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  CALVO URBINA, MARIA REYES

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CALVO URBINA, MARIA REYES

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  • Doctora en Ciencia de Materiales
    Universidad de Alicante (29/05/2009)
  • Licenciada en Física
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid (01/06/2003)

I joined Alicante University (Spain) as an Assistant Professor in 2019 through the regional talent attraction program GenT. My research interests focus on the electronic and magnetic properties of condensed matter systems where quantum effects are relevant, such as topological insulators or low-dimensional systems. I am lately fascinated by the endless possibilities offered by van der Waals materials, which can be isolated in layers one-atom-thick and stacked to form structures where new properties emerge out of the combination of those of the stacked materials.

Before joining the UA, I was an Ikerbasque Research Fellow in CIC Nanogune, Spain, where I focused my research on the properties of 2D materials (transition metal dichalcogenides), specifically on the study of topological phases and their potential application to spintronics.

As part of my PhD research, I explored Kondo physics in atomic junctions, and during my first postdoctoral stay at LCN, University College London (UK), in single magnetic impurities. While studying there the local properties of CVD graphene, I developed an interest on mesoscopic physics. In 2011 I was granted a Marie Curie fellowship for the study of the properties of 2D-Topological Insulators at Stanford University at the Goldhaber-Gordon´s lab.