DFT, point defects, interfaces, ab initio molecular dynamics, nanomaterials, materials by design, STM
1. Supply of raw materials from exploration and mining
Great experience in simulations based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) applied to:
* Energetic, electronic and structural analysis of point defects on metallic materials (W, Cu, Nb), connecting with other methodologies such as Molecular Dynamics (MD) and kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC).
* Metallic interfaces and grain boundaries.
* Metal/semiconductor and metal/organic interfaces
* Electronic properties of Semiconducting surfaces.
*Electronic transport on nanostructured materials.
Starting to work on the study of magnetic properties of metallic carbides (cementite).
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is one of the largest Universities in Spain and all around Europe. With a tradition beyond 5 centuries, UCM has become a very important institution in terms of higher education and research activities. UCM is home of research groups which are in the cutting edge of research in many areas. UCM technological scientific infrastructure (with an annual budget almost reaching 600M€), together with the quality of its researchers (more than 6000), has established some of its laboratories among the best all around Europe. The Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado (IMA) was founded in 1989 by the UCM and co-sponsored by the Spanish Railway Infrastructures Company (formerly RENFE, nowadays ADIF). It was the first University Research Institute created in Spain. IMA was founded initially as a small research centre with the aim to combine basic scientific research in the field of functional magnetic materials with transfer of technology. IMA has now a large critical mass with more than 40 permanent scientists with different background, around 20 tenured scientists, in addition to one technician and three administrative personnel. This large critical mass ensures the stability of the centre and the resources and human power required to develop excellent scientific research and technology transfer activities. In order to give a response to this new situation that overpasses the field of magnetism, the Unit of Functional Materials of UCM (UMAFUS-UCM) was created. With this new structure, IMA is one of the leader research centres for functional materials in Europe.