Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group

Group Leader: Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres

Main Research Lines

  • Nanophononics and Nanophotonics
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanometrology
  • Oxide-based Nanostructures
  • Optomechanics

During 2015 the Group completed two FP7 projects: MERGING (Membrane-based phonon engineering for energy harvesting) and PLAST4FUTURE (Injection-moulding production technology for multi-functional nanostructured plastic components enabled by Nano Imprint Lithography). The national project TAPHOR (Tailoring Acoustic Phonon Dispersion Relations) was also successfully completed.

A new H2020 project started in November 2015: NEREID (NanoElectronics Roadmap for Europe: Identification and Dissemination). The objective of this project is to map the future of European Nanoelectronics, starting from the needs of applications and leveraging the strengths of the European eco-system. In addition, it will aim to an early identification of promising novel nanoelectronic technologies and identify research needs and bottlenecks along the innovation chain. The P2N Group contribution is focused on mapping Beyond CMOS research. 

Four projects are still ongoing: The Spanish nanoTHERM (Spanish CONSOLIDER project on Tailoring electronic and phononic properties of nanomaterials: Towards ideal Thermoelectricity) and three EU FP7 projects: QUANTIHEAT (Quantitative scanning probe microscopy techniques for heat transfer management in nanomaterials and nanodevices), NANO-RF (Carbon-based smart systems for wireless applications) and NANOTHERM (Innovative Nano and Micro Technologies for Advanced Thermo and Mechanical Interfaces).


Group Leader

Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres


ICREA Research Professor Dr Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres was awarded her PhD in Physics in 1984 by Manchester University (UK). She then held tenured academic appointments at St. Andrews and Glasgow Universities in the UK and became a C4 professor at Wuppertal University (Germany) in 1996. She was a research professor at University College Cork, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland) from 2004 to 2008. Since May 2007 she has been ICREA Research Professor based at the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN), now ICN2.

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Highlighted Publication

Two-Dimensional Phononic Crystals: Disorder Matters
Wagner M.R., Graczykowski B., Reparaz J.S., El Sachat A., Sledzinska M., Alzina F., Sotomayor Torres C.M. Nano Letters (2016)

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