Saturday, March 23, 2019

By 1970, the Laboratory of Solid State Physics was established by Prof.  M.Sc. Neville Clark as part of the Physics Department at the University of Costa Rica. The first high vacuum system was purchased by that time. The initial trend of scientific research employing this equipment was the growth of metallic monocrystals. By the middle of the 70s, the research interest refocused on metallic thin films production with thicknesses of 1 mm or less. By 1980, the first thin films with thicknesses below 100 nm were produced, inserting the laboratory in what was defined ten years later as nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The research activity on thin films grew during the 80s with the incorporation of new Ph.D. in solid state physics. By the end of that decade, Dr. José A. Araya, Dr. Luis F. Fonseca and Dr. Daniel E. Azofeifa began the process of founding a new research center dealing not only with solid state physics but incorporating new fields of the materials science.

As a result, CICIMA was created as a research center on October 10, 1990 in the session No. 3684 of the University Council. Its internal regulation act document was approved on November 3, 1993. Since then, the laboratory space has shown a growing tendency as well as the equipment resources and published papers in international referred journals, putting the center at a very high regional standard.


  Promote the basic and applied research and the multidisciplinary study of materials science

  Help external entities (from the government or private companies and industries) to select, adapt and substitute microscopic materials in their productive processes.

  Promote the academic formation of new science and engineering professionals.

  Diffuse the scientific research activity to the general public by the organization of activities like conferences, symposia, interviews, etc.


  Dr. Esteban Avendaño (Uppsala University). Solid State Physics.
  Dr. Daniel Azofeifa (Ohio University). Solid State Physics.
  M.Sc. Neville Clark, emeritus (Miami University). Solid State Physics.
  Dr. Gian G. Guzmán (University of California). Condensed Matter.
  Dr. Marcela Hernández (Universidade Estadual de Campinhas). Soft Condensed Matter.
  Dr. Rer. Nat. Mavis Montero (Universität Gottingen). Inorganic Chemistry.
  Dr. Federico Muñoz (Universidad de Alicante). Computational Physics.
  Dr. Arturo Ramírez (University of Puerto Rico). Chemical Physics.
  Dr. William Vargas (Uppsala University). Solid State Physics.
  Dr. Fabián Vázquez (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona). Condensed Matter.
  Dr. Rer. Nat. Oscar Andrey Herrera Sancho.


Visiting researchers
  Dr. Daniel Koon (Lawrence University, Nueva York). Sabbatical term.
  Dr. Shane Brower (Groove City College, Pennsylvania). Sabbatical term, 2008.
  Dr. Bradley Fahlman (Central Michigan University, Michigan). Sabbatical term, 2010.
  Dr. Aniketa Shinde (Fulbright Scholar Program). Postdoc, 2010.
  Dr. Charles Hanna (Boise State University, Idaho). Sabbatical term.

Materials synthesis

       High vacuum evaporation system.

       High vacuum magnetron sputtering system.

       Ultra-high vacuum evaporation system.

Characterization systems

       Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Bruker.


       UV/VIS/NIR optical spectroscopies.

       FT-IR spectroscopy with ATR and polarized-ATR capabilities.

       LEED system.

       AES spectroscopy.

       XPS/ESCA spectroscopy.

       Raman confocal microscopy.

Access to the following facilities

       XRD for powders and crystals.

       SEM with EDX spectroscopy.

       TEM with EDX spectroscopy.


  Dr. Esteban Avendaño.

  2511-6573     2225-5511



  Dr. Rer. Nat. Mavis Montero.



  Lic. Vivian Soto.




 Sussane Carranza Fonseca



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