Ricardo Garsed

Ricardo Garsed was born in Spain. He is studying to obtain the Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain) in 2021. He speaks English, Spanish, and German. His main research interests are on the catalytic and photocatalytic properties of the smallest TiO2-supported metal clusters and on state-of-the-art first principles characterizations of core-shell bimetallic nanoparticles. At present, he is holder of a 'Jae-Intro' fellowship, getting training at the Institute of Fundamental Physics (IFF, CSIC) in the Department of Atomic, Molecular, and Surface Processes (PAMS) with María Pilar de Lara Castells, leader of the AbinitSim Unit.


The work developed by Ricardo Daniel Garsed consisted in a study using first-principles tools for the calculation of exchange energies between metallic atoms in nanoparticles surfaces. To this aim, the student learned to apply electronic structure packages (VASP), local programs for the analysis of molecular orbitals, programs for the visualization of the structures, as well as editing programs.

As a result, a manuscript entitled "First principles modelling of iron triade surfaces and clusters (Fe, Co, Ni) upon atomic exchange with gold and vice versa: interplay with the experiment on iron-gold core-shell nanoparticles" is being prepared. We plan to submit this manuscript to a high-impact journal in 2021.