The first speaker of 2019 Chemforum Summer Edition will be Miguel Avalos-Borja. He was born in Cd. Hidalgo, Michoacán, Mexico. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Facultad de Ciencias Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1983. After a postdoctoral stay at the Stanford-NASA Joint Institute for Surface and Microstructure Research, he returned to Mexico and was a pioneer at the very young Ensenada chapter from the UNAM’s Physics Institute. There he started from scratch building what at present is the best electron microscopy and crystallographic laboratory in the northwest part of Mexico. In 2010 he was invited to head a National Laboratory at IPICyT, a position he held until 2017, when he was asked to chair the Advanced Material’s Department, at the same institution.
His interests have been centered on nanoparticles and the relation between nanostructure and bulk properties. He collaborates with many other researchers from Mexico and abroad (Germany, Portugal, Cuba, Russia, USA, etc), and has published more than 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a recognized expert in the fields of crystallography, electron microscopy (scanning and transmission) and related spectroscopies (EDS and EELS).