Dr. Fracisco Colmenero Ruiz defended his Ph.D. Thesis entitled “Characterization of Secondary Phases of Spent Nuclear Fuel Under Final Geological Disposal Conditions: Theoretical and Experimental Studies” at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on 21st September 2017 receiving a calification excellent "cum laude".
Dr. Miguel Jiménez Redondo defended his Ph.D. Thesis entitled “Diagnostics and modeling of cold plasmas with high hydrogen content” at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid on 15th November 2016 receiving a calification excellent "cum laude".
In June 2016, Dr. Isabel Tanarro Onrubia, resercher from the Department of Molecular Physics, has been elected as President of the Plasma Physics Specialized Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics. This specialized group was created in 2010.
Department of Molecular Physics of the Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (IEM) was founded in 1976; since then we have been studying molecular species in different states, mainly by means of avant-garde spectroscopic techniques. At those early times, the activity of the department was focused on the quantitative analysis of molecular vibrational spectra by means of Raman spectroscopy in the gas phase. Later the research lines were extended with new experimental techniques, like high-resolution infrared spectroscopy (by frequency difference and by Fourier transform), stimulated Raman spectroscopy, laser intracavity absorption, combined with supersonic gas jets, molecular beams, glow discharge plasmas, or molecular “ices”, all along with theoretical treatments for the interpretation of molecular spectra.
Nowadays, the Department of Molecular Physics carries out an important research work, with both experimental and theoretical projects, funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (National Plan of Scientific Research), the European Union, the Comunidad de Madrid (Regional Government), as well as other national and international organizations and bilateral agreements. This work is regularly published in scientific journals of high impact, books and monographs, Doctoral Theses (over 30 since its creation), and by the attendance to national and international congresses. Members of the department have organized several schools and congresses, and teach courses in doctorate university programs.
Last, the Department of Molecular Physics has collaboration agreement (Associated Unit) with the department of Physical Chemistry I of the Complutense University of Madrid.