Dr. Laia Vilà-Nadal

Senior Researcher, Group Coordinator
In June 2006 I obtained a Degree in Chemistry at the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), in parallel with my Chemistry studies I also enrolled to Biochemistry courses. I have a remarkable multidisciplinary motivation and I obtained in July 2007 the Degree in Biochemistry while having started Ph.D. studies in January of the same year. The aim of my Ph.D. was the study of POM formation processes by means of Quantum Molecular Dynamics simulations (CPMD code) and standard DFT methods, NMR chemical shifts calculations. Since I joined the Cronin group I have been involved in several cross-disciplinary projects including the synthesis and characterization of new POM architectures, the combination of experimental techniques; such as mass spectrometry, EPR and NMR, with theoretical calculations to euclidate POMs isomerization mechanisms and assembly mechanisms. For me working at the Cronin Group is an amazing opportunity to expand my research skills and being involved in several collaborative research projects.

Group Publications

20. Redox tuning the Weakley-type polyoxometalate archetype for the oxygen evolution reaction, M. M. Sabi, J. Soriano-Lopez, R. S. Winter, J. -J. Chen, L. Vilà-Nadal, D. -L. Long, J. R. Galan-Mascaros, L. Cronin, Nat. Cat., 2018, 1, 208-213
19. Self-Sorting of Heteroanions in the Assembly of Cross-Shaped Polyoxometalate Clusters, Q. Zheng, L. Vilà-Nadal, Z. Lang, J. -J. Chen, D. -L. Long, J. S. Mathieson, J. M. Poblet, L. Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 2595-2601
18. Design and synthesis of polyoxometalate-framework materials from cluster precursors, L. Vilà-Nadal, L. Cronin, Nat. Rev. Mat., 2017, 2, 17054
17. Self-assembly of molecular metal oxide nanoclusters, L. Vilà-Nadal, L. Cronin, Handbook of Solid State Chemistry, 2017, 4, 1-20
16. A metamorphic inorganic framework that can be switched between eight single-crystalline states, C. Zhan, J. M. Cameron, D. Gabb, T. Boyd, R. S. Winter, L. Vilà-Nadal, S. G. Mitchell, S. Glatzel, J. Breternitz, D. H. Gregory, D. -L. Long, A. Macdonell, L. Cronin, Nat. Commun., 2017, 8, 14185
15. Investigating the Transformations of Polyoxoanions Using Mass Spectrometry and Molecular Dynamics, J. M. Cameron, L. Vilà-Nadal, R. S. Winter, F. Iijima, J. C. Murillo, A. Rodríguez-Fortea, H. Oshio, J. M. Poblet, L. Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 8765-8773
14. Trapping the δ Isomer of the Polyoxometalate-Based Keggin Cluster with a Tripodal Ligand, C. Sartzi, H. N. Miras, L. Vilà-Nadal, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 15488-15492
13. Following the Reaction of Heteroanions inside a {W18O56} Polyoxometalate Nanocage by NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry, Q. Zheng, L. Vilà-Nadal, C. Busche, J. S. Mathieson, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 7895-7899
12. Comparison Between Bulk and FDSOI POM Flash Cell: A Multiscale Simulation Study, V. P. Georgiev, S. M. Amoroso, T. M. Ali, L. Vilà-Nadal, C. Busche, L. Cronin, A. Asenov, IEEE Trans. Electron Devices, 2015, 62, 680-684
11. Design and fabrication of memory devices based on nanoscale polyoxometalate clusters, C. Busche, L. Vilà-Nadal, J. Yan, H. N. Miras, D. -L. Long, V. P. Georgiev, A. Asenov, R. H. Pedersen, N. Gadegaard, M. M. Mirza, D. J. Paul, J. M. Poblet, L. Cronin, Nature, 2014, 515, 545-549
10. Optimization and Evaluation of Variability in the Programming Window of a Flash Cell With Molecular Metal-Oxide Storage, V. P. Georgiev, S. Markov, L. Vilà-Nadal, C. Busche, L. Cronin, A. Asenov, IEEE Trans. Electron Devices, 2014, 61, 2019-2026
9. Polyoxometalate based open-frameworks (POM-OFs), H. N. Miras, L. Vilà-Nadal, L. Cronin, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 5679-5699
8. Formation, self-assembly and transformation of a transient selenotungstate building block into clusters, chains and macrocycles, J. M. Cameron, J. Gao, L. Vilà-Nadal, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 2155-2157
7. Towards Polyoxometalate-Cluster-Based Nano-Electronics, L. Vilà-Nadal, S. G. Mitchell, S. Markov, C. Busche, V. Georgiev, A. Asenov, L. Cronin, Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 16502-16511
6. Polyoxometalate {W18O56XO6} Clusters with Embedded Redox-Active Main-Group Templates as Localized Inner-Cluster Radicals, L. Vilà-Nadal, K. Peuntinger, C. Busche, J. Yan, D. Lüders, D. -L. Long, J. M. Poblet, D. M. Guldi, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 9695-9699
5. Exploring the rotational isomerism in non-classical WellsDawson anions {W18X}: a combined theoretical and mass spectrometry study, L. Vilà-Nadal, S. G. Mitchell, D. -L. Long, A. Rodríguez-Fortea, X. López, J. M. Poblet, L. Cronin, Dalton Trans., 2011, 41, 2264-2271
4. Connecting Theory with Experiment to Understand the Initial Nucleation Steps of Heteropolyoxometalate Clusters, L. Vilà-Nadal, S. G. Mitchell, A. Rodríguez-Fortea, H. N. Miras, L. Cronin, J. M. Poblet, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 20136-20145
3. Combined Theoretical and Mass Spectrometry Study of the Formation-Fragmentation of Small Polyoxomolybdates, L. Vilà-Nadal, E. F. Wilson, H. N. Miras, A. Rodríguez-Fortea, L. Cronin, J. M. Poblet, Inorg. Chem., 2011, 50, 7811-7819
2. Assembly of titanium embedded polyoxometalates with unprecedented structural features, T. McGlone, L. Vilà-Nadal, H. N. Miras, D. -L. Long, J. M. Poblet, L. Cronin, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 11599-11604
1. Nucleation Mechanisms of Molecular Oxides: A Study of the Assembly-Disassembly of [W6O19]2 Using Theory and Mass Spectrometry, L. Vilà-Nadal, A. Rodríguez-Fortea, L. -K. Yan, E. F. Wilson, L. Cronin, J. M. Poblet, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 5452-5456