David Mateos

Universitat de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I was born in 1974 in Barcelona. I obtained my PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Barcelona in 2000. After that I enjoyed many years of wonderful postdoctoral life at Cambridge University, UK (2 years), Perimeter Institute, Canada (3 years) and University of California at Santa Barbara, USA (3 years). I am an ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Barcelona since July 2008. In 2012 I was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (1.4 M€).

Research interests

My main goal is to understand the physics of the Universe at the most fundamental level. Our present understanding is based on two theories. General relativity is a classical theory that provides a good description of gravitational interactions at large, macroscopic scales. The other three interactions, the electromagnetic, the strong and the weak interactions, are unified in a quantum theory, the so-called Standard Model of elementary particles. The answers to many important questions in fundamental physics require a unified, quantum theory of all interactions; these questions include the quantum properties of black holes, cosmology and the origin of the Universe, particle physics beyond the Standard Model, etc. For this reason I work on string theory, a quantum theory that has the potential to describe all forces and particles in Nature in a single, unified framework.

Selected publications

– Bea Y & Mateos D 2018, ‘Heating up exotic RG flows with holography‘, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 8, 034.

– Attems M, Bea Y, Casalderrey-Solana J, Mateos D, Triana M & Zilhao M 2018, ‘Holographic Collisions across a Phase Transition‘, Phys. Rev. Lett., 121, no. 26, 261601.

– Attems M, Casalderrey-Solana J, Mateos D, Santos-Olivan D, Sopuerta DF, Triana M & Zilhao M 2018, ‘Paths to equilibrium in non-conformal collisions‘, EPJ Web Conf., 175, 07030.

Selected research activities

Invited Talks:

Extreme Holographygiven at:

-HoloQuark2018, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
-13th International Conference on Strong and Electroweak Matter (SEWM 2018), Barcelona, Spain.
-Numerical approaches to holography, quantum gravity and cosmology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
-Fire and ice: Hot QCD meets cold and dense matter, Saariselka, Finland.
-University of Porto.
-University of Barcelona.

Supervised Master Theses

-Utpal Sarkar, Sep 2018, University of Barcelona.
-Mikel Sanchez Garitaonandia, June 2018, University of Barcelona.

PhD Theses Evaluation

-Roberto Carcasses Quevedo, Jul 2018, University of Porto.


-Frontiers of Theoretical Physics, Master Course at University of Barcelona.


-Member of the advisory board of the Institute for Cosmos Sciences, University of Barcelona.
-Guarantor of the Maria de Maeztu project of the Institute for Cosmos Sciences, University of Barcelona.