Senior research scientist

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  e-mail: rnalda(at)

Short CV

Rebeca de Nalda obtained her B.S. in Physics in 1994. Her doctoral thesis work was performed with a (FPU) fellowship from the Ministry of Science in the Chemical Physics Institute “Rocasolano” of the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC), under the supervision of Dr. Marta Castillejo. She obtained the PhD degree in Physics in 1999 in the Complutense University, Madrid, and was awarded with the extraordinary PhD prize of that year. During the year 2000 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Optics Institute of CSIC with a research contract of the Madrid Community (CAM). Later on, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she was appointed Research Associate in the Quantum Optics and Laser Science Department of Imperial College London, where she worked for three years. In 2003 she obtained a tenure-track “Ramón y Cajal” contract with which she moved to the Chemical Physics I department of the Chemistry Faculty in the Complutense University, Madrid. In 2005 she obtained a permanent position in the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC) and became staff scientist of the Chemical Physics Institute “Rocasolano” (CSIC).

Rebeca’s career has focussed on the study of laser-induced processes in physicochemical systems, be it atomic or molecular systems in the gas phase, condensed phases or clusters and nanoparticles, which constitute intermediate systems. She has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, delivered presentations at more than 40 international conferences, participated in more than 25 research projects at local, national and European level, and directed 4 PhD theses.

Her interests and scientific objectives are centred in the development of the capability to laser-induce certain processes in matter through the use of laser fields spatially, spectrally and temporally tailored to search for specific dynamical routes. This holds both for the control of molecular dynamics with intense laser fields and for the control of material processing and synthesis routes, where specific mechanical / electrical / magnetic properties will be searched for in laser-synthesized or laser-processed materials.