Dr. Néstor Merino Díez

Postdoctoral Researcher nanotech@surfaces Laboratory

With a background in Chemistry from the University of La Rioja, Néstor Merino Díez stepped into nanoscience for the first time during his bachelor thesis focused on the adsorption and desorption of the common antibiotic gentamicin in carbon nanotubes. Afterwards he moved to San Sebastian, attending the Master in Nanoscience held at the Materials Physics Center-Centro de Física de Materiales (MPC-CFM) where he was introduced to UHV Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/ Spectroscopy along his thesis focused on the self-assembly of aromatic molecules on metallic surfaces. Subsequently, at the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) under the supervision of Dr. Dimas García de Oteyza, and in nanoGUNE Cooperative Research Center under the supervision of Dr. Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Pascual, he performed his PhD project focused on the on-surface synthesis and electronic structure characterization of atomically precise graphene nanoribbons. In August 2020 he joined the nanotech@surfaces Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Functional Surface Group led by Dr. Oliver Gröning.

Fields of interest

Graphene-like nanostructures; On-surface Chemistry-Physics; Chirality and Enantioselectivity; Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/ Spectroscopy

Selected publications

N. Merino-Díez, M. S. G. Mohammed, J. Castro-Esteban, L. Colazzo, A. Berdonces-Layunta, J. Lawrence, J. I. Pascual, D. G. de Oteyza, D. Peña, Transferring axial molecular chirality through a sequence of on-surface reactions, Chem. Sci. 11 (21), 5441-5446 (2020). DOI: 10.1039/D0SC01653E

J. Li, N. Merino-Díez, E. Carbonell-Sanromà, M. Vilas-Varela, D. G. de Oteyza, D. Peña, M. Corso, J. I. Pascual, Survival of spin state in magnetic porphyrins contacted by graphene nanoribbons ,Sci. Adv. 4 (2), eaaq0582 (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaq0582

N. Merino-Díez, J. Li, A. Garcia-Lekue, G. Vasseur, M. Vilas-Varela, E. Carbonell-Sanromà, M. Corso, J. E. Ortega, D. Peña, J. I. Pascual, D. G. De Oteyza, Unraveling the electronic structure of narrow atomically precise chiral graphene nanoribbons, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 9 (1), 25-30 (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b02767

N. Merino-Díez, A. Garcia-Lekue, E. Carbonell-Sanromà, J. Li, M. Corso, L. Colazzo, F. Sedona, D. Sánchez-Portal, J. I. Pascual, D. G. de Oteyza, Width-dependent band gap in armchair graphene nanoribbons reveals Fermi level pinning on Au (111), ACS Nano 11 (11), 11661-11668 (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b06765