Material Physics Center - Centro de Física de Materiales - MPC-CFM


Material Physics Center - Centro de Física de Materiales - MPC-CFM

Material Physics Center - Centro de Física de Materiales (MPC-CFM) is a centre created to foster international excellence in advanced materials nanoscience fundamental research. MPC-CFM research activity covers electronic, magnetic, optical and dielectric properties of condensed and soft matter systems, as well as surfaces and nanostructured architectures. Physical and chemical properties of materials and molecular assemblies are addressed by analysing their properties at the nanoscale. This is carried out by following a two-fold strategy, which consists of theoretical and experimental research methods that target the study of nanoscale properties of matter.

  • Experimental nano-characterisation of complex materials surface
    The experimental surface science division at MPC-CFM offers the possibility to study the physical and chemical properties of surfaces and nanostructures with atomic precision, with emphasis on surface growth methods. The experimental groups in this division have an in-depth experience on driving the growth, self-organisation and formation of covalent 1D and 2D nanoscale patterns on different materials (such as atomic steps arrays, nanotextured magnetic surfaces and metal organic hybrids), by combining several surface characterisation sensitive techniques such as Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, and Angle resolved Photoemission mainly under ultra-high vacuum conditions. The experimental equipment are run by two research groups, Spectroscopy at Atomic Scale group (SASLab) and Nanophysics Lab group (NANOLab), which share infrastructures. The main aims of the group are related to the search of new materials or new properties for Energy applications. 
  • Modelisation and simulation of physical and chemical properties of complex materials
    The Modelisation and Simulation research group at MPC-CFM studies the electronic and structural properties of nanostructured materials using first-principles methods. This group is involved in the development of the linear-scaling DFT code SIESTA and other computational tools. The activity of the group also includes the following research areas: Ab-initio nanoplasmonics; first-principles simulations of elastic and inelastic transport at the nanoscale; simulation of scanning tunneling microscopy images and spectroscopies; ultra-fast electron processes and electronic excitations; ion stopping; and nanomagnetism.


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