Carlos Moya, Ph. D



Ph. D in Nanotechnology| University of Barcelona (UB)|

Group of Magnetic Nanomaterials. 2010-2015

  • I was focused on the preparation, functionalization and characterization of metallic oxides and non-metallic oxide Nanoparticles. During this stage, I published in 9 international peer-reviewed journals and participated in 23 national and international conferences.

M.S in Inorganic Chemistry| University of Barcelona (UB)|

Bio-organometallic Chemistry Group. 2008-2010

  • I gained insight into the synthesis and the characterization of Cu, Ni, and Pt organometallic complexes with a pH dependent reversible color change. I collaborated in 2 international peer-reviewed journals and participated in 2 international conferences.

Certificate on Pedagogical Aptitude| University of Barcelona (UB)| 2007-2008

  • I did a 2-month internship at Icaria High School.

Chemistry Degree| University of Barcelona (UB)| 2002-2008

  • I specialized in Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science.

Ph. D Thesis

Title: Structure versus magnetism in magnetic nanoparticles

Advisor: Professor Amilcar Labarta

Description: This thesis showed the effect of the concentration of two common reactants involved in the thermal decomposition method on the final properties of MFe2O4 (where M= Fe, Co): especially in magnetic frustration and interparticle interactions. In addition, Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) with an external magnetic field was undertaken to directly observe the reversal of the magnetization of isolated particles and the dynamic behaviour of small aggregates.

Postdoctoral experience

University Libre of Brussels (ULB)| EMNS Lab.

Jan 2020- Current position

  • I am working in Green and Economical strategies to harvest gold from the Wastewater Treatment Plans of Brussels by the utilization of functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles. I have participated in three international conferences and obtained one poster price GEFES 2020.

University of Barcelona (UB)| Magnetic Nanomaterials group.

April 2019-Dec 2019

  • I co-designed strategies to optimize the preparation of Nanomaterials for Biomedical proposes such as Bi2S3 nanorods, Fe3O4 nanoparticles, and SiO2 magnetic composites. I participated in four international conferences and published two articles in peer–reviewed international journals.

Barcelona Materials Institute (ICMAB)| N&N group.

Jan 2018- Feb 2019

  • I developed two research lines within the Grifols project “Albumin iron oxide nanocages”: I published two articles in peer–reviewed international journals,1 talk in an international conference and I gave one international seminar.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)| Sara Majetich group.

Aug 2016-Aug 2017

  • I was the responsible of the obtention of Monodisperse Nanoparticles by colloidal chemistry routes in inert atmosphere. I published two articles in peer–reviewed international journals and one poster in an international conference.

Honors & Awards

  • Poster prize in the conference GEFES 2020. Title: Crucial role of the Co cation on the destabilization of the ferrimagnetic alignment in Co-ferrite Nanoparticles with tunable structural defects.
  • Grants for short stays in Spanish Research Institutions. Ref: EEBB-I-12-05743 (2012), EEBB-I-12-05752 (2012), EEBB-I-13-0755 (2013). Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain.
  • Predoctoral fellowship (FPI- Ministry of science and innovation). Ref: BES-2010-038075. Academic years 2010-2014.



C.Moya, G. Bruylants. Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and their Applications, 163-211. NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS (978-1-68507-006-9)


C. Moya, A. Fraile-Rodríguez, M. Escoda-Torroella, M. García del Muro, S. R. V. Avula, C. Piamonteze, X. Batlle, A. Labarta.  J. Phys. Chem. C 2021, 125, 1, 691–701.

M. Escoda-Torroella, C. Moya, A. Fraile-Rodríguez, X. Batlle, A. Labarta. Langmuir 2021, 37, 1, 35–45.

M. Torras, C. Moya, G.A. Pasquevich, A. Roig.  Microchimica Acta 2020, 187, 488 (10).


C. Moya, R. Escudero, D. Malaspina, M. Mata, J. Hernández, J. Faradudo, A. Roig.  ACS Applied Bio Materials, 2019, 2, 3084-3094.

– S.D. Oberdick, A. M. Abdelgawad, C. Moya, S. M.-Vasey, D. Kepaptsoglou, V. K. Lazarov, R. F.L Evans, D. Meilak, E. Skoropata, J. Lierop, I. Hunt-Isaak, H. Pan, Y. Ijiri, K. L. Krycka, J. A Borchers, S. A. Majetich. Scientific Reports, 2018, 8, 3425.
– A. Fraile-Rodríguez, C. Moya, A. Romero, A. Labarta, and X. Batlle. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2018, 6, 875.

C. Moya, A. M. Abdelgawad, N. Nambiar and S. A. Majestich. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2017, 50, 325003.
– N. Perez, C. Moya, P. Tartaj, A. Labarta and X. Batlle. Journal of Applied Physics, 2017, 121, 044304.

C. Moya, Ó. Iglesias, X. Batlle and A. Labarta. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 119, 24142.
C. Moya, Ó. Iglesias-Freire, N. Pérez, X. Batlle, A. Labarta and A. Asenjo, Nanoscale 2015, 7, 8110.
C. Moya, G. Salas, M. del P. Morales, X. Batlle and A. Labarta, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 4522.
C. Moya, M. del P. Morales, X. Batlle and A. Labarta, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 13143.
C. Moya, X. Batlle and A. Labarta, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 27373.
C. Moya, Ó. Iglesias-Freire, X. Batlle, A. Labarta and A. Asenjo. Nanoscale., 2015, 7, 17764.

