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Dr. Jessica Rodríguez-Fernández


Dr. Jessica Rodríguez-Fernández
Photonics and Optoelectronics Group
Department für Physik und CeNS
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtität Munich
Amalienstr. 54
D-80799 Munich

Tel: +49-89-2180-5014
Tel: +49-89-2180-3356 or -3357 (Secretary)
Fax: +49-89-2180-3441
Email: Email iconjessicastoprodriguezbeilmustopde / jessicastoprodriguezbeiphysik.uni-muenchenstopde

Research Interests


Functional Nanoparticles  
  • Metal nanoparticles (e.g. Au, Ag)
  • Semiconductor nanoparticles (e.g. Cu2-xS)

Hybrid Nanocomposites & Nanostructures

Hybrid Nanocomposites & Nanostructures  
  • Organic/inorganic (e.g. Au NRs@pNIPAM)
  • Inorganic/inorganic (e.g. CdS/Pt heterostructures)

Self-Assembly &
Functional Assemblies

  • Self-assembly of functional colloidal nanoparticles
  • DNA-directed self-assembly & DNA origami

Optical Properties at the Nanoscale

Optical Properties & Optical Tools
  • Plasmonic
  • Excitonic
  • Tuning optical properties


  • Optical trapping
  • Optical printing
  • Optothermal tuning / effects


  • 2011 – to date: Group Leader (Functional Nanoparticles & Nanostructures), Photonics and Optoelectronics Group (PhOG) of Prof. J. Feldmann,  LMU Munich
  • 2009 – to date: Head of the Chemistry Laboratory, PhOG,  LMU Munich
  • 2008 – 2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, PhOG, LMU Munich
  • 2007 – 2008: Visiting researcher, Nanoscience Group of Prof. Paul Mulvaney, School of Chemistry & Bio 21 Institute, The University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • 2006 – 2007: Visiting researcher, Nanoscience Group of Prof. Paul Mulvaney, School of Chemistry & Bio 21 Institute, The University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • 2005: Visiting researcher, Soft Condensed Matter Group of Prof. Jan K. Dhont, Institute of Solid State Research (IFF), Jülich Forschungszentrum (Germany)
  • 2004 – 2008: PhD studies, Colloidal Chemistry Group of Prof. Luis M. Liz-Marzán, Physical Chemistry Department, University of Vigo (Spain).
    Thesis: “Gold Nanoparticles: Growth, Reactivity and Optical Studies” (Excellent cum laude)
  • 1999-2004: Chemistry studies (MSc equivalent), majoring in Physical Chemistry, University of Vigo (Spain)

Third-Party Funding

  • 2013: Project from the Junior Researcher Fund ("HE-Go-3D", LMUexcellent, Excellence Iniciative - DFG); Principal Investigator
    • Budget: 130.95k €
    • Project duration: 01.12.2013 - 31.08.2016
  • 2013: FP7 Small Collaborative Project - UNION ("Ultra-versatile Nanoparticle Integration into Organized Nanoclusters"); Principal Investigator
    • Budget: 594.3k € (total budget for UNION: 3.8M €)
    • Project duration: 01.02.2013 - 31.01.2016
  • 2012: Project from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Germany); Principal Investigator
    • Budget: 175k €
    • Project duration: 01.06.2012 - 31.07.2014

Further Projects

  • 2011: FP7 Initial Training Network - ICARUS ("Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Nanostructures for Photonics and Optoelectronics")

Awards, Memberships & Fellowships

  • 2014: Principal investigator of NIM
  • 2013: SolTech Member
  • 2013: NIM Associate
  • 2012: Extraordinary Member of the Center for Nanoscience (CeNS)
  • 2012 & 2010: CeNS Publication Awards
  • 2004 – 2008: FPU Fellowship (Spanish Ministry of Science) – funding of PhD studies
  • 2004: Extraordinary Best Student Award (Chemistry Promotion 1999-2004), University of Vigo (Spain)

Other activities



Switching Plasmons: Gold Nanorod−Copper Chalcogenide Core-Shell Nanoparticle Clusters with Selectable Metal/Semiconductor NIR Plasmon Resonances

