New ICREAs

ICREA is an expanding community. Each year, new research professors join ICREA after the ICREA senior call. This is a list of the most recent incorporations. We would like give them all a very warm welcome to the ICREA community: Benvinguts!

Tomás

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics


1 Oct, 2015

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Tomàs is a mathematician who got his PhD in Theoretical Physics. His research focuses on mathematical biology. He creates and applies mathematical tools to model complex biological processes, especially tumor growth and the evolution of drug resistance. Additionally, he also has an interest in other complex processes in biology such as infection patterns, cell regulation, and many others.  

Sandra

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics


16 Sep, 2015

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Sandra comes from Denmark but she is originally from Cassà de la Selva. She studies the impact of human activities on global aquatic ecosystems, through an innovative multidisciplinary approach that combines  experiments, large-scale spatial data, time-series and models. Her hypothesis is that global changes in biodiversity will have many effects on ecosystems processes (such as production or respiration). These changes are poorly understood, and are likely to have huge impact on the future capacity of ecosystems to sustain life.

Turgut

Engineering Sciences


1 Nov, 2015

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Turgut is a physicist who is an expert in biomedical optics. He studies the physics of photon propagation in biological tissues and builds machines that can see through our bodies like never before. His group is highly multi-disciplinary: physicists, engineers and medical doctors, and collaborates closely with hospitals and biomedical centers all around the world. Turgut's current focus is the measurement of hemodynamics and oxygen metabolism. His dream is to see these devices becoming standard clinical equipment for the doctors of the future.

Wolfgang

Engineering Sciences


1 Nov, 2015

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Wolfgang’s research focuses on the ways we treat water from different sources such as seawater, reclaimed water or surface water. He is an expert on innovation and optimization of membrane and chemical oxidation processes to control water quality hazards. His overarching goal is to generate sustainable solutions for urban water supply portfolios protecting environmental and public health in liveable smart cities.

Gerasimos

Engineering Sciences


1 Nov, 2015

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Gerasimos, an electrical engineer by training, is working at the interface of material science, engineering and physics to develop new materials and optoelectronic devices that address major technological challenges such as, low cost, high efficiency, environmental-friendly photovoltaics, high sensitivity optical sensors for the visible and infrared. He tailors the electronic properties of materials from the atomic scale up to device architecture level, and he leads an interdisciplinary team of chemists, physicists and engineers.  

Frank

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics


1 Nov, 2015

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Frank studies and develops both quantum devices and hybrids of nano-photonic/plasmonic devices that are based on graphene and other extremely thin materials. He seeks to find new quantum phenomena related to strong interactions between light and matter, and new applications in sensing, photodetection and nano-scale light processing and switching. In his multidisciplinar group, graphene nano-photonics merges freely with opto-mechanics, non-linear optics and light-harvesting.

Julio

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics


1 Dec, 2015

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Julio is a chemist whose research focuses on developing sustainable chemical transformations. He is looking at the wonderful source of inspiration that is Nature to do so, and he is trying to mimick the most abundant chemical reaction on Earth -and at the same time, one of the most complex: Photosynthesis, the power of storing sunlight into chemical bonds. He also learning to use light as energy source to carry out new organic transformations.

Aitor

Engineering Sciences


8 Oct, 2015

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Aitor is a physicist whose research focuses on the atomic-scale engineering of the quantum properties of novel nanomaterials, by understanding the interplay between structural, electronic and magnetic properties at the atomic scale. As a result of this, he is aiming to combine properties to create hybrid, complex materials with entirely new properties that open up uncharted possibilities for future technologies.

Jordi

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics


1 Dec, 2015

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Jordi is a computational chemist who comes from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, although he got his PhD in Chemistry from the Universitat de Girona. He uses quantum chemistry methods to understand the complexity of the DNA replication mechanism, which is far from obvious! He also explores the properties of cyclic, aromatic molecules in organic and metal systems with tools that explore the deep properties determined by their particular electronic structure.

Neus

Engineering Sciences


1 Oct, 2015

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Neus is a physicist who specialises in the design and creation of disposable fuel cells to power devices that are generally limited by their power needs and the current battery technology. She is changing the definition of what a battery is, and what are they made of. She develops new, low impact, disposable fuel cells that are made of paper and that harvest their power from the environment they are immersed in, being that blood, water, urine, and many other biological samples relevant in the diagnostics field.

M. Ángeles

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics


15 Oct, 2015

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M. Ángeles is an expert in complex networks, systems made of a large number of components interacting in such a way that the group as a whole exhibits emergent behaviors and unexpected responses not codified in the individual units. Complex networks are critical to understand human nature -from genome to society- and to propose judicious actions concerning some of the greatest open problems we are facing nowadays, like the development of new scalable Internet protocols, efficient treatments against complex diseases, or the prediction and control of economic crises.