– A. I. Figueroa, C. Moya, J. Bartolomé, F. Bartolomé, L. M. García, N. Pérez, A. Labarta and X.Batlle, Nanotechnology , 2013, 24, 155705.


– C. López, C. Moya, P. K. Basu, A. González, X. Solans, M. Font-Bardía, T. Calvet, E. Lalinde and M. Teresa Moreno, J. Mol. Struct., 2011, 999, 49.


– C. López, A. González, C. Moya, R. Bosque, X. Solans and M. Font-Bardía, J. Organomet. Chem., 2008, 693, 2877.

Further dissemination & outreach

I have participated in 36 national and international Scientific conferences, 22 as a first author, including:  ICONAN (2018), ICM (2018, 2015), EMRS (2013,2020), JEMS (2012), INTERMAG (2017) and GEFES (2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020). Oral contributions :

Teaching Experience


  • 2020. Lector AGAUR


  • 2015. Scratch. Regina Carmeli High School. 2
  • 2010. La tutoria en centres d’ensenyament (DPL-P02972). Cat formación. 2010
  • 2010. Resolució de conflictes a l’escola. La mediació escolar (CA-P02928). Tadel formación.Nuevas tecnologías de la información y la comunicación (TIC) aplicadas a la educación (28049781197632472009). Universitat Camilo José Cela.

University teaching

  • 2021. 12 h of practical sessions in the Master course of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Biomedical Nanotechnology at Ecole Polytechnique of Brussels. ULB, Belgium
  • 2019. 4 h of practical sessions in the Master course of Nanomagnetism at Department of Condensed Matter Physics. Faculty of Physics, UB, Spain.
  • 2013-2014. 72 h of teaching at Department of Condensed Matter Physics. Faculty of Physics, UB, Spain. Subjects: Laboratory Fundamentals (Degrees of Physics and Electronic engineering).
  • 2009-2010. 245 h of teaching as an associated professor at Department of Inorganic chemistry. Faculty of Chemistry, UB, Spain. Lab of Inorganic chemistry (Degrees of Chemistry, Farmacy, and Geology) and Applied chemistry (Chemistry).

High school teaching

  • 2016. 3 months of full-time Science teacher at Infant Jesus High school, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2015. 7 months of full-time Science teacher at Regina Carmeli High School, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2008-2010. Half-time teacher for adults at Institut ACCESS per a l’oposició pública.

Supervision of students

  • 2020-2021. Co-supervision of one FWM with Prof. Gilles Bruylants. EMNS at University Libre of Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2019-2020. Co-supervision of two FWM with Prof. Gilles Bruylants. EMNS at University Libre of Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2019-2020. Co-supervision of two FWD with Prof. Xavier Batlle. Magnetic Nanomaterials group, Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Faculty of Physics at UB, Spain.
  • 2018-2019. Co-supervision of one FWD with Prof. Anna Roig. Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites group (N&N) at Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), Spain. Poster presentation awarded with the 3rd prize of the Dresselhaus Awards, organized by the Catalan Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCN2).

Participation in R&D projects

– Becoming modern green urban alchemists: gold and silver mining from Brussels urban sewage. Founding institution: Innoviris-RBC. PI:
Prof. Marc Elskens

Nanopartículas y nanoelementos Multifuncionales: Propiedades Magnéticas y Plasmónicas (PGC2018-097789-B-I00). Founding institution: MICINN (Spanish Minister). PI: Prof. X. Batlle and Dr. A. Fraile.

Albumin iron oxide nanocages (Albumin Adwards program). Founding institution: Grifols S.A. PI: Prof. A. Roig.

Magnetic Nanostructures through Metallic Dewetting (DMR-1410680). Founding institution: National Science Foundation. Prof. S. Majetich.

“Nanoestructuras magnéticas multifuncionales: efectos de superfice, interfase y proximidad” (MAT2012-33037). Founding institution: MICINN (Spanish Minister). Prof. X. batlle.

– “Magnetismo y Transporte de carga dependiente de espin en materiales nanoestructurados ordenados/desordenados/aislantes” (MAT2009-08667). Founding institution: MICINN (Spanish Minister). Prof. X. batlle.

“Nanoestructuras magnéticas multifuncionales” (2009SGR876). Founding institution: Catalan DURSI and European Union. Prof. A. Labarta

Main On-going Collaborators

  • Dr. Óscar Iglesias, Prof. Amílcar Labarta, Prof. Xavier Batlle, and Dr. Arantxa Fraile. University of Barcelona (UB) |Group of Magnetic Nanomaterials (Faculty of Physics).
  • Dr. Marta Estrader and Dr. Albert Figuerola. Faculty of Chemistry-University of Barcelona (UB) |Laboratory of Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites (LM2N) (Faculty of Chemistry-Inorganic Chemistry Section).
  • Prof. Puerto Morales. Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid | Materials for Medicine and Biotechnology Group (MAMBIO).