Dr. Elsa Prada (Project Leader)
She is a theorist in condensed matter physics at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) whose present research lines are: graphene and other two-dimensional materials, topological insulators and superconductors, and electron transport in hybrid systems. She obtained her PhD in Madrid and then worked in Karlsruhe University (Germany), Lancaster University (UK) and Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid ICMM-CSIC (Spain). In 2012 she got a Ramón y Cajal tenure-track position at UAM. She has been strongly involved in outreach activities, with several articles in the press in the main Spanish journals (El Mundo, El País, Marca), interviews in the radio and in TV (CNN+, TV1, TV2).
Dr. Isabel Guillamón
She is experimentalist in condensed matter physics at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Her research is focused on the fundamental properties of low and high temperature superconductors. She has been postdoc in Bristol (UK) and spend a few months in Stanford. She is author of 25 publications in journals such as Nature Physics and Physical Review Letters and has presented her work in international conferences (10 invited talks) and research institutions (5 seminars). She has actively participated in outreach activities such as “Open days” and “Sciences weeks” and delivered videos built from experimental images. Some videos are posted on youtube and have been also featured by others such as Physics Today.
Dr. Enrique Sahagún
PhD in condensed matter physics, Master in biophysics and Scixel manager. His research was focused on AFM and he has published in Physical Review Letters and Nature Materials. He will be responsible for the work concerning digital animation, real footage, sound, and edition. He is leader of Scixel: a small company devoted to the creation of scientific images and movies. Scixel has already designed covers for important science magazines. He has already made technical movies for scientists and short movies.
PhD student in the SIESTA (Spanish Initiative for Electronic Simulations with Thousands of Atoms) group in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), where she conducted experimental Biophysics research, studying the effects of curcumin on cell membranes in the Ramamoorthy group. Master’s degree in Condensed Matter Physics and Nanotechnology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, during which she worked on a project that involved the application of ab initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) to the study of the current distributions in MMX polymers. Her current research involves the development of a parameterization method and its application to the optimization of density functionals for water. During her time as a PhD student she has taught classes in Electricity and Magnetism, Statistical and Thermal Physics, and Electronics.
Paloma B. Bielicka
Bachelor of Science, BS Physics Science (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Cinematographer (Escuela de Cinematografía y Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, ECAM). She has worked on the field of Nanotechnology from 2005 to 2008, before making up her mind and dedicate her life to art. She has worked since 2008 as a technician at lightning and camera departments on several shortfilms, TV programs and advertising, working for directors of photography as Carlos Suárez, Valentín Álvarez and directors as Manolo Gutierrez Aragón, Juan Cavestany or Víctor Erice, among others. At the present time she works on the Scientific Outreach field, as a freelance, bringing together both her passions: cinema and science.
Luis G. Juanes
Scriptwriter at "Escuela de Cinematografía y Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid", ECAM (three years degree). Bachelor of Science (Physics) and final university research project at Physics of Materials Department, "Universidad Autónoma de Madrid", UAM. Luis G. Juanes worked in many fields along several countries until he found his passion in filmmaking and scientific outreach. Luis is the author of projects designed for TV and cinema among other media, involving audiovisual circles such as Atresmedia or Cannes Film Festival. As a physicist and communicator, he has worked for the European Space Agency (ESA), Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN), Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (MUNCYT), Madrid City Council, Alcobendas Town Council, schools and NGOs.
Christina Stewart is an American English teacher working and living in Madrid, teaching in bilingual schools through the Auxiliares de Conversacíon program. This is her second year in Spain, and she was thrilled to be invited to lend her voice to the project.
Ph.D. student in the Low Temperature Laboratory at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Physics degree in the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and Univesitat de Barcelona. His research activity is centered on the study of unconventional superconductors through scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. He is also involved in the synthesis of new materials using flux techniques. He is strongly involved in dissemination and outreach activities organized by the Low Temperature Laboratory.
PhD student at Low Temperature Laboratory in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Bachelor degree in Physics at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas (Bogotá-Colombia) and master in Science-Physics at Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) where he studied the influence of calcium doping on the high temperature superconductor YBCO. His current research area is focused on the study of the vortex lattice and strongly correlated superconductors using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy at very low temperatures under vectorial magnetic fields. He worked in the development of a pedagogical web page to teach children (13 and 15 age) basic concepts in physics and participates in outreach activities during his PhD.
José Benito Llorens
PhD student in the Low Temperature laboratory at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Physics degree and Master thesis at the UAM. His research work is concerned with the study of the normal phase in high critical temperature superconductors using very high magnetic field scanning tunneling microscopy at low temperatures. He belongs to the astronomical club of the university and often gives talks about astronomy at secondary schools. He also participates in outreach activities organized within the laboratory and collaborates to deliver videos showing experimental demonstrations on low temperature physics.
Paloma B. Bielicka
Luis G. Juanes
José Benit Llorens