Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group

Group Leader: Aitor Mugarza

Aitor Mugarza

ICREA Prof Aitor Mugarza

Group Leader

ICREA Research Prof. Aitor Mugarza earned his degree in Physics in 1997 and his PhD, also in Physics, in 2002, both at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (University of the Basque Country). He was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to work as a postdoctoral scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) and at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB). In 2007 he joined the then ICN with a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship. He was appointed leader of the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group in 2013 and has been an ICREA research professor since 2015. He is author of 49 articles (h-index of 20), and since 2007 has given more than 35 invited talks at international conferences, universities and schools.

His research activity is based on investigating quantum electronic and magnetic phenomena at the nanoscale and developing strategies for their manipulation with atomic precision. By combining scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) techniques with synchrotron radiation spectroscopy, he correlates microscopic phenomena to macroscopic observables of relevance to the understanding and design of new materials and devices. He is currently focused on novel materials, including molecular and graphene nanostructures, topological insulators and other 2D materials with strong spin-orbit interaction