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Jorge Sanz Mateo

Jorge attended the Autonomous University of Madrid where in 2018 he got his Physics Bachelor degree with a thesis on the simulation of plasmonic structures for laser applications (recreating silver nanochains on the surface of a laser crystal). In 2019 he obtained (at the same university) a Master’s degree on Energies and Fuels for the Future, with a thesis about the development of multiferroic materials for energy harvesting purposes.  During this time, he grew an interest in ceramics while working with techniques to synthetise, process and characterise materials according to the needs at hand.

Throughout his career, he gained a wide knowledge on applied physics, photonics and material science, and he is eager to put it to good use on the research of energy materials. For this reason, he joined the CITRES project as a PhD student with the task of studying the relationship between local structure induced by chemical substituents and the occurrence of short-range electric fields. During his Thesis, he is establishing a Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) method where chemical maps can be taken with uttermost precision. This work implies developing the methods of sample preparation, doing the observations in the instrument and then analyzing the results using the adequate data treatment, and is done in collaboration with the Montanuniversitaet Leoben (group of Dr. Daniel Kiener) and the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA (group of Prof. Dr. Elisabeth C. Dickey).