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Raúl J. Martín-Palma

Prof. Raúl J. Martín-Palma

Professor of Applied Physics
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State Univ.
Departamento de Física Aplicada
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
28049 Cantoblanco

tel: +34 91 497 40 28
fax: +34 91 497 39 69
E-mail: rauljose.martin@uam.es
Web: http://www.matse.psu.edu/about-us/people/faculty/raul-martin-palma

Area of Expertise

Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, Photonics, Solar energy, Biomaterials


Raúl J. Martín-Palma is Professior of Physics at the Department of Applied Physics of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University (USA). He received his M.S. degree in applied physics in 1995 and his Ph.D. in physics in 2000, both from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He has been a post-doctoral Fellow at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA) and a visiting professor at The Pennsylvania State University (USA). He has received young scientists’ awards from the European Materials Research Society and Materials Research Society for his research on nanostructured materials. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Nanophotonics and is a Fellow of SPIE.

Lecture Title(s)

Fundamentals of nanotechnology
The past few decades have seen an explosive increase in our ability to create nanostructures and nanosystems with a great degree of control, using an ample diversity of techniques. This ability has been accompanied by a similar enhancement in our ability to characterize structures and systems at the nanoscale. This lecture will provide a broad overview of nanostructures and nanosystems, including their applications.

Bioinspiration and biomimetics
Living organisms are a powerful source of inspiration for innovations in many different fields and for entirely different reasons. The rapidly-evolving fields of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics takes ideas and concepts from nature aiming at implementing them in several fields of science, ranging from engineering to computing. Nature often provides simple, elegant, and optimal solutions which can be adapted to the development of novel devices and systems with tailored functionalities. This is a highly multidisciplinary area which embraces aspects related to physics, material science, nanotechnology, biology, chemistry, and computing.

Nanotechnology: Nanofabrication and characterization techniques; Applications
Nanostructures have at least one dimension in the range of a few nanometers, thus exhibiting novel and counterintuitive   physico-chemical properties not shown by the corresponding large-scale structures of the same composition. In this lecture, issues such as nanofabrication techniques, methods for characterizing nanostructures, and several applications for nanomaterials will be discussed.