Oriol Clop
oriolclopponsa@ub.edu

Oriol Clop obtained his degree in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 2019. His undergraduate research project, titled “Synthesis of imine ligands for complexation with lanthanides with potential single-molecule magnet applications”, guided him in his first steps in the organic synthesis. The following year he kept growing in the field when he obtained his Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (2020), with his Final Master Project “Synthetic studies on polyheterocyclic ligands for complexation with metal ions: potential applications in molecular devices”. After obtaining his Master’s degree he worked in the private sector in an organic synthesis company developing new potential bioactive compounds for pharmaceutical companies. In 2023 he returned to UB where he started his PhD studies in organic synthesis under the supervision of Dr. Eliseo Ruiz and Dr. Silvia Gómez in a research topic focused on the synthesis of chiral systems to test its properties in molecular electronics.

Pablo Atance
pabloatance47@ub.edu

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Pablo Atance obtained the degree in Chemisty at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2022. During his undergraduate period, he showed great interest in the field of Electrochemical Biosensors, with his research project being “Tackling CD147 exosome-based cell-cell signaling by electrochemical biosensing for early colorectal cancer detection”. This work was directed by Rebeca M. Torrente and Susana Campuzano (Department of Analytical Chemistry). During his master’s degree in Chemistry (Industrial Chemistry) at the University of Valencia, he continued to study Electrochemical Biosensors applied to biochemical cases (“Aptasensors for the recognition of allergenic allergenic proteins in food”). 

Currently, he is a PhD student of the Electronic Structure Group under the supervision of Dr. Albert C. Aragonès and Dr. Silvia Gómez, in which he will study new methodologies in molecular spintronic to 2D materials using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy technique (STM).

Arnau García
arnau.garcia@ub.edu

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Arnau obtained his degree in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 2022. During his undergraduate time, he showed a strong interest in the field of Computational Chemistry, the topic of his Final Degree Project (TFG). The following year he kept growing in the field when he obtained his master’s degree in Atomistic and Multiscale Computational Modelling in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry. In his Final Master Project (TFM) he studied the correlation between charge transfer and charge transport in bidimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for optoelectronic applications under the supervision of Dra. Maria Fumanal. In 2023 he started his PhD studies (FPI grant) in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling at the UB under the supervision of Dr. Jordi Cirera, in which he will study the behavior of spin-crossover (SCO) devices inserted in carbon nanostructures, such as carbon nanohoops, nanoribbons, graphene layers and nanotubes.

Adriana Silvestre
adriana.silvestre@qi.ub.edu

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Adriana Silvestre Llora obtained the degree in Chemistry at the University of Valencia in 2020. Her undergraduate research project was “Study of ligand substitution reactions to obtain new ruthenium complexes of interest both for their magnetic and biomedical properties”. During her master’s degree in chemical sciences and technologies at the University of Granada in 2021, she continued working on the coordination and magnetic field with the investigation in “Single Molecule Magnets based on Co(II) ion coordination compounds with trigonal prism geometry”. After that she move to the University of Barcelona to work in our group as a research technician for one year and nowadays, she is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Eliseo Ruiz and Dr. Silvia Gómez and the research investigation is focuses on the synthesis and improvement of the relaxation times of the complexes for quantum computing.


Francisco Gómez
frank.gomez@qi.ub.edu

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Francisco Gómez graduated in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2017. During his undergraduate period, he showed great interest in the field of Computational Chemistry, the subject of his Final Degree Project (TFG). Francisco completed his training by doing a master’s degree in Applied Materials Chemistry.

In 2020 he began his doctoral studies in the field of Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modeling at the UB thanks to an FPI scholarship. With his thesis directors, Dr. Jesus Jover and Prof. Gabriel Aullón.

Its main objective is to propose improvements for existing reactions in which precious metal catalysts (Ru, Rh, Pd, Ir, Pt, etc.) are replaced with more affordable and less toxic first series transition metal catalysts such as Ni or Cu.


Laia Navarro
laia.navarro@qi.ub.es

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Laia Navarro got her degree in Chemistry with honors from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2019. During her undergraduate time, she showed a strong interest in the field of Computational Chemistry, the topic of her Final Degree Project (TFG), which was done in the electronic structure group at IQTC-UB. Laia completed her background in Computational Chemistry by coursing the master’s degree in Atomistic and Multiscale Computational Modelling in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry. She was awarded a grant to complete the master’s program. In her Final Master Project (TFM) she expanded her previous work in the multiscale modeling of metal-organic cages with spin-crossover (SCO) behavior under the supervision of Dr. Jordi Cirera. She started her PhD studies in 2020 (Predocs-UB grant) in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling at the UB supervised by Dr. Jordi Cirera and Prof. Eliseo Ruiz, in which she will study the host-guest interaction in tuning the spin-crossover properties of porous materials. 


Joan Cardona
joan.cardona@ub.edu

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Joan Cardona attained his degree in Chemistry at University of Barcelona (UB) in 2021. His undergraduate project featured the synthesis and study of coordination compounds which exhibited magnetic properties, involving host-guest interactions, done in the Magnetism and Functional Molecules Group (GMMF). Joan broadened his knowledge in the field of materials by completing the Applied Materials Chemistry Master’s degree at UB, where he dabbled with computational chemistry working on his Final Master Project under the supervision of Jesús Jover, tackling SN2 reaction barrier prediction. In late 2023, Joan started his Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modeling PhD under the supervision of Prof. Eliseo Ruiz & Dra. Silvia Gómez-Coca at UB, whilst participating in a project named AIQUANEURO with collaboration with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) studying magnetic and electronic properties of qubits at a computational level.

Àlex Solè
jaume.alexandre.sole@upc.edu

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Currently working with the joint UPC/UB project AIQUANEURO. At the same time, I am pursuing a PhD at the Image Processing Group, UPC, under the supervision of Javier Ruiz-Hidalgo. Interested in topics related to graph neural networks and self-supervised learning. Previously, Research Fellow at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Research Assistant at Vicomtech, and Research Assistant at TU Delft.

I obtained my MSc in Telecommunications Engineering (2020) and a BSc in Telecommunications Technologies and Services Engineering (2018) at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. During my studies, I did stays at Télécom ParisTech and TU Delft.