He was born in Oviedo, Spain in 1965. He received his PhD in Physics in 1991 from the University of Valladolid (UVA). During his PhD studies, he spent time at several well-known universities in USA, Germany, UK, Spain and France. He also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University of California at Berkeley.
Between 1994 and 2001 he was an Associate Professor at the UVA. Diverse Professorships at the École Polytechnique Paris-Saclay, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Université de Montpellier followed. After being appointed with a Full Professorship in 2001, he moved to San Sebastián and started at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) as Chair of Condensed Matter Physics and director of the Nano-Bio Spectroscopy Group.
In August 2014 he accepted the position as Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg, Germany. He is also External Scientific Member of the Fritz Haber Institute of Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin as well as Full Professor at the University of Hamburg (since 2016). He is one of the founders of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF) (http://www.etsf.es). The ETSF is a research and knowledge center dealing with problems of spectroscopy and the properties of electronic excited states in matter.
Prof. Rubio’s excellent publication record comprises more than 350 publications with more than 28000 citations (h-index = 84, over 2 500 cites per year) related to theory and modeling of electronic and structural properties. He is one of the few Spanish scientists appearing in the ISI Essential Science Indicators as one of the most cited scientists in three different fields: Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science.
His research interests are rooted to the modeling and theory of electronic and structural properties of condensed matter as well as to the development of new theoretical tools to investigate the electronic response of materials, nanostructures, biomolecules and hybrid materials to external electromagnetic fields.
His research activity is internationally recognized and he has been awarded with numerous honors and prizes. To name a few: Fellow of the American Physical Society: Materials Science Division (2004), Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award, Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2005); DuPont Prize in Nanotechnology (2006); Fellow of the American Association for Advanced Science (AAAS) (2010); “European Research Council Advanced Grant” DYNamo (2011), Foreign Associate member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2014), Premio Rey Jaime I de Investigación Básica (2014), XV Manuel Laborde Werlinden Prize “Materials Evolution” (2015). Most recently he has been appointed a member of the Academia Europaea (2016) and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Spanish Royal Physical Society (2016) besides obtaining a second “ERC Advanced Grand” in the same year. ) IN 2017 he has been named Distinguish Research Scientist at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute (NY, USA). His group is one of the worldwide references in the field of simulation and modeling of materials, nanostructures, and biomolecules.