Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group

Group Leader: Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres

Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres


Group Leader

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

She has received awards from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Nuffield Foundation and an Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International (USA). She has authored over 500 scientific publications, receiving over 7700 citations, and has edited/co-edited six books (Researcher ID: E-8418-2010, H-index 43).

She leads a strong team working on phonon engineering and is actively engaged in European research. She is a member of the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders, represents the ICN2 in the Nanoelectronics AENEAS Joint Undertaking (Chamber B) and is a visiting professor at the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology, KTH) in Sweden.

During 2017 Prof. Sotomayor held the following commissions of trust:

  • Coordinator of the EU FET Open project, PHENOMEN (full title: All-phononic circuits enabled by opto-mechanics)
  • Member of the Expert Committee for the Excellence Strategy of German Universities
  • Co-chair of the Advisory Group of the EC’s Future and Emerging Technologies programme
  • ERC panel member
  • Evaluator for proposals submitted to the Swedish Research Council
  • Member of the AENEAS Scientific Community Council










  • Calculation of the specific heat in ultra-thin free-standing silicon membranes

    Chávez, E. ; Cuffe, J.; Alzina, F. ; Sotomayor Torres, C. M. Journal of Physics: Conference Series; 395: 12105. 2012. .

  • Enhanced light extraction in ITO-free OLEDs using double-sided printed electrodes

    Reboud, V.; Khokhar, A.Z.; Sepúlveda, B.; Dudek, D.; Kehoe, T.; Cuffe, J.; Kehagias, N.; Lira-Cantu, M.; Gadegaard, N.; Grasso, V.; Lambertini, V.; Sotomayor Torres, C.M. Nanoscale; 4 (11): 3495 - 3500. 2012. .

  • Enhancement of extraction efficiency in nanoimprinted optical device structures

    Reboud, V. ; Sotomayor Torres, C. M. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; 84280B: 1. 2012. 10.1117/12.925189 .

  • Noise-Assisted Crystallization of Opal Films

    Khunsin, W. ; Amann, A. ; Kocher-Oberlehner, G. ; Romanov, S. G.; Pullteap, S. ; Cheng Seat, H. ; O'Reilly, E. P.; Zentel, R.; Sotomayor Torres, C. M. Advanced Functional Materials; 22: 1812 - 1821. 2012. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201102605.

  • Phonons in Slow Motion: Dispersion Relations in Ultra-Thin Si Membranes

    Cuffe, J. ; Chavez, E.; Shchepetov, A. ; Chapuis, P.O.; El Boudouti, E. H.; Alsina, F.; Dudek, D. ; Gomis-Bresco, J. ; Pennec, Y.; Djafari-Rouhani, B.; Prunnila, M.; Ahopelto, J.; Sotomayor Torres, C. M. Nano Letters; 12: 3569 - 3573. 2012. DOI: 10.1021/nl301204u.

  • Polymer photonic band-gaps fabricated by nanoimprint lithography.

    Reboud, V. ; Kehoe, T.; Romero Vivas, J.; Kehagias, N.; Zelsmannd, M.; Alsina, F.; Sotomayor Torres, C.M. Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications; 10: 632 - 635. 2012. .

  • Soft graphoepitaxy of hexagonal PS-b-PDMS on nanopatterned POSS surfaces fabricated by nanoimprint lithography

    Simao, C.; Francone, A.; Borah, D.; Lorret, O.; Salaun, M.; Kosmala, B. ; Shaw, M.T.; Dittert, B.; Kehagias, N.; Zelsmann, M.; Morris, M.A.; Sotomayor Torres, C.M. Journal of Photopolymer Science and Technology; 25(2): 239 - 244. 2012. .

  • Zinc oxide nanostructures by solvothermal synthesis

    Segovia, M.; Sotomayor Torres, C.M.; González, G.; Benavente, E. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals; 555: 40 - 50. 2012. 10.1080/15421406.2012.634363.