Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group

Group Leader: Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres

Main Research Lines

  • Nanophononics and nanophotonics
  • Nanoscale thermal transport
  • Optomechanics
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanometrology
  • Oxide-based nanostructures

In 2017 the European FP7 project QUANTIHEAT (QUANTitative scanning probe microscopy techniques for HEAT transfer management in nanomaterials and nanodevices), in which the group participated, drew to a close. Meanwhile, the H2020 FET Open project PHENOMEN (All-phononics circuits enabled by opto-mechanics) coordinated by Prof. Sotomayor had its first successful periodic review, as did the Spanish National Plan project PHENTOM (Phonon Engineering for Advanced Thermal Management at the Nanoscale and Room Temperature optomechanics).

Group member Dr P.D. García Fernández, awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship for the project COPPOLa (Complex Photon Phonon coupling) in 2016, terminated this project in favour of the Ramón y Cajal grant he was awarded in 2017.

In total, five projects were ongoing in 2017. Namely, the aforementioned FP7 project QUANTIHEAT, and four EU H2020 projects: NANOARCHITECTRONICS (FET Open, CSA), FLEXPOL (Antimicrobial FLEXible POLymers for use in hospital environments, NBMP, PILOTS), D-SPA (Diamond-based nanomaterials and nanostructures for advanced electronic and photonic applications, MSCA, RISE), and NEREID (NanoElectronics Roadmap for Europe: Identification and Dissemination, ICT).


Group Leader

Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres


ICREA Research Prof. Dr Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres was awarded her PhD in physics in 1984 by the University of Manchester (UK). She then held tenured academic appointments at the universities of St. Andrews and Glasgow universities in the UK, before becoming a C4 professor at Universität Wuppertal (Germany) in 1996. She was a research professor at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (Ireland) from 2004 to 2008. Since May 2007 she has been an ICREA research professor based at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (formerly, the ICN).

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