CV

Research Experience

May 2015 – Currently: Post-doctoral position at the University of Basel in the theory department of Prof. Goedecker. My research involves benchmarking molecules with full-potential methods, development of algorithms for crystal prediction, recently started collaboration with machine learning experts. Among other tasks, I currently supervise 2 PhD students.

2013 May.-  2015 April: Award for my project “Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship” of 24 months for post-doctoral position in the theory department of Prof. E. K. U. Gross at the Max-Planck-Institute of Microstructure Physics (Germany). Project: (ExMaMa).

2013 (Jan.-Apr.): Post-doctoral position in the Theory Department of Prof. E. K. U. Gross at the Max-Planck-Institute of Microstructure Physics with Stipendium (award scholarship from Max-Planck Society, Germany).

2012 (Oct.-Dec.): Post-doctoral position in the group of Dr. Miguel Marques at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1.

2012 (Sept.): Thesis Defense, title: “Computational and experimental studies of sp3 materials at high pressure.” Supervisor: Prof. Marques and experimentalist Dr. Pailhes.

2012 (Mar.):  Carried out Raman scaterring measurements under pressure at the ENS, Universite Paris 6, Sud.

2012 (Jan.): Internship at the University of Basel in the group of Prof. Goedecker.

2011 (Apr.): For one week in a days of 20 hours; I carried out experiments (together with R. Debord and S. Pailhes) at Synchrotron Soleil using the beamline Cassiopée of angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), with the aim of elucidate the Fermi surface and the electronic structure of Ba8Si46 and BaSi2.

2009 (Dec.):  I had the opportunity to perform neutron scattering measurements in disilicides at the Leon Brillouin laboratory in the Orphee reactor of CEA, Saclay (under supervision of Dr. Pailhes). In this period I learned about scattering processes and 3 axis spectrometry.

2009 (Sep.): I started my Ph.D studies at the Université de Lyon 1 under supervision of Dr. Miguel A.L. Marques and Stephane Pailhes as a co-advisor. The early stages of my thesis were focused on the experimental investigation of clathrates and alkaline-earth metal disilicides under pressure. I acquired experience in synthesis and characterization techniques at high pressure such as, diamond anvil cell, belt apparatus, XRD and Raman scattering.

2008-2009 Assistant research position at the Research Department of the Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León (CIIDIT- http://www.ciidit.uanl.mx) México. My work concerned the set-up of several experimental equipments such as atomic layer deposition (ALD) and pulse-laser-deposition (PLD) techniques. In parallel to this work, I was also the manager of the atomic force microscope (AFM), in charge of measuring samples ranging from biological tissues, polymers to nano-particles. Four undergrad student were under my supervision.

2008: Defense of BS Thesis: “Structure determination of AuPd icosahedral nanoparticles: experimental and computational studies”. My objective was the synthesize of AuPd nanoparticles via condensation of sputtering-plasma and determine their structure and other morphology properties. The work consisted in adapt a synthesis stage that allowed vary in-situ the temperature of the building nano-particles. Along this project I acquired experience in several fields such as thermodynamics and electron microscopy techniques. In parallel, I also worked in their theoretical simulation using molecular dynamics. Dr. Eduardo Pérez-Tijerina. From May 2007 to June 2008.

2007 (Aug.-Jan 2008) Scientific internship (6 months) to study the synthesis conditions of zeolites (A, B, and Faujosite) by Sol-Gel technique at the laboratory of thermochemistry of the faculty of Physics, U.A.N.L. Monterrey, México.

2007 (Jun.-Jul.) I award the scholarship from the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias to pursue a summer internship of two months at CINVESTAV-Mérida. Experimental internship where I studied the electronic properties of CdS/CdTe thin-film and its use as photovoltaic materials. Under supervision of Dr. Juan Luis Peña Chapa.

Education

2009-2012 PhD, Université Claude Bernard Lyon, Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Lyon, France.

2007–2008 BS Thesis, Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México.

2002-2007 BS in Physics, Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México. Record: 87 /100.

 

Presentations at international conferences, seminars and invited talks (24)

