Undergraduate Institution: University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Master Institution: University of Barcelona, Spain
Graduate Institution: Institute of Advanced Chemistry, Barcelona, Spain
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After completing high school in El Salvador (2007), I moved to Santiago de Compostela in Spain to study my bachelor in chemistry. In 2012 I finished my bachelor’s thesis under the supervision of Arturo Lopez Quintela on the synthesis and characterization of silver clusters of low atomicity. During that year I started a master degree on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Barcelona University. Following that, I performed my PhD thesis under the supervision of Conxita Solans and Carlos Rodriguez-Abreu, at the Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia in Barcelona. The main question guiding my PhD thesis was: How can we take advantage of aqueous molecular self-assembly processes to produce novel and functional materials. My doctoral dissertation consisted on a systematic study of the self-assembly and phase behavior in water of cationic dyes (that form fiber-like aggregates) and hexosome-forming diglycerol based surfactants, and their application as templates in the synthesis of functional nanomaterials. In addition to my PhD I have been involved in R & D projects funded by multinational companies. These projects consisted in studying the phase behavior of essential oils/surfactant/water systems with the aim to produce nano-emulsions by low energy emulsification methods. Additionally, during my PhD thesis I had the opportunity to visit three different laboratories in Europe and Asia (Lund University, INL and NIMS). I completed my PhD in 2017 with honors and joined the Voet’s group as a post-doctoral researcher.
My main research interest are on the molecular self-organization processes and their use as templates for functional nanomaterials. I’m currently expanding my line of research into the development of sustainable and ecological synthesis of nanomaterials for industrial applications. I believe that this is the next step into exploiting the fascinating properties at the nano-scale.
- From chromonic self-assembly to hollow carbon nanofibers: efficient materials in supercapacitor and vapor-sensing applications. J.R. Magana, Y.V. Kolen’ko, F.L. Deepak, C. Solans, R.G. Shrestha, J.P. Hill, et al. 2016. ACS applied materials & interfaces 8 (45), 31231-31238
- Self-Assembly and Formation of Chromonic Liquid Crystals from the Dyes Quinaldine Red Acetate and Pyronin Y. J.R. Magana, M. Homs, C. Solans, M. Obiols-Rabasa, L. M. Salonen, and C. Rodríguez-Abreu. 2016. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 120 (1), 250-258
- Chromonic self-assemblies in a series of dialkyl-thiacarbocyanine dyes and generalization of a facile route for the synthesis of fluorescent nanostructured silica fibers. J.R Magana, C. Solans, L. M. Salonen, E. Carbó-Argibay, J. Gallo, G. J. T. Tiddy, C. Rodriguez-Abreu. 2018. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers