José Manuel Taboada Varela

Dr. Ingeniero de Telecomunicación

Profesor Titular de Universidad

Acreditado como Catedrático de Universidad por la ANECA


Dept. Tecnología de los computadores

y de las comunicaciones
Escuela Politécnica
Universidad de Extremadura
10003 Cáceres (España)
Phone: +34 927 257 195
FAX: +34 927 257 203


Equipo de Electromagnetismo Computacional / Computational Electromagnetics Team


Electrical Engineer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Accredited as Full Professor by ANECA


Dept. Computers and communications technology
Escuela Politecnica
University of Extremadura
10003 Caceres (Spain)
Phone: +34 927 257 195
FAX: +34 927 257 203


Research interests

J. M. Taboada was born in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, in 1974. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the University of Vigo, Spain, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. From 1998 to 2002, he was working as a researcher at the University of Vigo. In 2002, he joined the University of Extremadura as an Associate Professor. Accredited as Full Professor by ANECA from September, 2012. He is author of more than 150 publications (48 JCR papers) with an h-index of 14. Participated in 16 I+D public projects (4 as principal investigator) and 20 I+D contracts (10 as principal investigator). Received the International PRACE Award and Intel Itanium Solutions Innovation Award in the year 2009 for his work in the integration of electromagnetics and supercomputing. His current research interests include fast integral-equation methods and supercomputing techniques in computational electromagnetics, electromagnetic compatibility, advanced materials, nano-optical devices, nanoplasmonics, biosensing and biomedicine.

Docencia / courses


· Campos electromagnéticos

· Sistemas de comunicación inalámbricos

· Equipos de audio y video


Master oficial en Ingeniería de Telecomunicación:

Diseño y planificación de sistemas radio

Master universitario en Iniciación a la Investigación en Telecomunicación:

Iniciación a la investigación en Teoría de la Señal y de las Comunicaciones 



Premios internacionales / international awards

Billion one!

In August 2010, researchers at the Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA), the University of Vigo and the University of Extremadura in Spain applied the proposed fast Fourier transform—multilevel fast multipole method (MLFMA-FFT), to the solution of a challenging problem with more than 1 billion (1000 million) unknowns using 1024 Intel® Itanium® processor cores and 5.4 TB of memory, which constituted the largest problem solved in computational electromagnetics to date. The solution demonstrated that EMC can be solved computationally, even for big problems and at high frequencies, within sectors such as aerospace, automotive, naval, and biomedicine.

Among the three finalists for the Intel Itanium Solutions Innovation Award in the year 2011.

Winner of the Intel Itanium Solutions Innovation Award in the year 2010.

Winner of the EU International PRACE Award in the year 2010.

 M3 (m-cube) electromagnetic simulation software: Mis the newest version of the former HEMCUVE. M3 gained a major competitive advantage over other EM simulation packages with the introduction of the highly scalable and highly efficient MLFMA-FFT algorithm, providing optimal performance on mixed-memory massively parallel supercomputers for the analysis of extremely large-scale real-life problems.

 Responsible of the rigorous solution of the largest computational electromagnetic problems to date: 500, 620 and 1 000 million unknowns.

 Word record in computational electromagnetics: solution of the NASA Almond target at 3 THz (1000 million unknowns) using 1024 parallel processors, 5 TB RAM and 35 hours of wall-clock time (ICTS-2009-40).

Finis-Terrae supercomputer. Galician Supercomputing Center (CESGA).

 Electromagnetic compatibility and antenna system design and verification of vessels constructed in the NAVANTIA shipyards during the last 10 years, including LHD aircraft carrier, F-105 frigates, BAC, and BAM vessels.

 Mwas pioneer demonstrating the feasibility, high precision, and high computational power of the  surface integral-equation methodology expedited via MLFMA-FFT in optics and nanoplasmonics, solving the optical response of unprecedentedly large systems in biosensing and biomedicine.

 Applied to the design of metamaterial super-lenses, nano-optical antennas and wireless optical links, nano-optical antennas for fiber to plasmonic guide interfacing, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and other biosensing applications.

Some research results

Recent projects (all projects)

· MODELADO AVANZADO DE NANOESTRUCTURAS PLASMONICAS PARA APLICACIONES BIOMEDICAS Y DE IMAGEN, Proyectos de I+D, Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación orientada a los retos de la Sociedad. Dotación: 100000 Euros. Investigador principal.

· Aplicaciones nanotecnológicas en comunicaciones y biomedicina (REF. IB13185), IV Plan regional de investigación, Gobierno de Extremadura. Dotación: 59400 Euros. Investigador principal.

· Electromagnetismo y supercomputación para nanoestructuras plasmónicas. Aplicación a nanoantenas ópticas y metamateriales (TEC2011-28784-C02). Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Plan Nacional de I+D. Dotación: 251559 Euros. Coordinador.