  1. Keynote: “Cutting edge structure prediction methods and in silico materials design”  YRM-2017 ( ETSF) Spain, June 2017.
  2. Flash and highlighted presentation: “Computational design of novel sulfide-type superconductors” at Marvel retreat April 2017.
  3. Invited talk: “Fully ab-initio description and prediction of novel materials under high pressure” SMEC conference, April 2017.
  4. Seminar, presented the group of Prof. Umrigar at Cornell University. “Doped ice under pressure” (March 28th, 2017).
  5. “Emergence of superconductivity in H2O”. Presented at the American Physical Society (APS) New Orleans, March 2017.
  6. Oral contribution: “Emergence of superconductivity in ice at high pressure” in Towards Reality in Nanoscale Materials IX held in Levi, Finland (2017)  Program http://trnm.aalto.fi/.
  7. Seminar, “Emergence of superconductivity in ice at high pressure”. Presented at the Atomistic seminar series between the Chemistry and Physics department of University of Basel (September 19, 2016).
  8. Presentation in the 2nd. review of MARVEL project about my research in hydrogen compounds under pressure, Lausanne  Switzerland April 2016.
  9. Oral contribution: “Superconductivity in metastable phases of phosphorus-hydride compounds under high pressure” presented at the American Physical Society (APS) (spring meeting) held in Baltimore, March 14-18, 2016.
  10. Oral contribution: “Superconductivity in intercalated group-IV honeycomb structures” presented at the DPG-Frühjahrstagungen (spring meeting of German Physical Society) held in Berlin, 2015.
  11. Oral contribution: “Computational search for rare-earth-free hard-magnetic materials” presented at the DPG-Frühjahrstagungen (spring meeting of German Physical Society) held in Berlin, 2015.
  12. Oral contribution: “Computational search for rare-earth-free hard-magnetic materials” presented in the spring meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) held in San Antonio, Tx. U.S.A. 2015.
  13. Oral contribution: “Computational search for energy materials: rare-earth-free hard-magnetic materials.”  Presented in Towards Reality in Nanoscale Materials VIII held in Levi, Finland (2015)  Program is here: http://trnm.aalto.fi/ .
  14. Seminar, “Computational search for rare-earth-free hard-magnetic materials” presented at the theoretical group of Prof. Gohda in Tokyo Institute of Technology,  Tokyo, Japan. (Jan. 20, 2015).
  15. Seminar, “Crystal prediction: Novel hard-magnetic materials”  at University of Basel, in the Theory department, Prof. Goedecker. Basel, Switzerland. Nov. 27, 2014.
  16. Oral contribution: “Understanding phonon-driven superconductivity in group-IV layered superconductors in a single electronic picture”  Presented at the European High Pressure Research Meeting in Lyon, France. 7-12 September 2014.
  17. Talk: “High-throughput computational search for bulk materials with an enhanced magnetic anisotropy energy” Presented at International Materials Research Congress XXIII, 17-21 August in Cancún, México 2014.
  18. Oral contribution: “High-throughput computational search for hard-magnetic materials: ExMaMa project” presented at the DPG-Frühjahrstagungen (spring meeting of German Physical Society) held in Berlin, March, 2014.
  19. Talk at the CFCAM meeting on pseudopotentials. About my contribution to the Delta project February, Paris 2014.
  20. Invited talk: “Designing new materials from first principles: Computational and experimental results.” Abinit Workshop Developers 2013, held at Dinard (St. Malo), France 2013.
  21. “First Principle Design of superhardmagntes containing less rare-earth metals”. MPI-Cooperation between Dresden and Halle, held at Goslar, Germany 2013.
  22. “Enhancing the superconducting transition temperature of BaSi2 by structural tuning.” Presented at International Materials Research Congress XX, Cancún, México 2011.
  23. “Structure determination of AuPd Icosahedral nanoparticles from: Experimental to computational results.” Presented at International Materials Research Congress XVIII, Cancún, México 2009.
  24. “Structural and electrical properties of ZnO ultra-thin films deposited by atomic layer deposition.” Presented at International Materials Research Congress XVIII, Cancún, México 2009.

Poster presentations (15)

  • Poster at the 3rd review of MARVEL  about “Machine learning for superconductors”, Lausanne Switzerland, April 2017.
  • Poster at the 2nd review of MARVEL about “Hydrogen compounds under pressure”, Lausanne Switzerland April 2016.
  • Poster presented at PSI-K (2015) held in San sebastian, on my work in superconductivity of H3S and H3Se compounds.
  • Phonon-mediated superconductivity in carbides, disilicides and germanides. International Materials Research Congress XXIII (IMRC-XXII, 2014) Cancun, Mexico.
  • Poster presented in the Strong electron correlation effects in complex d- and f-based magnetic materials for technological applications workshop, Held in Prague, Czech Republic. July 2014.
  • Poster presented in Towards Reality in Nanoscale Materials VII held in Levi, Finland (February 2014) about my research in magnetism. Program.
  • Designing New Superhardmagnets from First Principles. ELK workshop (summer school) at CECAM-EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland. July 2013.
  • Improving the electron-phonon interaction in layered disilicides. International Materials Research Congress XX (IMRC) Cancún, México 2011 (2nd place).
  • Ab-initio calculations on thermoelectric properties of AEM-disilicides. G.D.R. de Thermoélectricité at Université Paris-Sud á Orsay, France. July 2011.
  • Clathrates compounds under extreme conditions. Symposium W. Material research society (MRS) Spring Meeting at San Francisco, U.S.A. 2010.
  • Self assembling growth of ZnO ultra thin films by atomic layer deposition. International Materials Research Congress XVIII (IMRC) Cancún México 2009 (1st place).
  • AuPd nanoparticles from: experiment to computational results. 1st Symposium of scientific research and technological innovation, Monterrey México, 2009 (1st place).
  • Gold/palladium nanoparticles in flight thermal annealing. Material research society (MRS) Spring Meeting at San Francisco, U.S.A. 2009.
  • Morphological studies of AuPd-nanoparticles. International Materials Research Congress XVII (IMRC) Cancún México, 2008 (1st place).
  • First stages of CdTe thin film deposit by CSVT. XXVII National congress of Mexican society of technology of Material and surfaces, Oaxaca México, 2007.

