Curriculum Vitae

Professor M. Ricardo Ibarra was born in Baza (Granada, Spain) in 1955. In 1979 moved to the University of Zaragoza, where he obtained the PhD in Physics in 1983, under the supervision of Prof. A. del Moral. He has been developing his academic and research activity as Full Professor at the University of Zaragoza since 1995. He was head of Condensed Matter Physic Department (1993-2000).



  • Full Professor at the Condensed Matter Physics Department in the University of Zaragoza since 1995.
  • Director of the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon since its creation in 2003. (
  • Director of the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (LMA) (ICTS, Singular Scientific Technical Installation) since its creation in 2007. (
  • President of the Spanish integrated ICTS Electron Microscopy “Integrated Electronic Microscopy Network” (ELECMI) since 2014. (
  • Scientific Director of the Foundation Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon ( since its creation in
  • Head of the Magnetism Section of the European Physical Society since 2000.
  • Cofounder partner and scientific advisor of NanoScale Biomagnetics, spin-off of the University of Zaragoza, since 2008.
  • Cofunder partner and scientific advisor of Nanoimmunotech, S. L., spin-off of the University of Zaragoza and the University of Vigo, since 2009.
  • Cofounder partner and scientific advisor of Graphene Nanotech, S. L., spin-off of the University of Zaragoza and CSIC, since 2014.
  • Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) since 2015.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee at the Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, Laboratorio “Salvador Velayos”, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ADIF, CSIC. Since 2017.
  • Member of the Advisory Board in the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Porto (Portugal). Since 2018.



His research activity has been developed in the fields of magnetism and the magnetic properties of nanostructured materials. Along the past few years his research activity is also focused on the application of nanotechnology in biomedicine. Significant contributions in the fields of: Magnetic anisotropy in rare earth intermetallics, colossal magnetoresistance in mixed valent magnetic oxides, giant magnetocaloric effect alloys, magnetic thin films, magnetic and superconductors’ nanostructures and magnetic nanoparticles and their application in life sciences.

It is worth noticing the explanation of the intrinsic mechanism of the Colossal Magnetoresistance (published in Nature 1997) and the application of magnetic nanoparticles in biomedicine (published in Nano Today 2007) constituted scientific key advances in the area of basic and applied condensed matter physics.

Coauthor of 442 publications and 17 book chapters; around 185 belong to the first quartile (Q1), and many of them have an impact factor greater than 5, such as Nature (1), Nature Physics (2), Nature Communications (1), Nano Today (1), Nano Letters (3), ACS Nano (3), Physical Review Letters (9), Advanced Functional Materials (1), Chemistry of Materials (2), Small (1), Biosensors & Bioelectronics (1), Scientific Reports (3). Furthermore, 36 of the publications have been cited more than 100 in Google Scholar and 16 more than 200 times. This distinguishes him, as far as we know, as the most cited experimental physicists in Condensed Matter in Spain.



He has been invited to give conferences in more than 170 congresses, symposia, and workshops; it can be underlined: plenary talks in international (15) and national (5) conferences, Keynote speaker (16) and invited talks in international (26) and national (7) conferences, and Chairmen sessions in many relevant and prestigious Conferences as ICM, MMM, EPS-CMD.

It is worth mentioning the following recent plenary and invited talks conferences: The EMN (Energy Materials Nanotechnology) East Meeting 2013 in Beijing (China); 12th Inter-American Microscopy Congress (CIASEM 2013) in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia); The Spintronics Workshop, organized by the Foundation Advanced Technology Institute in Tokyo (Japan) 2014; 29th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Hyperthermia Oncology ESHO 2014 (Torino), the 14th International Conference on Electrorheological Fluids and Magnetorheological Suspensions (ERMR 2014) in Granada (Spain); 3rd International Conference on Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology; Brasilia (Brazil) 2015, 11th International Conference on Physics of Advanced Materials; ICPAM-11Cluj-Napoca (Romania) 2016, ROCAM 2017 (Bucarest, Romania); workshop “Spin, charge and energy transport in novel materials” (Hvar, Croatia, 2017); NanosMat Asia, Hong Kong, Dec. 4th-7th 2017; 12th International Conference on Physics o Advanced Materials, ICPAM-12, Sept. 22nd-28th 2018.

