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Research is focused on the magnetic properties, with a particular emphasis on magnetization reversal processes and magnetoresitive responses, of low-dimensional artificial magnetic structures, such as ultrathin magnetic films and multilayers, magnetic nanostructures, magnetic nanoparticles and adsorbed molecules. We aim at a better understanding of fabrication processes and physical properties of new materials and functionalities as a first step towards the development of devices with custom-chosen properties.

Different experimental facilities, including growth (by molecular beam epitaxy MBE and sputtering in ultra-high vacuum environment as well chemical synthesis) with in-situ electronic, morphological and structural characterization, as well as ex-situ magnetic characterization techniques have been setting up at IMDEA. Additionally, large scale experimental facilities for basic and applied research in physics (i.e., synchrotron, neutron, as well as ion-accelerator sources) are normally used to prepare and to elucidate fundamental aspects of magnetic nanostructures with enormous impact for our society, including both spintronic, permanent magnets, and biomedical applications


  • Julio Camarero, PROGRAM  MANAGER and Senior Researcher
  • Alberto Bollero, Senior Researcher
  • Paolo Perna, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • José Luis F. Cuñado, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Ruben Guerrero, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Cristina Navío, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Miguel Angel Niño, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Javier Pedrosa, Postdoctoral Researcher


  • Prof. Julio Camarero de Diego

    PhD: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Spain
    Double Affiliation: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Spain
    Research: Growth and characterization of magnetic nanomaterials
    Joining Date: March, 2008
    User Name: julio.camarero
    Telephone: +34 91 299 88 70
    Camarero de Diego

    Julio Camarero received his PhD in physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1999. He then worked at Institut Neel-CNRS France (Marie- Curie Fellow and scientific contracts) before returning to UAM in 2003 as Ramon y Cajal research fellow. JC is currently Associate Professor of the Condensed Matter Physics Department. In 2008 he joined IMDEA Nanoscience as Associated Senior Scientist, leading the Nanomagnetism Program.

    JC has coordinated National Regional and European projects and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers (> 1600 cites, h-index: 22) 11 book chapters, 4 invited papers, and 1 EU patent. 25 invited talks at international conferences (150 other conference presentations). JC is a frequently invited scientist in different Synchrotron Radiation Facilities.

    Research Lines

    The current scientific interest of Dr. Julio Camarero includes the preparation and characterization of artificial magnetic (inorganic and organic) nanostructures, as well as the development of novel experimental techniques. Particular attention is devoted to studies on quasi-static and dynamic magnetization reversal processes and magnetoresitive responses. His goal is to acquire a better understanding of the fundamental physics of new functional properties of magnetic nanostructures that are important, or may become important, for applications in information-storage, spintronics, and biomedicine areas.

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