Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group

Group Leader: Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres

Main Research Lines

  • Nanophononics and nanophotonics
  • Nanoscale thermal transport
  • Optomechanics
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanometrology
  • Oxide-based nanostructures

In 2016 the group completed two EU FP7 projects: NANO‐RF (Carbon‐based smart systems for wireless applications) and NANOTHERM (Innovative nano and micro technologies for advanced thermo and mechanical interfaces), as well as the national CONSOLIDER project nanoTHERM (Tailoring electronic and phononic properties of nanomaterials: Towards Ideal Thermoelectricity). All of them were successfully completed. The Marie Slodowska Curie project Heat ProNano (Heat propagation and thermal conductivity in nanomaterials for nanoscale energy management) was also successfully completed.

This year also saw the kick-off of the group’s coordinated H2020 FET Open project PHENOMEN (All‐phononics circuits enabled by opto‐mechanics), as well as the Spanish National Plan project PHENTOM (Phonon engineering for advanced thermal management at the nanoscale and room temperature optomechanics).

A Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship was awarded to Dr. P.D. García Fernández, for the project COPPOLa (Complex photon phonon coupling).

Two projects were ongoing in 2016, including the EU FP7 project QUANTIHEAT (Quantitative scanning probe microscopy techniques for heat transfer management in nanomaterials and nanodevices), together with the H2020 project NEREID (NanoElectronics Roadmap for Europe: Identification and Dissemination).


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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