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Department: MST


I obtained my PhD at the end of 2003 at the Centro Nacional de Micorelectrónica (CNM-CSIC) in Barcelona, Spain, with a Thesis on the theoretical modelling of defects in silicon carbide. After that, I moved to the Université Paul Sabatier (UPS) in Toulouse, France, to join the group led by Prof. Nicolás Lorente where I worked on surface science related topics, such as the adsorption and self-assembly of organic molecule at metal surfaces or the simulation of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, from 2004 to 2005.

My interest in semiconducting nanowires dates back to that time, when it was natural to combine my pre-doctoral background in semiconductor and my post-doctoral activity in surface science. In 2006 I moved back to Spain to join the group of Computational Nanoelectronics lead by prof. Jordi Suñé at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
 whose research topics are the simulation and modeling of emerging devices. I was hired to increase and expand the group's theoretical expertise, by starting an activity in ab initio modeling, focusing on semiconductor nanowires as candidate materials for emerging nanoelectronic devices. I obtained a research position as staff scientist at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), where I have been working to date. There, I joined the department of Theory and simulation of materials where I started my own research line in semiconducting nanowires and other reduced dimensionality nanostructures. Currently, my research activity is focused on nanoscale thermal transport. Since October 2015 I am Deputy Director of the Institute.


Research interest

Reduced dimensionality systems (semiconducting nanowires and nanotubes)
Nanoscale thermal transport

University Degrees:

Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)


PhD in Materials Science, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Scientific Highlights:

Most relevant publications

    R. Rurali and N. Lorente, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 026805 (2005).
    R. Rurali, Phys. Rev. B 71, 205405 (2005).
    R. Rurali, N. Lorente, and P. Ordejón, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 209601 (2005).
    N. Lorente, R. Rurali, and H. Tang, J. Phys.: Cond. Matt. 17, S1049 (2005).
    T. Markussen, R. Rurali, M. Brandbyge, and A.-P. Jauho, Phys. Rev. B 74, 245313 (2006).
    T. Markussen, R. Rurali, A.-P. Jauho, and M. Brandbyge, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 076803 (2007).
    A. Barreiro, R. Rurali, E. R. Hernández, J. Moser, T. Pichler, L. Forró, A. Bachtold, Science 320, 775 (2008).
    R. Rurali, T. Markussen, J. Suñé, M. Brandbyge, and A.-P. Jauho, Nano Lett. 8, 2825 (2008). 
    R. Rurali and X. Cartoixà, Nano Lett. 9, 975 (2009).
    R. Rurali, Rev. Mod. Phys. 82, 427 (2010).
    A. Miranda-Durán, X. Cartoixà, M. Cruz Irisson, and R. Rurali, Nano Lett. 10, 3590 (2010).
    M. Amato, S. Ossicini, and R. Rurali, Nano Lett. 11, 594 (2011).
    J. Chaste, A. Eichler, J. Moser, G. Ceballos, R. Rurali, and A. Bachtold, Nature Nanotech. 7, 301 (2012).
    M. Amato, S. Ossicini, and R. Rurali, Nano Lett. 12 (6), 2717 (2012).
    L. Cabana, B. Ballesteros, E. Batista, C. Magén, R. Arenal, J. Oro-Solé, R. Rurali, and G. Tobias, Adv. Mater. 26, 2016 (2014).