Dr. Mauricio Terrones, Professor at the Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT) in Mexico, is a leading researcher with a long experience in nanostructured carbon materials. A native of Mexico City, born in 1968, he obtained his B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics at the Universidad Iberoamericana (1992, Mexico City). He received the highest grade point average (GPA) award and the highest recognition for his B.Sc. thesis ("Mención Honorífica"). In that year, he was also awarded a Medal for being one of the best students of México (a recognition given by the Mexican President). After lecturing at Universidad Iberamericana for two years, in 1993 he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to carry out doctoral studies in the USA. However, he did not take this fellowship and preferred to travel to the UK and work for a Ph.D. with Prof. Harold W. Kroto (Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry 1996). He pursued his graduate studies sponsored by CONACYT-Mexico. In 1997, he obtained his doctorate degree and started to work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex. After a postdoctoral year, funded by the Materials Research Laboratory (UC-Santa Barbara) and the Royal Society, he was appointed Royal Society Research Fellow at the Fullerene Science Centre.
In March 1999, Dr. Terrones became a faculty member as Professor "category A", at the Institute of Physics -UNAM. In this year, he became National Researcher (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores SNI) level II. In 1999, he was also awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to carry out research for 14 months at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart (Germany). In April 2001, he became full Professor (category "C") at IPICYT. In September that year he received the National Prize for Chemistry and the "Andres Manuel del Rio" Medal. In November 2001, he was awarded the "Javed Husain" Prize for young scientist by UNESCO, for his contributions in Nanotechnology of Carbon, and received the "Albert Einstein" UNESCO medal. He is now one of the persons responsible of the installation of a new field emission microscope (the best analytical transmission microscope in Latin America) at IPICYT. Dr. Terrones has co-authored more than 100 publications in prestigious refereed journals such as Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Chemical Physics Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Chemical Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Chemical Society Reviews, Chemistry of Materials, etc.
The scientific impact and quality of his publications has given him more than 800 independent citations in international journals and books (he now receives ca. 15 citations per month). In addition, he has written 5 book chapters, 20 articles in conference proceedings and 9 miscellaneous publications. He has presented his research in more than 60 international conferences. The average impact factor of his publications is ca. 3.72, according to the Institute for Scientific information 1998. As a result, he has been invited to present his research in more than 30 international conferences (i.e. England, Austria, USA, Hungary, Belgium, Germany and Japan) devoted to nanotubes. Terrones is currently writing (in collaboration with H. Terrones) a book entitled "Shape and Properties of Layered Nanostructures: Theory and Experiment", which will be published by Academic Press in 2003.
He has refereed more than 150 scientific papers for various journals such as Science, Chemical Communications, Chemical Physics Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review Letters, Carbon, Chemistry of Materials, etc. He has also reviewed two books in Nanostructures and Nanocomposites published by Gordon Breach and Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Terrones has closely participated in the creation of the first Fullerene and Nanotube Laboratory in Mexico (Departamento de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, UNAM). In 1999, he became visiting research Fellow at Brikbeck College (University of London). In 2000, he was also appointed Lecturer in Chemical Physics at Sussex University.
His research involves an interdisciplinary approach, combining the production of nanomaterials with electron microscopy techniques for analysis, and molecular simulations for predicting the stability and properties of nanostructures. As a result, Terrones has developed, on his own initiative, a novel self assembly route to matrices of aligned carbon nanotubes. In addition, he has jointly developed a novel and low cost route to nanotubes and metal nanowires using condensed-phase electrolysis, and produced novel B/C/N fullerene-like nanomaterials, which may prove useful in nanoelectronics. These techniques are now used by other research groups in order to produce nanocomposite materials.
From the theoretical point of view, Dr. Terrones was the first to: (1) explain the sphericity of giant nested fullerenes based upon the introduction of defects (heptagons and additional pentagons), (2) generate (together with H. Terrones) a closed fullerene with only heptagons and hexagons, namely finite zeolites or holey balls, (3) explain and observe in-situ coalescence of carbon nanotubes (together with P. M. Ajayan and J. C. Charlier) and (6) predict novel metallic forms of carbon and the electronic properties of MoS2, WS2 and NbS2 nanotubes (in collaboration with H. Terrones, H. Hernández and G. Seifert).
Dr. Terrones has co-supervised various B.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. One of them, co-supervised together with Harold W. Kroto and David R. M. Walton (Dr. Nicole Gorbert's dissertation), was awarded the CARBON PRIZE as the best doctoral thesis in CARBON Science 2000-2001. Dr. Terrones has co-organised three international conferences in Nanotechnology of Carbon (NANOTEC).main nanoten