Jose A. Garrido is an ICREA Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology-ICN2 in Barcelona, and head of the Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices group. He received a Master and PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. From 2001 to 2004, he worked as a postdoc at the Walter Schottky Institute, Technische Universität München, where he obtained his habilitation in experimental physics in 2010. From 2011 to 2015, Jose A. Garrido held a lecturer (privatdozent) position at the department of physics of the Technische Universität München. In September 2015, Jose A. Garrido joined ICN2 as ICREA Professor. Currently, Jose A. Garrido is vicedirector and head of the Strategy Development Office at ICN2.