 Schools, workshop and other courses attended

  • International Workshop SUPERHYDRIDES Towards Room Temperature Superconductivity: Hydrides and More.  Held in Rome, 2016 http://www.superhydrides.net/

  • Workshop on Atomistic Structures and Tutorial Hands-on-FPLO. Held in Dresden (2013).
  • CECAM school: Theoretical spectroscopy lectures: theory and codes. CECAM-EPFL, held at Lausanne, Switzerland. May 2011.
  • CAMD Summer school: Electronic structure theory and materials design, august 14-20, 2010. Held in the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby (2.5 ECTS credits).
  • Internship on advanced techniques of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and tunneling spectroscopy. Sponsored by Veeco instruments, held in the University of Texas at San Antonio (U.T.S.A.) U.S.A. May 2008.

Teaching

  • Tutoring courses (exercise problem solution) in the University of Basel that includes the courses of electrodynamics, computational Physics and Fortran. (Sept. 2015 to date) Location UniBasel, Switzerland.
  • On-hands sessions on DFT: day 1 (compiling and basic ground state calculation) and day 2 (Magnetism and relativistic calculations) at the “Electronic structure at the cutting edge with the Elk code” (August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015) Location : CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 1 semester imparting laboratory courses (experimental) 80 hrs. Subjects: fundamental physics (First year of BS), electromagnetism (Second year of BS) and digital-circuits (3 year of engineering). Courses in Spanish at faculty of Physics of the Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León (2009).
  • Course: Atomic force microscopy: Introduction, theory and hands-on. Imparted on the international workshop of nanoscience-division of Mexican society of physics,May 2009. Duration: 8 hours .

Awards and Recognitions

  • Selected among a thousands of candidates to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Physics meeting (2016). I had the pleasure to spend one week with 30 Nobels in Physics: unique experience that inspired me the most.
  • Award: Project “ExMaMa” funding by European Union. Scholarship of excellence Marie Skłodowska-Curie (EU-IEF 329386) of 161,968.80 Euro over 24 months to pursuit my project within post-doctoral studies (2013) at Max-Planck Institute, Germany.
  • Award of Max-Planck stipendium for post-doctoral in the Theory Department of Prof. Dr. E. K. U. Gross. Germany.
  • Second place in the best poster presentation contest (IMRC-XX, 2011). Mexico
  • Award: Scholarship to attend the MRS spring meeting in San Francisco U.S.A. (2010).
  • First place in the best poster presentation contest (IMRC-XVIII, 2009). Mexico.
  • Award: Scholarship of excellence by CONACyT-México to pursuit my PhD studies (2009). CONACyT is the national council for science and technology in México.
  • First place in the best poster presentation at the “First Symposium of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation” celebrated in CIIDIT México (May-2009). I won my first laptop.
  • Award: Scholarship to attend the MRS spring meeting in San Francisco U.S.A. (2009).
  • First place in the best poster presentation contest (IMRC-XVII, 2008).
  • First place for high performance grades, faculty of physics (2007) Monterrey, Mexico.
  • First place in science fair at faculty of physics on category of experiments: development of an apparatus to measure the velocity of sound and its variation in temperature (2006).

 

Supercomputer allocations granted for my projects

  • On Piz Daint supercomputer (CSCS) Switzerland (fastest computer in Europe) granted my project with more than 700,000 node hours to explore high-temperature superconductors (March 2017).

 

Other

Reviewer of more than 18 (articles and projects) for the following journals:  Phys. Rev. X,  Journal Phys. Condens. Matter., Scientific Reports, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, The European Journal of  physics B.,  Journal:  Inorganic Chemistry,  Annalen der Physik , Computational Materials Science, Carbon and reviewer of C.E.A. projects (France).

Member of the American and German Physics society.

 

Google scholar (link) i10-index: 15  and Research Gate (link) score: 27.00

Civil status single, born 1985 in San Pedro Coahuila, Mexican citizenship.