Pablo Merino

Pablo Merino. Postdoctoral researcher at Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM, CSIC) and Instituto de Física Fundamental (IFF, CSIC)

Research interests:

–  Experimental Astrophysics. Surface catalyzed astrochemistry. PAHs, aromatic aliphatic compounds and carbon chemistry. Physics and chemistry of the interstellar and circumstellar dust.

–  Light-Matter interaction at the nanoscale: Nanooptics. Excitons and Plasmons and their role in astronomical observations


– Graduate in Theoretical Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM (2009).

– PhD at Centro de Astrobiología associated to NASA astrobiology institute, INTA-CSIC, Madrid (2013).

– Post-doc at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Nanoscale department (2014-2017).

– Post-doc at ICMM-CSIC, ERC Synergy “Nanocosmos” (2017-).

Selected publications Summary (link to google scholar):

– Graphene etching on SiC grains as a path to interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons formation, P Merino, M Švec, JI Martinez, P Jelinek, P Lacovig, M Dalmiglio, S Lizzit, P Soukiassian, J Cernicharo, JA Martin-Gago, Nature Communications, 5, 3954 (2014)

–Ortho and para hydrogen dimers on G/SiC (0001): combined STM and DFT study, P Merino, M Švec, JI Martínez, P Mutombo, C Gonzalez, JA Martín-Gago, PL de Andres, P Jelinek , Langmuir, 31, 233-239 (2014)

–Exciton dynamics of C60-based single-photon emitters explored by Hanbury Brown-Twiss scanning tunnelling microscopy, P Merino, C Große, A Rosławska, K Kuhnke, K Kern, Nature Communications, 6, 8461 (2015)

–Nanoscale Imaging of Charge Carrier and Exciton Trapping at Structural Defects in Organic Semiconductors, C Große, O Gunnarsson, P Merino, K Kuhnke, K Kern, Nano Letters, 16, 2084-2089 (2016)

–Atomic-Scale Imaging and Spectroscopy of Electroluminescence at Molecular Interfaces, Chemical Reviews, (2017)


 Extraordinary Prize for the best PhD in Physics of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid for the thesis “Structural Characterization  of Epitaxial Graphene”

–  Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation