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Dr. David Écija Fernández

Position: Assistant Research Prof. (tenure track)
PhD: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Previous Position: Technical University of Munich, Germany
Research: Molecular Nanoarchitectonics at Surfaces
Researcher ID: I-2207-2012
Joining Date: January, 2014
User Name: david.ecija
Telephone: +34 91 299 88 55
Écija Fernández

David Écija 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 amenable to scanning probe microscopies. In January 2014 he joined IMDEA Nanociencia as Researcher and “Ramon y Cajal” fellow.

Dr. Écija has been granted the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (CoG)  to carry out the project entitled "ELECNANO" (Electrically Tunable Functional Lanthanide Nanoarchitectures on Surfaces) in 2017. 

Research Lines

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

  • Surface-confined metal-organic materials. Our main interest is to rationalize the coordination chemistry of functional metals like lanthanides on surfaces, creating unique architectures with advanced functionalities for sensing, catalysis, light emission and nanomagnetism.  

  • On-surface synthesis of functional nanomaterials. Here we focus on the exploration of unprecedented chemical reactions aiming at the design of novel 2D soft materials.

  • Nanocatalysis for energy applications. We pursue the on-surface design and atomistic characterization of metal-oxide nanocatalysts of relevance for water splitting and CO2 reduction.

Relevant publications

Relevant publications as group leader:

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*
Nature Chemistry 7 (2) 105-120, 2015
Porphyrin Nanochemistry at Interfaces
Willi Auwärter, D. Écija, Florian Klappenberger and Johannes V. Barth*
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50 (21) 6163-6167, 2015
Orthogonal Insertion of Lanthanide and Transition Metal Atoms in Metal-Organic Networks on Surfaces
José I. Urgel, D. Ecija*, Willi Auwärter, Daphné Stassen, D.e Bonifazi, and Johannes V. Barth*
Nano Letters 13 (3) 1369-1373, 2014
Controlled manipulation of gadolinium coordinated supramolecules by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy
José I. Urgel, D. Ecija*, W. Auwärter and Johannes V. Barth*

Relevant publications as postdoc:

PNAS 110 (17), 6678-6681, 2013
Five-vertex Archimedean surface tessellation by lanthanide-directed molecular self-assembly.
D. Ecija*, José I. Urgel, Anthoula C. Papageorgiou, Sushobhan Joshi, Willi Auwärter, Ari P. Seitsonen, Svetlana Klyatskaya, Mario Ruben, Sybille Fischer, Saranyan Vijayaraghavan, Joachim Reichert and Johannes V. Barth*.
Highlighted in Nature Chemistry Research Highlights, issue 6, 2013
NanoLetters 12 (8), 4077-4083, 2012.
Selective Supramolecular Fullerene-Porphyrin Interactions and Switching in Surface-ConfinedC60-Ce(TPP)2 Dyads.
Saranyan Vijayaraghavan; D. Ecija*; Willi Auwärter*; Sushobhan Joshi; Knud Seufert; Ari P. Seitsonen; Kentaro Tashiro; Johannes V. Barth.
ACS Nano 6 (5), 4258-4265, 2012.
2D short-range disordered crystalline networks from flexible molecular modules
D. Écija,* S. Vijayaraghavan, W. Auwärter*, S. Joshi, K. Seufert, C. Aurissichio, D. Bonifazi and J.V. Barth.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50 3872-3877, 2011
Assembly and Manipulation of Rotatable Cerium-porphyrinato Sandwich Complexes on a Surface
D. Écija*, W. Auwärter*, S. Vijayaraghavan, K. Seufert, F. Bischoff, K. Tashiro and J. V. Barth*.
ACS Nano 4 (8), 4936–4942, 2010
Hierarchic Self-Assembly of Nanoporous Chiral Networks with Conformationally Flexible Porphyrins.
D. Écija*, K. Seufert, D. Heim, W. Auwärter*, C. Aurisicchio, C. Fabbro, D. Bonifazi*, J.V. Barth.

Relevant publications as PhD:

Nature Chemistry 2 (5), 374-379, 2010
Charge Transfer-induced Structural Rearrangements at Both Sides of Organic/Metal Interfaces.
T.-C. Tseng, C. Urban, Y. Wang, R. Otero, S. L. Tait, M. Alcamí, D. Écija, M. Trelka, J. M. Gallego, N. Lin, M. Konuma, U. Starke, A. Nefedov, A. Langner, C. Wöll, M. Á. Herranz, F. Martín, N. Martín, K. Kern, and R. Miranda
Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112 (24), 8988-8984, 2008
Molecular Conformation, Organizational Chirality, and Iron Metalation of Meso-tetramesitylporphyrins on Copper(100)
D. Écija, M. Trelka, C. Urban, R. Otero, R. Miranda, P. de Mendoza, A.M. Echavarren, J.M. Gallego*, R. Miranda*.
Physical Review B 77 (2), 024426-0422432, 2008
Symmetry Breaking-induced Non-symmetric Reversal and Butterfly Remanence Behaviour in Epitaxial Magnetic Thin Films.
D. Écija, N. Mikuszeit, E. Jiménez, J. Camarero*, J. M. Gallego, N. Sacristán, J. Vogel, R. Miranda*.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 46 (41), 7874-7877, 2007
Crossover Site-Selectivity in the Adsorption of the Fullerene Derivative PCBM on Au(111).
D. Écija, R. Otero, L. Sánchez, J. M. Gallego, Y. Wang, M. Alcamí, F. Martín, N. Martin*, R. Miranda*.
NanoLetters 7 (9), 2602-2607, 2007
An Organic Donor/Acceptor Lateral Superlattice at the Nanoscale.
R. Otero, D. Écija, J. M. Gallego, L. Sánchez, N. Martin*, R. Miranda*.

Selected Publications

  • 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. "On-Surface Synthesis of Ethynylene-Bridged Anthracene Polymers". Angewandte Chemie Inter. Ed. (2019) Vol. 58, Issue 20, 6559-6563. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201814154 (Open access)
  • Écija, D., Urgel, J.I., Seitsonen, A.P., Auwärter, W., Barth, J.V. "Lanthanide-Directed Assembly of Interfacial Coordination Architectures-From Complex Networks to Functional Nanosystems" Accounts of Chemical Research (2018) Volume 51, Issue 2, 365-375. DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00379

  • Cirera, B., Trukhina, O., Björk, J., Bottari, G., Rodríguez-Fernández, J., Martin-Jimenez, A., Islyaikin, M.K., Otero, R., Gallego, J.M., Miranda, R., Torres, T., Ecija, D. "Long-Range Orientational Self-Assembly, Spatially Controlled Deprotonation, and Off-Centered Metalation of an Expanded Porphyrin" J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2017), 139 (40), pp 14129–14136. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b06406