Ramón y Cajal Fellow
The research interests of IÑIGO BRETOS encompass materials science and technology, with a focus on the processing and integration of metal oxide layers (ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, dielectrics, multiferroics or superconductors) in advanced electronics and emerging technologies for applications ranging from memory devices, sensing and transduction to photovoltaics and electronic skin. Over the years, his research career has evolved from the area of microelectronics to the appealing field of flexible electronics. This fact motivated the development of his main research line; the low-temperature processing of functional oxide thin films by wet chemical methods.
IÑIGO (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1979) earned his BSc in Chemistry from the Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona). His research career started in 2002 with a Predoctoral Scholarship FPI at ICMM-CSIC, receiving in 2006 his PhD in sol-gel chemistry and ferroelectricity (supervisor Prof. Mª Lourdes Calzada) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid). Subsequently, he moved to RWTH Aachen University (Germany) where he was postdoctoral researcher from 2007 to 2009. He joined Prof. Rainer Waser’s group gaining experience in the research of multilayer ceramic capacitors and solution-processed superconductors. In 2009, he returned to the Spanish system for Science and Technology with a Postdoctoral Fellowship JAE-DOC and a subsequent Juan de la Cierva. Since then, he carries out his research activities at ICMM-CSIC in the group of Electroactive Oxides for Smart Devices (EOSMAD). In 2015, he received a ComFuturo Fellowship (FGCSIC) leading his own research line. In 2017, he was awarded a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship.
During his career, he has participated in 23 R&D projects, including 1 Network of Excellence and 4 Actions belonging to the former EC Framework Programme (Cooperation), and 2 non-competitive projects with private companies (BASF SE and Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH). He has been(is) principal investigator (PI) of 3 research projects (funding >100 kEUR). He has published 47 articles in SCI journals, 3 book chapters and 1 international patent of invention. He has supervised 7 MSc/BSc Thesis and is regular supervisor of undergraduated students in his group. He has more than 80 contributions in (inter)national conferences, including 20 invited contributions in his research line on low-temperature processing. He has developed 6 stays in R&D&I centers of Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal and Brazil. He was(is) invited teacher in 3 courses (1 European) and 3 (inter)national seminars oriented to university/postgraduate teaching. He has designed and developed 2 experimental prototypes (technology part of the infrastructure Techniques & Equipment offered by ICMM-CSIC). He has an active participation in activities of science outreach (highlighting his projects “Toca la Ciencia” and “La radiante vide de Marie Curie”), appearing in several national/autonomic media (RTVE, La Sexta TV, EITB, El Mundo, madri+d, etc).