Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Visiting Researcher



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Narrative Biography

Miguel Navarro-Cía was born in Pamplona, Spain, in 1982. He received the M.Sci. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering and a M.Sc. in 'Introduction to research in Communications' from Universidad Pública de Navarra, Navarra, Spain, in 2010, 2006 and 2007 respectively.

From September 2006 to January 2010, and from February 2010 to March 2011, he was a predoctoral FPI Fellow and Research Associate, respectively, with the 'Millimeter-Terahertz Waves and Plasmonics Laboratory', Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain. From April 2011 to March 2012, he was a Research Associate with the 'Experimental Solid State Group', Imperial College London. From April 2012 to November 2012, he was a Research Associate with the 'Sensors Systems and Circuits Group', University College London. From December 2012 to November 2015 was a Imperial College Junior Research Fellow at the 'Optical and Semiconductor Devices Group', Imperial College London. Currently, he is a Birmingham Fellow at University of Birmingham and a visiting researcher with the 'Optical and Semiconductor Devices Group', Imperial College London.

He was Visiting Researcher with the University of Pennsylvania (for three months in 2010), with Imperial College London (2008, 2009, and 2010 for four, six, and three months, respectively), and with the Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center (for two months in 2008).

Awardee of the "COIT/AEIT Best Doctoral Thesis in Basic Principles and Technologies of Information and Communications and their Applications" corresponding to the XXXI Edition of the Awards "Telecommunications Engineers" 2010 and of the Raj Mittra Travel Grant 2011 - Junior Researcher.

His current line of research focuses on metamaterials, extraordinary transmission, frequency selective surfaces, complex surface waves, TDS near-field imaging/spectroscopy, millimetre-waves, terahertz and infrared.

Moving away from academia, Miguel Navarro-Cia's personal interests embrace travelling and chess. He is FIDE Master (FM) with 1 norm for International Master (IM) and among his achievements he was runner-up at the Spanish Chess Championship under 18 in 1999 and at the Spanish Team Chess Championship with Navarre in 2011. Also, one of his pupils won the Spanish Chess Championship under 10 in 2002.

book coverFind out more about extraordinary transmission phenomena and their application for polarizers and effective negative refractive index metamaterials in Electromagnetic Response of Extraordinary Transmission Plates Inspired on Babinet’s Principle (Behaviour of Electromagnetic Waves in Different Media and Structures, ISBN 978-953-307-302-6)

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Find out more about fundamentals and THz technology in Semiconductor TeraHertz Technology: Devices and Systems at Room Temperature Operation (Wiley-IEEE Press, ISBN: 978-1-118-92042-8)



Pacheco-Pena V, Navarro-Cia M, 2018, Understanding quantum emitters in plasmonic nanocavities with conformal transformation: Purcell enhancement and forces, Nanoscale, Vol:10, ISSN:2040-3364, Pages:13607-13616

Liu Y, Guo Q, Liu H, et al., 2018, Circular-polarization-selective transmission induced by spin orbit coupling in a helical tape waveguide, Physical Review Applied, Vol:9, ISSN:2331-7019

Navarro-Cia M, Pacheco-Pena V, Kuznetsov SA, et al., 2018, Extraordinary THz transmission with a small beam spot: the leaky wave mechanism, Advanced Optical Materials, Vol:6, ISSN:2195-1071


Razavizadeh SM, Sadeghzadeh R, Ghattan Z, et al., 2019, Compact THz waveguide filter based on periodic dielectric-gold rings, The Fifth International Conference on Millimeter Wave & Terahertz Technologies, IEEE, Pages:42-44, ISSN:2157-0965

Aznabet M, El Mrabet O, Beruete M, et al., 2019, Chiral SRR metasurfaces for circular polarisation conversion, 18th Mediterranean Microwave Symposium (MMS), IEEE, Pages:404-406, ISSN:2157-9822

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