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Eduardo Gracia

I am developing nanostructured functional materials applied to sensors, catalysis, and protective coatings. 

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Affiliation
Associate professor at Department of Physics
Location
Fysikhuset plan 3, Linnaeus väg 24, FA323 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Nanomaterials comes in a large variety of shapes and flavors with unique and interesting properties, but their size makes them highly vulnerable to structural alterations that can drastically changes their properties. This fact has always intrigued me, so my research field revolves around this idea; tune the electronic properties of nanomaterials by the generation of defects and introduction of dopants.

Since I finished my doctoral studies, I had worked with a wide range of nanomaterials such as metal nanoparticles, carbon nanostructures, transition metal oxides, and transition metal dichalcogenides. Nowadays, I still work with most of these materials in applications as electrocatalysts, photocatalysts, sensing elements, or as protective coatings barriers. I often use a combinatory approach of theory and experiment when working on a particular project. The experimental work involves the development of synthesis routes to produce heterogeneous and highly defective nanomaterials as powders, films, or composites, by using non-equilibrium synthesis techniques such as chemical vapor deposition, solid-state microwave-assisted synthesis, and solution precursor plasma spray pyrolysis. The theoretical approach mainly involves investigating the electronic structure, electron transport characteristics, and catalytic activity of materials using density functional theory. I mainly use SIESTA and Quantum Espresso, although LAMMPS (not DFT) pop out from time to time. The use of all these tools and techniques allows me to understand materials at different length scales, from the atomic level up to the macroscopic world.

Biography

I did my doctoral studies (2008-2011) under the supervision of Prof. Mauricio Terrones at IPICyT, Mexico. During that time, I worked in the production of heterogeneous systems comprising carbon nanotubes and metal oxides nanoparticles. I studied how the nanoparticles interact with the nanotubes, the possible anchoring points, and properties of the final composite. It was at this part of my studies that I was introduced to the world of computer simulations, in particular to density functional theory, a tool that I still use nowadays.

In 2012 I moved to Sweden to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Chemistry Department at Umeå University under the guidance of Prof. Thomas Wågberg. Later in 2014 I joined the Department of Physics as a researcher, in 2017 I became assistant professor, and recently in 2021 I became an associate professor.

