Leoní A. Barrios Moreno

Post Doctoral Researcher from 2009

I obtained her Chemistry Degree in 2001 at Universidad de Los Andes (Mérida-Venezuela), by means of a fellowship from the Ministry of Education (Venezuela), under the supervision of Ms Sci. Marisela Reyes and Dr. Bernardo Fontal. During this time, my work was focused on the synthesis of amines employing Ru complexes as catalysts.
I obtained the PhD in 2006 thanks to a FONACIT fellowship, under the supervision of Dr. Lindora D´Ornellas and Dr. Rubén Machado, sharing the activities of my doctoral thesis between IVIC and Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas-Venezuela). During this period, the object of my work was centered on the synthesis of nanoparticles of transition metals stabilized on nitrogenated organic compounds, as way to catalyze the hydrogenation reactions of olefins and aromatic molecules.
As part of my doctoral formation, I did a research stay in 2005 at the Universitat de Barcelona, financed by special FONACIT fellowship, under the supervision of Dr. Narcís Homs and Dr. Pilar Ramirez de la Piscina, developing catalysts supported on inorganic oxides, training on the application of a great variety of techniques like DRIFT, XPS, X-Ray, Electronic Microscopy of High resolution, etc.
Since 2007, I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona, forming part of the Grup d’Interaccions Magnetiques, led by Dr. Joan Ribas. In this period, my work was focused on the design and synthesis of ligands for the preparation of functional coordination complexes.
In 2009, I spent three months as visiting Faculty at Monash University (Australia), in the Molecular Magnetic Materials group led by Professor Keith S. Murray, synthesizing Schiff Bases organic compounds and continuing the design and synthesis of new coordination complexes

Currently, my research in the GMMF team is focused on the design and the synthesis of new organic ligands and coordination complexes with potential application in the fields of quantum computing and spin transition.