the functional molecules to the material preparation and the device fabrication and characterization.



University Degrees:

BcS in Chemistry. U. Barcelona (June 1973)

PhD in Chemistry U. Barcelona (March 1977)



PhD in Chemistry. U. Barcelona 1977


 Molecular design and crystal engineering; Supramolecular organizations and materials; Nanostructuring and processing of molecular materials; Organic free radicals and high-spin molecules; Molecular electronics and Spintronics;  Molecular switches and wires; Charge transport


Prize “a la Excelencia de la RSEQ”, 2015 

Prize “IUPAC distinguished women in Chemistry and Chemical Engenering”, 2013

Prize  “Ciamician-González de la Soceità Chimica Italiana”, 2009

Prize “Fundación Domingo Martínez”, 1995/1996.

Scientific Highlights:



Robust organic radical molecular junctions using acetylene terminated groups for C-Au bond formation.

 J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1691−1696. 

Operative Mechanism of Hole-Assisted Negative Charge Motion in Ground States of Radical-Anion Molecular Wires.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 686−692. 


Pressure-Induced Conductivity in a Neutral Nonplanar SpinLocalized Radical.

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11517−11525. 

Chemical control over the energy-level alignment in a two-terminal junction.
Nature Communications 2016, 7, 12066. 

Kondo Effect in a Neutral and Stable All Organic Radical Single Molecule Break Junction.
Nano Letters 2015, 15, 3109-3114.

Electrochemical and chemical tuning of the surface wettability of tetrathiafulvalene self-assembled monolayers.
Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 8084-8086.   

Intramolecular electron transfer in the photodimerisation product of a tetrathiafulvalene derivative in solution and on a surface.

Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 307-310 


Tunneling versus Hopping in Mixed-Valence Oligo-p-phenylenevinylene Polychlorinated Bis(triphenylmethyl) Radical Anions. 

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 5818–5833. 

A Robust Molecular Platform for Nonvolatile Memory Devices with Optical and Magnetic Responses. 

Nature Chemistry , 2011, 3,  359-364. 

High-Performance Single Crystal Organic Field-Effect Transistors Based on Two Dithiophene-Tetrathiafulvalene (DT-TTF) Polymorphs. 

Adv. Mater. 2010, 22, 4198–4203


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