Miguel Navarro-Cia

Colleges, School and Institutes


Miguel Navarro-Cía qualified with a MEng in Telecommunication Engineering, a MRes in Introduction to Communication Research and a PhD in Engineering in 2006, 2007 and 2010, respectively, from the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2019 from University of Birmingham, UK.

From September 2006 to January 2010, and from February 2010 until March 2011, he worked as a Predoctoral Researcher (FPI fellowship recipient) and a Research & Teaching Assistant at Universidad Pública de Navarra, respectively. He was a Research Associate at Imperial College London and University College London in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and a Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College London from December 2012 until November 2015. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer - Birmingham Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham. He is also affiliated as a Visiting Researcher with Imperial College London and University College London.

He was a Visiting Researcher with University of Pennsylvania (Dept. Electrical and Systems Enginering) for 3 months in 2010, with Imperial College London (Dept. Physics and Dept. Materials) in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for 4, 6 and 3 months, respectively, and with Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center for 2 months in 2008.

He was awarded the Best Doctoral Thesis in Basic Principles and Technologies of Information and Communications, and Applications corresponding to the XXXI Edition of Awards “Telecommunication Engineers” 2010 and twice the CST University Publication Awards for the best international journal publication using CST Microwave Studio® (in 2012 and 2016) and was recipient of the 2011 Junior Research Raj Mittra Travel Grant.

His current line of research focuses on plasmonics, TDS near-field imaging/spectroscopy, metamaterials, antennas and frequency selective surfaces at terahertz and infrared.

Moving away from academia, Miguel Navarro-Cia's personal interests embrace travelling and chess. He is FIDE Master (FM) with 1 norm for International Master (IM) and among his achievements he was runner-up at the Spanish Chess Championship under 18 in 1999 and at the Spanish Team Chess Championship with Navarra in 2011. Also, one of his pupils won the Spanish Chess Championship under 10 in 2002.

Research interests

Miguel Navarro-Cía's current research interests are focused on THz technology, plasmonics, near-field time-domain spectroscopy, metamaterials, frequency selective surfaces and millimetre-wave antennas. 


10/2017 – 12/2018

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

University of Birmingham, UK

09/2006 – 04/2010

PhD in Engineering with honours and European Doctorate mention

Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA), Spain

“Extraordinary transmission and geometrically-induced modes for metamaterials: from underlying physics to technological applications”

09/2006 – 10/2007

MRes in Introduction to Communication Research

Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA), Spain

“Metamaterials – extraordinary transmission interactions in microwaves and millimetre-waves”

09/2000 – 04/2006

MEng in Telecommunication Engineering

Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA), Spain

“Interaction effects between EBG/metamaterials on planar microwave technology”

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Modelling of plasmonic nanoantennas
THz technology