Valencian physicist Pablo Jarillo Herrero is one of 96 scientific researchers to receive the prestigious PECASE award in 2012, and the only Spaniard on the list.
Pablo, who currently undertakes his research at MIT, received his award because of his advances in the study of the potential uses of Graphene, an allotrope of carbon, discovered in 2005.
The award was presented in Washington’s Museum of Natural History and represents a recognition of the cutting edge research by the 34 year old physicist, who has published in journals such as Nature and Physics Review.
Prestige is not the only reward, Pablo can count on a million dollars over the next 5 years to continue his investigations, as well as a visit to the West Wing of the White House (the real one not the TV set) to meet Obama personally.
Graphene is important for its capacity as a semi-conductor and may well result in the production of micro-chips thousands of times faster than the ones currently being used in computers a hundred times faster.
Jarillo-Herrero joined MIT as an assistant professor of physics in January 2008. He received his M.Sc. in physics from the University of Valencia, Spain, in 1999. Then he spent two years at the University of California in San Diego, where he received a second M.Sc. degree before going to the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2005. After a one-year postdoc in Delft, he moved to Columbia University, where he worked as a NanoResearch Initiative Fellow. His awards include the Spanish Royal Society Young Investigator Award (2007), an NSF Career Award (2008), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2009), a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship (2009), the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Semiconductor Physics (2010), and a DOE Early Career Award (2011).