Thermal Properties of Nanoscale Materials: A new research group at ICN2

By April 16, 2021April 19th, 2021ICN2

The GTNaM Group, led by Javier Rodríguez-Viejo, has been active since 2000 within the UAB and is now also affiliated to the BIST centre ICN2. New and well known senior researchers will focus their efforts on phase transitions and thermal transport.

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), a BIST centre, welcomes a new group, the Thermal Properties of Nanoscale Materials (GTNaM) Group, led by Prof. Javier Rodríguez-Viejo. This group will focus on heat capacity of low-dimensional materials, phase transitions in ultrathin films, and design, development and characterisation of thermoelectric devices, among others. Its members have been working for many years on nanocalorimetry, and will collaborate with other ICN2 groups to measure the influence of size on the phase transitions of ferroelectric oxides and the heat capacity of 2D materials.

The group has been active at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) since 2000, and became affiliated to the ICN2 in January 2021. In order to facilitate their research activity, a new laboratory is being equipped with a UHV evaporation chamber for organic thin films, and a high vacuum chamber for nanocalorimetric measurements of low-dimensional materials.

Prof. Javier Rodríguez-Viejo is Professor of Applied Physics at the UAB. The group he leads includes Dr. Jordi Fraxedas Calduch, CSIC Scientific Researcher and former Group Leader at the ICN2, and Dr. Marta González Silveira, Dr. Aitor Lopeandia Fernández, and Dr. Cristian Rodríguez Tinoco, all of them UAB Senior Researchers. Several students and junior researchers are also joining them.

More information can be found on the ICN2 website and on the GTNaM group page.