CSIC – Spanish National Research Council

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Ricardo Garcia, r.garcia@csic.esGarcia applies a combined theoretical and experimental approach to develop multipurpose tools for quantitative analysis and manipulation of molecules,  materials and devices in the 0.1 to 100 nm length scale. A key feature of RG’s approach is that nanoscale control and device performance should be compatible with operation in technological relevant environments (air or liquids). He has contributed to the development, understanding and optimization of  amplitude modulation AFM (tapping mode AFM). In particular, he participates in the  development of  multifrequency AFM as a unifying scheme for topography and quantitative mapping of material properties with sub-1 nm resolution. He has also contributed to the emergence and optimization of a versatile nanolithography for the fabrication of nano-scale devices based on the spatial confinement of chemical reactions (AFM oxidation nanolithography). 

Academic career

2004   Professor of Scientific Research, CSIC; 2002   Research Scientist, CSIC; 1994  Tenured Scientist, CSIC; 1990-1993 Post doctoral fellow, Universities of New Mexico and Oregon (USA). Supervisor: Prof. Carlos Bustamante; 1984-1990 PhD in Physics (March 1990), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Supervisor Prof. Nicolas Garcia.  1984, Master  in Physics, Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)

  Elena Tomás Herruzo  elena.tomas@csic.es  Elena graduated in Physical Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain in 2006. She started a PhD scholarship in the laboratory of Ricardo Garcia (CSIC). Her PhD thesis was devoted  to the development and understanding of multifrequency atomic force microscopy operation in liquid. She obtained the title of PhD in Condensed Matter Physics with honors from the Autonoma University in Madrid, Spain in 2011. As a post-doctoral scientist,  Elena’s research is focused on the development of theoretical and experimental methods to obtain quantitative information from AFM images of proteins.
Andra Dumitru andra.dumitru@imm.cnm.csic.es received her BEng in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, in 2009. Then, she completed her studies with a Master in Organic Chemistry, at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, in 2011, where her research project involved the synthesis of molecularly imprinted polymers for the detection of mycotoxins (supervisor: G. Orellana). In November 2011, she started  a PhD project in the laboratory of Ricardo Garcia. The main focus of her doctoral thesis is the chemical functionalization of AFM tips and surfaces for dynamic atomic force microscopy.