Miravitlles Torras

Ad-Honorem Full Prof. of Research at the ICMAB of the CSIC
Academic of the "Academia de Ciencias i Arts de Barcelona"

Contact Data

Phone: + 34 935 801 853
Ext: 276
Fax: + 34 935 805 729
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Dep: Cristallography


  • B.Sc. 1965 (University of Barcelona , Faculty of Pharmacy).
  • Ph.D. 1971 ( Director rof. M.Font-Altaba),( University of Barcelona , Faculty of Sciences).
  • Chercheur Libre (1971-1973) with Prof. Van Meersche and Dr. Gabriel Germain  (University of Leuven).
  • Associate Professor (1974) (Barcelona University . Cristallography Department).
  • Research of the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas ) (1975- 1986).
  • Responsible of " Materials Unit" of the Institute of Geology "Jaume Almera"of the CSIC in Barcelona (1980 -1986).
  • Full Prof. of Research at the CSIC (1986-2012).
  • Coordinator of the CSIC in Catalonia(1986-1992).
  • Director and Founder of Materials Science Institute of Barcelona ICMAB of the CSIC.(1986-2008).
  • President of the Spanish Crystallographic Commitee and representant in the International Union of Crystallography (Since 1985)
  • Member of the Governing Board of the CSIC (1993-1997)
  • Vice-Director and Director of the "Laboratoire Europeen Associe des Sciences et Genie des Materiaux et Procedes" (CSIC-CNRS, 1995-2001).
  • Vice-director  and Founder  of "MATGAS" (Air Producs - CSIC - UAB ).(2001-2008)
  • Member of Advisory group (AEG) for priority 3 (EC FP6 ) and for NMP (EC FP7) (2002-2007).  
  • Director of the " Eduardo Torroja " Institute of the Construccion Sciences and Cement  in Madrid (IETcc-CSIC) (2008-2010).
  • Ad-Honorem Full Prof. of Research at the ICMAB of the CSIC (Since 2012).
  • Permanent President of Organizing Committee of "EXPOMINER"  (Since 2016).

Research interest

  • Industrial Applications of Nanomaterials and Compounds.
  • Aperiodic Crystals.
  • Polymorphysm in molecular crystals and pharmacological applications. 
  • Crystal grow and Applicatons in Supercritical Fluids.
  • Structure-Property Relations.
  • Surface Crystallography. 


University Degrees

Ldo. en Farmacia, Universidad de Barcelona, 1968

Doctorate, University and Year:

Dr. en Farmacia, Universidad de Barcelona, 1971


  • Characterization of Materials and Nanomaterials by x-ray Diffraction.
  • Solving Crystal Structures .
  • Powder diffracction and Theoretical General and Applied Crystallography.
  • Direct Methods in Crystallography.

Most significative academic merits

  • Academic of the "Academia de Ciencias i Arts de Barcelona"(since 1996) . Vice-Secretary (2002-2004) and Director of Section 4ª "Sciences of the Earth "(Since 2016).
  • Academic of The European Academy (Since 1996) (Chemistry Secction).
  • Academic of the of the " Academia of Pharmacy of Catalonia " (Since 2016).


  • "Narcis Monturiol" medal of Scientific merit (1992) Generalitat de Catalunya 
  • "Silver Medal" of the CSIC (1990)
  • "Officier des Palmes Academiques" (1993) Governement Français


Number Articles: 306
Number Citations: 3220
Number Theses: 5
Hfactor: 30

Scientific Highlights

J. Rius, X. Torrelles, C. Miravitlles, L.E. Ochando, M.M. Reventós and J.M. Amigó A tangent formula derived from Patterson-function arguments. VII. Solution of inorganic structures from powder data with accidental overlap Journal of Applied Crystallography, 33 (2000)

X. Torrelles, J. Rius, C. Miravitlles and S. Ferrer Application of "direct methods" difference sum function to the solution of reconstructed surfaces Surface Science, 423, (1999) pp. 338-345

X. Torrelles, J. Rius, F. Boscherini, S. Heun, B.H. Mueller, S. Berrer, J. Álvarez, and C. Miravitlles Application of x-ray direct methods to surface reconstructions: The solution of projected superstructures Physical Review B, 57 (8), (1998), pp. R4281-R4284

J. Rius, C. Miravitlles, R. Allmann. A Tangent Formula Derived from Patterson-Function Arguments. IV. The Solution of Difference Structures Directly from Superstructure Reflections. Acta Crystallographica, (1996), A 52, pp. 634-639

J.Rius, A.Romerosa, F.Teixidor, J.Casabó y C.Miravitlles. Phase transitions in Cesium 7,8, Dicarbaundecaborate (12): A new one-dimensional Cesium solid electrolyte a 210ºC. Inorganic Chemistry, (1991), vol. 30, pp. 1376-1379.



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