Dra. Pilar Amo Ochoa


Dra. Pilar Amo Ochoa

Pilar Amo Ochoa es Doctora en Ciencias químicas y actualmente profesora titular de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Además de su actividad docente, ha participado en aproximadamente 11 proyectos de Investigación tanto nacionales como internacionales publicando más de 40 artículos científicos en revistas de alto índice de impacto. También ha colaborado en proyectos de innovación y mejora de la calidad docente, y de divulgación científica siendo responsable del proyecto subvencionado por la FECYT y la Comunidad de Madrid, “Conocer la Ciencia Hoy, abre las Puertas del Mañana”. (www.nanomadrid.es)

Profesora Titular
Dpto. Química Inorgánica
C8 Despacho.503
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Teléfono 914973200

Correo Electrónico: pilar.amo@uam.es

Pilar Amo-Ochoa is co-author of more than 40 research papers in high quality international journals (incl. Chem. Soc. Rev., Angewandte Chem., Adv. Mat., Chem. Comm., Inorg. Chem.) and three book chapters. She has been working in bioinorganic chemistry for many years and more recently she has refocused her research towards the synthesis of novel nanomaterials based on metal modified DNA, coordination polymers. She is working also in adsorption and characterization of coordination polymers on surfaces including electrical properties.

Research Interest

Our current research is focused on the development of new molecular wires based on coordination polymers (MOF).

The recent work is centered in the design, synthesis, structural and electrical characterization of 1D-MOF, to be organized on insulated surfaces (ei. mica) and electrically characterized as “individual chains”.

We are exploring new synthetic routes using microwaves, solvothermal, etc.

Experiments of electrical properties of single chains derived of MOF are currently undergoing.

The suitable selection of the functional groups attached to the 1D-MOF will allow supramolecular interaction of the new molecular wires with other polymers and organized them on surfaces to facilitate construction of nanocircuits for instance by interaction with molecules with structuring capability such as DNA.

Research Lines

– Coordination polymers for novel nanomaterials.

– Molecular wires based on coordination and “MMX” polymers and metal-modified DNA.

– Metal-DNA functional nanostructures.

– Development of new synthetic strategies of coordination polymers.

– Novel microscopical applications: Use of AFM and STM microscopes in the morphological and electrical characterization of molecular wires.


-Synthesis and characterization of 1D- and 2D-MOF with: (i) short metal-metal distances,

(ii) ligand bridges able to connect electronically metal centers.

-Electrical characterization on solid state of the MOF.

-Adsorption of the MOF showing electrical conductivity in solid state on insulated


-Electrical characterization on surfaces of the isolated chains or 2D networks of the MOF.

-Studies of the supramolecular interaction between selected MOF showing conductivity

and DNA.

Selected Papers

D. Olea, S.S. Alexandre, P. Amo-Ochoa, A. Guijarro, F. de Jesús, J.M. Soler, P.J. de Pablo, F. Zamora*, J. Gómez-Herrero.From coordination polymer macrocrystals to nanometric individual chains. Advanced Materials, 14, 1761-1765, (2005) (including cover page).

P. Amo-Ochoa, M.I. Rodríguez-Tapiador, O. Castillo, D. Olea, A. Guijarro, S.S. Alexandre, J. Gómez-Herrero, F. Zamora. Assembling of Dimeric Entities of Cd(II) with 6-Mercaptopurine to Afford One-dimensional Coordination Polymers: Synthesis and Scanning Probe Microscopy Characterization. Inorganic Chemistry, 45, 7642-7650, (2006).

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Pablo J. Sanz Miguel, Oscar Castillo, Michal Sabat, Bernhard Lippert, Félix Zamora*. Interguanine hydrogen bonding patterns in adducts with water and Zn-purine complexes (purine= 9-methyladenine and 9-methylguanine). Unexpected preference of Zn(II) for adenine- N7 over guanine-N7. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 12, 543-555, (2007).

P. Amo-Ochoa, G. Givaja, P. J. Sanz Miguel, O. Castillo, F. Zamora. Microwave assisted hydrothermal synthesis of a novel CuI-Sulfate-Pyrazine MOF. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 10, 921-924, (2007).

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Pablo J. Sanz Miguel, Oscar Castillo, Félix Zamora. An unusual triple parallel interpenetrated 2D Cu-polymer, with a 3D triple interpenetration via H-bonding. CrystEngComm. 9, 897-990, (2007).

