Multifunctional Optical Materials Group

Dr. Sol Carretero Palacios

Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación. Physicist
Multifunctional Optical Materials Group
Institute of Materials Science of Sevilla
Spanish National Research Council
c/ Américo Vespucio, 49. 41092 – Sevilla
tel: +34 954 489 552

Research Interests

Modelling of photovoltaic devices

Casimir Force

Theoretical analysis and simulations of nanoplasmonic systems
– Disordered systems
– Light Scattering
– Extraordinary Optical Transmission
– Optical Tweezers
– Localized Surface Plasmon and Surface Plasmon Polariton


– 2018 – 2019: Postdoctoral Researcher (Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación), Multifunctional Optical Materials Group headed by Prof. Dr. Míguez, ICMS-CSIC, Sevilla (Spain)- 2014 – 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Multifunctional Optical Materials Group headed by Prof. Dr. Míguez, ICMS-CSIC, Sevilla (Spain)
– 2012 – 2013: Postdoctoral Researcher (Alexander von Humboldt Fellow), Photonics and Optoelectronics Group, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich (Germany).
– 2011 – 2012: Postdoctoral Researcher, Condensed Matter Physics Department, University of Zaragoza-ICMA, Zaragoza (Spain)
– 2009: Visiting Researcher, Nonlinear Physics Centre, Australian National University, Canberra (Australia)
– 2007 – 2011: PhD studies, Condensed Matter Physics Department, University of Zaragoza-ICMA, Zaragoza (Spain). Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martín-Moreno. Thesis title: “Mechanisms for enhancing the optical transmission through a single subwavelength hole” (Excellent cum laude)
– 2006-2007: Master of Physics and Physic Technologies, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza (Spain)
– 2001-2006: Degree in Physics (Licenciatura), Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid (Spain)

Awards, Memberships & Fellowships

– 2018: Juan de la Cierva Incorporación (2 years)

– 2013: CeNS Publication Award – 2013: Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2 years)
– 2007 – 2011: FPI Fellowship (Spanish Ministry of Science) – funding of PhD studies
– 2006 – 2007: Fellowship associated to the European Project “PLASMON ENHANCED PHOTONICS” (PLEAS) (CN 034506) within the 6º Framework Programme.
– 2005 – 2006: SICUE/SENECA Fellowship (Spanish Ministry of Science), funding of 5th year of my Physics studies at the University of Zaragoza


2015-to date

Plasmonic nanoparticles as light harvesting enhancers in perovskite solar cells: a user’s guide
S. Carretero-Palacios, A. Jiménez-Solano, and H. Míguez
ACS Energy Letters, 2016, 1, 323-331. DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00138

Effect of temperature variations on equilibrium distances in levitating parallel dielectric plates interacting through Casimir forces
V. Esteso, S. Carretero-Palacios, and H. Míguez
J. Appl. Phys. 119, 144301 (2016)

Maximized performance of dye solar cells on plastic: a combined theoretical and experimental optimization approach
Yuelong Li, Sol Carretero-Palacios, Kicheon Yoo, Jong hak Kim, Alberto Jiménez-Solano, Chul-Ho Lee, Hernán Míguez and Min Jae Ko
Energy & Environmental Science, 2016, 9, 2061-2071. DOI: 10.1039/C6EE00424E

High-Throughput Fabrication of Resonant Metamaterials with Ultra-Small Coaxial Apertures via Atomic Layer Lithography
Daehan Yoo, Cuong Nguyen, L. Martin-Moreno, Daniel A Mohr, Sol Carretero-Palacios, Jonah Shaver, Jaime Peraire, Thomas W. Ebbesen, and Sang-Hyun Oh
Nano Lett., 2016, 16 (3), pp 2040–2046

Efficient bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells through disorder by design
José M. Miranda-Muñoz, Sol Carretero-Palacios, Alberto Jiménez-Solano, Yuelong Li, Gabriel Lozano and Hernán Míguez
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, 4, 1953-1961

Absorption Enhancement in Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskite Films with Embedded Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles
Sol Carretero-Palacios, Mauricio E. Calvo and Hernán Míguez
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119 (32), pp 18635–18640

