1st NFFA-Europe Summer School
Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis (NFFA), available instruments and techniques

Barcelona (Spain) - July 18-22, 2016

PRUAB-UAB is glad to announce the first edition of NFFA-Europe Summer School devoted to "Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis (NFFA), available instruments and techniques".

The school is one of the training activities organized by NFFA-Europe, a Research and Innovation Action under the H2020 Work Programme. It is open to graduate students, post-docs and young researchers, but including technicians, engineers and in general to all scientists from academic and industrial communities interested in acquiring knowledge and hands-on experience of the NFFA-Europe instruments and techniques, emphasizing the possibilities and synergies of combining Nanotechnology and Fine Analysis techniques. This first school will be devoted to Synchrotron radiation, trying to establish which are the benefits and synergies between synchrotron techniques and nanotechnology in the spirit of the NFFA-Europe project.

The school aims at promoting the use of instruments and the knowledge of techniques available within the NFFA-Europe consortium through 4 thematic groups of lectures given by top-researchers involved in the NFFA-Europe consortium from all Europe:

  1. Lithography & Patterning
  2. Growth & Synthesis
  3. Characterization
  4. Theory & Simulation

The NFFA-Europe school is organized as follows:

  1. Each thematic area will be covered by 3-4 lectures.
  2. Visits to all the relevant infrastructures at the UAB Campus (lab tours) involved in the NFFA-Europe-transnational access will be programmed: ALBA-Syncrotron, ICMAB-CSIC (Materials Science Centre), IMB-CNM-CSIC (Microelectronics Centre), UAB (University), ICN2 (Nanotechnology Centre).
  3. Poster sessions: participants will have the opportunity to widely discuss with lecturers and colleagues through two-scheduled poster sessions (including a best poster award).


Monday 18 July
Theory & Simulation techniques
Welcome and practical information
Overview of simulation techniques at the nanoscale X.Cartoixà (UAB, Spain)
Density Functional Theory (DFT), P.Ordejon (ICN2, Spain)
Post-DFT Techniques, A.Marini (CNR, Italy)
Tuesday 19 July
Nanolithography: concepts and methods. F.Perez-Murano (IMB, Spain)
POSTER Session & Coffee-Break
Nanolithography with x-rays. Y.Ekinci (PSI, Switzerland)
Nanostructures for application at synchrotron. C.David, (PSI, Switzerland)
Lab Tour 1: Visit to CNM/ICMAB/ICN2/UAB (in groups)
Wednesday 20 July
Chemical Growth techniques: preparation of functional oxides. M.Coll (ICMAB, Spain)
Physical Growth Techniques: Pulsed laser deposition. F.Sanchez (ICMAB, Spain)
Unraveling Molecular Film Growth by Real-time X-ray scattering E. Barrena (ICMAB, Spain)
Example 2. A.Lopeandia, (UAB, Spain)
Lab Tour 2: Visit to CNM/ICMAB/ICN2/UAB (in groups)
Thursday 21 July
Applications of Synchrotron Techniques in Nanoscience S.Ferrer (ALBA, Spain)
POSTER Session & Coffee-Break
In-situ structural, chemical, and magnetic characterization of nanostructures by combining STM with X-rays. A.Mugarza (ICN2-Spain)
In operando and high throughput methods for research in bio- and nanotechnology. (H.Amenitsch, TUG-Austria)
Lab Tour 3: Visit to Alba Synchrotron (all)
Friday 22 July
Lab Tour 4: Visit to CNM/ICMAB/ICN2/UAB (in groups)
NFFA-Europe opportunities for young researchers
Closing and Poster Awards

School organisers

  • Nuria Barniol, UAB, nuria.barniol@uab.cat
  • Jordi Fraxedas, ICN2, jordi.fraxedas@icn2.cat
  • Francesc Torres, UAB, francesc.torres@uab.cat


Heinz Amenitsch, TUG Austria.

