Optically Controlled Ferroelectric Memristors Summer School

We announce the “summer” school on “Optically Controlled Ferroelectric Memristors” (OPTOFEM 2020) goes Online! The School will finally take place on October, 22-23, 2020, in an online format, due to the current COVID-19. Great and experienced lectureres from around the world will participate. Register now before October 11, 2020 to attend! 

All-optically controlled resistive switching could offer advantages, in terms of energy dissipation and speed, for logic and data storage functions in solid-state devices. Ferroelectrics may constitute a building block of this emerging technology, when integrated in nanometric tunnel devices. The functioning of these devices, from photon absorption to the resistive switching involve a subtle interplay between electronic and optical properties, polarization effects and materials issues.

Objective of the school and target audience

The OPTOFEM 2020 school aims at introducing the scientific knowledge, in a tutorial style, required to contribute to this emerging field. Most reputed scientist active in the field will deliver lectures in a strongly interacting atmosphere.

The school is targeting an audience of PhD fellows and researchers initiating their activity on photoresponse in oxides, with interest on polar materials (ferroelectric), with applications spanning from photovoltaics to resistive switching.


The school will take place on 22-23 October in an online format.

The school will be limited to a maximum of 50 students, selected on the basis of their motivation and recommendation letter provided. Priority will be for PhD fellows and MSc students in the school-related field.

Deadline for registration is October 11, 2020. Registration is through the conference website. 

Invited Lecturers


Josep Fontcuberta and Ignasi Fina
Chairs of OPTOFEM 2020
Laboratory of Multifunctional Oxides and Complex Structures (MULFOX)

For additional information and registration, please refer to the conference webpage: optofem2020.icmab.esor contact us by email at optofem2020@icmab.es

We announce the forthcoming COST TO-BE Spring Meeting 2018 to be organized by the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona and held in the Eden Roc Hotel at Sant Feliu de Guíxols, north of Barcelona, 12th–14th March 2018

The meeting is going to be the last in a series of meetings organized by the COST Action TO-BE (for Towards Oxide-Based Electronics). It aims to network researchers working in the field of the science and technology of transition-metal oxides and, to help them sharing their expertise, defining future strategies, and pursuing jointly funding opportunities.


Participation at the meeting is open to scientists, both from the public research sector and from the private sector. It is NOT restricted to the members of the Action. Non-EU participants are also very welcome to attend. One of the actions undertaken by TO-BE is to promote building a Roadmap “Towards Oxide Electronics” that we expect releasing early 2018. The forthcoming TO-BE Spring Meeting would be the opportunity for contributors to present their views on different aspects of oxide electronics.


The meeting will feature invited presentations delivered by contributors to the Roadmap, as well as flash and poster contributions.

Submission of abstracts will be open on 1st December 2017. Please submit your work by 1st January 2018.


For further information, please visit the website:




Thanks to the support of the COST TO-BE Action, participation is free of charge. However, registration is necessary. See:




We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend the COST TO-BE Spring Meeting 2018 and we look forward to seeing you in March 2018


Finally, just after the COST TO-BE Spring Meeting 2018, the COST organized school on “Oxide-based Electronic Technologies” (15th-17th March) will be held at the same place (Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guíxols). Information will be posted soon.

Sincerely yours,


Mariona Coll and Josep Fontcuberta


Organization of Congresses and Schools



“Education Committee of the IEEE Magnetic Society”
Josep Fontcuberta (07/02/2017) has been selected member of this Committee uncharged of promoting and organizing Courses and Tutorials. 


European Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Symposium: “Towards oxide-based electronics: growth and applications of oxide thin films and heterostructures, EMRS
Varsovia (Polonia), 15-18 September 2015
Co-organizes: Florencio Sánchez


Materials Research Society Spring Meeting – MRS, Symposium: “Oxide thin films and nanostructures for advanced electrical, optical and magnetic applications”
San Francisco (USA), 06-10 de abril de 2015
Co-organizes: Florencio Sánchez


International Conference on Magnetism  (2015)
Barcelona  July 2015Program Committee: Josep Fontcuberta


European Materials Reserch Society Fall Meeting – EMRS 2013
Varsaw (Poland), 16-20 September 2013
Symposium B: Stress, structure, and stoichiometry effects on the properties of nanomaterials II
Organizers: F. Sánchez, V. Craciun, D. Kumar and F. Paumier


MRS 2013 Spring Meeting
San Francisco (USA), 1-5 April 2013
Symposium XX: Oxide Thin Films and Heterostructures for Advanced Information and Energy Technologies
Symposium Organizers:
Gervasi Herranz, Institut of Materials Science of Barcelona ICMAB-CSIC
Ho Nyung Lee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jens Kreisel, Luxembourg University,CRP Lippmann – Materials Sciences
Hiromichi Ohta, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Engineering


MAMA-Trend: Trends, challenges and emergent new phenomena in multi-functional material)
Sorrento, April 2013
Symposium 2: Dielectrics, ferroelectrics and multiferroics.
Symposium Organizers: Josep Fontcuberta (ICMAB-CSIC, Bellaterra, Spain); M. Bibes (CNRS-Thales, Palaiseau, France) and S. Picozzi (CNR-SPIN, L’Aquila, Italy)
School on “Pulsed laser deposition and sputtering”
ICMAB, Bellaterra, 24 – 25 Enero de 2013
Organizers: Florencio Sanchez and N. Dix


E-MRS Fall Meeting 2011
Symposium A: “Stress, structure, and stoichiometry effects on the properties of nanomaterials”
September 19 – 23, 2011
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Symposium G: “Complex Oxide Materials for Emerging Energy Technologies”
San Francisco, USA
Chairs: Valentin Craciun (Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida); Thomas Schroeder (IHP Microelectronics / Materials Research, Frankfurt-Oder)
Rolly Gaboriaud (Institut Pprime – CNRS) Florencio Sánchez (ICMAB-CSIC)
MRS Spring Meeting 2011
Symposium G: “Complex Oxide Materials for Emerging Energy Technologies”
San Francisco, USA
Chairs: Ho Nyung Lee (Oak Ridge National Laboratory); Akira Ohtomo (Tokyo Institute of Technology); Gervasi Herranz (ICMAB-CSIC); John Perkins  (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)


16th International Workshop on Oxide Electronics; 16th WOE
Tarragona, October 2009
Chairs : Josep Fontcuberta
2nd European School on Multiferroics 2008
Girona, Septembre 2008
Chairs: Josep Fontcuberta & Jens Kreisel


5th Thin Film Oxide Meeting THIOX
European Science Foundation
Sant Feliu de Guixols, 28-30 Mrch 2007
Chair: Josep Fontcuberta