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Francisco Muñoz

Phone(s): (56-2) 9787292 , (56-2) 9787292 (Fax)
Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile.
Las Palmeras 3425, Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile.

Professional Degree

  • Licenciado en Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  • Doctor en Fisica, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Research Areas

  • Propiedades magnéticas de nanoestructuras.
  • Clusters metalicos.
  • Colisiones de nanoestructuras.
  • Nanotubos y nanohilos.

Conferences (2006 to date)

  • “Magnetic anisotropy energy of Fe-filled carbon nanotubes”, F. Muñoz, J. Mejía-López, T. Pérez-Acle, and A. H. Romero, IX Workshop on Magnetism, Magnetic Materials and their Applications (LAW3M2010), July 2010, Manizales, Colombia.
  • “Rearrangement collisions in gold clusters: a DFT study”, F. Munoz, M. Kiwi, J. Rogan, R. Ramirez, SOLIDOS’09, 2009, Valparaiso, Chile.
  • “Exchange bias and reconstruction of magnetite nanospheres. A simulation study”, F. Muñoz, J. Mazo-Zuluaga, J. Restrepo, J. Mejia-Lopez, Y. Labaye, XVI Simposio Chileno de Fisica (SOCHIFI), 2008, Valparaiso, Chile.
  • “Stable magnetic field configurations in stars”, Reisenegger, Andreas; Munoz, Francisco; Santos, Raul, VI Reunion Anual Sociedad Chilena de Astronomia (SOCHIAS), 2007, Chile.


  1. E.E. Hernández-Vázquez, F. Munoz, S. López-Moreno, J.L. Morán-López
    First-principles study of Ni adatom migration on graphene with vacancies
    RSC Adv., 2019, 9, 18823
  2. R.I. González, J. Mella, P. Díaz, S. Allende, E.E. Vogel, C. Cárdenas, F. Munoz
    Hematene: a 2D magnetic material in van der Waals or non-van der Waals heterostructures
    2D Mater. 6 (2019) 045002
  3. C. Aliaga, P. Fuentealba, F. Muñoz, C. Pastenes, M.C. Rezende, E. Spodine, C. Cárdenas
    Interaction of Nitroxide Radicals with an Au8 Nanostructure: Theoretical and Calorimetric Studies
    J. Phys. Chem. C 2019, 123, 21713−21720
  4. E. Tangarife, R.I. Gonzalez, C. Cardenas, E.M. Bringa, F. Munoz
    Molecular simulations of carbon allotropes in processes with creation and destruction of chemical bonds
    Carbon 144 (2019) 177-184

  1. F.J. Valencia, E.E. Hernandez-Vazquez, E.M. Bringa, J.L. Moran-Lopez, J. Rogan, R.I. Gonzalez, F. Muñoz
    Growth of Ni nanoclusters on irradiated graphene: a molecular dynamics study
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 16347-16353
  2. R.I. González, F.J. Valencia, J. Rogan, J.A. Valdivia, J. Sofo, M. Kiwi, F. Múñoz
    Bending energy of 2D materials: graphene, MoS2 and imogolite
    RSC Adv., 2018,8, 4577-4583
  3. F. Munoz, F. Pinilla, J. Mella, M.I. Molina
    Topological properties of a bipartite lattice of domain wall states
    Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 17330 (2018)

  1. P. Díaz, E.E. Vogel, F. Muñoz
    Magnetic phases at the molecular scale: the case of cylindrical Co nanoparticles
    J. Nanopart. Res. (2017) 19:188 | Published Jun
  2. F.J. Muñoz, S.K. Turitsyn, Y.S. Kivshar, M.I. Molina
    Topology-driven nonlinear switching in Möbius discrete arrays
    Phys. Rev. A 95, 033833 | Published 24 Mar 2017

  1. S. Singh, A.C. Garcia-Castro, I. Valencia-Jaime, F. Muñoz, A.H. Romero
    Prediction and control of spin polarization in a Weyl semimetallic phase of BiSb
    Phys. Rev. B 94, 161116(R) | Published 18 Oct 2016
  2. F. Muñoz, H.P. Ojeda Collado, Gonzalo Usaj, Jorge O. Sofo, C.A. Balseiro
    Bilayer graphene under pressure: Electron-hole symmetry breaking, valley Hall effect, and Landau levels
    Phys. Rev. B 93, 235443; Published 27 Jun 2016
  3. S. López-Moreno, J. Mejía-López, F. Múñoz, A. Calles, J.L. Morán-López
    Energetics and the magnetic state of Mn2 adsorbed on Au(111): Dimer bond distance dependence
    Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 403 (2016) 172–180; published 1 April 2016
  4. F. Muñoz, M.G. Vergniory, T. Rauch, J. Henk, E.V. Chulkov, I. Mertig, S. Botti, M.A.L. Marques, A.H. Romero
    Topological Crystalline Insulator in a New Bi Semiconducting Phase
    Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 21790 (2016); Published 24 Feb 2016

