Advanced Electron Nanoscopy

Group Leader: Jordi Arbiol

Main Research Lines

  • Exploration by means of electron microscopy and related spectroscopies of the structure-properties relationships in nanomaterials for physical applications (photonics/plasmonics/ phononics/electronics/quantum technologies), adding AI-based methodologies for advanced automated data analysis and 3D atomic modelling (deep and machine learning).

  • Understanding of the behaviour of nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications down to the atomic scale and creation of in-situ and correlative methodologies combining electron microscopy, synchrotron and AI.

Led by ICREA Research Prof. Jordi Arbiol, the aim of this group is to apply advanced electron microscopy tools and related spectroscopies (EELS, EDX and CL) to the understanding of the nanoworld down to the atomic scale. The increasing interest in materials science, nanoscience and nanotechnology has created a major global demand for nanoscopy tools that enable the observation and chemical analysis of synthesised nanostructures at the atomic scale.

Exploring the limits of physical resolution in advanced electron microscopy, and understanding the behaviour and properties of materials at the nanoscale are the central aims of the research carried out by this group. The newest research lines being pursued are based on single atom recognition and localisation in embedded quantum structures. The group also works to develop new methodologies for performing a direct correlation between the structural and chemical properties of materials at the atomic scale and their physical properties at sub-nanometre scale (photonics, plasmonics and phononics), together with a detailed atomic-level study of the growth mechanisms in nanostructures using 3D models.

Group Leader

Jordi Arbiol

ICREA Research Professor

ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol was born in Molins de Rei (Catalonia), 1975. Graduated in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, where he also obtained his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001. He also worked as an Assistant Professor at UB until 2009. In 2009 he was appointed as ICREA Professor and has held this position since then. From 2009 to 2015 he was Group Leader at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC. Since 2015 he is the leader of the Group of Advanced Electron Nanoscopy at Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), CSIC and BIST. He is Scientific Coordinator of the Joint Electron Microscopy Center at ALBA Synchrotron (JEMCA). He has been one of the founder members of e-DREAM. Since 2023 he has been Associate Editor of Nano Letters (American Chemical Society). 

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