E. Carolina Sañudo

Associate Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona


Bs.C. Universitat de Barcelona 1997
Master. Universitat de Barcelona 1998              
Ph.D. Indiana University 2003

I got my Bs. C. in Chemistry in 1997 at the Universitat de Barcelona. Right after that, I enrolled in a Master’s program at the same university. During my Master under the supervision of Prof. Jaume Granell I worked on the synthesis of chiral organometallic complexes. I then moved to the US to work with prof. George Christou at Indiana University. During my Ph.D. I worked on several projects, all of them revolving around the two main research lines of the group: the synthesis of models for the water oxidising complex (WOC) of Photosystem II and the synthesis and study of the magnetic properties of single-molecule magnets (SMMs).
After my Ph.D. I took a postdoctoral position at the University of Manchester, where I worked in Prof. Richard E. P. Winpenny’s group. In Manchester, I worked on synthetic routes to vanadium and gallium complexes. I was also involved in using paramagnetic proton NMR. to probe the stability in solution of complexes with applications as qubits for the implementation of quantum computing.  During the two years I spent at the University of Manchester, I also had the opportunity to co-direct with prof. Eric J.L. McInnes two master’s degree students, which focussed on  solvothermal synthesis of iron complexes.
In 2006 I was awarded a Juan de la Cierva fellowship and joined prof. Joan Ribas’ group at the Universitat de Barcelona as a research fellow until November, 2008.
Actual position and research interests.
In December 2008 I joined the Institut de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia at UB as  Ramón y Cajal Fellow. From January, 2010 I will be part of the new Group of Magnetism and Functional Materials at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at UB.
My research interests are the fundamental magnetic properties of molecular systems and how we can exploit these properties for technological applications such as quantum information processing, information storage or molecular spintronics. For this, I use coordination chemistry tools to synthesize the nanomagnets and surface chemistry to achieve nano-structuration of the nanomagnets into devices. Characterization, nano-structuration and study of the magnetic properties are performed in Barcelona and in collaboration with several groups around the world.