The Nanophotonics Technology Center (NTC), placed at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) campus, was created on 2005 to become a leading R&D center in nanophotonic science and technology. Our main mission is to place the NTC at the forefront of the knowledge in fundamental nanophotonic science as well as to use this knowledge to build novel materials, devices and systems for a wide range of applications.
Nowadays, the NTC has a human team formed by more than 50 people, including UPV professors, post-doctoral researchers, clean-room technicians and PhD students. The strong involvement of all our skilled personnel enables us to develop activities in many different topics including telecom, datacom, computing, biosensing, space or photovoltaics, amongst others.
The NTC has a series of outstanding technological facilities, including state of the art simulation tools, labs for device and system characterization, and an assembly and packaging laboratory. But it deserves special consideration our state-of-the-art 250 m2 clean-room, aimed at the fabrication of nanophotonic structures and devices using silicon-compatible technology. Together with the CNM (Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica) in Barcelona and the ISOM in Madrid, our clean-room is part of the Micronanofabs network, approved by the Ministry of Science, Technology and University as an ICTS.
Over the years, the NTC has shown an extraordinary technological potential as well as a strong vocation towards industrial transfer of its photonics technology, either through agreements with companies interested in the results of the research, or through the creation of spin-off companies. As a result of this vocation, the NTC created in 2006 DAS Photonics S.L., the first spin-off company at UPV, which currently employs more than 100 people.
Jaime García Rupérez - Group leader
Amadeu Griol Barres - Postdoctoral researcher
Salvador Ponce Alcántara - Postdoctoral researcher
María Isabel Gómez Gómez - Postdoctoral researcher
Paula Martínez Pérez - Predoctoral researcher
Luis Torrijos Morán - Predoctoral researcher
OPTICAL NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS
Roberto Llorente Sáez - Group leader
Maria Morant Pérez - Postdoctoral researcher
PHOTONIC INTEGRATED DEVICES
Pablo Sanchis Kilders - Group leader
Antoine Brimont - Postdoctoral researcher
Irene Olivares Sánchez-Mellado - Predoctoral researcher
Jorge Parra Gómez - Predoctoral researcher
Alba Vicente Olmo - Junior researcher
PHOTONIC INTEGRATED SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS
Javier Martí Sendra - Group leader
David Ortiz De Zárate Díaz - Postdoctoral researcher
Sergio Lechago Buendía - Postdoctoral researcher
Carlos García Meca - Senior researcher
Francisco Javier Díaz Fernández - Predoctoral researcher
Yoannet Díaz Valdés - Predoctoral researcher
PHOTONICS FOR PHOTOVOLTAICS
Guillermo Sánchez Plaza - Group leader
Giuseppe Libero Bufi - Junior researcher
PLASMONICS AND OPTOMECHANICS
Alejandro Martínez - Group leader
Elena Pinilla Cienfuegos - Postdoctoral researcher
Laura Mercadé Morales - Predoctoral researcher
Juan Enrique Vázquez-Lozano - Predoctoral researcher
Evelyn Díaz Escobar - Predoctoral researcher
Javier Redolat Querol - Predoctoral researcher
Lucía Castelló Pedrero - Proyectista
Laura Bonilla Hernández - Proyectista
Raúl López March - Proyectista
THZ PHOTONICS AND OPTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING
Borja Vidal Rodríguez - Group leader
Miguel A. Báez-Chorro - Predoctoral researcher
Gustavo Zoireff - Predoctoral researcher
Manel Usó Izquierdo - Predoctoral researcher
MICRO/NANOFABRICATION AND FACILITIES
Rafael Bueno Barbeyto - Group leader
Amadeu Griol Barres - Postdoctoral researcher
José Ángel Ayúcar Ruiz - Process engineer
Juan Hurtado Montañés - Process engineer
Laurent Christophe Bellieres - Process engineer
Todora Ivanova Angelova - Process engineer
Miroslavna Kovylina Zabyako - Process engineer
David Zurita Herranz - Process engineer
Alfredo Peñarrubia Blasco - Technical staff
Luis Collado Aranda - Technical staff
Cristina Villegas Martínez - Technical staff
Jose Luis Quintanilla Ruiz - Technical staff
Saturnino Castillo Oñate - Group leader
Isabel Salas Carmona - Management
Carlos García Suárez - Management
María Caterina Calatayud Noguera - Management
Esther Aguirre González de Heredia - Management
Daniel Ibáñez Gudiño - System Administrator
The NTC is strongly committed to combatting all forms of gender discrimination in our work environment. For that reason, in addition of being an active part of the UPV’s II Equality Plan, we have decided to have our own roadmap and, for instance, we have flexible working-hours to harmonise work and personal life and we have no gender pay gap.
We are aware that these actions, important as they are, are however not in themselves enough to bring the change that is required to remove the current inequalities, as the number of women in science studies, university teaching and research is still low.
We are yet far from equality, but we have reached 54% of women in post-doc positions and one of our most successful research lines has achieved 74% of women. And, what is more important, women researchers are always encouraged to propose ideas and opinions, participate in all our research teams and are always included in all our research projects and proposals, in lead positions when likely.
From our modest position, we are determined to be agents of change and, for this purpose, we have decided to create internally a Gender Equality Committee. The objective of this Committee is to raise a permanent dialogue on gender and science that will allow us both, to introduce a gender perspective in all our activities and to identify challenges, weaknesses, new approaches, etc. that may show us the way to improve.
This Committee will be composed by representatives of all categories (professors, students, post-doc, administration, etc.) and will be leaded and assisted by personnel with gender equality training. The Committee will inform periodically about its activities, conclusions, etc.