Advanced Electron Nanoscopy

Group Leader: Jordi Arbiol

Main Research Lines

  • Exploring the limits of physical resolution in advanced electron microscopy and releated spectroscopies down to the atomic scale

  • Understanding the ultimate behaviour of materials at the nano and atomic scales, from their growth mechanisms to their physical and chemical properties

  • Design and study of new nanostructures for energy applications at the atomic scale, including the development of in-situ and in-operando TEM experiments to understand the physical and chemical phenomena underlying energy generation

  • Analysis of the strain, relaxation and growth mechanisms in semiconductor/superconductor nanowire-based hybrid heterostructures for quantum technologies

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

Prof. Jordi Arbiol was born in Molins de Rei, Catalonia, in 1975. Having graduated in physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, he went on to obtain his PhD in transmission electron microscopy applied to nanostructured materials from this same university in 2001, earning the “European Doctorate” label in recognition of the project’s European dimension, as well as the university's extraordinary doctorate award.

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