Ricardo Garcia


Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Spain

Research activity
Garcia applies a combined theoretical and experimental approach to develop multipurpose tools for quantitative analysis and manipulation of molecules, materials and devices in the 1 to 100 nm length scale. A key feature of RG’s approach is that nanoscale control and device performance should be compatible with operation in technological relevant environments (air or liquids). He has contributed to the development, understanding and optimization of amplitude modulation AFM (tapping mode). Currently, he participates in the development of bimodal AFM as a unifying scheme for topography and quantitative mapping of material properties with sub-1 nm resolution. He has also contributed to the emergence and optimization of a versatile nanolithography for the fabrication of nano-scale devices, oxidation SPL.
Awards and Honors
• 2013, Awarded an ERC Advanced grant
•2009, Technological Innovation Prize (1st), Fundación Madri+d, Madrid Regional Government
•2007, Fellow American Physical Society (Material Physics), American Physical Society.
•1990, Best PhD Thesis in Physics (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain).

RG is author or co-author of 128 publications in international peer review journals and 16 book chapters. He has published in a wide range of journals such as Science, Cell, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials or Physical Review Letters. RG has an h-index of 44. RG is the author of a book entitled Amplitude modulation AFM, Wiley-VCH (2010). He has co-authored nine patents on nanotechnology instruments and methods. Some of them are commercialized. He has directed and/or supervised the 14 PhD Theses.