Lecture: In operando and high throughput methods for research in bio- and nanotechnology inside Characterization topic. (Characterization topic)

Heinz Amenitsch (1964, Austria) graduated in 1989 at the Vienna University of Technology. In 1992 he received his PhD in the field of Neutron Small Angle Scattering at the same university. As a postdoc he joined the Institute of Biophysics and Nanosystems research (IBN) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences headed by Prof. Laggner. He leaded the design and construction of the Austrian Small Angle X-ray Scattering Beamline at the electron storage ring ELETTRA in Trieste. In the following he was the team leader of the IBN group at the outstation in Trieste. After the move to the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Graz University of Technology in 1992 he is group leader of the scattering facilities including the Austrian SAXS beamline. The TUG scattering facility is a partner facility of the ERIC-Central European Infrastructure Consortium being there director of the facility

Further he is co-author of more than 300 publications and (co-)supervisor of several PhDs. His current research interests are the structural characterization of self-assembly processes in mesoporous materials, bio-mineralization, bio-membranes, as well as the nucleation and growth of nanoparticles. As a consequence of this twin role – synchrotron radiation and research activities – he also developed cutting edge techniques for in-operando and high throughput methods. He is the project leader of these activities in the H2020 project - NFFA-Europe.

Esther Barrena, ICMAB, Spain.

Lecture: Unraveling Molecular Film Growth by Real-time X-ray scattering. (Characterization topic)

Esther Barrena studied Physics in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and did her PhD thesis at the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid focused on the study of friction at the nanoscale in self-assembled monolayers. From 2002 until 2009 she worked as group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metal Research in Stuttgart (department of Prof. H. Dosch) applying in-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction techniques to the structural research of organic semiconductor films of interests for organic transistors and solar cells. During this time she spent a short stay as research Fellow at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, (Japón) invited by the International Center for Young Scientist (ICYS).

Since 2009, she works at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona as CSIC tenured scientist. Her research interest focusses on the nano- and molecular-scale investigation of functional properties of interfaces and organic layers and achieving an understanding of the structure-property relationships in organic devices.

Xavier Cartoixà, UAB, Spain.

Lecture: Overview of simulation techniques at the nanoscale. (Theory topic)

Mariona Coll, ICMAB, Spain.

Lecture: Preparation of functional oxides by cost-efficient chemical routes. (Chemical growth techniques topic)

Mariona Coll received her degree in chemistry from University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2002. In 2007, she earned her Ph.D degree in materials science from UA Barcelona performing the research at ICMAB-CSIC. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, holding a joint appointment at NIST, USA, for nearly 3 years. Now she is a Ramon y Cajal Researcher at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain, in the superconducting materials and large scale nanostructures group. Her research interests focus on the development of radically new processes to generate and stabilize nanoscale engineered functional oxide thin films and nanostructures (insulating, magnetic, ferroelectric, superconductor, and photovoltaic) combining chemical solution deposition (CSD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD). She has made relevant contributions to the field of superconductivity helping establishing the basics to develop new and cost-effective chemical solution approaches to implement YBa2Cu3O7 and oxide buffer layer materials in long-length conductor processes obtaining world-leading performances. Also, she has developed and stabilized epitaxial functional oxides at low temperature by atomic layer deposition which has a huge impact in film properties, applications, and fabrication cost. She is on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group. She holds 1 patent and 2 book chapters and has coauthored more than 38 publications (Nature Materials, Chem. Mater., J. Am.Chem. Soc., Adv. Funt. Mater).

Christian David, PSI, Switzerland.

Lecture: Nanostructures for application at synchrotron inside the Lithography and nanopatterning topic.

Yasin Ekinci, PSI, Switzerland.

Lecture: Pulsed laser deposition inside the Physical Growth Techniques topic (Lithography and nanopatterning topic).

Yasin Ekinci did his PhD in Max Planck Institute, Goettingen, Germany in 2003.

Since 2009 he is senior scientist and head of the Advanced Lithography and Metrology Group at Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland.

Salvador Ferrer, ALBA, Spain.

Lecture: Applications of Synchrotron Techniques in Nanoscience (Characterization topic).

Aitor Lopeandía, UAB Spain.

Lecture: Simultaneous nanocalorimetry and fast XRD measurements to study the silicide formation in Pd/a-Si bilayers (Growth topic).

