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).


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. Now he is postdoc at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with Prof. Jordi Sort.



Dr. Blai Casals studied Physic 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. Now he is at the University of Barcelona, wih Prof. F. Macià.




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).




Mateusz Ścigaj


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).





Directory - ICN2

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.





Oana Pascu » MULFOX

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.