Scientific publications

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Nano Reseach, Springer 2022, Vol. 15, (6) : 5610-5618
Liu, Yong-feng; Tang, Shi; Wu, Xiuyu; et al.
ACS Applied Nano Materials, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2021, Vol. 4, (12) : 12957-12965
Ekeroth, Sebastian; Ekspong, Joakim; Perivoliotis, Dimitrios K.; et al.
ACS Applied Nano Materials, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2021 : 1162-1174
Liu, Yong-feng; Tang, Shi; Fan, Junpeng; et al.
ACS Omega, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2021, Vol. 6, (18) : 11840-11848
Pinedo-Escobar, José Alfonso; Fan, Junpeng; Moctezuma, Edgar; et al.
Advanced Optical Materials, Wiley-VCH Verlagsgesellschaft 2021, Vol. 9, (1)
Ràfols-Ribé, Joan; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Jenatsch, Sandra; et al.
Advanced Theory and Simulations, Wiley-VCH Verlagsgesellschaft 2020, Vol. 3, (3)
Ekspong, Joakim; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2020, Vol. 124, (38) : 20911-20921
Ekspong, Joakim; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Wågberg, Thomas
ACS Applied Nano Materials, Acoustical Society of America (ASA) 2020, Vol. 3, (6) : 2574-0970
Enevold, Jenny; Dahlberg, Tobias; Stangner, Tim; et al.
RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry 2020, Vol. 10, (56) : 34323-34332
Fan, Junpeng; Ekspong, Joakim; Ashok, Anumol; et al.
Cuihuà xuébào, Science Press 2020, Vol. 41, (5) : 853-857
Han, Xin-Bao; Wang, Dong-Xue; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; et al.
ACS Applied Energy Materials, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2020, Vol. 3, (10) : 9785-9791
Sandström, Robin; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Annamalai, Alagappan; et al.
Advanced Energy Materials, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 10, (11)
Sharifi, Tiva; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Chen, Anran; et al.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2019, Vol. 141, (1) : 232-239
Han, Xin-Bao; Tang, Xing-Yan; Lin, Yue; et al.
RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry 2019, Vol. 9, (31) : 17979-17987
Sandström, Robin; Ekspong, Joakim; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; et al.
Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2018, Vol. 256
Annamalai, Alagappan; Sandström, Robin; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; et al.
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2018, Vol. 10, (19) : 16467-16473
Annamalai, Alagappan; Sandström, Robin; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; et al.
Carbon, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 137 : 349-357
Ekspong, Joakim; Boulanger, Nicolas; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
Advanced Functional Materials, WILEY-VCH VERLAG GMBH 2018, Vol. 28, (46)
Ekspong, Joakim; Sandström, Robin; Rajukumar, Lakshmy Pulickal; et al.
ACS Omega, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2018, Vol. 3, (10) : 12930-12935
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Barzegar, Hamid Reza; Zettl, Alex
Nano Energy, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 46 : 141-149
Sandström, Robin; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Hu, Guangzhi; et al.
Applied Surface Science, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 427 : 1203-1212
Subramanian, Arunprabaharan; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Annamalai, Alagappan; et al.
Nano Reseach, Tsinghua University Press 2017, Vol. 10, (6) : 1942-1949
Barzegar, Hamid Reza; Yan, Aiming; Coh, Sinisa; et al.
ChemSusChem, Wiley-Blackwell 2017, Vol. 10, (22) : 4544-4551
Kwong, Wai Ling; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Lee, Cheng Choo; et al.
Nano Energy, Vol. 35 : 9-16
Shen, Hangjia; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Ma, Jingyuan; et al.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, John Wiley & Sons 2017, Vol. 56, (44) : 13800-13804
Shen, Hangjia; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Ma, Jingyuan; et al.
Electrochemistry communications, Elsevier 2017, Vol. 81 : 116-119
Shen, Hangjia; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Wang, Le; et al.
Scientific Reports, Vol. 6
Annamalai, Alagappan; Lee, Hyun Hwi; Choi, Sun Hee; et al.
Nano letters (Print), Vol. 16, (11) : 6787-6791
Barzegar, Hamid Reza; Yan, Aiming; Coh, Sinisa; et al.
Advanced Functional Materials, Wiley-VCH Verlagsgesellschaft 2016, Vol. 26, (37) : 6766-6776
Ekspong, Joakim; Sharifi, Tiva; Shchukarev, Andrey; et al.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 120, (49) : 27849-27857
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
RSC Advances, Vol. 6, (26) : 21954-21960
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; López-Urias, F.; Terrones, H.; et al.
Journal of Sensors
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Rebollo-Plata, Bernabe; Martinez-Gutierrez, Hugo; et al.
Catalysis Science & Technology, Vol. 6, (5) : 1393-1401
Hu, Guangzhi; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Sandström, Robin; et al.
Nano Reseach, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2016 : 1-13
Sarkar, Anjana; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Wågberg, Thomas; et al.
Advanced Energy Materials, Wiley-Blackwell 2016, Vol. 6, (20) : 1-10
Sharifi, Tiva; Larsen, Christian; Wang, Jia; et al.
Nano letters (Print), Vol. 15, (2) : 829-834
Barzegar, Hamid Reza; Gracia Espino, Eduardo; Wågberg, Thomas
ACS Nano, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2015, Vol. 9, (10) : 10516-10522
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Barzegar, Hamid Reza; Sharifi, Tiva; et al.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2015, Vol. 119, (1) : 741-747
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; López-Urías, Florentino; Terrones, Humberto; et al.
Journal of Chemical Physics, American Institute of Physics (AIP) 2015, Vol. 142, (16)
Inaba, Akira; Miyazaki, Yuji; Michalowski, Pawel P.; et al.
Carbon, Vol. 88 : 51-59
Jehova Gonzalez, Viviana; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Morelos-Gomez, Aaron; et al.
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Washington: American Chemical Society (ACS) 2015, Vol. 7, (51) : 28148-28155
Sharifi, Tiva; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Jia, Xueen; et al.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 136, (18) : 6626-6633
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Hu, Guangzhi; Shchukarev, Andrey; et al.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 118, (5) : 2804-2811
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Jia, Xueen; Wågberg, Thomas
Nature Communications, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 2014, Vol. 5 : Article number: 5253-
Hu, Guangzhi; Nitze, Florian; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; et al.
RSC Advances, RSC Publishing 2014, Vol. 4, (2) : 676-682
Hu, Guangzhi; Nitze, Florian; Jia, Xueen; et al.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, American Chemical Society (ACS) 2013, Vol. 117, (48) : 25805-25816
Barzegar, Hamid Reza; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Sharifi, Tiva; et al.
Handbook of advanced ceramics: materials; applications; processing; and properties; second edition, Oxford: Elsevier 2013 : 61-87
Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; López-Urías, F; Kim, YA; et al.
Nanotechnology, Vol. 21, (3) : 35707-
Kukkola, Jarmo; Rautio, Aatto; Sala, Giovanni; et al.

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