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Prof. David Écija

Position: Senior Research Prof.
PhD: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Previous Position: Technical University of Munich, Germany
Research: Nanoarchitectures at Surfaces
Researcher ID: I-2207-2012
Joining Date: January, 2014
User Name: david.ecija
Telephone: +34 91 299 88 55

Prof. David Écija is an expert in condensed matter physics, surface and molecular nanoscience. He received a PhD degree in Physics from UAM, with a work on self-assembly of nanostructures on surfaces. He was awarded a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship and moved to Prof. Barth ́s group at the Technical University of Munich, where he carried out a four-year stay working on functional molecular nanoarchitectures on surfaces. In January 2014 he joined IMDEA Nanociencia as Researcher and “Ramon y Cajal” fellow to develop nanomaterials on surfaces. Notably, he is the recipient of the ERC 2018 Consolidator Grant (ELECNANO). Since May 2019, he is Research Professor at IMDEA Nanociencia (tenured).

Research Lines

Our group is focused on the visualization and understanding of physico-chemical processes on surfaces, including three main lines of research: 

  • Design of surface-confined metal-organic materials. Our main interest is to rationalize the coordination chemistry of functional metals on surfaces, creating unique architectures with advanced functionalities for sensing, catalysis, light emission, nanomagnetism and quantum information.  
  • On-surface synthesis of functional nanomaterials. We focus on the exploration of unprecedented chemical reactions aiming at the design of novel 1D or 2D soft materials, envisioning impact in optoelectronics, carbon magnetism and quantum information.
  • Nanocatalysts for energy applications. We pursue the on-surface design and atomistic characterization of metal-oxide, metal-organic or purely organic nanocatalysts of relevance for energy related applications, like water splitting or CO2 reduction.

Selected Publications

Small, 2021 *Cover*
Tuning the Magnetic Anisotropy of Lanthanides on a Metal Substrate by Metal–Organic Coordination.
S. O. Parreiras, Daniel Moreno, Borja Cirera, Miguel A Valbuena, José I Urgel, Markos Paradinas, Mirco Panighel, Fernando Ajejas, Miguel A Niño, José M Gallego, Manuel Valvidares, Pierluigi Gargiani, Wolfgang Kuch, José I Martínez, Aitor Mugarza, Julio Camarero, Rodolfo Miranda, Paolo Perna, David Écija.
Advanced Materials, 2021
Atomic Scale Control and Visualization of Topological Quantum Phase Transition in π‐Conjugated Polymers Driven by Their Length.
H. González‐Herrero, J. I. Mendieta‐Moreno, S. Edalatmanesh, J. Santos, N. Martín, D. Écija, B. de la Torre, P. Jelinek.
Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 2020
Diradical Organic One‐Dimensional Polymers Synthesized on a Metallic Surface.
A. Sánchez‐Grande, J. I Urgel,* […],Nazario Martín,* Pavel Jelínek,* David Écija*.
Nature Nanotechnology, 2020 *Cover*
Tailoring topological order and π-conjugation to engineer quasi-metallic polymers.
B. Cirera, A. Sánchez-Grande, B. de la Torre, J. Santos, S. Edalatmanesh, E. Rodríguez-Sánchez, K. Lauwaet, B. Mallada, R. Zbořil, R. Miranda, O. Gröning,* P. Jelínek,* N. Martín,* D. Ecija*.
Nature Communications, 2020
Tailoring π-conjugation and vibrational modes to steer on-surface synthesis of pentalene-bridged ladder polymers.
B. de la Torre, A. Matěj, A. Sánchez-Grande, B. Cirera, B. Mallada, E. Rodríguez-Sánchez, J. Santos, J. I. Mendieta-Moreno, S. Edalatmanesh, K. Lauwaet, M. Otyepka, M. Medveď, Á. Buendía, R. Miranda, N. Martín,* P. Jelínek,* D. Écija*.
Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 2019
On-Surface Synthesis of Ethynylene-Bridged Anthracene Polymers. Sánchez-Grande, A., de la Torre, B., Santos, J., Cirera, B., Lauwaet, K., Chutora, T., Edalatmanesh, S., Mutombo, P., Rosen, J., Zbořil, R., Miranda, R., Björk, J.*, Jelínek, P.*, Martín, N.*, Écija, D.* 
Accounts of Chemical Research, 2018
Lanthanide-Directed Assembly of Interfacial Coordination Architectures-From Complex Networks to Functional Nanosystems.
Écija, D.*, Urgel, J.I., Seitsonen, A.P., Auwärter, W., Barth, J.V.*
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017
Long-Range Orientational Self-Assembly, Spatially Controlled Deprotonation, and Off-Centered Metalation of an Expanded Porphyrin.
B. Cirera, O. Trukhina, J. Björk, G. Bottari, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, A. Martín-Jiménez, R. Otero, J.M. Gallego, R. Miranda, T. Torres and D. Écija.*
Nature Communications, 2016
Thermal selectivity of intermolecular versus intramolecular reactions on surfaces
B. Cirera, N. Giménez-Agulló, J. Björk, F. Martínez-Peña, A. Martín-Jiménez, J. Rodriguez-Fernández, A. M. Pizarro, R. Otero, J. M. Gallego, P. Ballester*, J. R. Galán-Mascarós*, and D. Ecija*.
Nature Chemistry, 2016
Quasicrystallinity in Coordination Lattices.
J. I. Urgel, D. Ecija*, G. Lyu, R. Zhang, C.-A. Palma, W. Auwärter, N. Lin*, and J. V. Barth.*
Highlighted in Nature Chemistry Research Highlights, issue 6, 2013

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