Eva Mateo-Martí, Lorena Welte, Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Pablo J. Sanz Miguel, Julio Gómez-Herrero, José A. Martín-Gago, Félix Zamora. Direct Evidence of Nanowires formation from a Cu(I) coordination polymer. Chemical Communications, (2008) 941-945.

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Oscar Castillo, Simone S.  Alexandre, Lorena Welte, Pedro J. De Pablo, Mª Isabel Rodríguez-Tapiador, Julio Gómez Herrero, Félix Zamora. Synthesis of Designed conductive One-Dimensional Coordinatión Polymers of Ni(II) with 6-Mercaptopurine and 6-Thioguanine. Inorganic Chemistry (2009) 48,7931- 7936.

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Lorena Welte, Rodrigo González- Prieto, P. J. Sanz Miguel, Carlos J. Gómez-García, Salome Delgado, Julio Gómez Herrero, Félix Zamora.Single Layers of a multifunctional laminar Cu(I,II) coordination polymer. Chemical Communications. (2010), 3262-3264

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Reyes Jiménez-Aparicio, M. Rosario Torres, Francisco A. Urbanos, A. Gallego Carlos J. Gómez-García. MMX Chains and Molecular species Containing Rh2n+ (n = 4, 5 and 6) units. Electrical conductivity in Crystal phase of MMX polymers. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, (2010) 4924-4932.

Gonzalo Givaja, Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Carlos J. Gómez-García, Félix Zamora. Electrical Conductive Coordination Polymers, Chemical Society Reviews (Chem. Soc. Rev), 41 (1), 115-147 (2012).

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Salomé Delgado, Almudena Gallego, Carlos J. Gómez-García, Reyes Jiménez-Aparicio, Gonzalo Martínez, Josefina Perles, and M. Rosario Torres. Structure and Properties of One-Dimensional Heterobimetallic Polymers Containing Dicyanoaurate and Dirhodium(II) Fragments. Inorganic Chemistry, 51, 5855-5849, (2012).

Amo-Ochoa, Pilar; Alexandre, Simone; Hribesh, Samira; Galindo, Miguel; Castillo, Oscar; Gómez-García, Carlos; Pike, Andrew; Soler, Jose; Houlton, Andrew; Zamora, Félix. Coordination Chemistry of 6-Thioguanine Derivatives with Cobalt. Towards Formation of Electrical Conductive one-Dimensional Coordination Polymers. Inorganic Chemistry, 52, 5290-5299, (2013).

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Esther Delgado, Carlos J. Gómez-García, Diego Hernández, Elisa Hernández, Avelino Martin and Félix Zamora. Electrical bi-stability in an unprecedented 1D coordination magnetic polymer based on diiron tetrakis(dithiolato) entities bridged by potassium complexes. Inorganic Chemistry, 52,5943-5950, (2013).

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Oscar Castillo, Ross W. Harrington, Félix Zamora, and Andrew Houlton. Substituent and Noncovalent Interaction Effects in the Reactivity of Purine Derivatives with Tetracarboxylato-dirhodium(II) Units. Rationalization of a Rare Binding Mode via N3. Inorganic Chemistry, 52, 2174-2181 (2013).

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Oscar Castillo, Félix Zamora. Cu(I), Co(II) and Fe(II) coordination polymers with pyrazine and benzoate as ligands. Spin crossover, spin canting and metamagnetism phenomena. Dalton Transactions, 42 (37), 13453-13460, (2013).

Amo-Ochoa, Pilar; Jiménez-Aparicio, Reyes; Hernáez, Josefina; Torres, Rosario; Gennari, Marcello; Zamora, Félix.Structural Diversity in Paddlewheel Dirhodium(II) Compounds through Ionic Interactions. Electronic and Redox Properties. Crystal Growth and Desing, 13(11), 4977-4985, (2013).

Pilar Amo-Ochoa, Oscar Castillo, Carlos J. Gómez-García, Khaled Hassanein, Sandeep Verma, Jitendra Kumar, and Félix Zamora. Semiconductive and Magnetic One-Dimensional Coordination Polymers of Cu(II) with Modified Nucleobases, Inorganic Chemistry, 52 (19), 11428-11437 (2013).