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SpeakerMaria C. Asensio

Currently, Permanent Research Staff of the SOLEIL French synchrotron source and the Universite Paris-Saclay, Professor Maria Asensio is also Permanent staff of the Institute of Material Science of Madrid, in Spain working in the area of electronic structure determination by using low energy Synchrotron radiation. Maria Asensio commenced her academic career in Argentina, where after completing her Bsc degree in Physical Chemistry, she finished her PhD degree in Surface Science. Then she held a two-year Senior Lecturer in Physics at the Autonomous University of Madrid, followed by a two-year post-doctoral position at the University of Warwick in England. Immediately after, she stayed at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck in Berlin, Germany, collaborating in several large European Research Projects. She was elected as Treasurer of the Spanish Vacuum Society and elected Scientific Director of the IUVSTA 'International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications' until 2007. Presently she is chair of Surface Science Division of IUVSTA.

Asensio's research comprises studying the application of a wide-ranged conventional and Synchrotron Radiation Based techniques devoted to the characterization of advanced materials, in the area of Solid State Physics. In particular, she has been currently performing studies on structural and Electronic properties of surfaces, interfaces and complex heterogeneous advanced materials by using angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARUPS), photoelectron diffraction and x-ray absorption among others techniques. In particular, her has focused on the determination of the Fermi surface topology and electronic band structure of interfaces and massive materials; materials that frequently present electronic instabilities due to low dimensional effects. Lately, she has conceived an innovative chemical and electronic imaging technique combining angle resolved photoemission and microscopy, named "k-nanoscope or NanoARPES". She is author or coauthor of more than 270 publications in refereed journals and had more than 100 invited talks. The ensemble of publications holds more than 5500 cites detailed in the Citation Index, in particular her last article on electronic structure of "silicene" (PRL 2012) has been cited more than 1450 times.

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