Research Leader in Functional Oxide Interfaces and Photonics
I am leading a research in Functional Oxide Interfaces and Photonics at ICMAB-CSIC. My most relevant highlights over the last years include: (i) The possibility of manipulating the electronic structure of oxide quantum wells to realize tailored properties for applications, mainly in electronics (Physical Review Letters 109, 226601 (2012), Scientific Reports 2, 758 (2012), Physical Review Letters 113, 156802 (2014), Nature Communications 6, 6028 (2015), Physical Review Letters 119, 106102 (2017) ii) the tuning of electronic orbital polarization at oxide surfaces (Nature Communications 3, 1189 (2012)); the tailoring of the magneto-optic activity exploiting photonic-band effects (ACS Nano, 5, 2957(2011), Nanoscale 3, 4811 (2011)) or polarons (Physical Review Letters, 2016) and (iv) exploiting plasmons for enhanced magnetooptics (Langmuir, 28, 9010 (2012), Physical Review Applied 2, 054003 (2014)).
I have supervised several Master Theses and five PhD Theses (two more are in progress). My results have been published in 85 articles (over the last six years I have published 18 articles in journals with index of impact higher than 5) and my h-index is h = 24. I have been awarded with 19 invited lectures in international conferences over the last 6 years (among them, APS March Meeting (twice), MRS Spring, SPIE, CIMTEC and Intermag conferences). I have co-authored a book chapter in the field of photonics (2013) and another on the physics of oxide interfaces to appear soon. My full scientific record is available at http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-2770-2014 and ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4633-4367.
Also, one of my endeavors has been to be in contact with the scientific community and boost the communication and knowledge exchange. With this in spirit, I have been organizer of two MRS Spring symposia (one as lead coordinator) and I also led the organization of one symposium in EMRS 2015 in functional oxides. At the same time, I have been invited as lecturer in different Schools worldwide to lecture on oxide physics and photonics.
Based on my previous experience, I identify innovative research paths exploiting the fusion of the fields of functional oxides and photonics. Particularly, in the mid-to-long term I am interested in coupling plasmonics to functional materials such as ferroelectrics and ferromagnets. One of my strategic goals as a researcher is to investigate how plasmonic waveguides can be controlled by electric fields, with the ultimate vision of having plasmonic circuitry fully scalable into electronic circuits. That would be extremely relevant to one of today’s challenges of the semiconductor industry, namely, to solve the interconnect bottleneck by building hybrid electronic/photonic circuitry.