  1. F. Muñoz, A. Varas, J. Rogan, J.A. Valdivia, M. Kiwi
    Au13nAgn clusters: a remarkably simple trend
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 30492-30498; Published 11 Nov 2015
  2. F. Munoz, A.H. Romero, J. Mejia-Lopez, I. Roshchin, R.I. Gonzalez, M. Kiwi
    Surface states of FeF2 (110) and its uncompensated magnetization
    Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 393 (2015) 226–232; Published 1 Nov 2015

  1. R.I. González, R. Ramírez, J. Rogan,J.A. Valdivia, F. Munoz, F. Valencia, M. Ramírez, M. Kiwi
    Model for Self-Rolling of an Aluminosilicate Sheet into a Single-Walled Imogolite Nanotube
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118 (48), pp 28227–28233; Published 4 Dec 2014
  2. J. Mejía-López, J. Mazo-Zuluaga, S. López-Moreno, F. Muñoz, L. F. Duque, A. H. Romero
    Physical properties of quasi-one-dimensional MgO and Fe3O4-based nanostructures
    Physical Review B 90, 035411

  1. F. Muñoz, J. Rogan, J. A. Valdivia, A. Varas, and M. Kiwi
    Binary cluster collision dynamics and minimum energy conformations
    Physica B - Condensed Matter 427, 6-84
  2. F. Muñoz, C. Cárdenas, J. Rogan, J.A. Valdivia, P. Fuentealba and M. Kiwi
    Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Ti2 on C20 Collisions and C20Ti2 Configurations
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117, 4287-4291
  3. F. Muñoz, A. H. Romero, J. Mejía-López, J. L. Morán-López
    Finite size effects on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy in Fe magnetic nanowires from first principles
    Journal of Nanoparticle Research 15:1524
  4. F. Muñoz, M. Kiwi, D. Altbir and J.L. Morán-López
    Properties of Fe(8-n) Co(n) nanoribbons and nanowires: a DFT approach
    Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2013) 339, 75–80; Published Aug 2013

  1. C. Cárdenas, F. Muñoz, M. Muñoz, A. Bernardin and P. Fuentealba
    A new isomer of C20 and a way to a new C240
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 14, 14810-14814
  2. M. Kiwi, F. Muñoz, G. García, R. Ramírez, J. Rogan, J.A. Valdivia
    Nanocluster Collisions as a Way to Understand the Role of d-Shell Polarization
    European Physics Journal D 25, 2205
  3. M. Pérez, F. Muñoz, J. Mejía-López, G. Martínez
    Physical and chemical properties of Con-mCum nanoclusters with n = 2 – 6 atoms via ab-initio calculations
    J. Nanopart Res. 14, 933

  1. F. Muñoz, J. Mejía-López, T. Pérez-Acle, A.H. Romero
    Uniaxial Magnetic Anisotropy Energy of Fe Wires Embedded in Carbon Nanotubes
    ACS Nano, 2010, 4 (5), pp 2883–2891; Published May 2010

  1. F. Muñoz, J. Rogan, G. García, M. Ramírez, J.A. Valdivia, R. Ramírez and M. Kiwi
    Collisions between a single gold atom and a 13 atom gold clusters: an ab initio approach
    European Journal of Physics D, 61 87-93
  2. F. Muñoz, J. Rogan, G. Garcia, J. A. Valdivia, R. Ramírez, M. Kiwi
    The role of d-orbital polarization on Rhodium cluster collisions
    European Phys. J. D. DOI 10114
  3. F. Muñoz, A.H. Romero, J. Mejía-López, J. Morán-López
    Monoatomic and dimer Mn adsorption on the Au(111) surface from first principles
    Phys. Rev. B, 83 205423

  1. F. Muñoz, A.H. Romero, J.Mejía-López, J.L. Morán-López
    First-principles theoretical investigation of monoatomic and dimer Mn adsorption on noble metal (111) surfaces
    Phys. Rev. B 85, 115417


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