Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992
    Master's degree in Physics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain

  • 1994
    Visiting student at Saarlandes University, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • 1996
    PhD in Physics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)

  • 1996 – 2000
    Part-time lecturer at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

  • 1997
    Visiting scientist at Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK

  • 1998
    and 1999, Research Collaborator at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York

  • 2000 – 2002
    Assistant Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York

  • 2000 – 2002
    Local contact at the powder diffraction beamline (X7A), National Synchrotron Light Source-Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York

  • 2002 – 2004
    Post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

  • 2004 – 2008
    UD (Assistant professor) at the University of Groningen

  • Since 2008
    Adjunct Hoogleraar (Associate Professor) at the U. of Groningen

Selected publications

  • B. Noheda., D.E. Cox, G. Shirane, J.A. Gonzalo, L.E. Cross, and S-E. Park: A monoclinic ferroelectric phase in the Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 solid solution. Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2059 (1999)

  • B. Noheda, J. A. Gonzalo, L.E. Cross, R. Guo, S.E. Park, D.E. Cox, and G. Shirane: Tetragonal-to-monoclinic phase transition in a ferroelectric perovskite: the structure of PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3. Phys. Rev. B 61, 8687 (2000)

  • R. Guo, L.E. Cross, S.-E. Park, B. Noheda, D.E. Cox, and G. Shirane: Origin of the high piezoelectric response in PbZr1-xTixO3. Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 5423 (2000)

  • B. Noheda, D.E. Cox, G. Shirane, R. Guo, B. Jones, and L.E. Cross: Stability of the monoclinic phase in the ferroelectric perovskite PbZr1-xTixO3. Phys. Rev. B 63, 14103 (2001)

  • B. Noheda, D.E. Cox, G. Shirane, S-E. Park, L.E. Cross, and Z. Zhong: Polarization rotation via a monoclinic phase in the piezoelectric 92%PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3-8%PbTiO3. Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 3891 (2001)

  • D. E. Cox, B. Noheda, G. Shirane, Y. Uesu, K. Fujishiro, and Y. Yamada : Universal phase diagram for high-piezoelectric perovskite systems. Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 400 (2001)

  • B. Noheda: Structure and high piezoelectricity in lead oxide solid solutions (review article). Current Opinion in Solid State & Material Science 6, 27 (2002)

  • B. Noheda, D.E. Cox, G. Shirane, Z.-G. Ye, and J. Gao: Phase diagram of the ferroelectric-relaxor (1-x)PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3-xPbTiO3. Phys. Rev. B 66, 054104 (2002)

  • B. Noheda and D.E. Cox: Bridging phases at the morphotropic boundaries of lead oxide solid solutions (review). Phase Transitions 79, 5 (2006)

  • G. Catalan, A. Janssens, G. Rispens, S. Csiszar, O. Seeck, G. Rijnders, D.H.A. Blank, and B. Noheda: Polar domains in lead titanate films under tensile strain. Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 127602 (2006)

  • A. Vlooswijk, B. Noheda, G. Catalan, A. Janssens, B. Barcones, G. Rijnders, D.H.A. Blank, S. Venkatesan, B. Kooi, J.T.M. de Hosson: Smallest 90o domains in ferroelectric thin films. Applied Physics Letters 91, 112901 (2007)

  • D. Rubi, , C. de Graaf, C.J.M. Daumont, D. Mannix, R. Broer, B. Noheda: Ferromagnetism and increased ionicity in epitaxially grown TbMnO3 films. Phys. Rev. B. 78, 014416 (2009)

  • S. Farokhipoor and B. Noheda: Conduction at 71o domain walls in BiFeO3 thin films. Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 127601 (2011)

  • G. Catalan, A. Lubk, A.H.G. Vlooswijk, E. Snoeck, C. Magen, A. Janssens, G. Rispens, G. Rijnders, D.H.A. Blank and B. Noheda: Flexoelectric rotation of polarization in Ferroelectric thin films. Nature Materials 10, 963 (2011)

Selected projects

  • Visits to synchrotrons (ISIS, NSLS, HASYLAB) for x-ray experiments (~4/year)

  • International collaboration meetings, mainly EU networks (~3/year)

  • Attendance International Conferences (~4/year)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Conference Advisory Board:

  • Permanent member of the Advisory Board of the International meeting on Ferroelectricity, IMF, since August 2009

  • Permanent member of the Advisory Board of the European meeting on Ferroelectricity, EMF, since August 2011

  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Focussed Session on multiferroics of the International Ceramics Congress CIMTEC, 2009, 2010


  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Applied Physics Letters/J. of Applied Physics, 2013 – 2015

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Phase Transitions, since 2007

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal European Journal of Physics: Applied Physics, 2008 – 2010

  • Guest editor of two special issues in the journals Ferroelectrics and Phase Transitions


  • International:

  • Management committee and work-package leader of EU project MACOMUFI, 2006 – 2009

  • Management committee member of EU COST Action SIMUFER, 2009 – 2014

  • National (The Netherlands):

  • Member Dubble-NWO committee, since 2009

  • Member Mozaiek-NWO committee, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Organization of FOM-Veldhoven 2011

  • Local (University of Groningen):

  • Member of four BAC hiring committees of staff members at the Zernike Institute

  • Member of the Colloquia Organization Committee at the Zernike Institute, 2007

  • Member of the chemistry committee for designing the new bachelor curricul, 2009 – 2010


  • Reviewer of grant proposals (about 5 per year) for the American National Science Foundation (NSF), the French National Agency for Research (ANR), the Israel Science Foundation, the Dutch Physics Organization FOM, the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and the Dutch Program MicroNed.

  • Reviewer of manuscripts (about 2 per month) for the journals: Nature, Nature Materials, Science, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Physics: Cond. Matter, Solid State Communications, Physica A, Scripta Materialia , Phil. Magazine, European Phys. Journal B.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Language skills: Spanish (mother tongue), English (fluent), Dutch (basic knowledge)


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