Garcia-Baonza, Valentin


Valentin Garcia-Baonza

Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid since 2008 and Director of the Institute of Geosciences IGEO (CSIC-UCM) since 2018.

Born in Madrid (1965), he took a degree (1998) and a PhD (1992) in Chemistry at the Complutense University. After working in the Physics Department of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1995-1997) as a NATO postdoctoral fellow, he was appointed Associate Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid in 1998. In 2000 he was awarded the Young Researcher Award of the European High Pressure Reseach Group (EHPRG) of the European Physical Society.

His research develops along two main lines: 1) study of matter under extreme pressure and/or temperature conditions and 2) development and application of spectroscopy techniques, mainly Raman spectroscopy.

Since 2007 he led the multidisciplinary team “Materia a Alta Presión” (MALTA-Consolider Group) which has consolidated the science and technology of high pressure in Spain and has become a world reference. His contributions in this field have covered a range of specialties, from solid-state physics to food technology, although his area of expertise focuses on molecular systems, particularly the liquid state. His experience in this field has led him to various positions on the EHPRG scientific committee and he currently serves on the executive committee of the International Association for the Advancement of High Pressure Science and Technology (AIRAPT).

The use of Raman spectroscopy as diagnostic technique in diamond cell techniques has made him an expert in this field, particularly in the development of instrumentation, theoretical models and spectral analysis algorithms. Member of the Spanish team in charge of developing instrumentation for planetary exploration in European and American space agencies missions. He is currently the national scientist leader for the science associated with the RLS instrument of the Exomars-ESA mission, and belongs to the team in charge of building and ensuring the operation of the SuperCam calibration target included in the Mars2020-NASA mission.