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Dr Cristóbal López Sánchez

Dr Cristóbal López Sánchez
Full Professor
Condensed Matter Physics

Dr Cristóbal López Sánchez


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' (2001-2002). Ramˇn y Cajal researcher (2003-2006) and associate professor (2006-2019) at the UIB. 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' (It), 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).

My research work has a marked 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 objective 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. On the other hand, I also dedicate a lot of effort to understand 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 its impact on marine ecosystems and b) the formation of patterns in models of organisms competing with spatial nonlocal interactions. Other topics in which I work, or worked in the past, are connectivity patterns in the sea, the searching dynamics of biological organisms, the prediction (with genetic algorithms/machine learning) of spatio-temporal oceanic variables, the dynamics of biogenic 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, the micro-macro connection in interactive particle systems and the theory of advection-reaction-diffusion systems.


Office Hours

Lecturer Tutorial Times
Start Date End Date Day Start Time End Time Location
09/09/2019 30/06/2020 Monday 12.00 13.00 Despacho del profesor

Subjects taught. Academic Year 2019-20

Subjects taught
Subject Degree/campus
21027 - Quantum Mechanics
21022 - Quantum Physics
11008 - Non Equilibrium Collective Phenomena
11018 - Turbulence and Nonlinear Phenomena in Fluids

Teaching, 5 previous years

Subject Degree
11008 - Non Equilibrium Collective Phenomena
11018 - Turbulence and Nonlinear Phenomena in Fluids
11444 - Master's Thesis
21015 - Differential Equations II
  • Degree in Physics2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
21026 - Statistical Physics
  • Degree in Physics2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19
21027 - Quantum Mechanics
  • Degree in Physics2017-18, 2018-19
21652 - Applied Physics in Health Sciences
  • Degree in Physiotherapy 2014-15


Research groups

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