Graduate in Physics (University of Granada (1992-1997) Ph. D. “Kinetic, topological and structural study of colloidal aggregation in 2-D” (1998-2001, University of Granada) Assistant Professor at the University of Extremadura (2002) Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, UK, granted by the Ramon Areces Foundation (2002-2003) Assistant Professor at the University of Granada (2003-2008) Associate Professor at the University of Granada since 2008 Research stay at the Harvard University granted by the Fulbright Program (2018)
My research has been devoted to the investigation of equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of Soft Matter systems: Study of non-equilibrium processes (such as colloidal aggregation in 2 and 3 dimensions, simultaneous sedimentation/aggregation, colloidal deposition processes, including the hydrodynamic effects involved in these processes), formation of nanostructures in charged colloidal systems, study of effective interactions (such as depletion forces), structure, phase behavior and interfacial properties of mixtures of nanoparticles. In the last years, I investigated the structure, interactions and ionic and protein encapsulation in systems form by thermos-responsible hydrogels.
Participation in 8 research projects and 1 industrial contract (OPERON). Leader of two research projects funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competividad: Project FIS2016-80087-C2-1-P, “Interactions and collective properties of nanogel/microgel-based soft-matter systems of nanotechnological interest” (2017-2019). Project MAT2012-36270-C04-02, “Structure and interactions in systems of soft nanoparticles (nanogels and liposomes)” (2013-2015).
H-index 16 (WoS). Co-author of 55 JCR papers. Since2005, supervisor of 4 Ph. D. thesis (UGR) and 10 MSc (UGR). Co-organizer of “International Soft Matter Conference”, 2010, and “Workshop on Advances in Colloidal Materials, 3th Edition”, 2013.
Cosolute partitioning in polymer networks: Effects of flexibility and volume transitions, Macromolecules 50 (2017) 6227.
Swelling of ionic microgel particles in the presence of excluded-volume interactions: a density functional approach, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18 (2016) 5372.
Role of Steric Interactions on the Ionic Permeation Inside Charged Microgels: Theory and Simulations, Macromolecules 48 (2015) 4645.
Effective electrostatic interactions arising in core-shell charged microgel suspensions with added salt, J. Chem. Phys. 138 (2013) 134902.
Effects of Interparticle Attractions on Colloidal Sedimentation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104 (2010) 068301.
My teaching experience extends since 2000, with more than 2500 hours, covering 15 graduate and 5 post-graduate courses. Supervisor of 3 Bachelor’s thesis. Participation in 5 teaching innovation projects (UGR), being coordinator in 2 of them. Publication of the book “101 Problems in Theoretical Mechanics” (in Spanish) (EUG, 2013). Currently, I am teaching “Statistical Physics” for physicists, “Physics I: Mechanics” for the degree in Edification, and “Physical properties of materials: scale effects” in the Master in Physics: Radiations, Nanotechnology, Particles and Astrophysics.
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