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Dr Cristóbal López Sánchez

Dr Cristóbal López Sánchez
Full professor
Condensed Matter Physics
  • Despatx 203segon pisServeis Cientificotècnics i IUR


Brief CV

Graduated in Physics from the University of Granada and PhD in Physics from the University of
the Balearic Islands (UIB). Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Ramón y Cajal fellow, and associate professor at the UIB during the period 2001-2019. Since December 2019, full professor in the area of ​​Condensed Matter Physics at the UIB. Research stays at the University of Cambridge (UK); University of Rome 'La Sapienza' (Italy); Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg (Germany); Institute for Theoretical Physics, Eotvos University of Budapest (Hungary); Geophysics and Spatial Oceanography laboratory (LEGOS), Tolouse (France); LOCEAN, Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris (France); International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste (Italy); Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI), University of Cambridge (UK).

My research work has a strong interdisciplinary character, and has been developed within
the broad context of Statistical and Non-linear Physics. My interests are focused on complex
systems and their applications to fluid transport, ocean processes and the modeling of
biological systems. The general aim of my research is to understand the emerging
behavior of complex systems. As a paradigm, I am interested in the transport processes happening in the oceans, as well as its influence on marine ecosystems. I also study the collective behavior of individuals with biological interactions. The most relevant results that I have obtained in these subjects are: a) the characterization of the mixing and dispersion processes at mesoscales in the marine surface through the so-called Lagrangian Coherent Structures, and their impact on marine ecosystems and b) the formation of patterns in models of organisms competing with spatial nonlocal interactions.

Other research topics: the micro-macro connection in interacting particle systems, the searching dynamics of biological organisms, the prediction (with genetic algorithms/machine learning) of spatio-temporal variables, quantum fluids, the dynamics of sinking particles in the oceans, the influence of the mobility of individuals on their aggregates, the formation of patterns in vegetation systems, the dynamics of species competition, connectivity patterns in the sea, and the theory of advection-reaction-diffusion systems.

Scopus ID: 7401493306 // Researcher ID: R-5410-2018 // Orcid: 0000-0002-3445-4284


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Teaching, 5 previous years

Subject Information
11008 - Non Equilibrium Collective Phenomena
11018 - Turbulence and Nonlinear Phenomena in Fluids
  • Master's Degree in Physics of Complex Systems (2012)2020-21, 2021-22
11936 - Nonlinear Phenomena in Fluid Flows and Climate
21022 - Quantum Physics
21027 - Quantum Mechanics
21031 - Statistical Mechanics


Research groups

Group Membership type
Cross-disciplinary physics group (GFI) Member
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