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Professor of Research of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)
Ph. D. (1995) University of Zaragoza


Department of Condensed Matter Physics &
Materials Research Institute of Aragón.


Faculty of Science

Universidad de Zaragoza
C/ Pedro Cerbuna 12,
E-50009 Zaragoza, SPAIN



Tel:  (+34-976) 76 12 27
Fax: (+34-976) 76 12 29
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Short Biography

Fernando Palacio is Professor of Research of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) at the Materials Research Institute (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon) in Zaragoza and member of the Department of Condensed Matter Physics of the University of Zaragoza. He graduated in Chemistry and got his PhD degree at the University of Zaragoza with a contribution to the tensorial treatment of crystal field states of arbitrary symmetry. Then he moved to The University of Oxford to work with Dr. Simon Altmann where they jointly developed an alternative treatment to the double groups based on projective representations. In 1977 he became interested in the magnetism of insulating systems and moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago to work with Prof. Richard Carlin where he spent two years. During this time he contributed to some seminal results which strongly influenced molecular magnetism later on, like the magnetic characterisation of the first molecular magnet and the discovery of the first molecular ferromagnet with FM-AFM switchable states. In 1979 he got a permanent position at the Department of Condensed Matter Physics in the University of Zaragoza.

In 1986 he joint the new Materials Research Institute (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon) in Zaragoza as member of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas. He has been an invited scientist at the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratorium, University of Leiden, at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, CNRS and University of Bourdeaux, and at the Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo. In 2002 he was BBVA Professor at The University of Cambridge and in December 2003 he was awarded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science a scientific stay at the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, under invitation of Professor Kazuito Hashimoto. In November 2009 he was appointed as Guest Professor by the Osaka Prefecture University. In 2008 he actively contributed to the constitution of the European Institute of Molecular Magnetism, where he is currently the vice-chairman and business director.

Part of his research activity concentrates on the magnetic behaviour of molecular systems with extended magnetic interactions, where he is particularly interested in the magnetism of metal free organic systems. He combines magnetic and calorimetric techniques with neutron scattering and muon spin rotation to contribute to the understanding of exchange mechanisms and magnetic ordering in molecular systems. Another part of his activity deals with the study of magnetic nanoparticles prepared following molecular synthetic routes and the development of their ferrofluids. Besides the development of preparative techniques to accurately control size and shape in these materials, his current interest concentrates in understanding their magnetism and in their biomedical applications, e.g., as drug carriers, contrast agents for magnetic resonance image (MRI) and as therapeutic agents through magnetothermic processes (hyperthermia).


Professional Situation

InstitutionCONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS
CenterINSTITUTO DE CIENCIA DE MATERIALES DE ARAGÓN
UnitFÍSICA DEL ESTADO SÓLIDO A BAJAS TEMPERATURAS
Current Position PROFESOR DE INVESTIGACIÓN, desde 23/01/1989

Research Lines

Molecular Magnetism, magnetism in insulating systems, magnetism of s, p electrons, metal free magnets, spin densities, magnetism of low dimensional systems.
Magnetic nanoparticles, ferrofluids, biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles, hyperthermia.
Magnetic materials, magnetic phase transitions, diluted antiferromagnets.

Academic Formation

Graduate in Chemistry, University of Zaragoza, 1971
Doctor in Sciences, University of Zaragoza, 1974

Professional Activity

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FPI fellowship University of Zaragoza 1971 - 1974
Assistant Professor University of Zaragoza 1968 - 1976
Fellowship from the British Council The University of Oxford 1976
Fullbright Fellowship Uni. of Illinois in Chicago 1977 - 1978
Associate Professor (non tenure) University of Zaragoza 1978 - 1979
Associate Professor in Mechanics and Thermodynamics (tenure) University of Zaragoza 1979 - 1986
Scientific Researcher CSIC ICMA, CSIC 1986 - 1989
Department Director ICMA, CSIC 1988 - 1991
Professor of Research ICMA, CSIC 1989 -

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Experience

Secretary of the National Commission of Users of Neutron Techniques
from November 1990 to December 2001
Member of the committee of Direction of the Action COST D4 Design and apreparation of new molecular systems with unconventional electrical, optical anda magnetic properties
from June 1993 to May 1998 (end of the Action)
Member of the commission of the Area of Science of Materials of the Spanish National Research Council
desde septiembre de 1993 hasta marzo de 2001
Member of the Comission ad hoc of the National Program of Materials. Commission de la Comisión ad hoc del Programa Nacional de Materiales. Interministerial of Science any Technology.
1993 and 1998
Member of the Committee of Direction of the Project Molecular Magnets, de la European Science Foundation
from March 1998 to June 2003 (end of the Project)
Member of the Committee of Direction of the Action COST D14 Functional Molecular Materials
from February 1999
President of the Evaluation Committee and internal evaluator of the Action COST 514 Ferroelectric Thin Films
from May 1999 to May 2000
President of the Evaluation Committee and internal evaluator of the Action COST 518 Molecular Materials and Functional Polymers for Advanced Devices
from May 2000 to June 2003
Member of the International Committee of experts evaluators. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Priority Programme Molecular Magnetism
from December 2001
Member of the Scientific advisory committee of the Spanish Net NanoSpain
from october 2002
Member of the Spanish Nanotechnology ThinkTank SNT3
from 2004 to 2005
Member of the monitoring committee of the National Plan of I+D+i of the Spanish Foundation of Science and Technology - Program SISE
from 2004 to 2007
Member of the Jury of awards of Research 2004 of Community of Castilla y Leon
2004
Member od the Committee of Direction and of the Executive Management Committee of the Excellence European Network of Excellence MAGMANet, 6º FM
from May 2005 to 2009
Executive Secretary of the Industrial Support Group of the European Network of Excellence MAGMANet, 6º FM
from May 2005 to 2009
Director of business and business relationships of the European Institute of Molecular Magnetism
from March 2008
Vice-Chairman of the European Institute of Molecular Magnetism
from May 2008