Aitor Lopeandia is an Associate professor of Applied Physics at the Physics department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, lecturing from 2010 at Physics and Nanoscience and nanotechnology degrees, and coordinating from november 2015 the Master of Advance Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He received a PhD in Material Sciences (2007) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), working in the development of nanocalorimetric devices. In 2007 he moved initially as José Castillejo fellow and after as IEF Marie fellow (2008-2010) to the Institute Néel-CNRS (France). In 2010, he was recipient of a ERG fellow from FP7 and returned to the UAB joining the research Group of Nanomaterials and Microsystems (GNaM). His research interest revolves around thermal properties of nanoscaled materials, and their applications in energy.

Andrea Marini, CNR, Italy.

Lecture: Post DFT techniques (Theory & Simulation topic)

My scientific activity of is focused on the development of new theoretical tools to describe the ground and excited state properties of complex materials. I have been equally interested in the formal and mathematical understanding of the theoretical approaches, as well as in their practical applications by devising efficient methods and algorithms. I started my PhD work in 1999 with the aim of describing quasi-particle properties in noble metals using an Ab-Initio approach. However, I readily realized that there were no adequate numerical tools available. Therefore I wrote a new numerical code in order to easily implement new theories and approximations in an Ab-Initio environment. We are in 2000 and this is the beginning of the Yambo Project. The first work published using Yambo was, indeed, the quasi-particle properties of a noble d-metal. Now the Yambo code is part of a large project whose dimension is growing every year, involving more and more colleagues in the development and management of the code. During my career I constantly explored new areas of research that are well represented by few key works. I used Many-Body Perturbation Theory(MBPT) to describe quasi-particles and excitons. I studied finite-temperature optical and electronic properties. In the aforementioned works, paradigmatic bulk materials, like Silicon or Copper have been considered. I has also applied MBPT to study optical properties of nano-structures like h-BN nanotubes or the Aharonov-Bohm gap oscillations in carbon nanotubes induced by strong magnetic fields. Also key phenomena induced by the confined nature of carbon nanotubes and molecular systems (the trans-azobenzene molecule) have been analyzed. I have been equally interested in crucial theoretical developments, like the derivation of accurate ground state energy functionals or the devising of TDDFT kernel. In recent years I started working in the field of out-of-the-equilibrium phenomena. In the field of non-equilibrium Physics I have won a one year fellowship with the Ikerbasque Science Foundation (Bilbao, Spain) to study the electronic dynamics induced by ultra-intense laser fields. This is the ELISE project. In addition I won a national funding programme (FIRB). I am now leading a group of four different nodes and eight researches devoted to the combined experimental and theoretical investigation of ultra-fast and ultra-intense processes at the nano-scale. The total amount of fundings for this three years project is of almost 1 million euros.

Aitor Mugarza, ICN2, Barcelona.

Lecture: In-situ structural, chemical, and magnetic characterization of nanostructures by combining STM with X-rays (Characterization topic)

Aitor Mugarza obtained his PhD in Physics in 2002 at the University of Basque Country. After his doctoral studies, he was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to work as a postdoctoral scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and at the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB). Later in 2007, he joined the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-ICN2 (formerly ICN) starting as a Ramon y Cajal Fellow. Since 2015, he is ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group at ICN2. He is author of 51 articles, and of more than 35 invited talks at international conferences, universities and schools. His current research activity focuses on developing methods to manipulate the spin and charge at the single atom level, and characterize it by combining scanning probe microscopy (STM/STS) and synchrotron radiation-based electron (ARPES) and X-ray (XAS/XMCD) spectroscopy.

Pablo Ordejon, ICN2 - Barcelona, Spain.

Lecture: Density Functional Theory (Theory and Simulation topic).

