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This page is dedicated to the researchers involved in the ACMOL Project.

Dr. Nuria Crivillers

Young Explorer participant (coordinator and Principal Investigator) - AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS (CSIC)

Dr. Nuria Crivillers received her university degree in Chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. She obtained her PhD in 2008 at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in the group of Prof. Jaume Veciana. During her PhD, she worked on multifunctional hybrid materials for molecular electronics and spintronics. After, she moved for a postdoctoral stage in the group of Prof. Paolo Samorì at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (UdSCNRS) in Strasbourg, France, where she focused her research on the development of optically tunable field-effect transistors. She joined the ICMAB-CSIC in September 2011 and she is currently contracted under the Juan de la Cierva program. Her current research activities include self-assembled electroactive materials on surfaces and molecular memory devices.

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Dr. Gonca Seber

Dr. Gonca Seber received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Bogazici University, Istanbul. She then joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for her Ph.D., where she worked on magnetostructural characterization of organic radicals. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in 2012, she started working as a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment. She is currently pursuing her academic career as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) under the framework of ACMOL.

Dr. Francesc Bejarano


Francesc Bejarano received his university degree in Chemistry from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, where he also coursed his Master Degree in Chemistry. During his master he worked on optically controlled molecular switches based on azobenzene moieties for biological applications. After this, in 2014 he joined the NANOMOL group at the Institute of Material Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) where he is currently developing his PhD thesis working on electro-active and magnetic molecules for electronic and spintronic applications.


Dr. Alexander V. Rudnev

Young Explorer participant( Principal Investigator) - UNIVERSITY OF BERN (UNIVERSITAET BERN)

Dr. Alexander V. Rudnev finished his PhD at the Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Science (Moscow, Russia) and then worked there as a senior scientist and in parallel at the NT-MDT Company (Zelenograd, Russia). In 2009, he joined the Electrochemical Nanoscience Group at University of Bern, in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, where he works currently as a senior postdoctoral researcher. Alexander has a broad range of experimental research expertise: adsorption of molecules and electrochemical nucleation of metals on single crystal electrodes, electrode modification by nano-objects, electrocatalysis, self-assembly phenomena, functional molecular systems, and electrochemical approach to molecular electronics.

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Dr. Enrique Burzurí Linares


Enrique Burzurí completed his undergraduated studies at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) where he also obtained his ph.D. in physics in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Fernando Luis. During this time, his research focused on the quantum properties of crystals of single-molecule magnets.
Upon completion of his ph.D., he took his current position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). His mains research lines are the interaction of magnetism and quantum transport in individual molecules. In 2013 he was awarded with the VENI Dutch fellowship to implement graphene in molecular spintronics.

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Dr. Alexandra Fusina


Alexandra Fursina got her Bachelor and Master degrees in Materials Sciences from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia in inorganic crystallography field and PhD in Physics from Rice University in USA. She’s been working in Douglas Natelson group dealing with the state-of-the-art fabrication of nanostructures and learning nanoscale condensed matter physics and transport techniques. She recently joined Molecular Electronics and Devices group at TU Delft as a post-doc.

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Dr. Ivan Rungger

Young Explorer participants (Principal Investigator) - NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY (NPL)

Dr. Ivan Rungger Ivan Rungger, Senior Research Scientist and Strategic Research Fellow at NPL, obtained his PhD in computational physics from Trinity College Dublin in 2009, where he developed computational methods for electronic structure and electron transport modelling, and applied them to nanodevices. He continued as a research fellow in the computational spintronics group of Prof Stefano Sanvito, and is one of the main developers of the Smeagol quantum transport code. He is an expert in the development and application of methods for ab initio density functional theory based calculations for the evaluation of the electronic structure and of electron transport in nanodevices. His current research activities involve multi-scale modelling, the inclusion of many-body effects in electron transport simulations, the evaluation of spin-transfer torque in nanojunctions, electron transport across 2-dimensional layered structures such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides for spintronics applications, through layered materials with strong spin-orbit interactions such as topological insulators, as well as through molecular junctions.

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Dr. Andrea Droghetti


Dr. Andrea Droghetti studied in the University of Bologna, Italy. There he first achieved the degree in Physics in 2004 and then the Master's degree in Theoretical Physics in spring 2007 after presenting a thesis about strongly correlated electron systems.
In autumn 2007, Andrea joined the Computational Spintronics Group ( in Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), where he finally completed the Ph.D in Physics in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Sanvito. During this period, Andrea's theoretical research manly focused on two distinct subjects: diluted magnetic semiconductors and molecular magnetism. Furthermore, Andrea developed a large expertise in a vast number of computational techniques in condensed matter physics as well as quantum chemistry. These range from density functional theory to quantum Monte Carlo.
From winter 2012 until spring 2014, Andrea worked in Trinity College Dublin as part of the European Union funded project “Next Generation Hybrid Interfaces for Spintronic applications” HINTS (, which gathered some of the leading experts in the field of organic spintronics. The research provided important contribution for understanding the properties of hybrid interfaces between molecules and ferromagnetic metals on the one hand, and topological insulators on the other hand.
In 2014, Andrea also started the development and the implementation of Quantum Monte Carlo methods and Dynamical Mean Field Theory into the quantum transport code Smeagol. This activity is still on-going and it currently involves a close interaction with Dr. Ivan Rungger and the group of Prof. Liviu Chioncel (University of Ausburg, Germany).
In the winter of 2015, Andrea finally moved to the University of the Basque Country (Spain), where he joined the Nano-Bio Spectroscopy Group ( lead by Prof. Angel Rubio. Beside working as principal investigator for ACMOL, Andrea actively collaborates with the Mesoscopic Physics Group ( of the CSIC Materials Physics Center on several problems related to spin-transport in low dimensional metals and superconductors.

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