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CSIC-ICMM

Photonic Crystals team

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The ICMM institute, acronym for the Spanish Madrid Institute of Materials Science, belongs to the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and its main objective is to create new fundamental and applied knowledge in materials of high technological impact, their processing and their transfer to the productive sectors at local, national and European scales (the true value of materials is in their use), the training of new professionals, and the dissemination of the scientific knowledge. Belonging to Photonic Materials, one of the seven research lines ICMM is divided, the Photonic Crystals Group comprises 2 permanent Researchers, 2 Postdocs and 3 PhD students working in the fabrication and optical studies of photonic crystals and photonic glasses by self-assembly. Headed by Prof. Cefe López and with a background in optical properties of semiconductors, the group has accumulated over twenty years’ experience in the field and renown at world level.

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The ICMM group has laboratory facilities for a whole range of optical techniques such as optical absorption and transmission, photoluminescence, lasing, nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond time resolved techniques, Fourier imaging etc; and sample preparation techniques such as chemical synthesis, chemical vapour deposition, or atomic layer deposition. The ICMM group has significant expertise in self-assembly of passive and active photonic crystals and photonic glasses, material characterisation and optical spectroscopy. Recently the group has acquired state-of-the-art expertise in light transport and emission from photonic nano-structures for unconventional laser sources like photonic crystal lasers and random lasers.

Key Personnel

Prof. Cefe López: The research team at ICMM in Madrid is led by Prof Cefe López, who has more than fifteen years experience in the field of photonic crystals. In the last five years he authored more than 60 papers and invited reviews in refereed journals and gave more than 25 invited conference talks. Heshas supervised ten PhD theses and he acts regularly as a referee for more than 10 first-rank journals in the area of Physics, Photonics and Materials Science. He has organized symposia such as CLEO Europe, Photonics Europe, or PECS. Currently he has taken on the responsibility of Coordinator of the Material Science and Technology Area of CSIC.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it : PhD in Physics in 1975 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has worked in the Insto. de Microelectrónica de Madrid (CSIC) in the field of laser diodes of III-V materials. Since 2003 she is at the Insto. de Ciencias de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC). Her current research lies on the preparation and characterization of colloidal photonic systems.

Álvaro Blanco: obtained his PhD in Physics in 2001 UAM, on the fabrication and characterization of three dimensional photonic crystals based on opals. Two years in the Institut für Nanotechnologie in Forschungs-zentrum Karlsruhe working on holographic photonic crystals as postdoctoral fellow. After a period of four years as R&C fellow, in 2008 Alvaro was appointed Tenured Scientist, at the CSIC Institute of Materials Science in Madrid. His current research focuses on Silicon and oxides templating by CVD and ALD. He is leading projects on light sources and magneto-optic materials embedded in photonic crystals.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it : Madrid (1973), in 1996, obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2003 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, on the fabrication and characterization of three dimensional photonic crystals based on opals, in the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC). Two years in the Chemistry Department in the University of Washington working on Photonic Crystals and Colloidal building blocks with complex structure as postdoctoral Fulbright fellow, now Ramon y Cajal fellow at ICMM (CSIC). Current research interests lie on the preparation and characterization of colloidal photonic systems.