M. A. Habeeb Muhammed, M. Döblinger, J. Rodríguez-Fernández
J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2015), DOI:10.1021/jacs.5b05337

Delayed electron relaxation in CdTe nanorods studied by spectral analysis of the ultrafast transient absorption

I. Kriegel, F. Scotognella, G. Soavi, R. Brescia, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, J. Feldmann, G. Lanzani, F. Tassone
Chem. Phys. (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.chemphys.2015.08.002

Biomolecules in Metal and Semiconductor Nanoparticle Growth

V. Baumann, M. A. Habeeb Muhammed, A. J. Blanch, P. Dey, J. Rodríguez-Fernández
Isr. J. Chem., in press (2015)
(Invited review)

Simple and Rapid High Yield Synthesis and Size Sorting of Multi-branched Hollow Gold Nanoparticles with Highly-Tunable NIR Plasmon Resonances

A. J. Blanch, M. Döblinger, and J. Rodríguez-Fernández
Small, in press (2015), DOI: 10.1002/smll.201500095

Electronically coupled hybrid structures by graphene oxide directed self-assembly of Cu2-xS nanocrystals

S. Neyshtadt, I. Kriegel, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, S. Hug, B. Lotsch, E. Da Como
Nanoscale 7, 6675 (2015)

Vacancy-Doped Plasmonic Copper Chalcogenide Nanocrystals with Tunable Optical Properties

I. Kriegel, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, C. Jiang, R. Schaller, E. da Como, D. V. Talapin, J. Feldmann
in "Ultrafast Dynamics in Molecules, Nanostructures and Interfaces: Selected Lectures Presented at Symposium on Ultrafast Dynamics of the 7th Internationa" Series in Optics and Photonics - Vol.8 (ed. by G. G. Gurzadyan, G. Lanzani, C. Soci) Chapt. 15, World Scientific Pub Co (2014)

Cation exchange synthesis and optoelectronic properties of type II CdTe-Cu2-xTe nano-heterostructures

I. Kriegel, A. Wisnet, A.R. Srimath Kandada, F. Scotognella, F. Tassone, C. Scheu, H. Zhang, A.O. Govorov, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, J. Feldmann
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2, 3189 (2014)
(Invited contribution the 2014 Emerging Investigators Themed Issue & Featured at the inside front cover)

Photonic-Crystal Nanocavities Containing Plasmonic-Nanoparticles Assembled Using a Laser-Printing Technique

J. Do, K.N. Sediq, K. Deasy, D.M. Coles, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, J. Feldmann, D.G. Lidzey
Adv. Optical Mater., 1, 946 (2013)
(Featured at the cover of the December issue)

Shedding Light on Vacancy-Doped Copper Chalcogenides: Shape-Controlled Synthesis, Optical Properties, and Modeling of Copper Telluride Nanocrystals with Near-Infrared Plasmon Resonances

I. Kriegel, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, A. Wisnet, H. Zhang, C. Waurisch, A. Eychmüller, A. Dubavik, A. Govorov, J. Feldmann
ACS Nano, 7 (5), 4367-4377 (2013)

Design and Optical Trapping of a Biocompatible Propeller-like Nanoscale Hybrid

J. Do, R. Schreiber, A.A. Lutich, T. Liedl, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, J. Feldmann
Nano Lett. 12 (9), 5008 (2012)

Plasmon Spectroscopy and Imaging of Individual Gold Nanodecahedra: A Combined Optical Microscopy, Cathodoluminescence, and Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy Study

V. Myroshnychenko, J. Nelayah, G. Adamo, N. Geuquet, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, I. Pastoriza-Santos, K. F. MacDonald, L. Henrard, L.M. Liz-Marzán, N.I. Zheludev, M. Kociak, F.J. García de Abajo
Nano Lett. 12 (8), 4172 (2012)

Tuning the Excitonic and Plasmonic Properties of Copper Chalcogenide Nanocrystals

I. Kriegel, C. Jiang, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, R. D. Schaller, D. V. Talapin, E. da Como, J. Feldmann
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (3), 1583 (2012)



Triggering the Volume Phase Transition of Core-Shell Au Nanorod-Microgel Nanocomposites with Light

