ICREA Academia
Joaquim Matias Espona

Joaquim Matias Espona

ICREA Acadèmia 2018

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona · Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Joaquim Matias Espona

Joaquim Matias Espona (Barcelona,1967) is Full Professor at UAB since 2018. He obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1995 at UB. He spent five years as postdoctoral researcher at Dipartimento di Fisica Galileo Galilei di Padova (1995-1997), SISSA (1997), TH-Division at CERN (1997-1999) under a Marie Curie fellowship and ITP (Aachen) in 2000. He was also awarded an RyC, an I3 and an Explora Project. He has been appointed as an Expert for the Research European Agency (from 7th Framework to Horizon 2020) and ERC, also SNSF (Switzerland), UK Research Council, ANR (France) and FWF (Austria). He is Scientific Guarantor of previous (and next) IFAE’s Severo Ochoa, author of 91 publications with h=40 and an average of +150 citations/published paper since 2012. He is author of the two most cited papers (excl. reviews) in the last 3 years of the UAB TH-Division. He gave +100 talks, organized 9 conferences and published outreach at IyC and Inference Magazine.

Research interests

Uncovering the first properties of the fundamental theory that will supersede the SM of particles constitutes the main goal of his research. He has been a main contributor to the highly successful Flavour Physics program, a field at the forefront of particle physics in the search for New Physics. He is interested in testing the Flavour Precision Frontier that gives us access to energy scales not accessible to direct probes. His research on rare B meson decays is contributing to an exceptionally exciting period concerning what is called “flavor anomalies”. The outcome of his work has pointed out some of the most promising evidences of New Physics found at LHC up to now. Intensive theoretical and experimental work is ongoing to confirm/disprove these indications. He is focused on exploring the limits of the SM to answer the questions left open by this theory using the forthcoming results of the LHCb and Belle II experiments and those of the high-luminosity phase at LHC.


Theoretical Particle Physics, Flavour Physics, Rare B decays, New Physics.