Lobo Checa, Jorge

I am a Tenured Reseacher of the Spanish Reseach Council (CSIC) since 2012 after a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship (Spanish Excellence Recruitment program) contract. My research activity relates to the study of the electronic structure and the physico-chemical properties of pristine and thin layers grown under UHV conditions onto metal or semiconductor substrates surfaces (both flat and curved monocrystals). I have hand-on expertise in several Surface Science techniques, deserving Angle Resolved Photoemission (ARPES), low electron diffraction (LEED) and Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) a special mention.


Scientific quality indicators up to Feb 2018

- Total articles: 50 (excl. Proceeding)

- Articles in the top 10% journals: 23 (Science = 2, ACSnano = 3, PhysRev. Lett. = 8, Nat. Comm.= 2, ...).

- Artícles in the top 25%: 40

- Average Factor index per article: 6.62

- Articles with extra references: 2 Journal covers (PRL, Small), 4 Editor's Choice and 3 in National press.

- Total Citations: 975 (923 without self-cites).

- Average Citations in the last 6 years: 97 cites/year

- h-index: 15

- Research 6-year periods: 3, last granted (2011 to 2016).

- Supervised PhD Thesis: 2 in progress: (Ignacio Piquero Zulaica: started 1st Oct.2014; Leyre Hernández López: started on the 16th Feb. 2018).

- Final Mater thesis: 2 finalized (Carlos Casas and Leyre Hernández López in 2017) and 1 in Course (Alejandro Berdonces).

- Oral communications at International Conferences: 1 Plenary, 6 invited + 22 selected by abstract.

- Imparted Seminars: 22 (16 out of Spain)

- Synchrotron beamtime experiments as user: total 66 out of which 21 as Principal investigator. Synchrotron visited: 9 in Europe 2 in the USA and 1 in Japan.

- Project participation: total 23, out of which 4 as Principal investigator.


Researcher ID: D-3570-2009

ORCID Code: 0000-0003-2698-2543

Facultad de Ciencias - Edificio A
C/ Pedro Cerbuna, 12
50009, Zaragoza, España


 From Oct 2015:   Tenured Researcher (permanent staff) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). Currently working within the group of Fernando Bartolomé at Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales de Aragón (CSIC - Univ. of Zaragoza). The research is a continuation of the study of the electronic and chemical structure of thin organic molecular layers on metal or semiconductor substrates surfaces both flat and nanostructured.

 Aug. 2012-Sept.2015: Tenured Researcher of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). Working within the group of Prof. Enrique Ortega at Centro de Física de Materiales of San Sebastián. Responsible for a state of the art low-temperature ARPES chamber combined with a variable temperature Omicron STM. The research was mainly focused on the study of the electronic and chemical structure of thin organic molecular layers on metal or semiconductor substrates surfaces both flat and nanostructured.



Apr. 2009- July2012: Research assistant position (Ramón y Cajal fellow) at the Research Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology located at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in the group of Dr. Jordi Fraxedas (Small Molecules on surfaces in ambient and pristine conditions). Research activity was focused on the study of the electronic and chemical structure of thin organic molecular layers on metal or semiconductor substrates.



Mar. 2007- April 2009: Post-doctoral position in Nanotechnology and Surface Physics at the University of Basel in the group of Prof. H.-J. Güntherodt and Dr. T. A. Jung. Co-responsible for a low-temperature STM chamber for the study of “Supramolecular self-assembly”.

 Feb. 2004-Feb. 2007: Post-doctoral position in Surface Science at the University of Zürich in the group of Prof. Jürg Osterwalder, together with the Swiss Light Source (SLS) at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI). Main responsible of the COPHEE (COmplete PhotoEmission Experiment) end-station at the SIS (Surface and Interface Spectroscopy) beamline, consisting in three dimensional spin and angle resolved photoemission.



Sept. 1998- Feb. 2004: PhD. student in the Laboratorio de Superficies (Surface Laboratory) of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Supervisor: Prof.  Enrique G. Michel.

Doctoral degree in Physics by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) in Jan.2004. Thesis title: “Estructura electrónica y vibracional de sistemas de baja dimensionalidad” (Electronic and vibrational structure of low dimensional systems). Supervisor: Prof. Enrique G. Michel.

May 2002: Diploma of advanced studies in research at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (Spain).



1993-1998: Science Degree in Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).

Research Interests

My historic research activity can be summarized in 4 main scientific research lines, where I have been mostly dedicated to the study of electronic properties of self-assembled low dimensional nanostructured systems:

a.- Molecular organic ultra-thin films self-assembled on metallic surfaces. The final goal is to achieve organic materials for nanotechnological applications based at the precise control and manipulation of the molecular building blocks at the organo-metallic interface. My interest is to study the surface electronic structure originating from the two dimensional porous networks, which goes beyond the more common understanding the self-assembly processes involved at the surface supported structures.

Recently, I have started to explore on-surface synthesis of Carbon based Nanostructures. The achieved structures from small organic precursors can generate graphene nanoribbons with atomically precise edges to (hopefully) 2D covalently bonded arrays.