Gázquez Alabart

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Dep: Superconducting Materials and Nanostructure at Large Scale


In 2007 I obtained my PhD in Materials Science (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), having performed the research in the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSC).  I devoted my time to the microstructural analysis of superconducting thin films by means of Transmission Electronic Microscopy (TEM). After the PhD, I enrolled, for almost three years, in the STEM Group of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with a postdoctoral fellowship of the Spanish Ministry for Science and Education and under the supervision of Dr. Maria Varela and Dr. Steve Pennycook. In September 2010 I joined back the ICMAB as a JAE-doc. In  2013 I could secure a 5-year Ramón y Cajal contract to start independent research at ICMAB. 

Unfortunately, or not, in a few months I will be leaving my career in academic research. My institution (CSIC), and my center (ICMAB), do not offer me the opportunity to obtain a long-term fellowship or permanent position. 

The pleasure of contributing to scientific knowledge is disappearing because the cons of academic research now far outweigh the pros. I never dreamed of becoming a professor, I simply love doing research. However, in Spain, and in CSIC in particular, it has become clear that this is impossible. 


Research interest

My research concentrates on establishing relations between the structure, chemistry and physical properties of transition-metal oxide nanostructures. The role of reduced dimensionality and the structure of interfaces, point defects, dislocations, etc, remains obscure in many cases but are central to macroscopic materials properties. Imaging interfaces and defects at sub-Angstrom resolution, chemical mapping at atomic level are some of the hot points to be addressed in materials science. The richness of an aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), in which a very tiny electron probe (of the order of 1 Å) is scanned over the specimen, is to collect several signals in parallel, allowing to combine structural imaging and spectroscopic imaging, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) for example, with atomic resolution.


University Degrees

1993-1999             BSc in Physics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Doctorate, University and Year:

2002-2007      PhD in Physics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Physics; Physic chemistry; Interfaces; Electronic structure; Magnetism; Superconductivity; STEM; EELS

Most significative academic merits

My scientific work has led significant results that have been published in 80 refereed research papers in international journals, including Physical Review Letters, Nature, Science, Nature Materials, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, receiving more than 2400 citations, more than 1800 times cited without self-citations. My h-index is 26. I am the co-author of four book chapters and three Spanish patents. 


  • Ramón y Cajal Fellow (2013)



Number Articles: 85
Number Citations: 2810
Number Theses: 2
Number Patents: 3
Hfactor: 27

Scientific Highlights

1. J. Gazquez; M. Stengel; R. Mishra; M. Scigaj; M. Varela; M.A. Roldan; J. Fontcuberta; F. Sanchez; G. Herranz.Competition between polar and nonpolar lattice distortions in oxide quantum wells: a new critical thickness at polar interfacesPHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. 119 – 106102 (2017).


2. J. Gazquez, R. Guzman, R. Mishra, E. artolome, J. Salafranca, C. Magen, M. Varela, M. Coll, A. Palau, S.M. Valvidares, P. Gargiani, E. Pellegrin, J. Herrero-Martin, S. Pennycook, S.T. Pantelides, T. Puig and X. Obradors. Emerging diluted ferromagnetism in high-Tc superconductors driven by point defect clusters. ADVANCED SCIENCE,1500295 (2016).


3. P. Wadley; V. Novak; R.P. Campion; C. Rinaldi; X. Marti; H. Reichlova; J. Zelezny; J. Gazquez; M.R. Roldan; M. Varela; D. Khalyavin; S. Langridge; D. Kriegner; F. Maca; J. Masek; R. Bertacco; V. Holy; A.W. Rushforth; B.L. Gallagher; C.T. Foxon; J. Wunderlich; T. Jungwirth. Tetragonal phase of epitaxial room-temperature atiferromagnet CuMnAs. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. 4 – 2322 (2013).


4. A. Llordes; G. Garcia; J. Gazquez; D.J. Milliron. Tunable near-infrared and visible-light transmittance in nanocrystal-in-glass composites. NATURE500, pp. 323 – 327 (2013).


5. A. Carretero-Genevrier; M. Gich; L. Picas; J. Gazquez; J. Rodriguez-Carvajal; C. Boissiere; D. Grosso; C. Sanchez. Soft Chemistry Based Routes to Epitaxial alpha-Quartz thin Films with Tunable Textures. SCIENCE. 340 - 6134, pp. 827 - 831 (2013).


6. Juan Salafranca*; Jaume Gazquez*; Nicolas Perez; Amilcar Labarta; Sokrates T. Pantelides; Stephen J. Pennycook; Xavier Batlle; Maria Varela. Surfactant Organic Molecules Restore Magnetism in Metal-Oxide Nanoparticle Surfaces. NANO LETTERS. 12 - 5, pp. 2499 - 2503 (2012).


7. Jaume Gazquez; Weidong Luo; Mark P. Oxley; Micah Prange; Maria A. Torija; Manish Sharma; Chris Leighton; Sokrates T. Pantelides; Stephen J. Pennycook; Maria Varela. Atomic-Resolution Imaging of Spin-State Superlattices in Nanopockets within Cobaltite Thin Films. NANO LETTERS. 11 - 3, pp. 973 – 976 (2011).



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