Luis Foà Torres
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Brief CV

LuisFoaTorresLuis E. F. Foa Torres (b. 1978) is a condensed matter physicist. Since May 2016 he is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Chile (FCFM).

Before he worked in Argentina as a Professor and CONICET Independent Research Scientist; in Germany as a fellow of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (TU Dresden) granted “in recognition of previous research work”; in France, at CEA-Grenoble; and in Italy, at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as Associate of the Condensed Matter Section (2011-2016).

His research is focused on quantum transport, two-dimensional materials (e.g. graphene), topological insulators and the physics of driven systems. Inelastic effects deriving from electron-phonon and electron-photon interactions (e. g. quantum pumping, Floquet topological states) occupy a central stage in his contributions.

He has more than 45 publications in international journals and a book published by Cambridge University Press, which is both the oldest publishing house in the world and the oldest university press. These works have collected more than 1300 citations with h-index 21. The book “Introduction to Graphene-Based Nanomaterials” has been reviewed and positively appraised by Riichiro Saito (Tohoku University) and Mildred Dresselhaus (MIT, Kavli Prize winner 2012).

He has delivered more than 30 invited/plenary talks at international conferences/workshops and meetings and serves as referee for numerous journals and funding institutions including the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) and the National Science Foundation (US).

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Brief Timeline:

May 2016 – present:  Associate Professor at the University of Chile (Department of Physics, FCFM).

January 2015 – December 2016 [on leave 01-12/2016] :  CONICET Research Scientist (Investigador Independiente at Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology): Leader of a team of young scientists with a focus on the electronic and optoelectronic properties of nanomaterials and nanodevices, mainly graphene and topological insulators.

October 2015-December 2016 [on leave 01-12/2016]:  Associate Professor at the National University of Córdoba (UNC, Argentina), School of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy (FaMAF): Teaching duties at graduate and undergraduate level in Physics and Chemistry. 

January 2011- December 2016: Awarded Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste, Italy): Research at ICTP’s Condensed Matter Section.

October 2009 – December 2014:  Adjoint Researcher at CONICET (Investigador Adjunto at Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology, tenured position): Leader of a team of young scientists with a focus on the electronic and optoelectronic properties of nanomaterials and nanodevices, mainly graphene and topological insulators.

October 2009-October 2015: Adjoint Professor at the National University of Córdoba (UNC, Argentina), School of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy (FaMAF): Teaching duties at graduate and undergraduate level in Physics and Chemistry.

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March 2008 – September 2009: Awarded as a Humboldt Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation “in recognition to previous research work”, Chair for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Dresden University of Technology (Dresden, Germany).

October 2007 – February 2008: Research Associate at the Chair for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Dresden University of Technology (Dresden, Germany). Position founded by the EU Project Cardeq (Carbon-nanotube devices at the quantum limit).

October 2005 – September 2007: Postdoc at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, CEA-Grenoble, Stephan’s Roche group (Grenoble, France). Hired within the program Recherche Technologique de Base (RTB Post-CMOS moléculaire 200mm) to bridge basic science with technology. ictp-logo

September 2004 – September 2005: Postdoctoral fellow at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Condensed Matter Section, Trieste, Italy.

August 2004: PhD in Physics, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. PhD Thesis “On the effects of the many-body interactions and decoherence in the conductance of nano-devices” (abstract). Advisor: Dr. Horacio Pastawski.

December 1999: Licenciado en Física, National University of Córdoba (UNC), Argentina.
Global point average: 9.17 (scale 1 to 10). Master’s thesis: “Resonances in Fock Space: Optimization of a Tunnel Device for Ultrasound generation (SASER).”

1991-1993: Secondary School, Escuela Nacional de Comercio Número 3, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina.


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