Born in Molins de Rei (Catalonia), 1975. Graduated in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, where he also obtained his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001. He also worked as Assistant Professor at UB. From 2009 to 2015 he was ICREA Prof. at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC. Since 2015 he is ICREA Prof. at Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and Leader of the Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group. Since 2017 he is President of the Spanish Microscopy Society (SME), was Vice-President from 2013 to 2017 and since 2009 he is Member of its Executive Board. He is Scietific Supervisor of the Electron Microscopy Transversal Area at ICN2 and BIST (The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology). He has been awarded with the EU40 Materials Prize 2014 (E-MRS), 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper Award and listed in the Top 40 under 40 Power List (2014) by The Analytical Scientist.
The increasing interest in Materials Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has created a serious global need for the development of nanoscopy tools in order to be able to observe and chemically analyze the synthesized nanostructures at atomic scale. Exploring the limits of physical resolution in advanced electron microscopy and understanding the ultimate behavior of materials at the nanoscale and their related properties are the central aims of my research. The newest research lines we are working in are based on single atom recognition and localization in embedded quantum structures. In parallel I am interested in finding methodologies to perform a direct correlation between the structural and chemical properties at the atomic scale and the physical properties at sub-nanometer scale (photonics, plasmonics and phononics). We are working also on developing in-situ experiements in the TEM to understand the physical and chemical phenomena promoting energy mechansims (e.g.: photoelectrochemical) with unprecedented resolution.
Key wordsMaterials Science, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Nanoscopy, Nanotechnology, Electron Spectroscopy, photonics, plasmonics, phononics, single atom, atomic resolution