Nanolevitation Phenomena in Real Plane-Parallel Systems Due to the Balance between Casimir and Gravity Forces
Victoria Esteso , Sol Carretero-Palacios, and Hernán Míguez
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119 (10), pp 5663–5670

An Optically Controlled Microscale Elevator Using Plasmonic Janus Particles (ACS Editors’ Choice, and included in a cross-journal virtual issue “Probing the Fundamentals of Light-Matter Interactions”, in celebration of the International Year of Light)
Spas Nedev, Sol Carretero-Palacios, Paul Kühler, Theobald Lohmüller, Alexander S. Urban, Lindsey J. E. Anderson, and J. Feldmann
ACS Photonics, 2015, 2 (4), pp 491–496 (2015)


Microscale mapping of oscillatory flows
Spas Nedev, S. Carretero-Palacios, S. R. Kirchner, F. Jäckel, and J. Feldmann
Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 161113 (2014)

Broadband and broadangle extraordinary acoustic transmission through subwavelength apertures surrounded by fluids
Sol Carretero-Palacios,A. R. J. Murray, Luis Martín-Moreno and A. P. Hibbins
New J. Phys. 16, 083044 (2014)

Direct optical monitoring of flow generated by bacterial flagellar rotation
Silke R. Kirchner, Spas Nedev, Sol Carretero-Palacios, Andreas Mader, Madeleine Opitz, Theobald Lohmüller and Jochen Feldmann
Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 093701 (2014)

Optical trapping and manipulation of plasmonic nanoparticles: fundamentals, applications, and perspectives
Alexander S. Urban, Sol Carretero-Palacios, Andrey A. Lutich, Theobald Lohmüller, Jochen Feldmanna and Frank Jäckel
Nanoscale, 2014,6, 4458-4474

Nanolithography by Plasmonic Heating and Optical Manipulation of Gold Nanoparticles
Michael Fedoruk , Marco Meixner , Sol Carretero-Palacios , Theobald Lohmüller, and Jochen Feldmann
ACS Nano, 2013, 7 (9), pp 7648–7653

Tuning DNA Binding Kinetics in an Optical Trap by Plasmonic Nanoparticle Heating
Lidiya Osinkina, S. Carretero-Palacios, Joachim Stehr, Andrey A. Lutich, Frank Jäckel, and Jochen Feldmann
Nano Lett., 2013, 13 (7), pp 3140–3144


Effect of film thickness and dielectric environment on optical transmission through subwavelength holes
S. Carretero-Palacios, F.J García-Vidal, L. Martín-Moreno, S.G. Rodrigo
Phys. Rev. B 85 (3), 035417 (2012)

Mechanisms for extraordinary optical transmission through bull’s eye structures
S. Carretero-Palacios, O. Mahboub, F.J. Garcia-Vidal, L. Martin-Moreno, Sergio G. Rodrigo, C. Genet, and T. W. Ebbesen
Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 11, pp. 10429-10442 (2011)

Metallic slit arrays filled with third-order nonlinear media: Optical Kerr effect and third-harmonic generation
Sergio G. Rodrigo, S. Carretero-Palacios, F. J. García-Vidal, and L. Martín-Moreno
Phys. Rev. B 83 (23), 235425 (2011)

Dual band terahertz waveguiding on a planar metal surface patterned with annular holes
C. R. Williams, M. Misra, S. R. Andrews, S. A. Maier, S. Carretero-Palacios, S. G. Rodrigo, F. J. Garcia-Vidal and L. Martin-Moreno
Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 011101 (2010)

Optical switching in metal-slit arrays on nonlinear dielectric substrates
S. Carretero-Palacios, Alexander Minovich, Dragomir N. Neshev, Yuri S. Kivshar, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, L. Martin-Moreno, and Sergio G. Rodrigo
Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 24, pp. 4211-4213 (2010)

Optimization of bull’s eye structures for transmission enhancement
O. Mahboub, S. Carretero Palacios, C. Genet, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, Sergio G. Rodrigo, L. Martin-Moreno, and T. W. Ebbesen
Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11292-11299 (2010)

Optical transmission of periodic annular apertures in metal film on high-refractive index substrate: The role of the nanopillar shape
J.-S. Bouillard, J. Einsle, W. Dickson, S. G. Rodrigo, S. Carretero-Palacios, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal and A. V. Zayats
Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 201101 (2010)