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Prof. Dr. Rubén D. Costa FRSC

TUM Campus Straubing
Schulgasse 22
94315 Straubing

Petersgasse 18, Raum: 19

Vita

Brief Description

Prof. Costa got his B.Sc/M.Sc in Chemistry from the U. Valencia (Spain) in 2006. His PhD was performed at the Institute for Molecular Science at the U. Valencia where he graduated in 2010 (>30 publications and 3 awards: IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, RSEQ Nanomatmol Prize 2010, PhD Prize 2010 by the U. Valencia). From 2011 to 2013, he was a Humboldt Postdoctoral Researcher at the U. Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) working on nanocarbon-based solar cells (15 paper and finalist of the VI SUSCHEM post-doc award). In 2014, he got the Liebig Scholarship, heading the hybrid optoelectronics lab at FAU. Prof. Costa focused on sustainable lighting and photovoltaic. In 2017, he moved part of his group to IMDEA Materials (Spain) and he further expanded it to the U. Waseda (Japan) as Associate Professor in 2018. Since 2020, Prof. Costa is the head of the Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials at TUM. He is a well-reputed scientist in hybrid optoelectronics as highlighted by his academic achievements: >150 papers (>110 as corresponding; >7300 citations (>4500 since 2017); 5 patents since 2015; 1 edited book; 37 awards/fellowships (24 since 2016); h-index of 48 and m-index of 3.4. His research is underlined by social media (Spanish, German, English, Chinese, Japanese, Arab, etc.) and several awards.

 

Current Position

Since 2022
Vice Dean of Research and Innovation: TUM Campus Straubing
Since 2020
Full Professor (W3): Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials at the Technical University of Munich

Previous Positions

2018-2020
Associate Professor: Department of Applied Chemistry and Physics, U. Waseda, Japan
2017-2020
Program Leader / Senior PI: IMDEA Materials, Spain
2014-2017
Liebig group leader: Department of Physical Chemistry I, U. Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
2011-2014
Humboldt fellow (2011-2013) and Senior post-doc (2013-2014): Department of Physical Chemistry I, U. Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany (Prof. Guldi)
2007-2010
PhD fellow (FPU): Institute of Molecular Science, U. Valencia, Spain (Prof. Ortí; Dr. Bolink)
2009
Guest researcher: Siemens Erlangen, Germany (April-September, Dr. W. Sarfert)
2006
Research fellow: Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain (July-October, Dr. Cano)
2005
Introduction to research grant for students: Technological Institute of Chemistry, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain (July-September, Prof. Corma)

Education

2022
German Habilitation: Physical Chemistry (Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
2015
Spanish Habilitation: University Professor (Spanish Government; ANECA)
2010
PhD (Summa cum Laude): Institute of Molecular Science, U. Valencia, Spain. Prof. Ortí and Dr. Bolink
2006
Bachelor/Master: BSc/MSc in Chemistry, U. Valencia, Spain

Fellowships, Awards, and Recognitions

2022
Horizon Prize of the Dalton Division 2022. 
2021
RSC Materials Chemistry Division Horizon Prize: Stephanie L Kwolek Award 2021. 
2021
Scientific Award Ateneo 2021.
2020
Numerary Member of the Academia Joven de España. 
2020
FPdGi research award by Fundación Princesa de Girona from the Spanish Royal Family
2020
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
2019
100 Spanish Economic Leaders for Tomorrow on the Choiseul Institute Ranking.
2019
FEMS Materials Science & Technology Prize by the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS)
2019
I3 seal of excellence of the Spanish Government
2019
Young Researcher ChemPubSoc Award
2019
ERC-Consolidator
2018
Young Scientists 2018 by the World Economic Forum (WEF)
2018
Leonardo Fellowship 2018 by the BBVA Foundation
2018
XIII Science-Technology award Ciutat d’Algemesí
2018-2023
Ramon y Cajal fellow by the Spanish Government
2017
Innovationspreis der BioRegionen 2017 by AK BioRegionen.
2017
European Innovator (Pioneer) 2017 under 35 by the MIT Technology Review
2017
Spanish Top Talent 2017 under 35 by the MIT Technology Review
2017
ADUC-Jahrespreis 2017 by the GDCh
2017-2019
Liebig Stipendium by the Fonds des Verbandes der Chemischen Industrie
2016
LpS Scientific Award 2016 for the emerging lighting technologies granted in the 6th annual LED professional Symposium +Expo (LpS)
2016
Silver Medal European Young Chemist Award 2016 by the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuChemMS)
2016
Young Chemist Award 2016 by the Real Sociedad de Química Española (RSEQ)
2014
Finalist of the VI SUSCHEM post-doc award
2014-2017
Liebig Stipendium by the Fonds des Verbandes der Chemischen Industrie
2013-2015
Starting Grant for Young Researchers by the Engineering Advanced Materials (EAM)
2011
Humboldt post-doctoral fellow by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2011
3 PhD awards: 1) IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for the most outstanding PhDs at worldwide level; 2) Nanomatmol Prize 2010 for outstanding national PhDs by RSEQ; 3) Doctoral Prize 2010 by the U. Valencia
2007-2010
FPU PhD fellow by the Spanish Government
2006
4 Graduated student awards: 1) Best Student Records Award in Chemistry of Spain (3rd position) by the Spanish Government; 2) Best Student Records Award in Chemistry (1st position) by the U. Valencia; 3) Best Student Records Award in Chemistry (1st position) by the Spanish College of Chemistry; 4) Best Student Records Award in Chemistry (1st position) by the Valencian Government
2005
2 Undergraduate student awards: 1) Grant introduction to research for highly qualified students by CSIC; 2) Research collaboration grant by Spanish Government

Commissions of Trust and Memberships

2022-2028
Core Member of Munich Institute for Integrated Materials, Energy and Process Engineering
2022-
Ambassador of the European Climate Pact
2022-
Vice Dean of Research and Innovation TUM Campus Straubing
2020-2025
Numerary Member of the Academia Joven de España
2020-
Member and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2020-
Member of the ECS
2020-
Editorial board of Scientific Reports, Advanced Energy & Sustainability Research
2019
Panel member of Juan de la Cierva grants
2019-2020
Member of STEM: Madrid mentoring program for schools (young and elderly)
2018-
Member of the Young Scientist Community of World Economic Forum (WEF)
2018-
Jury of the MIT Tech. Rev. Awards for European Innovators under 35
2017-
Member of the MIT Innovation community
2015-
Scientific proposal evaluator: U.S. Dept. of Energy, SNSF, ANR, MINECO.
2014-
PhD examine: U. La Rioja (3), U. Alicante (1), Chalmers U. (1)
2017-
Member of the Humboldt, MRS, RSQE and EuChemMS

Contact

Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials

Schulgasse 22
94315 Straubing

Email: biofunmat@cs.tum.de

Head of the Chair

Prof. Dr. habil. Rubén D. Costa
Tel.: +49 (0) 9421 187-470
E-Mail: ruben.costa@tum.de

Office

Theresa Rothammer
Tel.: +49 (0) 9421 187-480
E-Mail: theresa.rothammer@tum.de

Silke Heindl
Tel.: +49 (0) 9421 187-411
E-Mail: silke.heindl@tum.de