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Dr Victor Pacheco Pena

Newcastle University Research Fellow


Dr. Victor Pacheco-Peña holds a Newcastle University Research Fellowship within the Emerging Technologies and Materials Group (ETM). Additional information can be found in his Google ScholarORCID  and ResearchGate profiles.

He has been a visiting researcher at the Imperial College London (UK) and University of Pennsylvania (USA) in 2014 and 2015, respectively. From 2013-2016 he was a predoctoral researcher at the Public University of Navarra (Spain) where he was funded by a University Teacher Training Aid (FPU Fellowship) by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. From 2016-2018 he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (USA).

He has been awarded as "Young Scientist" by the URSI GASS 2020 in Rome, Italy, "Young Scientist of the Year" by the Spanish URSI during the XXXI Spanish Conference URSI 2016 and has received a CST University Publication Award for the best international journal publication using CST Microwave Studio (R) in 2016.

His current research is focused on Metamaterials, THz, Plasmonics, Optics and Electromagnetism.


  • PhD Communications Technologies, Public University of Navarra, Spain
  • MRes Communications Technologies, Public University of Navarra, Spain
  • MSci Telecommunications Engineering, Universidad Don Bosco, El Salvador


  • IEEE Nanotechnology Council
  • IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
  • Metamorphose - Metamaterials Membership
  • Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)


  • 2020: URSI GASS 2020 Young Scientist Award for early career researchers, Rome 2020
  • 2019: Manuscript highlighted in "", IOP
  • 2016: Young Scientist of the Year, URSI 2016, Spain
  • 2015: University Teacher Training Aid (FPU) Mobility grant, University of Pennsylvania USA, Spanish Ministry of Education, Spain
  • 2015: Manuscript included in "Optics and Photonics News 2015", The Optical Society
  • 2014: University Teacher Training Aid (FPU) Mobility grant, Imperial College London UK, Spanish Ministry of Education, Spain
  • 2014: Manuscript included in "Highlights 2014", Journal of Optics
  • 2012: University Teacher Training Aid (FPU), Spanish Ministry of Education, Spain
  • 2012: International Talent Scholarship, Government of Navarra, Spain
  • 2010: Academic Scholarship, Erasmus Mundus Lot20, EU
  • 2009: International Representative, ITU Telecom World 2009, Switzerland
  • 2005: Academic Scholarship, Kazma Family Foundation, Universidad Don Bosco, El Salvador


Dr. Victor Pacheco-Peña's field of expertise is focused on the design of devices using artificial electromagnetic materials (metamaterials) and periodic structures at microwave, millimeter, terahertz and optical frequencies.

His research background in metamaterials and wave-matter interaction also includes the design and demonstration of metamaterial-based antennas and lenses for sensing and imaging applications. Within the past years, his focus has been on the development of high resolution dielectric structures and metamaterial lenses applied to microscopy applications.

Research Themes:

  • Metamaterials, metasurfaces and periodic structures.
  • Spatial, temporal and space-time metamaterials.
  • Terahertz (THz) devices.
  • Plasmonic nanostructures.
  • Communication Technologies.
  • Optics and Electromagnetism.

Professional research service:

  • The multidisciplinary research of Dr. Victor Pacheco-Peña has enabled him to become an active reviewer in more than 25 international peer-reviewed journals including Nanoscale, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Optics Express, Scientific Reports, IEEE Transactions on Microwave theory and Techniques, IEEE Photonic Journal and Applied Physics Letters.
  • Topic Board Editor in the journal "Electronics".

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Photonics (Plasmonics section).

        He has participated as a guest editor in the journals:

  • Electronics (2019): “Terahertz Technology and Its Applications: Part I” (Lead Guest Editor).
  • Electronics (2021): “Terahertz Technology and Its Applications: Part II” (Lead Guest Editor).
  • Applied Sciences (2019): “Terahertz Sensing” (Guest Editor).


Dr. Victor Pacheco-Pena has participated in the following courses within the last few years:

Undergraduate Modules

  • PHY3025: Group Project
  • PHY3027: BSc Physics project
  • PHY8050: MPhys Extended Project
  • Propagation and transmission of waves. Teaching assistant. MSci Telecommunications Engineering (2014-2016)
  • Electricity and Magnetism. Undergraduate demonstrator. MSci Engineering (2009-2010)
  • Engineering Mathematics II. Undergraduate demonstrator. MSci Telecommunications Engineering (2007-2010)

Postgraduate Modules

  • EEE8097: Individual Project
  • PHY8007: MRes Physics Project
  • CAD tools for high frequency. Teaching assistant. MRes Communications Technologies (2014-2016)