Pablo 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 most recently worked as a NanoResearch Initiative Fellow.
Professor Jarillo's research interests lie in the area of experimental condensed matter physics, in particular quantum electronic transport in novel low dimensional nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. Graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are the 2- and 1-dimensional forms of graphite, respectively, and constitute ideal 2D and 1D systems to study the behavior of electrons in low dimensions. Since their discovery (~1993 for single wall CNTs and ~2004 for graphene), these materials have fascinated physicists, chemists, engineers and even biologists because of their amazing properties. Jarillo's group focuses on understanding the novel electronic properties of these materials stemming from their unique electronic structure. On the fundamental side, electrons in graphene, for example, behave in many ways similar to "charged neutrinos". On a more "technological" side, the spin dynamics of confined electrons in CNTs and graphene is expected to be very rich, and enables many basic experiments in the area of spintronics and quantum information processing.