Carlos M. Pina got his Ph.D. in Geology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in 1996. From 1997 to 2001, he was member of the research group directed by Professor Andrew Putnis at the Institute for Mineralogy at the University of Munster (Germany).
In 2001, Dr. Pina joined the Department of Crystallography and Mineralogy at the UCM as a “Ramon y Cajal” researcher and became lecturer in Crystallography and Mineralogy in 2005. Through his research, Dr. Pina has contributed to the study of the nanoscale processes occurring at the mineral-fluid interfaces. He has investigated the effect of the symmetry and the anisotropy on the nanoscale crystal growth mecha- nisms, the formation of solid solutions and epitaxial monolayers on mineral surfaces, and the effect of inorganic and organic impurities on the growth kinetics of minerals from aqueous solutions. At IMDEA, Dr. Pina is member of the Nanotribology group.