05 August 2016 UPC PhD Thesis Awards 2016

Dr. Jan Gieseler and Dr. Ignacio Martinez

The UPC recognizes Dr. Jan Gieseler and Dr. Ignacio Martinez with the 2013/2014 Extraordinary PhD Thesis Award. The Extraordinary PhD Awards, given annually by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), aim to recognize the best doctoral theses which have obtained \"cum laude\" in their final PhD defense evaluation. This year, the UPC announced the list of 37 awardees, which include Dr. Jan Gieseler and Dr. Ignacio Martinez’ theses among the list of extraordinary doctoral works for the academic period 2013/2014.

Before coming to ICFO as a PhD student, Dr. Jan Gieseler received his Diploma in Physics from the Universität Karlsruhe in Germany and a Master Degree in Optoelectronics and Lasers from the Heriot-Watt-University in the United Kingdom. After completing his degree, he joined the Plasmon Nano-Optics group, led by ICREA Prof at ICFO Romain Quidant and centered his doctoral work on the study of optomechanical systems, investigating the dynamics of optically trapped nanoparticles in high vacuum. He presented his thesis in 2014 entitled “Dynamics of optically levitated nanoparticles in high vacuum”, which was co-supervised by ICREA Prof. at ICFO Romain Quidant and Prof. Lukas Novotny, Professor ETH Zürich and distinguished invited professor at ICFO. In addition, Dr. Jan Gieseler also received the ICFO PhD Thesis Award in 2015 for demonstrating highly creative and ambitious research progress at the institute.

Dr. Ignacio Martinez received his Master in Photonics degree from the joint program between the Technical University of Catalonia, the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After completing his degree, he joined the Optical tweezers research group, led by the late ICREA Prof at ICFO Dmitry Petrov. His work at ICFO was focused on optical traps to study nano thermodynamic processes. Dr. Martínez presented his thesis in 2014 entitled ‘Noise assisted effects in physics and biophysics studied by the optical trapping technique’, which was supervised by Prof. Dmitry Petrov.

The 2016 UPC PhD Thesis Award ceremony will be held in September 2016, as part of the inauguration of the academic year 2016-2017.

Congratulations Jan and Ignacio for this outstanding award!