Sándalo Roldán Vargas

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Granada. I am interested in different emergent phenomena arising in soft matter systems such as dynamic collective behavior and self-organization. In particular, my research covers different topics in the field of disordered systems, including glasses, gels, and living matter systems.

I obtained my PhD in Physics from the University of Granada (2011) under the supervision of Prof. Jose Callejas. During this time I gained a solid knowledge in complex fluids, in particular in the use of light scattering techniques and theoretical models to study aggregation and phase transitions in colloidal systems. My career is marked by a large mobility through different top institutions along Europe, where I have had (and still have) the privilege of working with exceptional scientists and the pleasure of supervising promising students. In this respect, I completed my doctoral education with Prof. Walter Kob at the Laboratoire Charles Coulomb (CNRS), Montpellier (France). There I received an extensive education in computer simulations and was engaged in projects that were on the leading edge of the glass transition field. Hired by a project of the European Research Council (ERC), I worked for more than two years as a postdoc in the Department of Physics at La Sapienza-Università di Roma (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Francesco Sciortino, who provided me with a ground-breaking expertise in theoretical soft-matter physics. After my time in Roma, I moved to the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Dresden, Germany) where I worked for three years as an independent guest scientist in the Division of Biological Physics. There I shared my research activities with the supervision of young researchers and the teaching of short courses on statistical and computational physics.

I have contributed to several investigations in different fields using theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches. This includes work on phase transitions in disordered systems, colloidal aggregation, stabilized complex suspensions, computational design of soft materials, magnetic nanoparticles, light scattering techniques, stochastic processes, fractal geometry, and numerical methods. Some of my computational studies have indeed inspired an intense experimental work, e.g. the realization of novel soft materials with unconventional properties using DNA constructs or the detection of collective long-range correlations in colloidal glassy systems.

I have presented several contributed talks at international conferences and been invited lecturer in many prestigious institutions. For instance, the University of California-Berkeley (USA), different Max Planck Institutes (Germany), the University of Potsdam (Germany), the University of Bristol (UK), or, in Spain, the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Barcelona. Part of my research has also been published in high impact factor journals of distinct disciplines such as Nature Physics or Nanoscale. I am also a frequent reviewer for different international journals, e.g. Soft Matter, Journal of Chemical Physics, or Physical Review E. I have obtained competitive individual funding from international institutions such as the Visitors Program of the Max Planck Society (January 2016-December 2018) or the European Commission through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (June 2019-May 2021).

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