Borja Cirera

My research focuses on novel on-surface synthetic routes to grow atomically precise nanostructures and the characterization of their properties. From the undergraduate period at Technische Universität München (TUM) to the PhD and early Postdoc stage at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and IMDEA Nanociencia, I explored different intra- and intermolecular reactions, as well as inorganic chemistry approaches involving lanthanides and bimetallic alloys with applications in magnetism and heterogeneous catalysis. I joined the Physical Chemistry Department of the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin to develop a new technique to perform spectromiscroscopy in scanning probe (SPM) junctions, simultaneously accessing the local electronic and vibrational properties with subnanometer resolution. This powerful technique allowed me to investigate complex light-matter interactions at the atomic scale in such plasmonic picocavities, particularly in single molecules on metallic and semiconducting supports. My main technical expertise is in SPM techniques (low-temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, non-contact Atomic Force Microscopy and Tip Enhanced Raman Spectromicroscopy), while having experience in complementary space-averaged techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD).

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