Full-time professors

Batet Miracle, Lluis

Engineer (1992) and Doctor-Engineer (2004) from the Technical University of Catalonia. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (DFEN). He has been in charge of several subjects related to nuclear engineering, energy technology and energy resources within BarcelonaTECH. His main research activities have been related to different subfields of the Thermal-Hydraulics (TH) of NPPs, a field where he has participated in a number of cooperative projects in the OECD framework. Nowadays the focus of his research has broaden to include the TH of fusion nuclear reactors along with several aspects of Fusion Nuclear Technology: application of TH system codes to Nuclear Fusion Plants and tritium transport modelling are key issues in his research activity. He has been one of the principal investigators in the Spanish Fusion Program TecnoFus (Consolider Ingenio).


He has participated in several Human Development Projects in Peru, India and Nepal, related to the use of renewable energy at small scale. At present, he is the Director of the Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering, in which he lectures reactor Physics and Core Design.

Calviño Tavares, Francisco

Master degree in Physics with honors in 1983 and PhD, Cum laude, in 1990 at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Full professor of the Nuclear Engineering Division of the Physics department at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. He is the Head of the Nuclear Engineering Division at UPC.


He has worked for University of Colorado, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), and European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN). In the past, he has been involved in the design, construction and operation of detectors for high energy physics experiments, simulations of the radiological impact of accidents at nuclear power plants, improving 3D-SPECT using Monte Carlo simulation of images in nuclear medicine, and particle accelerator engineering.


Nowadays, Paco’s research is devoted to experimental nuclear physics, applications and instrumentation. He leads the ENPAI team of the ANT group. Last but not least, Paco is passionate about teaching. He always uses active learning techniques, mainly those dealing with cooperative learning.


Detailed and updated information on Paco’s research activity can be found at:

FUTUR-UPC, SCOPUS, and Google-Scholar.

Cortes-Rossell, Guillem

Guillem Cortes was graduated in Physics by the "Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona" in 1991 and he obtained his PhD in Physics in 2002 by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He works as a lecturer in the Section of Nuclear Engineering (Department of Physics-DFIS at UPC), with teaching and research responsabilities in the fields of Nuclear Engineering and Energy Technology. His main research activities have been focused on measurement of environmental radioactivity, modelling of ionisation radiation detectors with Monte Carlo techniques (MCNPX, PENELOPE, FLUKA, GEANT4), development of a 4π high efficiency neutron detector (BELEN detector) to measure beta-delayed neutron emission properties, and collaborates on the measurement of neutron capture cross sections at the n_TOF experiment (CERN). He is the coordinator of the ANT research group.


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de Blas del Hoyo, Alfredo

Industrial Engineer and Doctor-Engineer form the Technical University of Catalonia. He works as Lecturer at the Physics Department, in the Nuclear Engineering Division. He has been teaching at the Technical University of Catalonia since the year 2000.

His main field of research is Nuclear Instrumentation and Radiation Detection, despite he has carried out research in Fusion and Neutronics. He is the responsible of the hardware design of neutron dosimeters. He has collaborated with the Catalan section of the Spanish Nuclear Council as responsible of the instrumentation of a system to detect and identify gamma emitters in aerosols which is operating in the Catalan Environmental Radiation Monitoring Network. ORCID: 0000-0002-0868-9514.

Futatani, Shimpei

Shimpei Futatani obtained two independent PhD degrees; in Energy Science at Kyoto University in Japan (2008) and in plasma physics at Aix-Marseille University in France (2009). In 2010, he was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at the ITER Organization via Monaco Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2013, he joined the LMFA, Ecole Centrale de Lyon as a postdoc. In 2014, he was appointed as a senior researcher at Barcelona Supercomputing Center. He obtained the Ramon y Cajal (RyC) for 2015-2020. Currently, starting 2018, he is appointed at University of Politècnica de Catalunya for research and teaching activities. He contributes international projects of the computational analysis of MHD simulations of fusion plasmas in close collaborations with existing experimental fusion devices and implications for ITER.

Pretel Sanchez, Carme

PhD Engineer (1997) by the “Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya”, where she works as a lecturer in the department of Physics, with teaching and research responsibilities in the areas of “Nuclear Engineering”, “Energy Technology” and “Dynamic Analysis of Nuclear Power Plants”. She has participated in an important number of national and international projects related with the simulation of the behavior of NPPs and with Nuclear Data.

Freixa Terradas, Jordi

Jordi Freixa Graduated in Physics by the University of Barcelona in 2001 just before joining the PhD Nuclear Engineering Program at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He finished his PhD on “SBLOCA transients with boron dilution” in 2007. Jordi worked as a post-doc for 4 years at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI, Switzerland) participating in several projects including safety analyses of LOCA and SBLOCA scenarios for the EPR Olkiluoto III nuclear power plant. He continued at PSI as a senior scientist for 2 additional years and lectured at the Nuclear Engineering Master program of the Technical University of Zurich (ETH). Jordi joined ANT in January 2013 under a UPC/PQS contract. His main areas of research are the validation and application of best estimate thermal hydraulic codes for LWRs which he combines with teaching activities in the European Master of Nuclear Engineering.


