Dr. Arenal is the Group leader of the Nanoscopy on Low Dimensional Materials (NLDM) at the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (INMA, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza) and sice 2018, he is the Coordinator of the TEM area of the Laboratorio de Microspcopias Avanzadas (LMA, Universidad de Zaragoza, member of the ELECMI, Spanish National facility (ICTS) for Advanced Microscopies).
Dr. Raul Arenal received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Univ. Paris-Sud (Orsay, France, 2005) and in 2013, he obtained his Habilitation (HDR) also at this University. From April 2005 to August 2007, he joined the Electron Microscopy Center in Argonne National Laboratory (ANL, USA) as post doctoral fellow. In 2007, he became research scientist (Chargé de Recherches) at the CNRS (France), working at the LEM, CNRS-ONERA (Chatillon, France).
From September 2010 to December 2011, he was visiting scientist (sabbatical position) at the Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas (LMA) at the Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA) of the Universidad de Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). Since 2012, DR. Arenal is on leave from the CNRS, and he is currently ARAID research scientist at the LMA-INMA-Universidad de Zaragoza. In addition, since 2007 he is visiting researcher at the ANL (USA).
He has published more than 260 papers in refereed journals (cited ca. 11200/8200 times, H-index 55/45; Google Scholar / Scopus), edited 1 book (Springer) and published 6 chapters of a book.
He is member of the board of the Spanish Microscopy Society (SME; periods: 2013-2017, 2017-2021 & 2021-2025) and in 2021, he has been elected Secretary of the SME (2021-2025). In 2017, DR. Arenal has been elected member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) and also this year he has been elected member of its board (2017-2020; Communication Vice-chair and Membership Chair). Dr. Arenal is the chair of the HeteroNanoCarb conference series (http://heteronanocarb.org) focused on graphene, NT and related 1D-2D nanomaterials.
Editor of the book (and author of 3 chapters): “Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy: Applications to Nanomaterials”, Eds. L. Francis, A. Mayoral and R. Arenal. Springer (2015), ISBN 978-3-319-15177-9.
R. Arenal*, X. Blase, A. Loiseau, "Boron-nitride and boron-carbonitride (BCN) NTs: synthesis, characterization and theory", Adv. in Physics 59, 101 (2010). Review paper.
L. Liu, U. Diaz, R. Arenal, G. Agostini, P. Concepcion, A. Corma, “Generation of Pt single at. & clusters with exceptional high stability during transf. 2D into 3D zeolite”, Nat. Mater. 16, 132 (2017).
M. Serra, R. Arenal*, R. Tenne*, “An overview of the recent advances in inorganic nanotubes”, Nanoscale 11, 8073-8090 (2019).
Simon Hettler*, David Sebastian, Mario Pelaez-Fernandez, Ana M. Benito, Wolfgang K. Maser, Raul Arenal*, “In-situ reduction by Joule heating and measurement of electrical conductivity of graphene oxide in a transmission electron microscope”, 2D Materials 8, 031001 (2021).
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P. Torruella, R. Arenal, F. de la Peña, Z. Saghi, Ll. Yedra, et al., “3D visualization of Fe oxidation state in FeO/Fe3O4 core-shell nanocubes EELS tomography”, Nano Lett. 16, 5068 (2016).
R. Arenal*, A. Lopez-Bezanilla, “In-situ Formation of Carbon nanotubes encapsulated within boron nitride nanotubes via electron irradiation”, ACS Nano 8, 8419 (2014).
R. Arenal*, K. March, C.P. Ewels, X. Rocquefelte, M. Kociak, A. Loiseau, O. Stephan, “Atomic configuration of N-Doped SW Carbon nanotubes”, Nano Lett. 14, 5509 (2014).
R. Arenal*, L. Henrard, L. Roiban, O. Ersen, J. Burgin, M. Treguer, “Local Plasmonic studies on individual Core-Shell Au-Ag & pure Au nano-bipyram.”, JPCC 118, 25643 (2014).
R. Arenal*, L. De Matteis, L. Custardoy, et al., “SR-EELS Analysis of the antibody distribution on bio-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles”, ACS Nano 7, 4006 (2013).
R. Arenal*, P. Loethman, M. Picher, T. Than, M. Paillet, V. Jourdain,”Direct evidence atomic structure conservation along ultra-long C-NTs”, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 140103 (2012).
R. Arenal*, O. Stephan, F. Pena, M. Walls, A. Loiseau, C. Colliex, “Extending analysis of EELS SPIM data, from elemental to bond mapping in complex NS”, Ultramicroscopy 109, 32 (2008).
R. Arenal*, M., Kociak, N.J. Zaluzec, “ High-angular-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy of hexagonal boron nitride”, Applied Physics Letters 90, 204105 (2007).
R. Arenal*, P. Bruno, D.J. Miller, M. Bleuel, J. Lal, D. Gruen, “Diamond nanowires and the insulator-metal transition UNCD films”, Phys. Rev. B 75, 195431 (2007).
R. Arenal*, A.C. Ferrari, S. Reich, J.-Y. Mevellec, S. Lefrant, L. Wirtz, A. Rubio, A. Loiseau, “Raman spectroscopy of Single-Walled BN-NTs”, Nano Lett. 6, 1812 (2006).
R. Arenal*, O. Stephan, M. Kociak, D. Taverna, A. Loiseau, C. Colliex,”EELS Measurement Optical Gaps Individual BN SW & MW NTs”,Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 127601 (2005).
His broad area of research interest lies in electron microscopy focused on materials science and nanoscience: TEM (EELS, HR(S)TEM, electron diffraction, electron tomography). These studies are mainly focused on the growth mechanism, structural and physical (electronic, optical, vibrational, mechanical) properties of nanomaterials based on carbon, boron and nitrogen as well as other nano-structures (in particular, metallic nano-objects for plasmonic/photonic interest). Among his scientific activities, DR. Arenal is the chair of the HeteroNanoCarb conference series focused on graphene, NT and related 1D-2D nanomaterials.