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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Inorganic Chemistry.

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Professor Manuel Pérez Mendoza, from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) in 2022 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (for more information about the 2022 call, please consult:

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR) was founded in 1531 and is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6,000 members of staff, the UGR offers over 70 undergraduate degrees, 100 master’s degrees (9 of which are international double degrees) and 28 doctoral programmes via its 127 departments and 22 centers. Accordingly, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the institution’s commitment to continuously improving its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also internationally renowned for its excellence in diverse research fields and ranked among the top Spanish universities in a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, and international funding.

The UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The 2021 edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the second highest ranked university in Spain (, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. The UGR stands out in the specialties of Library & Information Science (position 36); Food Science & Technology (39) and Hospitality & Tourism Management (51-75), according to the latest edition of this prestigious ranking by specialties ( A little lower in the ranking, the UGR also stands out in Mathematics (76-100) and Mining & Mineral Engineering (76-100).

Additionally, the UGR has 7 researchers who are at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list (, most of these related to the area of Computer Science. It is also well recognized for its web presence (, being positioned at 54th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, the University of Granada is firmly committed to its participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 119 projects with a total funding of around 29.233 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The RNM342 Research Group has recently changed its name to “Molecular materials for nanotechnology applications” to best reflect the new research areas that are now being explored. The research lines addressed by the group members are mainly related to carbon nanomaterials, bioinorganic nanomaterials and supported metal-DNA systems. The aim is to design and develop new nanosystems with enhanced possibilities to tackle the new technology challenges, especially in the field of sustainable chemistry and new solutions for clean energy production.

Our Research Group has long experience working with carbon materials from a wide range of precursors, and their use in the adsorption and catalysis field. More recently, our Research Group has specialized in the modification of the carbon surface by cold plasmas of different precursors looking for an improvement in the surface chemistry of the materials. Similarly, we are working in developing methodologies to decorate carbon nanomaterials with complex molecular structures such as hyperbranched polyethyleneimines, which can serve as a starting point to generate stable ultra-small metal nanoparticles on the surface of the materials.

Recently, our research group has started to develop a new research line based on the interaction of DNA derivatives with carbon nanostructures, taking advantage of the DNA capability for the organization of chemical groups by coordination to a programmed nucleobase sequence, in order to produce hybrid nanomaterials with enhanced optoelectronics properties for photovoltaic applications.

Project description:

The research project aims to develop optoelectronic nanomaterials based on DNA hybrids and carbon nanotubes. For this purpose, single-stranded DNA molecules (ssDNA) have been selected to act as a template for the organization of functional units with electrical and optical properties. These units consist of metal complexes that contain polymerizable units or photoactive pi-conjugated systems, and that are capable of coordinating to the nucleobases of a programmed ssDNA sequence, , thus forming metal-mediated Watson-Crick base pairs. The organization of the metal ions, the polymerizable units, and the pi-conjugated systems along the strand will be responsible for the new properties of the system. The project employs a "bottom-up" strategy, where individual metal complexes self-assemble in a programmed way to form the desired material according to a programmed sequence directed by the ssDNA strand.

In this way, nanowires with modular structures and electrical and optical properties can be easily prepared. Finally, these systems will be conjugated with carbon nanotubes (CNT), with complementary optoelectronic properties, in order to give rise to advanced hybrid materials with a precise organization at the nanometric scale.

It is expected that CNT@DNA materials can act as efficient light-harvesting systems for photovoltaic applications, as their adaptability can be exploited to increase efficiency in energy harvesting and transfer.

Research Area:

  • Chemistry (CHE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Manuel Pérez Mendoza (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)