Leonard Deepak Francis

Group Leader
Nanostructured Materials

Leonard Deepak Francis is the group leader in the Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL). His broad area of research is focused on the use of advanced electron microscopic techniques for the study of materials/nanomaterials for various applications, as well as in the study of fundamental physical phenomena and dynamics at the nanoscale. He also employs the Focused Ion Beam (FIB) technique extensively towards the investigations of nanodevices.

Leonard received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow (2006–2008) at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Leonard has published more than 85 papers including 5 review articles in major international journals. In addition, he has three book chapters. Two of his articles have made it to the cover page of journals. He served as the guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Nano Materials: Nanomaterial Properties: Size and Shape Dependencies. He has participated in two major European projects: NANOHVAC and NANoReg. In addition, he is an acting referee for various ACS, RSC and Elsevier journals among others. More recently he has edited two books entitled “Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy – Applications to Nanomaterials” – Springer (2015) and “Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters: Advances in Synthesis, Properties and Applications” – Springer (2018). Leonard also holds 3 joint patents. His articles have been cited over 1000 times in total and has a h-index of 25.

Selected Publications

  • Francis Leonard Deepak and Gilberto Casillas
    Recent Highlights in advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques: Applications to nanomaterials
    Nanoscience (Specialist Periodical Reports, Royal Society of Chemistry), Vol 4, 2017, 4, 29-56 (Eds: P.John Thomas and Neerish Revaprasadu).
  • Cristina Gellini, Francis Leonard Deepak, Maurizio Muniz Miranda,Stefano Caporali, Francesco Muniz-Miranda, Alfonso Pedone, Claudia Innocenti, and Claudio Sangregorio
    Magneto-Plasmonic Colloidal Nanoparticles Obtained by Laser Ablation of Nickel and Silver Targets in Water
    J. Phys. Chem. C 2017, 121, 3597−3606.
  • Francis Leonard Deepak and A. N. Enyashin
    Capillary Imbibition of Gadolinium Halides into WS2 Nanotubes: A Molecular Dynamics View.
    Isr. J. Chem, Special Issue: Computational Science of Inorganic Nanostructures, 2017, 57, 501-508.
  • J. D. Costa, S. Serrano-Guisan, B. Lacoste, A. S. Jenkins, T. Böhnert, M. Tarequzzaman, J. Borme, F. L. Deepak, E. Paz, J. Ventura, R. Ferreira & P. P. Freitas
    High power and low critical current density spin transfer torque nanooscillators using MgO barriers with intermediate thickness
    Scientific Reports, 2017, 7, 7237.
  • Nitin M Batra, Shashikant P Patole, Ahmed Abdelkader, Dalaver H Anjum, Francis Leonard Deepak and Pedro M F J Costa
    Structural changes of electron and ion beam-deposited contacts in annealed carbon-based electrical devices
    Nanotechnology, 2015, 26,445301.