Dr. Ivy R. Colambo
Associate Professor (Physics) and Institute Coordinator for Research and Extension

For the past three years, Dr. Ivy Razado Colambo has been making headway in materials physics research at the Physics Division, IMSP, particularly in experimental surface science.

Dr. Colambo is a graduate of the BS Applied Physics program of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She spent two years as an instructor at the Physics Division, IMSP in UPLB before leaving for Sweden to pursue graduate studies. She worked on scanning tunneling microscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy of silicon and germanium surfaces at Linköping University.

After conferment of her MS and PhD degrees in Materials Physics, Dr. Colambo worked in different laboratories in Sweden and France as a postdoctoral researcher. She did conventional and nano-ARPES/XPS and photoelectron diffraction studies of two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and silicene, and was in charge of commissioning the energy and spatial resolution of the beamline and scanning photoelectron microscopy endstation of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Synchrotron SOLEIL. She also studied the growth of graphene on SiC substrates using molecular beam epitaxy and characterization using different spectroscopy (XPS, ARPES, AES), diffraction (RHEED, LEED, PED) and microscopy (STM, AFM) techniques at the Institut d’Electronique de Microelectronique et de Nanotechnologie. As member of Groupe Bitume of TOTAL Solaize and Synchrotron SOLEIL, she studied the chemical composition at the interface between a heavy hydrocarbon product and water using synchrotron-based techniques and other complementary microscopy analytical tools.

Together with her husband, Junjun and two kids, Joakin and Athena, Dr. Colambo came home to the Philippines in 2016.  She returned to the Physics Division, IMSP as an Associate Professor of Physics. Since then, she has been helping build the Division ‘s capacity to do research in materials physics through the University’s Balik-PhD Start-up Research Grant. With her collaborators abroad, colleagues at the Physics Division, and students, Dr. Colambo has been working on graphene and related two-dimensional materials for future nanoelectric device applications.

Currently, Dr. Colambo is also serving in the IMSP Executive Committee as the Coordinator for Research and Extension of the institute. She joins the team of Dr. Jose, bringing together the various research and extension efforts of the Mathematics and Physics Divisions to provide scholarly and technical assistance to the different sectors of society and contribute to national development by intergrating the results of scientific inquiry into social, political, and economic initiatives that seek to improve the quality of life.

(RML Roxas-Villanueva)