Pablo Ordejón obtained his PhD Degree at UAM (Madrid, Spain) on Condensed Matter Physics. He did a Postdoctoral stay at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing (USA) in the group of Prof. R. M. Martin and Prof. D. Ceperley, working on the development of linear scaling methods for electronic structure calculations. After a 4-year period as Assistant Professor at the University of Oviedo (Spain), he moved to Barcelona, to work as a CSIC staff scientist at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcleona (ICMAB). In 2007 he joined the newly funded Centre d´Investigacio en Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (CIN2), in Barcelona, where he was vice-director from 2010 to 2013. He was appointed as Director of the Foundation Institut Català de Nanotecnologia (ICN2) in 2012, and as the fist Director of the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) - which resulted from the merging of CIN2 and ICN - in 2013. Prof. Ordejón has made breakthrough contributions to the development of efficient methods for the study of materials properties at the atomic scale from first principles. He is a founding member of the team that developed the SIESTA method and code, which is used by thousands of groups to perform computer simulations of materials. In 2003 he received the Price of the Spanish Association of Scientists for his contributions in the area of Materials Sciences, and 2005 he was appointed Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has served as Responsible for the Area of Condensed Matter Physics of the Spanish National Agency for Scientific Evaluation (ANEP) from 2004 to 2007, and as Chairman of the Physics and Engineering panel of the Spanish National Supercomputing Network from 2004 to 2010, besides other numerous advisory committees. He has also served as Co-Editor of EPL since 2010 to 2015, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Physica Status Solidi since 2004. He is co-founder of the spin-off company SIMUNE. Since 2015 he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).

Francesc Pérez-Murano, CNM, Spain.

Lecture: Nanolithography: concepts and methods ((Lithography and nanopatterning topic).

Francesc Pérez Murano holds a degree in Physics (1989) and Doctorate in Science (1993) by Unversitat Autònoma de Barcelona. From the beginning of his doctoral thesis, he has investigated in various aspects related with Nanotechnology, particularly in Nanoelectronics, Nanomechanics, Nanofabrication and Atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopies, publishing more than 150 articles on these topics. He has been guest researcher in Denmark, United States (NIST, Maryland) and Japan (AIST, Tsukuba), and a visiting professor at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been Associate Professor of Electronics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and, since 2007, CSIC Research Professor at the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona, where he leads the NEMS and Nanofabrication group. In 2001 he obtained the distinction of the Generalitat of Catalonia for young researchers. He is currently involved in six European research projects related to nanolthography and nanofabrication.

Florencio Sánchez, ICMAB-Barcelona Spain.

Lecture: Pulsed laser deposition (Physical Growth Techniques topic).

Florencio Sanchez completed his BS and PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona. After a postdoctoral position in Jülich-Germany he was at the University of Barcelona until 2003, then he moved to the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), where he is a member of the Laboratory of Multifunctional Oxides and Complex Structures . His research activities have been focused on the use of laser radiation to modify the surface of materials and to grow oxide thin films. He has also developed methods to control the surface of perovskite single crystalline substrates, and has investigated the growth mechanisms of complex oxides. His present research interest lies on the growth and characterization of ferroelectric and ferromagnetic oxide films and heterostructures, and its integration with silicon.

Poster sessions

Participants are invited to present a poster related to their work and the framework of the NFFA-Europe project items.

Important note: sending a poster proposal is mandatory for students that apply for a travel support

How to reach

Engineering School, UAB, 08193-Bellaterra (Barcelona)

by Train:

There are two train companies with train lines from Barcelona to UAB: FGG lines (S2 and S55) and RENFE (R7). Travel time is around 35 minutes. For more information, please visit:

Registration fee

The registration fee includes: coffee breaks and lunches.

Early registration (until 15 June 2016): 100€
Late registration (from 16 June 2016): 150€

Deadline: 30 June 2016

Please notice that school attendance will be limited to 40 students and the participation will be assessed on a first-come/first-serve basis, subjected to acceptance from the Organizing Committee.

Student travel support

Students can apply for free registration and travel support before the 15th of June 2016. The allocation and amount (up to 400€) will be proportionally allocated to a maximum of 20 students on a first come first served basis. The support will never exceed the actual costs incurred.

Important note: sending a poster proposal and a letter from the students’ supervisor is mandatory for all applicants.

Further information and instruction will be sent regarding award of student travel support. For questions or additional information please contact: p.nffa.ee@uab.cat