Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group

Group Leader: Jordi Arbiol

Main Research Lines

  • Advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques and related spectroscopies (EELS, EDX and CL) for nanotechnology and Materials science
  • Exploring the limits of physical resolution in advanced electron microscopy
  • Understanding the ultimate behaviour of materials at the nano and atomic scales, from growth mechanisms to their physical properties

Led by ICREA Research Prof. Jordi Arbiol, the aim of this group is to apply advanced electron microscopy tools and related spectroscopies (EELS, EDX and CL) to the understanding of the nanoworld down to the atomic scale. The increasing interest in materials science, nanoscience and nanotechnology has created a major global demand for nanoscopy tools that enable the observation and chemical analysis of synthesised nanostructures at the atomic scale.

Exploring the limits of physical resolution in advanced electron microscopy, and understanding the behaviour and properties of materials at the nanoscale are the central aims of the research carried out by this group. The newest research lines being pursued are based on single atom recognition and localisation in embedded quantum structures. The group also works to develop new methodologies for performing a direct correlation between the structural and chemical properties of materials at the atomic scale and their physical properties at sub-nanometre scale (photonics, plasmonics and phononics), together with a detailed atomic-level study of the growth mechanisms in nanostructures using 3D models.


Group Leader

Jordi Arbiol

ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol

Prof. Jordi Arbiol was born in Molins de Rei (Catalonia) in 1975. Having graduated in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, he went on to obtain his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001 from this same institution in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) applied to nanostructured materials.

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Highlighted Publication

What do you do, titanium? Insight into the role of titanium oxide as a water oxidation promoter in hematite-based photoanodes
Monllor-Satoca D., Bärtsch M., Fàbrega C., Genç A., Reinhard S., Andreu T., Arbiol J., Niederberger M., Morante J.R. Energy and Environmental Science (2015)

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