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Mauricio Terrones Maldonado


Mauricio Terrones Maldonado - The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Mauricio Terrones, obtained his B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics with first class honors at Universidad Iberoamericana, and was distinguished as the Best Student of Mexico in Engineering Physics in 1992. In 1994 he started his doctorate degree with Sir Prof. Harold W. Kroto (Nobel Laureate, FRS), and received his D.Phil. degree from University of Sussex in 1998. He has co-authored more than 400 publications in international journals, and counts with more than 37,000 citations to his work (H index of 102). He has been recipient of various international awards and recognitions that include: the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Mexican National Prize for Chemistry, the Javed Husain Prize and the Albert Einstein medal from UNESCO, the TWAS Prize in Engineering Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellowship, the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) fellowship, the Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in Physical Sciences, among others. He is Professor of Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering at Penn State University. He is also the Founder Director of the Center for 2-Dimensional and Layered Materials at Penn State, and also the NSF-IUCRC Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC). His research focuses on understanding the Physics and Chemistry of materials at the nanoscale. In particular, low dimensional materials that mainly involve 1- and 2-Dimensions, ranging from carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons to graphene, boron nitride and chalcogenide monolayers (e.g. WS2, MoS2, NbS2 , etc). 



The general objective of my stay is to perform innovative fundamental research and establish the scientific platform of two-dimensional (2D) layer-by-layer materials, applicable to “smart foldable” electronic structures that could lead to unprecedented, multi-functional, and smart opto-piezo-magneto-electronic devices. In addition, courses on 2D materials will be given.

Work to be accomplished. The proposed research will make use of the facilities at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) as well as at Penn State. In particular, this work combines Terrones’ expertise on 2D materials and the UC3M expertise on methodologies for controlled assembly of nanoparticles by wet chemical routes, nanocarbon surface modification and electromagnetic characterization. A dedicated research plan has been elaborated along with some teaching activities to train PhD students at UC3M.

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