Luis 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) and a Simons Associate (2020-2025).
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 60 publications in international journals (37 as first or last author) and a book published by Cambridge University Press. These works have collected more than 3000 citations with h-index 28. He was awarded the ICTP Prize in 2018.
As of March 2021, a few of these papers were reported to be in the top 1 per cent among all the papers published in Physics in the same publication year. Two of these papers made half of the core highly cited papers in an emerging research front reported by Thomson Reuters (Periodically driven systems, 2017). He has delivered more than 40 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). He has been listed as outstanding referee of the American Physical Society.
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: 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.
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.
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: Prof. Dr. Horacio M. 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).”