Carolina Gutiérrez Bolaños

PhD Student
Carolina Gutierrez Bolano
Paul Scherrer Institute PSI
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI


Carolina Gutiérrez Bolaños is currently a doctoral researcher within the group of Structure and Mechanics of Advanced Materials. She received her B.Sc. in Nanotechnology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Subsequently, she pursued a M.Sc. in Materials Science at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) jointly with the Université de Rennes.

During her master's studies, she focused on materials characterization, particularly done at Large Scale Facilities such as synchrotrons. Her master's thesis work was centered on the fabrication and characterization of printed organic solar cells (OSCs). Her aim was to improve the printing technique while analyzing the different properties of the solar cells and the printed organic active layer, using Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS).

Carolina was recognized with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during her master's studies. This fellowship provided her with the opportunity to undertake a post-graduate research internship at the Synchrotron facility ELETTRA in Trieste, Italy. There, she actively contributed to various synthesis and characterization techniques, both off- and on-line the spectroscopy beamline ALOISA. Among these techniques were PLD, PVD, PES, NEXAFS, and Vacuum STM.

Scientific Research

In July 2023, Carolina joined PSI to contribute to the HORIZON-MSCA Doctoral Network RELIANCE project. This international project aims to develop and implement depth-resolved X-ray imaging and scattering tools that will enable the automated real-time characterization of different materials and their manufacturing processes. Carolina's research involves the utilization of Small Angle X-ray Scattering tensor tomography (SASTT) to delve into the nano-, micro-, and macro-scale structure and morphology of fibers, composites, and other high-performance polymeric materials.

Selected Publications

A complete list of publications can be found on

Role of axial coordination in the adsorption configuration of M(II)-tetraphenylporphyrins (M = Co, Ni, Cu, Zn) on r-TiO2(110),  Luca, Schio, Gregor Bavdek, Cesare Grazioli, Carolina Gutierrez Bolanos, Andrea Goldoni, Andrea Vittadini, Massimo Tormen, Luca Floreano, Applied Surface Science 616, Article number: 156548 (2023