Marc Estruga

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Biographical Sketch

Ph D. in Chemistry, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). “Nanomaterials Preparation from a Greener Perspective: Soft Chemical Routes to Metal Oxide Nanopowders”, 2007-2010
Masters Thesis, UAB, 2006-2007
Bachelor Sc. Degree in Chemistry, UAB, 2000-2005



The purpose of my PhD thesis consisted in developing novel methodologies for nanomaterials synthesis within Green Chemistry guidelines. I focused on soft chemical routes to low cost and harmless transition metal semiconductors, putting emphasis on materials with prospective applications in the fields of environmental remediation of polluted water and alternative energy supply, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Currently, I am working on the solution-processing synthesis of ceramic nanowires as reinforcement phase in aluminum and magnesium alloys to improve its mechanical properties. This work is part of the “Transformational Casting Technology for Fabrication of Ultra-High Performance Lightweight Aluminum and Magnesium Nanocomposites” NEMPC project (, which ultimate goal is to produce light-weight high performance structural Al and Mg-based metal matrix nanocomposites (MMNCs) enabled by nanotechnology at a scale prototypic to industry (up to 100~1000 lbs ingots). 

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Low temperature N,N-dimethylformamide-assisted synthesis and characterization of anatase-rutile biphasic nanostructured titania.” Estruga, M.; Domingo, C.; Domènech, X.; Ayllón, J. A. Nanotechnology 2009, 20, 125604.

“Microwave radiation as heating method in the synthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles from hexafluorotitanate-organic salts.” Estruga, M.; Domingo, C.; Ayllón, J. A. Mat. Res. Bull2010, 45, 1224-1229.

“Zirconium-doped and silicon-doped TiO2 photocatalysts synthesis from ionic-liquid-like precursors”. Estruga, M.; Domingo, C.; Domènech, X.; Ayllón, J. A. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2010, 344, 327-333.

“Mild Synthetic Routes to High-Surface Zinc Oxide Nanopowders.” Estruga, M.; Domingo, C.; Ayllón, J. A. Eur, J. Inorg. Chem. 2010, 1649-1654.

“Clean low-temperature ZnO deposition method for multipurpose applications.” Estruga, M.; González-Valls, I.; Domingo, C.; Lira-Cantu, M.; Ayllón, J.A. Eur, J. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 6, 821-825.

“Solution-Processable ZnO Nanoparticles obtained by Low-Temperature Solventless Synthesis.” Estruga, M.; Domingo, C.; Ayllón, J.A. J. Mater. Chem. 2011, 21, 4408-4415.