I received the diploma and the Ph. D. degree, both in Physics, from the Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU in 1985 and 1992, respectively. I'm one of the seed members of the Group of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials founded and led by Prof. Jose Manuel Barandiarán at this university. I defended my PhD work untitled “Magnetic and magnetoelastic properties of new amorphous alloys of technological interest” the 19th of October, 1992. The 15th of November, 1992, I became associate lecturer in Applied Physics at the Department of Electricity and Electronics of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the UPV/EHU, where I have developed all my academic career.
My areas of interest cover from the study of the structure and the fundamental magnetic properties of magnetic materials to the analysis and development of possible technical applications to be implemented in sensor-like devices. In a chronological order, up to date the materials I have studied belonged to the following types:
- magnetostrictive/magnetoelastic amorphous ferromagnetic materials (metallic glasses)
- giant magnetoresistive (GMR) perovskite-like mixed valence oxides
- ferromagnetic shape memory alloys (FSMA)
- new smart magnetic hybrid composites, both laminates or granular types.
To develope such a long experience with this variety of materials, I have visited labs at the Dept of Elektrofysik, Denmark Technical University (1 year, pre-doc), Magnetism Lab at the University of Bath (Great Britain, for several months), Universidade do Minho at Braga (Portugal, 6 months sabbatical stay) and lately at the University of Patras, in Greece (several weeks).
Since 2010 I have been the principal investigator of several research projects funded by the Industry Department of the Basque Government, being the research subject always the use of magnetic materials for sensors and actuators in applications focused to industry.
I'm user of the European Laboratory ILL, Institute Laue Langevin (Grenoble, France) where he performs experiments with neutrons (diffraction in powder or single crystal, low angle, spin-echo, etc) and also muons at ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford, Great Britain, in order to study both crystalline and magnetic structures of studied materials. Up to date I have published about 145 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and I have supervised 5 PhD Thesis, despite other Physics and Master Degree works. I'm member of the International Steering Committee of the Soft Magnetic Materials (SMM) Conference.