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Javier Garcia Barriocanal

X-ray diffraction (XRD) Specialist

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Javier received a PhD in physics from the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM) following masters work in materials engineering and chemistry. His PhD research focused on the sputtering growth of transition metal oxide heterostructures, characterized by X-ray diffraction experiments. In postdoctoral roles at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble (France), Javier designed and conducted experiments at both synchrotron and neutron beamlines (e.g., grazing-incident diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy). This was followed by a Fulbright fellowship at Minnesota with Prof. Allen Goldman on high-Tc superconductors, ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, and electric transport and magneto-transport measurements. His final appointment prior to joining the CharFac was as assistant professor at UCM, where he continued his collaboration with Prof. Goldman on electrostatically doped oxide superconductors within the World Wide Materials Network (co-funded by the NSF and the MINECO Spanish Agency). The research of Javier is focused on electronic-atomic-orbital reconstructions and disorder effects at interfaces of complex oxides and their role on ionic transport and on electronic and magnetic properties. His research interests at the CharFac have broadened to study and characterize a wide variety of materials, spanning inorganic solids to polymers, by means of X-Ray scattering techniques.

Academic Background

Postgraduate Studies

  • PhD in Physics, University Complutense of Madrid (November, 2007). Final dissertation: "Interface Effects in Complex Oxides Heterostructures". PhD with honors.
  • DEA (Advanced Studies Diploma) in Condensed Matter Physics, University Complutense of Madrid (September, 2005). Final dissertation: "Ion Mobile Dynamics in  -AgI".

Master Studies

  • Master in Materials Engineering, University Complutense of Madrid (February 2003). Final dissertation: "Study of Mixed Conductors for Solid State Batteries".
  • Master Science in Chemistry, University of Burgos (September 2000).


  • Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Facilities (HERCULES). Grenoble (France), UJF and Grenoble INP, from 1st March to 4th April (2009).
  • HERCULES Specialized Courses (HSC4) on Application of Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation to Magnetism. Grenoble (Francia), ESRF and ILL, from 6th to 12th May (2007).

Professional Experience

December, 2011 - August, 2014: Assistant Professor. Applied Physics Department (Electricity and Electronic). University Complutense of Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
September, 2010 - December, 2011: Fulbright Postdoctoral Researcher. School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota. Minneapolis (United States). Supervisor: Prof. Allen M Goldman.
April, 2010 - September, 2010: Invited Postdoctoral Researcher. Applied Physics Department (Electricity and Electronic). University Complutense of Madrid. Madrid, Spain. Supervisor: Prof. Jacobo Santamaria.
April, 2008 - April, 2010: Postdoctoral Fellow (Large Scale Experimental Facilities Specialization Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Science and Education). SpLine (Spanish Beamline) ESRF (European Radiation Synchrotron Facility). Grenoble, France. Supervisor: Dr. German Castro.
January, 2004 - February, 2008: Predoctoral Fellow (Universitary Staff Formation Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Education). CMPG (Complex Materials Physics Group). Applied Physics Department (Electricity and Electronic). University Complutense of Madrid. Madrid, Spain. Supervisors: Profs. Jacobo Santamaria and Carlos Leon.
April, 2003 - January, 2004: Research Assistant. Physical Metallurgy Department. CENIM (National Center for Metallurgical Research). National Council for Scientific Research. Madrid, Spain. Supervisor: Dra. Paloma Adeva.