Furthermore, he has given lectures at 17 summer courses of the University of Zaragoza and the Menéndez Pelayo International University, and seminars in several international centres such as the Tohoku University (Sendai) and the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) (Tokai) –both in Japan-, or The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as in different Spanish Universities.


RESEARCH PROJECTS AS MAIN RESEARCHER (most relevant in recent years).

He has coordinated 33 national and international R&D projects of infrastructures and research in the field of magnetism and nanotechnology and its applications, with an overall financial support of €20,000,000. In general, he has participated in more than 50 projects. International projects: 23 (7 funded by the European Commission, Framework Program VI-VII; 2 by NanoSci-E+Eranet; 14 from multinational agreements). National projects: 28,(21 funded by CICYT, FECYT, DGCYT; and 7 coordinated with other Institutions and two of them in very competitive calls: in the frame of the strategic action in Nanoscience (NAN2004-09270-C03) and in the CONSOLIDER program (CSD2006-12) “Nanotechnologies in nanobiomedicine”, which grouped 10 different institutions (4.500 k€).

He has the copyright of 11 patents, 2 of them WO, 1 PCT and 2 in exploitation.

Recent years projects:

  • Title: ‘Train2 Trans-Pyrenees Action on Advanced Infrastructures for Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies’. Funded by the European Union, Interreg IV B SUDOE. TRAIN2-SOE2/P1/E-280. Duration: 2011 – 2012. Budget: 342.558€
  • Title: ‘Nanociencia y nuevos materiales para desafíos medioambientales’. Funded by the MINECO, National R&D Internationalisation Programme, International Projects Subprogramme, Spain-Japan International Bilateral Project. PRI-PIBJP-2011-0794. Duration: 2011 – 2014. Budget: 000 €
  • Title: ‘Thermo-Spintronic: High performance energy by the interplay between thermoelectricity and spin Seebeck effect’. Funded by the European Commission. PUI/2012-053. Duration: 2012 – 2016. Budget: 000 €
  • Title: ‘ESTEEM2. Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy’. Funded by the European Union, FP7 on Research Infrastructures. Duration: 2012 – 2016. Budget (overall)t: 7,486,016€
  • Title: ‘ESTEEM3. Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy’. Funded by the European Union, Infraia-01-2018-2019  823817. Duration: 2019 – 2022. Budget (overall)t: 10,000,000€




Head of the Magnetism Section of the European Physical Society since 2000, he has participated in more than 30 scientific committees. The most relevant ones are:

  • 19th International Conference on Magnetism ICM2012, Busan (Korea), 2012.
  • 25th Conference of the Condensed Matter Division of the EPS (CMD25), Paris (France), 2014.
  • He has also been the coordinator of the Symposium “Medical, biomedical, biomagnetic and biotechnology applications” in JEMS 2013 Joint European Magnetic Symposia, Rhodes (Greece), 2013.
  • The Symposium “Biological Application of Magnetic Nanoparticles” in the EUROMAT 2013 European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes, Seville (Spain), 2013.
  • The Topic 5, “Magnetic Materials and Technologies for: energy, information & life” in the 20th International Conference on Magnetism, in 2015.
  • Member of the scientific committee in the Institute of Applied Magnetism, Laboratory “Salvador Velayos”, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ADIF, CSIC. Since 2017.
  • Member of the General Council of European Magnetism Association (EMA). 2017.
  • Member of the scientific committee of the Second meeting of Working Group 3 of the COST Action “European Network of Multidisciplinary Research and Translation of Autophagy Knowledge”, Madrid, March 23rd-24th Chairman of Session 3: Biotechnological applications: nanotechnology, biofuel and bioproducts from plants and algae”.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the 21st International Conference on Magnetism, ICM2018. San Francisco (Estados Unidos).
  • Member of the Program Committee JEMS 2020 Joint European Magnetic Symposia.

