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Carlos Alejaldre

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Carlos Alejaldre (Zaragoza, Spain, 1952) is a Spanish scientist working on nuclear fusion research. After obtaining a degree in Physics from the University of Saragosse(Spain), he earned a PhD from the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He was the technical director of the ITER site proposal in Vandellos (Spain) (2001-2003)

Professional Activities

-      Director “Laboratorio Nacional de Fusion”, CIEMAT, Spain (1992-2004)

-      Director General of Technological Policy, Ministry of Science and Education, Spain (2004-2006)

-      Deputy Director General, ITERInternational Organization, Cadarache, France (2006-2015)

-      Executive Director Comission for the Implementation of IFMIF-DONES in Spain (2016-)

-      Member of the Joint European TorusScientific Council (1996-2000).

-      Chairman of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee of the European Fusion Programme (1999-2006).

-      Member of the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma PhysicsAdvisory Board (“Fachbeirat”) (2002-2008).

-      Member of the United Kingdom Engineering and Research Council Fusion Advisory Board (2004-2012).

-      Vice Chairman of the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (2006)

-      Chairman of the Spanish Advisory Committee for Large Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (2016-)

Decorated with the “Encomienda” of the Order “Isabel la Católica” (2003) and the “Encomienda con Placa” of the Order “Alfonso X el Sabio “(2007).

Research award“Carlos Sanchez del Río” from the Spanish Nuclear Society (2016)


Burning Times for Hot Fusion. Scientific American 282, 19 (2000). https://www.nature.com/scientificamerican/journal/v282/n3/index.html



Fusion nucléaire: le puzzle d’ITER. https://www.letemps.ch/sciences/fusion-nucleaire-puzzle-diter

Y. Wu… C. Alejaldre et al. Identification of safety gaps for fusion demonstration reactors. Nature Energy volume 1, Article number: 16154 (2016). doi:10.1038/nenergy.2016.154


C. Alejaldre; et al. "First plasmas in the TJ-II Flexible Heliac". https://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/csp_001c/pdf/ex2_4.pdf

C. Alejaldre. Stellarators. 1996 Phys. World 9 25   https://doi.org/10.1088/2058-7058/9/10/20

A 20-year Vision for the UK Contribution to Fusion as an Energy Source. https://epsrc.ukri.org/newsevents/pubs/20yearvisionfusionenergy/

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