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Dr. Laia Vilà-Nadal

Senior Researcher, Lecturer
In June 2006 I obtained a Degree in Chemistry at the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), where in parallel with my Chemistry studies I also enrolled in Biochemistry courses. I have a remarkable multidisciplinary motivation and in July 2007 I obtained a Degree in Biochemistry, 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 in 2011 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 elucidate POMs isomerization mechanisms and assembly mechanisms. For me working at the Cronin Group has been an amazing opportunity to expand my research skills while being involved in several collaborative research projects.

In June 2015 I started my post as research Group Co-ordinator and became a Senior member of the Cronin group. These four years as Co-ordinator of a group of 60+ have been a great opportunity to gain management and leadership skills and continue to develop as a scientist.

In June 2019 I started my independent academic career as a Lecturer. Research in the LVN group centres in understanding the self-assembly mechanisms of inorganic metal oxide materials, aiming to design new materials with diverse applications, for example, in energy storage, molecular electronics and sensing, etc. The LVN group is looking forward to a continued and fruitful cooperation with the Cronin Group.

Group Publications

25. Controlling the Reactivity of the [P8W48O184]40− Inorganic Ring and Its Assembly into POMZite Inorganic Frameworks with Silver Ions, C. Zhan, Q. Zheng, D. -L. Long, L. Vilà-Nadal, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019
24. A multi-scale simulation study for optimization and variability evaluation of molecular based flash cell, V. P. Georgiev, L. Vilà-Nadal, L. Cronin, A. Asenov, IEEE Xplore, 2018
23. Synthesis of polyoxometalate clusters using carbohydrates as reducing agents leads to isomer-selection†, E. Janusson, N. de Kler, L. Vilà-Nadal, D. -L. Long, L. Cronin, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 5797-5800
22. Investigating the Formation of Giant {Pd72}Prop and {Pd84}Gly Macrocycles using NMR, HPLC and Mass Spectrometry, L. G. Christie, S. Asche, J. S. Mathieson, L. Vilà-Nadal, L. Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 9379-9382
21. 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
20. 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
19. Molecular based flash cell for low power flash application: optimization and variability evaluation, V. Georgiev, L. Vilà-Nadal, L. Cronin, A. Asenov, IEEE Xplore, 2017, 64-65
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. Polyoxometalate based open-frameworks (POM-OFs), H. N. Miras, L. Vilà-Nadal, L. Cronin, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 5679-5699
9. 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
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., 2012, 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