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PhD Students

Ms. Manto Maniaki

I received my Bachelor degree in Chemistry at the University of Patras in Greece in 2017.
My undergraduate research project was “Synthesis, Structural Characterization and Spectroscopic Studies of Trivalent Lanthanides with a Polydentate Schiff Base derived from by o-vanillin and 2-amino-benzoic acid" in the laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Spyros P. Perlepes. I received my Master´s degree from the same Department in 2019. My research project was «Chemistry of Mononuclear Complexes of Trivalent Lanthanides with Single-Ion Magnet Behavior» in the laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Spyros P. Perlepes.  During my Master, I visited Dr. Clérac’s group in the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP) in Bordeaux for a Short-Term Scientific Mission Stay (2 weeks) in the frame of the MOLSPIN COST ACTION (CA15128). The purpose of this STSM was the characterization of lanthanide(III) complexes that may act as Single-Molecule Magnets. After this, I visited the group of Functional Optoelectronic Nanomaterials in the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona for a 3-month period with the Erasmus Placement Program. My research there was the synthesis of n-doped PbS colloidal quantum dots that can be used for optoelectronic devices, under the supervision of Dr. Sotirios Christodoulou and Prof. Dr. Gerasimos Konstantatos. I started my PhD in the Group of Magnetism and Functional Molecules (GMMF) in 2020 and now, I am a member of the LabMolDesign group as a PhD student, under the supervision of Dr. Guillem Aromí and Dr. Carolina Sañudo. My research is focusing on the synthesis of new coordination complexes for quantum computing.

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Mr. José Serrano Guarinos

I received my bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Murcia in 2020. My undergraduate research was on the synthesis and characterization of terpyridine cyclometalated Ir(III) complexes for photodynamic therapy. The next year I obtained my master's degree in fine and molecular chemistry from the University of Murcia. The topic of my master's thesis was the synthesis and electrochemical and photophysical characterization of photoluminescent Pt(IV)-diimine complexes with cyclometalated NHC ligands. In 2024, I enrolled in the doctorate program at the University of Barcelona under the supervision of PhD. Guillem Aromí and PhD. David Aguilà.

My current research interest include coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, photophysics and photoluminescence, and lanthanide chemistry.

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Mr. Kostas Sotirakopoulos

Kostas Sotirakopoulos obtained his bachelor's and master’s degrees at the University of Patras in 2022 and 2024 respectively. Both of his theses on Molecular Inorganic Chemistry were under the supervision of Prof. Theocharis C. Stamatatos, where he explored new metal complexes bearing a chiral tripodal ligand and molecular Mn/Pb herometallic nanoclusters with unprecedented structural motifs and interesting magnetic properties. He currently is a PhD student at the University of Barcelona, under the supervision of Prof. Guillem Aromi and Serra Húnter Lecturer Leoni A. Barrios Moreno, with his research being focused on the modulation of the spincrossover properties of metallohelicates via host-guest supramolecular chemistry.

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