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Friday, 13 July 2012

Professor Pablo Ordejón named Director of ICN and of ICN2

The ICN Board of Trustees has just named theoretical physicist Dr Pablo Ordejón as Director of ICN and of the new Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2).

Professor Ordejón, selected among an international pool of candidates, leads the Theory and Simulation research group at CIN2 and recently served as Vice-director of CIN2.

The ICN Board of Trustees has just named Professor Pablo Ordejón as Director of ICN and of the new Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). The official announcement was made on Friday, 13 July.

ICN2, located on the Bellaterra Campus of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), has been made possible through an accord signed in December 2011 by the Department of Economy and Knowledge of the Catalan government, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). The end result will be incorporation of CSIC into the ICN Board of Patrons and the unification of the best nanoscience and nanotechnology research groups from CSIC and ICN.

Dr Ordejón, born in Madrid in 1964, earned his PhD in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and worked as a scientist in numerous laboratories in Spain as well as at the University of Illinois, in the United States. He recently served as Vice-director of CIN2 where he leads the Theory and Simulation research group.

In 2003, Dr Ordejón was awarded the Placa de Honour of the Associación Espanola de Cientificos. He has served on various international scientific committees and as head of scientific evaluation panels at the Spanish National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) and at the Red Espanola de Supercomputación (RES).  Since 2005, he has been a fellow of the American Physical Society.