Oxide Nanophysics

Group Leader: Gustau Catalán

Prof. Gustau Catalán, leader of the ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics group

Gustau Catalán

ICREA Research Professor

gustau.catalan@icn2.cat

Group Leader

Prof. Gustau Catalán earned his degree in physics at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1997 and his PhD, also in physics, at Queen’s University of Belfast in 2001. He held research positions at the Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats in Mallorca (2002-2004), the University of Groningen (2004-2005) and the University of Cambridge (2005-2009). In 2009, he was appointed ICREA Research Professor and joined the ICN2 as leader of the Oxide Nanophysics Group. At the ICN2, with the help of an ERC Grant, he set up one of the world’s first laboratories of flexoelectricity.

Prof. Catalan’s scientific interests cover a variety of physical properties of oxides, from ferroelelectricity to metal-insulator transitions, and from flexoelectricity to domain wall formation, with emphasis on how these are affected by reduced size. His non-scientific interests are eclectic and include, in decreasing degree of competence, rock-climbing, photography, ukulele, and table tennis. On the latter, he is the organizer of the annual ICN2 table tennis league (which he has never won and never will) and the ICN2-ICMAB ping-pong masters, which he hopes one day will be the Oxford vs Cambridge of ping pong.

 

Publications

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2011

  • Flexoelectric rotation of polarization in ferroelectric thin films.

    Catalan, G. ; Lubk, A.; Vlooswijk, A. H. G.; Snoeck, E.; Magen, C. ; Janssens, A.; Rispens, G.; Rijnders, G.; Blank, D. H. A.; Noheda, B. Nature Materials; 10: 963. 2011. .

  • Skin layer of BiFeO3 single crystals

    Martí, X.; Ferrer, P.; Herrero-Albillos, J.; Narvaez, J.; Holy, V.; Barrett, N.; Alexe, M.; Catalan, G. Physical Review Letters; 106 2011. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.236101.

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