Guinea, Francisco


Francisco Guinea

Born in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 29th, 1953

Current employment: Senior researcher. MDEA Nanoscience.

Professor. School of Physics and Astronomy. University of Manchester.


Education: Ph. D. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. 1980. B. Sc. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 1975.



  • 2014- Senior researcher. IMDEA Nanoscience, Madrid (Spain).
  • 2014- Professor. University of Manchester, (UK).
  • 1993-2014 Senior Researcher, CSIC (Spain).
  • 1987-1993 Researcher, CSIC (Spain).
  • 1984-1987 Assistant Professor (tenured), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).
  • 1982-1984 Fullbright Scholar, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara (USA).
  • 1980-1982 Assistant Professor (non tenured), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).
  • 1976-1980 Ph. D. student, CSIC (Spain).


Other positions:

2004-2005 Invited Scholar. Boston University (USA).

1997, Feb.-Aug. Invited Scholar, University of California at San Diego (USA).

1991-1992 Uhlenbeck Professor, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (USA).


Research interests:

Francisco Guinea has an extensive record of scientific contributions. As of November 2017, the Web of Science archive shows about 400 publications with over 35.000 citations, an h index of 79, and 65 articles with more than 100 citations.

The papers cover many topics in condensed matter and statistical physics, including mesoscopic systems and quantum dissipation, materials science with emphasis on highly correlated systems, non equilibrium pattern formation, magnetism, and superconductor and semiconductor physics.

Francisco Guinea has made seminal contributions in topics such as macroscopic quantum mechanics, pattern formation, magnetism, and the theory of superconductivity and strongly correlated systems. In recent times he has been doing research in graphene and other two dimensional materials, where he is one of the leading theoreticians worldwide.

Many articles deal with problems at the interface between different areas, and they illustrate how concepts developed in a given subfield can be usefully applied to others.

The Web of Science identifies more than 200 co-authors from over 30 countries. There is also a small but constant fraction of single author papers. The bulk of the scientific production deals with theoretical modeling, although about 10%-20% of the papers involve collaborations with experimental groups.


Research activities in other institutions:

Francisco Guinea has been invited for long term stays at a number of other institutions, like the KITP, Santa Barbara, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of California at San Diego, and Boston University.

He has also been invited for shorter stays to the IBM Research Lab at Rüschlikon, Switzerland, Technical University, Delft, Kernforschunganlage, Jülich, ENS, Paris, University of Karlsruhe, University of California at Davis, Los Alamos National Lab, University of California at Riverside, ICTP Trieste, Tel Aviv University, DIPC San Sebastián, and others.

Francisco Guinea leads a group at the Imdea, Manchester, and CSIC made up of four persons with permanent positions and, on the average, a dozen non permanent collaborators, including postdocs, Ph. D. students, and long term visitors. Funding comes from Spanish sources (MINECO, CAM), and the European Union.


Mentor activities:

Francisco Guinea has supervised nine Ph. D. students, and is currently supervising four more. A number of former graduate students and postdocs from the group have continued successful research careers. The researchers from the group who have obtained recently permanent or tenure track positions are E. Bascones, T. Stauber, B. Valenzuela, P. San-José, and E. Castro.


Administrative activities:

Francisco Guinea has coordinated the activities in physics and mathematics of the Spanish Agency for Evaluation and Prospective, ANEP, during the years 1993-1996, and he has supervised the physics activities of the Spanish National Program for Basic Science from 2002 to 2004.

He is regularly consulted by funding agencies in the European Union, USA, Germany, France, Israel, and Argentina. He is advisor for the scientific programs of the Ikerbasque Foundation (Basque Country, Spain), and the BBVA Foundation (private foundation sponsored by the BBVA bank, Spain).

Francisco Guinea been a member of the Divisional Editorial Board of Physical Review Letters for two three-year terms, and he is currently member of the Editorial Board of the New Journal of Physics, the Editorial Board of the Springer Lecture Notes in Physics, and Physical Review B. He referees papers frequently for many journals, and he has received the Outstanding Referee Award from the American Physical Society.


Outreach activities:

Francisco Guinea has been regularly invited to participate in outreach and dissemination activities. He gives frequent talks for different audiences, ranging from high school students to scientific conferences for a general public. He is interviewed regularly in different media.

Francisco Guinea is a frequent contributor to the Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics,, and, more recently, to the online journal Physics,

In collaboration with M. A. H. Vozmediano and J. Gonzalez, he has written the article Grafeno, for the Sept. 2010 issue of Investigación y Ciencia, the version in Spanish of Scientific American.



  • Beller Lectureship Award from American Physical Society (2010).
  • “Blas Cabrera” biannual Spanish National Prize for Physics, (2011).
  • Spanish Physical Society Medal, highest honor bestowed every year by the Spanish Physical Society (2013).
  • Foreign Member, National Academy of Sciences, USA (2017).
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2017).