Airán Ródenas Seguí

Dr. Airán Ródenas Seguí is a “Ramón y Cajal” Fellow (awarded 2018); previously has been European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow (awarded 2016), and a Spanish Government Education and Science MEC Postdoctoral Fellow (awarded 2010).

Dr. Ródenas is the discoverer of the technology for laser nanostructuring crystals in 3D, which allows to envisage a future generation of nano-engineered crystals (NECs) with properties beyond those of natural crystals.

As a Ramón y Cajal tenure-track professor he now leads the LeapLab (Light-Matter interactions and Extreme-Applications Photonics Lab) at the Physics Department of the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), which has now a PhD student and a postdoctoral fellow both with competitive national and international project fellowships, and is member of the IUdEA institute of the ULL (Institute of Advanced Studies on Atomic and Molecular Physics and Photonics).

Since May 2019 Dr. Ródenas is active recipient of a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship and tenure-track professorship at the ULL (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain). From May 2017 to 2019 he was a European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow. Previously, he worked first as postdoctoral researcher at UK Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) for two and a half years with his own Spanish Government Postdoctoral Fellowship, on the development of the first 3D mid-infrared on-chip waveguide beam-combiners for stellar interferometry and Astrophotonics, as well as on the fabrication of 3D Photonic Crystals. Afterwards, in September 2012 he joined the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV, Spain) for a period of 4 years working as associate professor and researcher, and joining a EU Collaborative FP7 project ( as lead scientist in charge of developing novel photonic sensors from first concept to industrial environment testing.

He has co-directed 3 PhD theses -Dr. J.Martínez (April’17), Dr. H-D Nguyen (Sept’17) and Dr. M. Medina (Nov’19)- and is co-directing one now at the ULL. He imparted Degree and Master courses at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili in three different subjects from 2013 to 2015, and also taught at Heriot Watt University (UK) in 2011. He is currently teaching at ULL since 2019, both in the Physics degree and within the Civil Engineering degree.

The multidisciplinary work of Airán Ródenas in the field of 3D engineered photonics and 3D laser nanoprocessing has led to the publication of over 70 papers in high impact journals as Nature Photonics, with an h-index of 23 (Google Scholar).

He has 6 invited talks in international conferences, and over 17 oral presentations in international conferences and seminars. He has worked as evaluator for the ERC European Research Council, works as expert evaluator member within the Spanish State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación), and has also reviewed projects for the argentinian ANPCyT state agency, and for the Polish government. He is frequent reviewer of various international photonics and applied physics journals [Light and Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), Applied Optics, Sensors & Actuators, Optics Letters, Optics Express, Optical Materials Express, Chemical Physics Letters, Applied Physics Letters and others]. He is the inventor and co-author of 1 patent for anti-icing aircraft automated systems. A. Ródenas maintains collaboration with around 20 groups from 11 countries (Italy, France, Germany, Japan, UK, Canada, Australia, China, Brazil, Argentina and Spain), 15 of these collaborations being done independently after his PhD period proving his independence. He maintains industrial collaborations in the fields of air transport (Dassault, Fuji Heavy Industries), photonics (Resolution Spectra, Optoscribe) and laser fabrication (LightFAB). He has performed 7 visiting research stays, and has the experience of working as part of 8 different groups in 6 different countries.

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