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Gustavo De Miguel

Post Doc

Former colleague


Via Morego, 30


I graduated in Chemistry with honours at the University of Córdoba in September 2002 and got the PhD in the Department of Physical Chemistry of the same University in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Luis Camacho. The PhD Thesis was entitled “Calixarenes as host molecules of porphyrins: characterization and organization of thin films”. During my PhD I did three research stays in international labs (3 months each) with Prof. Tim Richardson (University of Sheffield, UK), Prof. Helge Lemmetyinen (University of Technology, Finland) and Prof. Hiroshi Imahori (Kyoto   University, Japan). In June 2008, I started my first postdoctoral period at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg under the supervision of Prof. Dirk. M. Guldi. The topic of the research was the investigation of the electron transfer reactions in molecular wires and electron donor-acceptor dyads for solar cells applications by means of pump-probe absorption spectroscopy. The funding for this research stay was obtained from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through the postdoctoral fellowship program. In September 2010, I joined the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Castilla-La Mancha for my second postdoctoral position, working at the research group of Prof. A. Douhal. The research project was about the photophysical characterization of squaraine-based dye sensitized solar cells by using pump-probe absorption techniques. The funding was obtained from two different agencies: a postdoctoral contract from the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha and a “Juan de la Cierva” postdoctoral contract. In total, I have published 29 articles in peer-reviewed journals, highlighting 4 Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1 ACS nano, 4 Chemistry European Journal, 1 Chemistry of Materials and 5 Journal of Physical Chemistry C. My h-index is 10, and my articles have been cited more than 320 times. I have 17 contributions to national or international conferences, including 8 oral presentations and 1 invited lecture to an international conference. I have been the principal investigator of two projects, which were supported by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Spain. I have also participated in two international, five national and four regional research projects.

Selected Publications

1.- G. de Miguel, J.M. Pedrosa, M.T. Martín-Romero, E. Muñoz, T.H. Richardson, L. Camacho “Conformational Changes of a Calix[8]arene Derivative at the Air-Water Interface” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2005, 109, 3998-4006. (I.F. = 4.189). Times cited: 15.

2.- G. de Miguel, M. Pérez-Morales, M.T. Martín-Romero, E. Muñoz, T.H. Richardson, L. Camacho “J-Aggregation of a Water-Soluble Tetracationic Porphyrin in Mixed LB Films with a Calix[8]arene Carboxylic Acid Derivative” Langmuir, 2007, 23, 3794-3801. (I.F. = 4.097). Times cited: 18.

3.- M. Salome Rodriguez-Morgade, Marta E. Plonska-Brzezinska, Andreas J. Athans, Esther Carbonell, Gustavo de Miguel, Dirk M. Guldi, Luis Echegoyen and Tomas Torres “Synthesis, Characterization, and Photoinduced Electron Transfer Processes of Orthogonal Ruthenium Phthalocyanine-Fullerene Assemblies”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 10484-10496. (I.F. = 8.091). Times cited: 40.

4.- Jackson D. Megiatto, Jr., David I. Schuster, Silke Abwandner, Gustavo de Miguel and Dirk M. Guldi “[2]Catenanes Decorated with Porphyrin and [60]Fullerene Groups: Design, Convergent Synthesis, and Photoinduced Processes”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 132, 3847-3861. (I.F. = 9.023). Times cited: 44.

5.- Gustavo de Miguel, Mateusz Wielopolski,  David I. Schuster,  Michael A. Fazio, Olivia P. Lee, Christopher K. Haley, Angy L. Ortiz, Luis Echegoyen,  Timothy Clark, Dirk M.Guldi Triazole Bridges as versatile linkers in electron donor-acceptor conjugates” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 13036-13054. (I.F. = 9.907). Times cited: 26.

6.- Gustavo de Miguel, Marcin Ziolek, Michal Zitnan, Juan A. Organero, Shyam S. Pandey, Shuzi Hayase, Abderrazzak Douhal “Photophysics of H- and J-aggregates of indole-based squaraines in solid state”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116, 9379-9389. (I. F. = 4.805). Times cited: 5.

7.- Gustavo de Miguel, Maria Marchena, Boiko Cohen, Shyam S. Pandey, Shuzi Hayase, Abderrazzak Douhal“Relating the Photodynamics of Squaraine-Based DSSCs to the Molecular Structure of the Sensitizers and to the Presence of Additives”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116, 22157-22168 (I. F. = 4.805). Times cited: 3.



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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.


IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.