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS (in recent years).

In the last years, he has been awarded with more than 10 prizes in academic and scientific research. Doctor Honoris Causa. AGH University. Krakow (Polonia). 2008. It is worth mentioning the Award ‘Aragón Investiga’ 2009 for Research Excellence; the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) tribute to the researchers who were awarded during the 2009-2010 academic year for their outstanding work in research and for their scientific excellence; the Plaque of Honour AEC-2014, awarded by the Spanish Scientists Association in November 2014; Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon: Award ‘Aragoneses del Año’ in the Science and Technology category, granted by El Periódico de Aragón, 2014; Academic elected by the Royal Academy of Exact, Physical, Chemical and Natural Sciences of Zaragoza, 2016.



  • Managing partner and scientific consultant of three Spin-Off companies:
  • He has the copyright of 11 patents, 3 of them WO, 1 PCT and 2 in exploitation.



The candidate has a long experience in the field of magnetism with 440 publications in scientific journal of high impact and also with high recognition in the scientific community as indicate the large number of citation by other authors.

* Discovery and explanation of an unusual magnetoelastic effect in colossal magnetorressitence manganites (CMR) (Phys. Rev. Lett., 75 (19):3541-3544, 1995 (290 times cited en WoS; 353 in Google of Scholar)). This observation changed completely the view of the intrinsic mechanism of the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR), a phenomenon that is at the origin of the magnetic electronics (spintronics) technology.

* Discovery of the formation of magnetic polarons using small angle neutron diffraction allowed the observation of nanometric metallic regions in a paramagnetic insulator background as a new form of phase segregation. (Nature, 386, 256-259, 1997 (757 times cited in WoS; 998 in Google Scholar)). This work was recognized in the same issue of Nature (News and Views) by Prof. J.B. Goodenough pag. 229. “The realization that such dynamic phase segregation can occur in real systems is opening a new chapter in solid-state science, and is providing surprises that may yet prove to have great technical importance”.

* Explanation of the Giant Magnetocaloric effect in Gd5(Si2Ge2) effect was associated to the effect of the existence of a first order field induced structural transition (Phys. Rev. B, 58 (1998) R14721 (212 times cited in WoS; 381 times in Google Scholar) and, more recently, the mechanism for the transition involves the formation of a Griffiths phase. (Phys. Rev. Lett., 96 167201 (2006) (116 times cited in WoS; 135 in Google Scholar).

* Discovering of new phenomena in superconductor nanostructures: Observation of the melting of a two dimensional Abrikosov vortex lattice in a new W-C based amorphous superconductor (Nature Physics, 5, 651, 2009) and, recently, their dynamics (Phys Rev Lett, 106 (2011) 077001). This achievement was recognized by D. Charles in Physics Today, 62 (2009) 18. “…this work not only confirms the essential features of a 2D melting theory, but it also appears consistent with attempts to model experiments that followed electrical resistance through the vortex melting state”. An enhancement of long-range correlations in a 2D vortex lattice by an incommensurate 1D disorder potential was also observed (Nature Physics, 10 (11), 851. (2014)). Discovery of the vortices confinement effects in superconducting nanowires (Nature Comm., 4, 1437 (2013))

* The application of magnetic nanoparticles to new therapies. This contribution summarizes the great impact of nanotechnology in therapy and diagnosis. This work as a whole constitutes a pioneer and seminal work in this research line (Nano Today, 2, 22 (2007)) (824 times cited in WoS; 1,195 in Google Scholar; THE MOST CITED ARTICLE 2016-2010), Current Nanoscience, 4, 1, 1(2008) (168 times cited in WoS; 281 in Google Scholar); Pharmaceutical Research, 29, 5, 1319-1327 (2012) (73 times cited in WoS; 99 in Google Scholar).


COMPLETE CV (Dec. 7th 2018).

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