PhD Physics. In 2003 he joined the CAB. From 2009 to 2015 he has been the coordinator of the planetary environment simulation and microscopy laboratory. Since 2012 he has been a defense tenured scientist. Since 2017 he is a member of the bank of experts of the state investigation agency. The area of specialization is framed within the science and vacuum technology, space simulation and instrumentation. He is the main designer of the MARTE chamber, which is currently the most complete simulator to emulate the atmosphere of the red planet. With this chamber some of the engineering models of the meteorological station REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station) of the MSL (Mars Science Laboratory) mission aboard the rover «Curiosity» have been tested. He is currently part of the design and development team of the «StarDust» vacuum system within the NANOCOSMOS project (Gas and dust from the Stars to the Laboratory: Exploring the Nanocosmos; ERC Synergy-Grant), which will allow the study of the formation of stardust, simulating the evolution of a red giant. He designed a vacuum liquid injection system allowing the coexistence of these two apparently opposite worlds. The result is a technology transfer agreement between the CSIC, the INTA and the company Bihurcrystal SL. He continues his research with a marked technological focus on the recreation of extreme environments associated with the study of habitability in different planetary objects of astrobiological interest, such as the polar ice caps of Mars and the possible coexistence of liquid water in a vacuum that favors the emergence of life on this planet.
IP de Proyecto WLOM: http://www.astrobiologia.es
Máquinas de simulación del CAB: http://www.electronvoltio.com
Scopus ID: 14047555500
|Keywords||Ultra high vacuum, space simulation, instrumentation, Mars, water|