Mr. Luis Castañer Muñoz

Medalla nº XXIII
Académico constituyente


Doctor-Ingeniero de Telecomunicación por la  Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC) (1975). Diplôme d'Études Approfondies en Physique Spatiale, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France) (1972). Docteur-Ingenieur (third cycle), Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France) (1973).


Has been Dean of the Telecommunication Engineering School at the UPC and Head of Electronic Engineering Department. He has been a spanish representative in the Non Nuclear energy Committee of the UE Commission, Head of the TIC National Research program at CICYT (1992-94) and Technology Foresight Coordinator at ANEP. He has been a member of the Engineering Committee at the CNAI and of several committees at the AQU.


He is the author of the first phD thesis written about solar cells in Spain and author of the first paper about solar cells by an spanish. He has contributed to the research of semiconductor devices. He studied the technology of thin film CuInSe2, he worked on the space degradation of silicon and GaAs solar cells and on the theory and technology of polysilicon contacts for bipolar transistors and solar cells. He has written a textbook on Spice modelling of solar cells and PV systems. He developed an industrial solar cell manufacturing process for a Company in 1980 (PIHER Semiconductores).


More recently he has worked on Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), developing flow sensors and smart monolithic. He has studied the dynamics of electrostatic MEMS actuators specially charge driving.


One of the achievements is the design and fabrication of silicon chips for wind sensors today on board of Mars missions: REMS meteorological station on board of thereover ‘Curiosity’ of Mars Science Laboratory by NASA. A duplicate is on board of the TWINS instrument in INSIGHT mission by NASA, today also in the surface of Mars. A new design of these chips have been delivered for MEDA instrument on board of the forthcoming Mars 2020 mission by NASA.


He has also contributed to the modelling of electrowetting for the movement of liquids and applications to consumer electronics products and He has applied the electrospray technique to eh manufacture of colloidal crystals based on 3D ordered nanoparticules.


He is an author or co-author of 210 publications, among them 14 books or book chapters. His papers and books have received 1200 citations and 3000 of his books have been sold, one of them translated into chinese.


He was a phD student at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (France), visiting scholar at Brown University (USA), Southampton University (UK), MIT (USA) and University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).He is Senior IEEE Member, Member of the Association and Charter of Telecommunication Engineers of Spain and Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain.