July, 21st 2022:
A paper on Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transitions in ultra-thin PbTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices has been submitted to the arXiv. Read the full history here
November, 18th 2021:
The last paper on the atomic scale crystal field mapping of polar vortices in oxide superlattices published in Nature Communications, selected as Editor's Highligths in the Condensed Matter division. These editors Highlights pages aim to showcase the 50 best papers recently published in an area.
Read the full history here , following Physical Science Research and then Condensed Matter
November, 4th 2021:
The paper on the deterministic switching of chirality in polar vortices accepted in Science Advances
November, 1st 2021:
The paper on the atomic scale crystal field mapping of polar vortices in oxide superlattices, published in Nature Communications.
Read the full paper here.
October, 11th 2021:
Success of the SIESTA school in East-Africa.
We enjoyed the presence of 32 students from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Cameroon.
All the information of this school available here.
August, 17th 2021:
New paper on order-disorder transitions in a polar vortex lattice submitted to the arXiv.
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September, 28th 2020:
Elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society 2020, Division of Materials Physics
Citation: "For seminal contributions to ab initio materials physics of ferroelectric size effects, formation of polar skyrmions, and emergent physical phenomena in them."
The American Physical Society has elected the Society's 2020 Fellows. The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise in physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.
Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in the American Physical Society. This year, 163 Fellows were selected and recognized for their contributions to science.
To view the complete list of the 2020 APS Fellows and their citations, or to search all APS Fellows to date, visit
the APS Fellow Archive here.
February, 12th 2020:
Awarded with the XIX Prize
Juan María Parés of the
Social Council of the University of Cantabria.
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January, 17th 2020: Growing a SIESTA Community in Kenya.
The first SIESTA school in Kenya took place in Kakamega.
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October, 12th 2019: The interview done by Physics World after the invited
talk at the 20th Trend in Nanotechnology Conference, already available as a
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October, 7th 2019: The paper in Investigación y Ciencia
(Spanish version of Scientific American) on
Negative Capacitance has been published and available in this
September, 20th 2019:
The SIESTA paper accumulates over 10 000 citations
according to Google Scholar, becoming the sixth more cited paper over all
scientific fields in the history of Spain.
September, 12th 2019:
A tale of success: The experience of Kenyan student James Sifuna at the
University of Cantabria, highlighted in the African Physics Newsletters.
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