Senior research scientist

  Extension: 961218; Direct telephone: 917459515

  e-mail: marta.castillejo(at)


Short CV 

Marta Castillejo obtained her her Ph.D. in Physics in 1984 at Complutense University of Madrid. She worked first in Japan (National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba) and then in UK (Imperial College London) as postdoctoral fellow. In 1987 she became member of staff at IQFR-CSIC, where and was promoted to Senior Research Scientist in 2004. She is Founder and Head of the Group "Lasers, nanostructures and materials processing" (LANAMAP):

Her scientific interests are mainly focussed on:

a) Laser processing and fabrication of nanomaterials. Representative examples of original contributions are: study of molecular weight effect on the laser ablation of polymers; newly discovered process of laser nanofoaming of biopolymers; design of a new methodology for assessing laser induced periodic surface structures in polymers; study of laser ablation plumes by nonlinear optical processes;. ; investigation of wavelength effects in pulsed laser deposition of semiconductors.

b) Application of laser based processing and fabrication techniques in Nanoscience and Biomedicine with the development of substrates for chemical sensors and cell culture substrates, among others.

c) Development of laser-based techniques for analysis and conservation of Cultural Heritage, including pioneering research on laser cleaning methods for pictorial artworks and laser-based spectroscopies for elemental and molecular analysis.

d) Investigation on molecular photodissociation processes using vacuum ultraviolet coherent sources.  

e) Study of matter in ultraintense laser fields, with report of high harmonic generation in molecular systems for the first time and effects of molecular alignment, ionization and fragmentation processes under ultraintense laser irradiation.

Marta Castillejo is author of about 200 refereed publications in peer reviewed journals, with around 3700 citations, 15 invited Conference Proceedings and 5 chapters in collective books. She has acted as Editor of 4 Volumes of Proceedings. MC has given about 270 presentations in conferences and has delivered more than 45 invited talks in national and international conferences and meetings. She has acted as Principal Investigator of numerous Projects with national and regional funding and has coordinated more than 10 bilateral program exchanges with academic European institutions. She has been Academic Visitor at University Cergy-Pontoise and Observatoire Paris Meudon in France, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University in USA and Imperial College London in UK. From 2004 she acted as User Representative and since 2009 as Chair of the Board of User Representatives and Elected Member of the Management Board of the European distributed Infrastructure LASERLAB Europe. She serves at the Scientific Advisory Board of the HiLASE Infrastructure in Czech Republic.

She acts as member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the international conference series: LACONA (main organizer of its 7th Edition in Madrid, 2007), TECHNART, SPIE International Symposium on Optical Metrology and Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA). She has served as member of the Scientific Committee of Symposia "Light-Matter Interactions and Materials" within CLEO USA and Europe.

She has supervised 8 PhD Thesis. Since 2010 she is appointed Lecturer in the biannual International School on "Lasers in Materials Science" held in Venice, Italy and acted as Codirector in 2012. She has acted as lecturer in various PhD Programs and Masters at national level.