J. Rodríguez-Fernández, M. Fedoruk, C. Hrelescu, A. A. Lutich, J. Feldmann
Nanotechnology 22 (24), 245708 (2011)

Hybrid Colloidal Heterostructures of Anisotropic Semiconductor Nanocrystals Decorated with Noble Metals: Synthesis and Function

Vaneski, A. S. Susha, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, M. Berr, F. Jäckel, J. Feldmann, A. L. Rogach
Adv. Funct. Mater. 21 (9), 245708 (2011) (Invited Feature Article)

Tuning the Light Absorption of Cu1.97S Nanocrystals in Supercrystal Structures

Kriegel, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, E. Da Como, A. Lutich, J. Szeifert, J. Feldmann
Chem. Mater. 23 (7), 1830 (2011)

Inorganic-Organic Nanocomposites of CdSe Nanocrystals Surface-Modified with Oligo- and Poly(fluorene) Moieties

I. Kanelidis, A. Vaneski, D. Lenkeit, S. Pelz, V. Elsner, R. M. Stewart, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, A. A. Lutich, A. S. Susha, R. Theissmann, S. Adamczyk, A. L. Rogach, E. Holder
J. Mater. Chem. 21, 2656-662 (2011)

Optical Anisotropy of Semiconductor Nanowires Beyond the Electrostatic Limit

J. Zhang, A.A. Lutich, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, A.S. Susha, A.L. Rogach, F. Jäckel, J. Feldmann
Phys. Rev. B 82, 155301 (2010)
Selected for the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology (volume 22, issue 16, 2010)

Colloidal CdS Nanorods Decorated with Sub-Nanometer Sized Pt Clusters for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation

M. Berr, A. Vaneski, A. S. Susha, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, M. Döblinger, F. Jäckel, A. L. Rogach, J Feldmann
Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 093108 (2010)

Immobilization of Gold Nanoparticles on Living Cell Membranes upon Controlled Lipid Binding

H. Ba, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, F.D. Stefani, J. Feldmann
Nano Lett. 10 (8), 3006 (2010) (Featured at the web portal of Nano Letters and Publication Award 2010 of the Center for Nanoscience (CeNS), Munich)



Spectroscopy, Imaging and Modeling of Individual Gold Decahedra

J. Rodríguez-Fernández, C. Novo, V. Myroshnychenko, A. M. Funston, A. Sánchez-

Iglesias, I. Pastoriza-Santos, J. Pérez-Juste, F. J. García de Abajo, L. M. Liz-Marzán, P. Mulvaney
J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 18623-18631 (2009)

The Effect of Surface Roughness on the Plasmonic Response of Individual Sub-Micron Gold Spheres

J. Rodríguez-Fernández, A. M. Funston, J. Pérez-Juste, R. Álvarez-Puebla, L. M. Liz-Marzán, P. Mulvaney
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11, 5909-5914 (2009) (Highlighted as a Hot Article in PCCP)

Modelling the Optical Response of Gold Nanoparticles

V. Myroshnychenko, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, I. Pastoriza-Santos, A. M. Funston, C. Novo, P. Mulvaney, L. M. Liz-Marzán, F. J. García de Abajo
Chem. Soc. Rev. 37, 1792-1805 (2008) (Invited Tutorial Review)

The Effect of Silica Coating on the Optical Response of Sub-micrometer Gold Spheres

J. Rodríguez-Fernández, I. Pastoriza-Santos, J. Pérez-Juste, F. J. García de Abajo, L. M. Liz-Marzán
J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 13361-13366 (2007)

Dynamic Light Scattering of short Au-rods with low Aspect Ratio

J. Rodríguez-Fernández, J. Pérez-Juste, L. M. Liz-Marzán, P. R. Lang
J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 5020-5025 (2007)

Seeded Growth of Submicron Au Colloids with Quadrupole Plasmon Resonance Modes

J. Rodríguez-Fernández, J. Pérez-Juste, F. J. García de Abajo, L. M. Liz-Marzán
Langmuir 22, 7007-7010 (2006)

Spatially-Directed Oxidation of Gold Nanoparticles by Au(III)-CTAB Complexes

J. Rodríguez-Fernández, J. Pérez-Juste, P. Mulvaney, L. M. Liz-Marzán
J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 14257-14261 (2005)