Abstract: Nanoparticles are present on nature and produced by many natural sources. On the other hand when engineered they are the cornerstone of nanotechnology. Despite of very intensive research there are many unknowns about their structure and properties .For instance one of the more pressing topics is how to control their growth and ideally produce batches of identical particles .In this talk we discuss the key parameters that determine particle growth and all the factors that determine the final particle shape .We will try to discuss new possible ways to improve its catalytic activity using plasmonic effects
Biography: Miguel Jose Yacaman got his BS, MSc and PhD from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) .He spent a year in Cambridge and Warwick working on his PhD dissertation. He did postdoctoral stays in Oxford, UK (1976) and Nasa Ames, California (1978). He joined the Institute of Physics UNAM and became director in 1983. Latter he was scientific director of CONACYT and l director the Nuclear Institute of Mexico. In 2000 he was appointed at University of Texas at Austin as distinguish professor, and then in 2008 to the University of Texas at San Antonio He has published 550 papers in scientific journals 8 books and has been granted 5 patents and has directed more that 50 PhD theses and has mentored around 150 postdocs. The scope of the research is very broad, including nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, quasicrystals, catalysis, and crystal structure, among others. He has received The Robert Franklin Mehl Award from the TMS, The John Wheatley Award from the APS, The 1997 Institute of Metals Lecture, The Research Prize from The Mexican Academy of Sciences, Mexico’s National Prize to Science, The Distinguished Scientist Award from SACNAS, The Gold Medal from The Mexican Society of Physics and the Edward Bouchet award of the APS. He is fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the American association for Advancement of the Science (AAAS) and the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).