Personal Information

Name:  Ovidio Yordanis Peña Rodríguez
Date of birth:  July 26th, 1976
Place of birth:  Holguín, Cuba
Nationality:  Cuban, Mexican
Current Position:  Associate Professor
Address:  Instituto de Fusión Nuclear, ETS de Ingenieros Industriales
  Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28006
  Madrid, Spain
Phone:  (+34) 910 67 71 54
Mobile:  (+34) 673 97 86 52
Email:  ovidio.pena [AT]


I got my PhD degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), with a thesis on the fabrication and characterization of plasmonic copper nanoparticles embedded in silica. Then I moved to Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) to conduct a postdoctoral stay simulating the optical response of plasmonic nanostructures and back to UNAM to work on the manufacture of superhard coatings based on nanocomposites of metal nitrides embedded in amorphous carbon. In 2009 I moved to Spain for a stay at Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales de Barcelona studying the optical properties of silicon and germanium quantum dots. Later I joined the CMAM-UAM laboratory to study the effects of the high electronic density induced in dielectrics by the irradiation with swift heavy ions and their possible use to manufacture waveguides. Since March, 2012 I work as a postdoctoral researcher at Instituto de Fusión Nuclear (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) where my main research line is focused on developing new materials for applications in fusion energy (final optics). This includes growing, irradiation, characterization and simulation of the optical response of different nanostructured materials. Growth is carried out by deposition techniques like pulsed laser deposition and sputtering. Irradiation is carried out using plasma discharges, fast heavy ions and femtosecond laser beams.

Various experimental techniques are used for characterizing the nanomaterials through collaboration with other institutions (electron and atomic force microscopy, ion beam analysis, X-rays, mechanical tests). We have also developed specific equipment to study nanostructures and thin films: optical equipment for in situ measurements, gas permeability and thermal programmed desorption. Regarding computer simulations, I have experience simulating the optical response of nanostructures by different techniques (FDTD, Mie theory, etc.) and the irradiation damage with molecular dynamics.

Previous Positions

  1. April, 2018 - January, 2020, Assistant Professor, Departmento de Ingeniería de la Energía, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
  2. March, 2012 - March, 2018, PICATA (International Program for Attracting Talent) Fellow, Instituto de Fusión Nuclear, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
  3. January, 2011 - December, 2011, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centro de Micro-Análisis de Materiales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  4. March, 2009 - December, 2010, Postdoctoral Fellow, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.
  5. March, 2008 - February, 2009, Postdoctoral Fellow, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  6. September, 2007 - February, 2008, Postdoctoral Fellow, Instituto de Física, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.


  1. PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (August 10th, 2007), Cum laude, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
  2. Master in Materials Science and Engineering (February 2nd, 2006), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
  3. Nuclear Engineer (July 10th,1998), Cum laude, Instituto Superior de Ciencias y Tecnología Nucleares, Havana, Cuba.

Scientific Production

  1. Over 60 works presented in national and international conferences.
  2. Three review chapters in books and 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings with over 1300 citations.
  3. To date, my Hirsch number is h = 20 (last updated on February, 2020). For a full citation report, see: Google Scholar.

Selected Publications

Selected Conferences


  1. Spanish native.
  2. Fluent in English.
  3. Beginner level in Italian.