PhD: University of Valencia
Hybrid optoelectronic materials and devices
IMDEA Materiales, C/ Eric Kandel, 2, Tecnogetafe, 28906 Getafe, Madrid – España
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Rubén D. Costa got his B.Sc/M.Sc in Chemistry from the U. Valencia (Spain) in 2006. His Ph.D. focused on designing new ionic transition-metal complexes to enhance thin-film lighting sources and was performed at the Institute for Molecular Science (IcMol) where he graduated in 2010. His PhD work led to >35 publications and it was awarded on national and international levels with i) the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists by International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), ii) the Nanomatmol Prize 2010 by RSEQ, and iii) the Doctoral Prize 2010 by the U. Valencia. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Humboldt Postdoctoral Researcher at the U. Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) working on nanocarbon-based solar cells. He was author of 15 scientific publications and was nominated as finalist of the VI SUSCHEM post-doc award. In 2014, he obtained the prestigious EAM starting grant and the Liebig Scholarship to build up his own research group working on sustainable hybrid lighting, photovoltaic, and bio-diagnostic technologies. In detail, his research encompasses three main lines, namely i) the application of nanocarbon-based hybrids in solar cells, ii) the development of novel sustainable electroluminescent materials for single-layer ionic-based lighting devices, and iii) the development of bio-inspired components for lighting, energy conversion, and diagnostic applications. So far, he is corresponding author of >35 scientific contributions and 2 patents. As the most recent highlights, his research has been underlined by several public and private institutions, social media (newspaper, specialized webpages, radio, and TV), as well as several awards like i) the Young Chemist Award 2016 by RSEQ, ii) the Silver Medal European Young Chemist Award 2016 by EuChemMS, iii) the LpS Scientific Award 2016, and iv) the ADUC Young Chemist Award 2017 by the GDCh.
In 2017, he started as a senior researcher at IMDEA Materials Institute. He holds a well-established reputation in the area of organic electronics, in general, and in hybrid organic-inorganic lighting and photovoltaic technologies, in particular. This is supported by his academic/research achievements: citations (>2500 without self-citations), publications (>90), patents (2), authored/edited books (2), guest editor tasks (ChemPlusChem and Adv. Funct. Mater), h-index (30), awards/scholarships (19), and contributions to conferences/seminars/industrial exhibitions (>60).