Research Team


PhD Students


Ms. Jiahui Jia is graduated from Zhengzhou University and master from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics in China. He joined ICMAB in October in 2019 and she is working in her PhD Thesis on first-principles study of point-defect energies in oxide heterostructures, with emphasis on LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Quantum Wells. His Thesis is co-supervised by Prof. Miguel Pruneda (ICN2, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology).



Mr. Alex Sánchez Miñarro  graduated in Physics at the University of Barcelona. He has a Master degree in Photonics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He joined the lab in April 2021 to start his PhD Thesis on the theory of light-matter interactions and spin-orbit coupling in solids.




Mr. Ondrej Novak graduated in Physics at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He has a Master degree in Optics and Optoelectronics. He joined the lab in September 2022 to start his PhD Thesis on “Topological phase transitions in photonic crystals” as a part of a co-tutelled Thesis with Prof. Martin Veis (Charles University in Prague)




Ms. Fereshteh Masoudinia graduated in Physics at the fereshteh_masoodinia-V2University of Kashan, Iran.. She has a Master  in Condensed Matter Physics. She joined the lab in December 2022 to start his PhD Thesis on “Hybrid van der Waals/oxide quantum wells” as a part of a co-supervised Thesis with Dr. Gyanendra Singh.






Dr. Gyanendra Singh obtained his Ph.D at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He workedphotoGYANENDRA as a postdoctoral researcher at ESPCI-CNRS Paris (2013-18), France in the field of quantum transport and superconducting electronics. He got afterwards a position at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2018-21), working unconventional 2D superconductivity. He joined ICMAB in March 2021 under a Beatriu de Pinós Fellowship (co-funded by the European Union through the COFUND programme). He works in mesoscopic quantum transport and two-dimensional superconductivity in oxide quantum wells.





Mr. Llorenç Benaches is in the last year of his studies in Physics and Chemistry double degree at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He is working on his Bachelor Thesis on calculations of optical responses based on many-electron wavefunctions built using group-theory and beyond Hartree-Fock approximations. The objective is to understand the interaction of Jahn-Teller molecules with electromagnetic fields taking into account spin-orbit coupling. 





Former PhD Students

Dr. Rafael Cichelero graduated in Physics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. He joined ICMAB in March 2015 and defended his Thesis in 2019. He worked in Multifunctional Magnetic/Dielectric Plasmonic Systems and MagnetoPlasmonics. Now he is doing a postdoc at Chalmers University (Sweden) in the group of Prof. A. Dmitriev.


Dr. Chen Yu is a graduated and master student of Condensed Matter Physics of Chinese nationality in Shanghai University (SHU) and a PhD fresh student of Communication and Information Engineering in SHU. He joined ICMAB in October in 2015 and defended his Thesis in 2019. He worked on th photoconductance at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Quantum Wells. He got afterwards a postdoc at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with Prof. Jordi Sort. Now he is in Marco Salluzzo’s group at CNR-SPIN, in Naples, Italy.



Dr. Blai Casals studied Physics at the University of Barcelona and defended his PhD Thesis “Magneto-Optical Spectroscopy and Domain Imaging of Functional Oxides” on 15 September 2017. He worked as postdoc with Prof. Eckhard Salje at the University of Cambridge in 2018-20. Later he moved to the University of Barcelona, wih Prof. F. Macià. Afterwards he got a position in Gustau Catalán’s group at ICN2, Barcelona.




Dr. Ondrej Vlasin defended his PhD Thesis “Spectroscopy and Confocal Imaging of Complex Ferroic Systems” in February 2014. He is working at Seagate Technologies (Ireland).




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Dr. Mateusz Scigaj defended his PhD Thesis “Functional oxide films and interfaces: ferroelectric BaTiO3 films on Si(001) and conducting (110) and (111) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces” in 2016 (co-supervised with Dr. Florencio Sánchez). He is working at  Saule Technologies, Inkjet-Printed Perovskite Solar Cells (Poland).


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Dr. José Manuel Caicedo defended his PhD Thesis “Magneto-Optical spectroscopy of complex systems : magnetic oxides and photonic crystals ” in 2012 (co-supervised with Prof. Josep Fontcuberta). He is working now as a Research Engineer at  ICN2, Barcelona.


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Dr. Oana Pascu defended his PhD Thesis “Synthesis of Magnetic Nanoparticles and nanoparticles and Strategies towards Magneto-Photonic Materials” in 2012 (co-supervised with Prof. Anna Roig).  


Former Postdocs



Dr. Mikko Kataja did his PhD in Aalto University (Finland) on magneto-optically active plasmonic nanoparticles (under supervision of Prof. Sebastiaan van Dijken). He joined our team in 2017, to explore the possibilities that active oxide materials, such as ferromagnetic and ferroelectric oxides, offer in the field of optics, especially for active nanoscale optical devices. He got subsequently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action 2018-20. He works now at the Institute of Photonics at University of Eastern Finland.



Dr. Miguel Rubio Roy worked as a postdoc in our lab in 2011-12. He has spent other postdocs at th Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA (USA),  CEMES, Toulouse (France) . Since 2014, Miguel has been working as a Research Engineer at LLR – IN2P3 – CNRS, Palaiseau (France) and now he is at Spintec, working the with Materials team at Materials–Instrumentation–Nanofabrication cluster.