Andrés Conca obtained his PhD in the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany in 2007, after joining the group of Prof. Dr. H. Adrian in 2003. The main topics of his work there were the growth and characterization of thin films of half-metallic Heusler alloys and the fabrication of magnetic tunneling junctions with them to measure the spin polarization.
After graduation, he joined the group of Prof. Dr. Burkard Hillebrands at the TU Kaiserslautern, also in Germany, where he stayed until the end of 2019. In Kaiserslautern, he further followed the interest in Heusler films by characterizing them by optical means (MOKE) and later by ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). He has used FMR and related techniques to determine critical material parameters of magnetic thin films such as, for instance, the Gilbert damping parameter and the anisotropy and exchange constants. He has also studied the generation of pure spin currents by spin pumping in bilayers system and its voltage conversion by the inverse Spin Hall effect (ISHE).
In addition to his basic research activities, he has supervised the applied physic activities related to the collaboration with the industry and several research projects with industrial partners in the microelectronic branch. In this sense, he has worked in the design of microchips, the establishment of new quality control procedures for reliability tests for sensor chips and the implementation of MgO-based magnetic tunneling junctions with CoFeB in industrial production lines. One of the projects he co-supervised was awarded with the Innovationspreis Rheinland-Pfalz 2016 (Innovation Award Rhineland-Palatinate 2016). He also has participated in science awareness activities for the general public.
He joined the IMN-CNM in November 2021.
He is author or co-author of 28 publications with 647 citations and an h-index of 15.