Nous ICREA

La comunitat ICREA està en contínua expansió. Cada any, s'incorporen nous professors d'investigació ICREA després de la nostra convocatòria anual. Aquesta és la llista de les incorporacions més recents. Des d'aquí volem donar-los una càlida rebuda a la comunitat ICREA: Benvingudes i benvinguts!

Caterina Calsamiglia

Social & Behavioural Sciences


1 Oct, 2017

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Caterina’s research focuses on policy design and on education more broadly. A large fraction of her work has focused on the design of school choice procedures to assign children to public schools. She uses theoretical, experimental and empirical methods to understand the impact that such policies have on behaviour, segregation in neighborhoods and on educational outcomes. She also recently started a new research agenda that aims at constructing behavioral measures of non-cognitive skills using interdisciplinary methods to facilitate the analysis of educational policies.

Darrick Chang

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics


1 Jan, 2018

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The research of Prof. Chang and his Theoretical Quantum Nanophotonics group at ICFO is based upon a vision that quantum effects are at the forefront of future technologies and discoveries, and that nanophotonic systems will be a prominent platform for this frontier. Specifically, they aim to harness the unique configurability, large optical forces, and strong light-matter interaction strengths achievable in nanophotonic systems to produce new applications and phenomena involving matter and light, which have no analogue in macroscopic setups. The group also develops theoretical techniques that enable a better understanding of the complex phenomena at play. The work is highly inter-disciplinary, and the group explores the potential impact across atomic physics, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, nano-mechanics, low-dimensional materials, and quantum information science. They also collaborate with leading experimental groups to bring their theoretical ideas toward reality.

Silvia Muro

Life & Medical Sciences


1 Nov, 2017

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Silvia’s research sits at the interface between molecular-cellular biology and nanotechnology-drug delivery. Her lab studies the biological mechanisms ruling how our cells and tissues transport cargoes to precise destinations within our bodies, and applies this knowledge toward the design of “biologically-controlled” nanodevices for improved delivery of therapeutic agents to specific disease sites. Focusing on genetic conditions causing metabolic, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular syndromes, her goal is to gain non-invasive, efficient, and specific access within the body and its cells, to enable effective treatment of these life-threatening disorders and other maladies characterized by similar pathological traits. 

Sílvia Osuna

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics


1 Jan, 2018

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Sílvia’s research lies at the interface between computational chemistry and biology. Her research focuses on the study of biochemical processes mainly related to enzyme catalysis. Her lab is developing new computational tools for predicting which amino acid changes are required to the enzyme structure for allowing novel function, enhancing a promiscuous side reaction, or expanding its substrate scope. Her goal is to enable the routine computational design of proficient enzymes to boost their use in industry for the synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant targets. She also applies the developed methodologies to the study of the recognition and assembly process of enzymes and other biomolecules with carbon-based materials.   

Jelena Radjenovic

Engineering Sciences


1 Jan, 2018

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Jelena's research aims at developing innovative, hybrid treatment techniques that outperform current (waste)water processing methods and drive down the requirements for energy and chemicals. Her research is focused on the development of nanoelectrochemical systems for distributed water/wastewater treatment, based on the use of engineered nanostructured materials to induce oxidative and reductive degradation of pollutants in water. Her research group is also exploring the possibilities of nanoengineering of anaerobic respiration and acceleration of redox microbial reactions by the addition of low-cost carbon nanomaterials. The main objective in the development of these technologies is to design tailored, adaptable solutions for the treatment of contaminated water and eliminate persistent, toxic and carcinogenic chemicals from water in an energy-efficient way.

Albert Tarancón

Engineering Sciences


1 Jan, 2018

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Albert’s research is currently focused on solid state energy devices and on materials for energy technologies more broadly. He is exploring the size effects in the nanoscale and the role of the interfaces for enhancing the performance of existing and novel electrochemical and thermo-electrical power systems. His research is directly applied to increase the energy efficiency in power generation, harvest energy from the ambient and convert electricity surplus from renewable energy sources into synthetic fuels.  One of his major goals is to design and implement interface-dominated devices with enhanced capabilities for radically new portable power sources such as all-ceramic micro-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, all-solid-state micro Li-ion batteries or fully integrated silicon-based micro-Thermal Generators.