Group Leader

puigProf. Teresa Puig
Head of the department

My research trajectory has been extremely influenced by the discovery, in 1986, of High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS). My PhD in Physics, my two postdoctoral positions and my tenured scientist position (in 2000) were awarded for Superconductivity.

In 2010 I was appointed Research Professor at ICMAB-CSIC. Already in 2008, I became head of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale nanostructures Department at ICMAB and since then, I have pushed my group at ICMAB to a world-leadership position in the area of HTS films grown by chemical solution deposition (CSD). I have been IP of 4 MAT National projects, 2 EU projects, 2 CSIC projects, 1 industrial contract, SGR- Generalitat de Catalunya 2009-2016, and a Catalan network on materials 2009-2015, as most representative. I have also coordinated the ICMAB actions in 3 EU projects coordinated by ICMAB and I have been group leader in a Consolider project.

The 50 invited and oral talks awarded, participation in 8 symposiums organizations, election as board member of European Society on Applied Superconductivity since 2007, as executive board of Superconducting Science and Technology, IOP journal, since 2009, and the Duran- Farell and ENDESA-NOVARE awards, are also clear facts in this direction. I have 230 publications with 2650 citations, h=27, 10 patents (6 in explotation). I want to emphasize my effort in reaching and keeping an interdisciplinary group, with critical mass, devoted to the understanding of CSD films growth mechanisms, correlation between micro-nanostructure and vortex physics, and integration of HTS materials to electrical power devices.

The 13 PhD Thesis supervised indicate my compromise with training Superconductivity and complex oxide nanostructures to the younger generation and of my convinced believe that nanoscale oxides and HTS are very appealing materials, full of opportunities, deserving strong attention from fundamental to applied research. As breakthrough achievements, I notice our contribution in the area of HTS in: i) Granularity analysis of coated conductors with a new methodology later used by the community (APL2004,PRB2007 as representatives), ii) Growth mechanisms of YBCO films by CSD (4 SUST, 3 Chem. Mat, 374 citations, as representative), iii) New knowledge on vortex pinning of HTS (1 Nature Phys.2006, 2 PRL, 1 Nature Mat.2007, 314 citations), iv) YBCO nanocomposite films by CSD with ever best superconducting properties (2 Nature Mat.2007-2012, 273 citations).

This knowledge was extended since 2007 to the field of strained induced oxide nanostructures with publication in recognized journals (Adv. Mat, JACS, Adv. Funct. Mat., Chem Comm, Small, Chem. Mat., APL, Nanoscale). Finally, recently (2012), I pushed the group towards the field of oxide films for non-volatile resistive memories, with specific collaboration with UAB-ETSE engineers; a field which is starting to give very appealing results (invited talk in VNM4, Korea). My future interest is on nanostructured functional oxide materials. I foresee pushing oxides for superconductivity, non-volatile resistive memories, photovoltaics into new breakthroughs for the society. I strongly believe that fundamental and applied research needs to converge into applications and market. Our role as scientist is to take these challenges and push them to a reality step by step. An example is the creation and participation in the technologically based spin-off company arisen from my group, OXOLUTIA S.L. in 2010.