Pilar Aranda, José Ángel Martín Gago y Jesús Ricote en el ICMM

Director: José Ángel Martín Gago


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Research Professor since 2012, and former group leader of the ESISNA group (Structure of nanoscopic systems).

Research keywords: low-dimensional systems, ultra-high vacuum technology, astrochemistry, biosensing, on-surface synthesis.

José Ángel Martín Gago

He performed his doctoral thesis at the E.S.R.F. (Grenoble-Fr, 1992) and was a Marie-Curie fellow in the synchrotron LURE (Paris) from 1992 to 1994. Invited professor at FZU-mobility program (6 moths) at the Institute of Physics of the Czech academy of sciences, Prague (2020-2021). Invited professor at Université de Touluse (1 month at IRAP-CNRS laboratory) during may-2022.  Associated to the Astrobiology centre (CAB-INTA), From 2003 to 2015. He is PI of several national projects. in 2013 was awarded with an ERC-synergy grant for the project entitled “Gas and dust from the star to the laboratory. Exploring the Nanocosmos” (funded with 15M€), together with 2 other involved teams (J. Cernicharo and C. Joblin). As a fruit of the project the stardust mchine was conceived, a worldwide unique set-up and an open facility to grow and characterize tailored nanoparticles of any material. Access fund by EU project.(NFFA).

He participates in the Graphene flagship-WP enabling materials. From 2020, team leader of regional (Madrid) synergy grant “light-driven 2D polymerization on insulating materials” He is a member of several program review panel boards for European synchrotron radiation facilities, Member of important international scientific committees, as the “program scientific board” of the large installation facilities: ESRF, ELETTRA and ALBA. From 2010-2021, Spanish representative in the “executive council” of the “International union of vacuum science, technique and applications” (IUVSTA). From 2016-2021 he was president of the Spanish vacuum society (ASEVA).   
He has a strong commitment with scientific outreach, imparting conferences for secondary schools or general public, schools, articles in newspapers, radio, TV... He is author of several books as: El nanomundo en tus manos (Drakontos, 2014) or El Vacío (Catarata, 2021).  

Deputy directors

Jesús Ricote 

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Tenured Scientist at Electroactive oxides for smart devices group.

Research keywords: ferroelectric materials, Piezoresponse Force Microscopy, flexible electronics, materials for multisource energy harvesting. 

Jesús Ricote

He received his PhD degree in Physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1994. After a short postdoctoral stay at the Centre d’Elaboration et des Études Estructurales de Materiaux, CEMES-CNRS (Toulouse. France) in 1995, he joined the Nanotechnology Group of Cranfield University (United Kingdom) as research officer (1996–1998). Later he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship (1998–1999) at the Univ. du Maine-Le Mans (France). In 1999 he joined the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC) and became Tenured Scientist in 2007.  
He has been deputy director of the Materials Science Institute (2009-2012) and deputy Vice President for Internationalization of CSIC (2012-2014). At present, he is part of the Management Committee of the Spanish Technological Platform on Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials (MATERPLAT). Since 2011 he is the Director of the CSIC Postgraduate course “Fronteras en Ciencia de Materiales”. 

His research interests include the quantitative microstructural analysis of ferroelectric polycrystalline materials with X Ray Diffraction, electron and scanning force microscopies. He is the responsible of the Piezoresponse Force Microscopy lab at ICMM-CSIC. With his work, he has contributed to the understanding of grain size effects on the properties of polycrystalline ferroelectrics and to the development of advanced quantitative texture analysis of ferroelectric films and bulk ceramics. He is currently working on low temperature films for flexible electronics and on materials for multisource energy harvesting.

Pilar Aranda

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Senior Scientist and group leader of  Nanostructured Hybrid, Biohybrid and Porous Materials Group

Research keywords: hybrid and biohybrid materials, clay-based functional materials, bionanocomposites, carbon-clay nanocomposites, sepiolite based nanoarchitectures, waste removal.

Pilar Aranda

She got a FPI predoctoral fellowship to carry out her Ph.D. at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC), obtaining in 1991 her Diploma from the Complutense University of Madrid. She made short stages at the École National Superieur de Chimie de Montpellier (France) in 1990 and at the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 1991. She was postdoctoral Fellow at the Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (USA) from 1992-1994. In 1994, she joined the Carlos III University in Madrid as Assistant Professor (1994–1997) until she moved to the ICMM-CSIC after obtained a Tenured Scientist position.

Since 2018 she leader the “Nanostructured Hybrid, Biohybrid and Porous Materials” Group, working on chemistry of materials to produce advanced organic-inorganic hybrids & biohybrid materials using natural resources such as clays and biomass. She has been recognized for her research with an Accesit to the 1993 W. F. Bradley Award granted by AIPEA, and 3 times by the CSIC in its Annual Ceremony to Honor its Research Personnel (2007, 2009 & 2017) for her participation in various international awarded scientific contributions (e.g. Award of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba in Biomedical Sciences 2016).

She is currently Vice-President of the Spanish Clays Society (SEA) and its Liaison at the COSCE & Councilor of the Clay Minerals Society. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Recent Patents on Nanotechnology, Associate Editor of Applied Clay Sciences and Advisory Editor of Clay Science. She has been very active in the organization of numerous events, acting as Vice-chair of the 5th Materials Discussion of the RSC, General Secretary of the 2010 Trilateral Meeting on Clay Minerals sponsored by the American, Japanese and Spanish Clay Societies, and currently chair the organization of the first Clay Meeting of the AIPEA to be held in Madrid in 2027.