Theory and Simulation Group

Group Leader: Pablo Ordejón

Pablo Ordejón

CSIC Research Professor

Group Leader

Prof Ordejón earned his BSc in Physics (1987) and PhD in Science (1992) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) from 1992 to 1995, and as Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Oviedo from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, he obtained a research staff position at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). In 2007 he moved to CIN2 (now ICN2), where he is currently CSIC Research Profesor. Since July 2012, he has served as Director of ICN2, where he also leads the Theory and Simulation Research Group.

He has published more than 190 scientific articles, which have received over 17,000 citations (h = 47). Since 2009 he has served as Co-Editor of EPL (formerly Euro Physics Letters) and since 2004, as Regional Editor of physica status solidi. He was in charge of the Condensed Matter Physics area of the Physics Panel of the Spanish National Scientific Evaluation Agency (ANEP), from 2003 to 2006, and the Head of the Physics and Engineering Panel of the Access Committee to the Spanish Supercomputing Network, from 2005 to 2011. He became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005.

His research is focused on the development of efficient methods for electronic structure calculations in large and complex systems, with contributions to the development of techniques for large-scale atomistic simulations based on first principles methods such as SIESTA. He has also been involved in the study of the fundamental properties of materials at the atomistic level. His current interests include, among many others, electronic transport in nanoscale devices and electronic processes at surfaces. He maintains frequent collaborations with industrial laboratories on the simulation of materials processes at the atomic level.