Assistant Professors and researchers

Martinez Quiroga, Victor Manuel

Victor Martinez-Quiroga is the co-founder of Nortuen, a nuclear and energy engineering focused on providing advanced R+D+I services to the nuclear industry. With a bachelor degree in physics from the University of Barcelona, he obtained his Ph.D focused on scaling issue applied to system codes and quality assurance processes in 2015. He has taken part as TH analyst in the OECD/NEA ROSA, ROSA-2 and PKL-2 projects, and he has been working at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) qualifying and improving NPP models of the Ascó and Vandellós nuclear utilities. In 2013, he has also collaborated at UPC in the TECNO-FUS project, developing operational control systems for the supercritical CO2 power cycle of the DEMO fusion reactor.

Mas de les Valls Ortiz, Elisabet

Elisabet Mas de les Valls graduated in Chemical Engineering by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2004. She joined the Heat and Mass Transfer Technological Center (CTTC), where she obtained a Master degree on Thermal Engineering and Energy Technology. In 2006 she joined ANT and started the PhD on "Development of a simulation tool for MHD flows under nuclear fusion conditions", which she finalized in 2011. Since 2008, she has become a teacher assistant in the Heat Engines Department at the UPC.AT present, she collaborates in ANT group and in GreenTech group, both at UPC. Her research is mainly focused on the CFD study of buoyancy-driven magnetohydrodynamic flows as applied to fusion technology, but she is also involved in tritium transport phenomenon and thermal radiation modelling.

Pérez Ferragut, Marina

Marina Pérez Ferragut graduated in Physics by the University of Barcelona in 2002, joined the PhD Nuclear Engineering Program at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2003 and finished her PhD on “Integration of a quantitative-based selection procedure in an uncertainty analysis methodology for NPP safety analysis” in 2011. She has continued working in the ANT group since then. In 2009 she started working part-time at Innovative Systems Software as an external consultant providing support in RELAP5 trainings and code development. Her main areas of research are uncertainty analysis and application of best estimate thermal hydraulic codes for LWRs.

Pericas, Raimon

Raimon Pericas Graduated in Physics by the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2001. Master degree in New Renewable Energies at ICT (Institut Català de Tecnologia). PhD in from the Nuclear Engineering Program at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2015. His thesis topics are Thermalhydraulics-Neutron kinetics coupled codes, and uncertainties calculations. He also holds experience on Severe Accident analysis. His main area of research is focused on BEPU analysis with coupled calculations. He is currently lecturing as associate professor at University of Vic. His areas off teaching are New Renewable Energies, Energy production environmental impact analysis, Physics and Mathematics.

Suárez Cambra, Daniel

 Daniel Suarez i Cambra graduated in Industrial Engineering by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), MSc Nuclear Engineer by the ENEN Consortium (EMSNE) and is currently developing his PhD at ANT (T4F). His main professional activity is devoted to Ascó NPP (PWR) operators training at the full scope control room simulator at Tecnatom, S.A.  He joined the department as Associate Professor in 2016, lecturing at Master level. His research works related to his PhD are oriented to the breeding blanket MHD phenomenology at fusion reactors.

Tarifeño-Saldivia, Ariel

B.S. in Physics in 2004 (Universidad de Chile). PhD in Physics in 2011 (Universidad de Concepción), working at the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN) on tabletop magnetic fusion devices. Researcher at CCHEN from 2011 to 2014, working on experimental Plasma Physics, diagnostics for fusion experiments and MC modeling of neutron detectors. During 2014, Ariel started a one-year postdoc at Instituto de Física Corpuscular in Valencia. Later in 2015, he has joined the ANT group to work on nuclear data with relevance to Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Astrophysics. In particular, working on measurements of beta-delayed neutron emission properties and neutron capture cross sections in different nuclei; and the development of neutron detection techniques and advanced nuclear instrumentation. Currently, he is involved in two international collaborations: MANY, HENSA and n_TOF (CERN, Switzerland).


Technical Staff

Garcia Sánchez, Roger

Telecommunications and Electronics Systems Technical Engineer at the UPC-EPSEVG (2010). He is a workshop and laboratory technician of the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona (ETSEIB, UPC). He has more than 10 years of experience providing support to R+D+i and teaching at the Nuclear Engineering Division at UPC. He has a strong experience in developing of electronic devices and nuclear instrumentation. He participates in the LINrem project as developing engineer.



PhD Students

Brusasco, Benedetta

Benedetta Brusasco started his PhD on 2023 on the field of neutron dectection techniques for dosimetry and medical applications. The main goals will be related to multidisciplinary experiments and applications with neutron detectors, focused to medical applications: neutron dosimetry applied to hadron-therapy.

Casamor, Max

Max Casamor started his PhD on 2016 on the field of thermal hydraulics. The main goal is to establish a coupling between COBRA-TF and RELAP

Mont Geli, Nil

Bachelor Degree in Physics at Unversitat de Barcelona, finished on July-2019. Master in Nuclear Physics finshed on 2020. Starts his PhD on October-2020. PhD thesis title: Neutron detection for underground laboratories, secondary particles from cosmic rays and (alpha,n) reactions.

Pallàs i Solís, Max

Bachelor Degree in Physics at Unversitat de Barcelona, finished on September-2019. Master in Nuclear Physics finshed on 2020. Starts his PhD on October-2020. PhD thesis title: Measurement of beta-delayed neutrons relevant for understanding the formation of the r-process rare earth-peak around mass A~160.