Tenured Scientist

Electroactive Oxides for Smart Devices


Jesús Ricote 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.