· Técnicas avanzadas altamente escalables en electromagnetismo computacional II (TEC2008-06714-C02-02). Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Plan Nacional de I+D. Dotación: 134068  Euros. Investigador principal.

· TERASENSE: Technology for Electromagnetic Sensing Applications (CSD2008-00068). Consolider-Ingenio.


       Recent journal papers (view all journal papers)

· D. M. Solís, J. M. Taboada, F. Obelleiro, “Surface Integral Equation Method of Moments with Multiregion Basis Functions Applied to Plasmonics,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., vol. 63, no. 5, pp. 2141-2152, May 2015.

· E. Farrokhtakin, D. Rodríguez-Fernández, V. Mattoli, D. M. Solís, J.M. Taboada, F. Obelleiro, M. Grzelczak, L. M. Liz-Marzán, “Radial Growth of Plasmon Coupled Gold Nanowires on Colloidal Templates”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 449, pp. 87-91, July 2015.

· C. Fernández-López, L. Polavarapu, D. M. Solís, J. M. Taboada, F. Obelleiro, R. Contreras-Caceres, I. Pastoriza-Santos, J. Perez-Juste, “Gold Nanorods-pNIPAM hybrids with Reversible Plasmon Coupling: Synthesis, Modeling and SERS properties”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 7, no. 23, pp. 12530–12538, 2015.

· Amane Shiohara, Sergey M. Novikov, Diego M. Solís, José M. Taboada, Fernando Obelleiro, and Luis M. Liz-Marzań, “Plasmon Modes and Hot Spots in Gold NanostarSatellite Clusters,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 119, no. 20, pp. 10836–10843, 2015.

· D. M. Solís, M. G. Araújo, L. Landesa, S. García, J. M. Taboada, F. Obelleiro, “MLFMA-MoM For Solving The Scattering Of Densely Packed Plasmonic Nanoparticle Assemblies”, IEEE Photonics Journal, vol. 7, no 3, 4800709, June 2015.

· D. M. Solís, J. M. Taboada, O. Rubiños-López, and F. Obelleiro, “Improved Combined Tangential Formulation for Electromagnetic Analysis of Penetrable Bodies”, JOSA B, vol. 32, no. 9, pp. 1780-1787, Sep.      2015.

· C. Hamon, S. Novikov, L. Scarabelli, D. M. Solís, T. Altantzis, S. Bals, J. M. Taboada, F. Obelleiro, L. Liz-Marzan,” Collective Plasmonic Properties in Few-Layer Gold Nanorod Supercrystals”, ACS Photonics, vol. 2, no. 10, pp. 1482-1488, 2015.


         Recent conference papers (view all conference papers)

· D. M. Solís, M. G. Araújo, J. L. Rodríguez, F. Obelleiro, J. M. Taboada, L. Landesa, “Boundary Element Method for the Electromagnetic Analysis of Metamaterials,” 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation – APS 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), July 19-25, 2015.

· D. M. Solís, J. M. Taboada, F. Obelleiro, L. M. Liz-Marzán, F. J. García de Abajo, “Large-scale full-wave simulation of metamaterials through boundary element methods,” 6th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics – META 2015, New York City, New York (USA), August 4-7, 2015.

· D. M. Solís, J. M. Taboada, F. Obelleiro, “Electromagnetic analysis of large nanoplasmonic assemblies with fast multipole methods,” 17th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications – ICEAA 2015, Torino (Italy), September 7-11, 2015.

· D. M. Solís, J. M. Taboada, F. Obelleiro, L. Landesa, Marta G. Araújo, J. L. Rodríguez, J. Ó. Rubiños, “Boundary element methods for the scattering retrieval of metamaterials,” 17th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications – ICEAA 2015, Torino (Italy), September 7-11, 2015.

· D. M. Solís, M. G. Araújo, F. Obelleiro, J. L. Rodríguez, L. Landesa, and J. M. Taboada, “Large-Scale Nanoplasmonics Modeling”, 10th Iberian meeting on Computational Electromagnetics – EIEC 2015, Baeza, Jaén, May 6-8, 2015.

· Luis Landesa, Mario F. Manzano, Alberto Serna, Diego M. Solis, José M. Taboada, “Fast Solution of Periodic Electromagnetic Problems Using Surface Integral Equations”, European conference on numerical mathematics and advanced applications, ENUMATH 2015, Ankara, Turkey, September 14–18, 2015

CEM World record links

CénitS and CESGA supercomputers.






JUNE  2014


Aplicaciones nanotecnológicas en comunicaciones y biomedicina

ACS Nano, Toward Ultimate Nanoplasmonics Modeling. Response and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) performance of  a colloidal deposition of gold nanorods on a film.

Modeling of gold plasmonic nanostars (absorption, scattering and extinction cross sections, and  near field enhancements of tip-tip and tip-valley configurations).

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Perspective article in ACS Nano journal, impact index ~12


ACS Photonics journal

JULY 2015

ACS Applied Materials&Interfaces