Senior research scientist

  Extension: 442071; Direct telephone: 917459515

  e-mail: marta.castillejo(at)


Short CV 

Marta Castillejo obtained 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Development and application of laser-based techniques in Heritage Science, including pioneering research on laser cleaning methods for pictorial artworks and laser-based spectroscopies and nonlinear optical microscopies for chemical and structural analysis of cultural heritage objects.

Marta Castillejo is author of about 200 refereed publications in peer reviewed journals, with more than 4800 citations, 15 invited Conference Proceedings and 5 chapters in collective books. She has acted as Editor of 4 Volumes of Proceedings, has given about 290 presentations in conferences and has delivered about 50 invited talks worldwide. 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, Imperial College London in UK and Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR, Italy.

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 and since 2010 she lectures in the biannual International School on "Lasers in Materials Science" in Venice, Italy (acted as Codirector in 2012). She has also lectured in various PhD Programs and Masters at national level.