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Invited Talk at the APS- March Meeting 2019 in Boston MA. 

March 8, 2019

Dr. Nicolas M. Vargas was invited to give an invited talk at the March Meeting conference about the Magnetism of ultra-short one-dimensional atomic chains. In this presentation Nicolas will present our recent results on Fe chains in the Session Y10: Surface Science of Organic Molecular Solids, Films, and Nanostructures - Materials Synthesis, Deposition, and Device preparation.

We thank the organizers of this session to give us the possibility to present our research to a vast scientific audience in this prestigious conference.


Invited Seminar at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Kent State University

February 7, 2019

Dr. Monton was invited by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Kent State University to give a seminar on his research about magnetism in 1D chains.​

Dr. Monton acknowledges Prof. Benjamin Fregoso, Schmith Thorsten, and Quader Khandker for the invitation, hospitality and fruitful discussions on different scientific topics.

Arturo Galindo presented his work "Vertical Stacking of Multifunctional Nanostructures for 3D Electronics" on the SACNAS Conference held on San Antonio, Texas

October 11, 2018

In his work, Arturo demonstrates a simple approach for the fabrication of vertical stackings of layers formed by ultra-dense arrays of nanostructures. Arturo's goal is to use these novel materials for diverse applications including electronics, photocatalysis, and solid-state hydrogen storage.

Amanda Flores: Best Undergraduate Student Poster in the Physics, Astronomy, and Nanotechnology Categories in the College of Science Research Conference at UTSA

October 5, 2018

In the conference, Amanda presented her work titled "Magnetic Characterization of ultra-dense arrays of sub-100nm Co/CoO/Permalloy Spin Valves." In her poster, she described the fabrication method and magnetic properties of large arrays of sub-100nm spin valve nanostructures composed of a hard ferromagnet (Cobalt), an anti-ferromagnetic (AF) layer (Cobalt Oxide) and a soft ferromagnet (Permalloy). 

MAGNAMED Midterm Meeting- Lisbon Portugal

September 27, 2018

The nanotechnology group is attending to the MAGNAMED Mid-term project meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal. In this meeting, the partner groups from Europe, South and North America will present their advances to the European Commission's Program Manager. New plans to boost research and scientific advancement will be put in place.

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Physicists ‘Condense’ Diversity, Outreach, Blue Jeans’ Dye in NSF Research

September 25, 2018

Like consumers investing in a pair of body-shaping jeans, the National Science Foundation (NSF) invests in basic research and people to mold the future. So, the government agency awarded more than $500,000 to the University of California San Diego and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to study, for the first time, the exploration of the electronic and magnetic behavior of one-dimensional (1D) metallic chains. In this case, these are ultra-short chains of atoms that can be fabricated using organic molecules called metallo-phthalocyanine (MPc)—flat molecules with a metal atom at the center commonly used in dyes present in the color of blue denim. The findings could lead to the development of new, smaller and faster electronic devices that can be used in computer memory, as well as to promising careers for future scientists.

Our Collaborative Proposal "Hybrid Plasmonics at UTSA: Investigating Plasmonic/Magnetic and Plasmonic/Biomolecular Systems" has been awarded $600,000 by the Department of Defense (Army CC)

July 7, 2018

For this project, at UTSA we formed a collaborative team with complementary expertise and outstanding research records that will employ tools of materials physics, biophysics, advanced microscopy, and computational physics. Our goal is to explore hybrid systems to create pathways to future applications of interest to the DoD including optically addressable plasmonic/magnetic switches and memory elements, plasmon-enabled biomolecular transformations, and plasmon-enhanced imaging.

This project will help to fund 6 graduate students for three years. We thank the DOD for its valuable support.

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UTSA Nanotechnology Researcher Carlos Monton Awarded NSF Grant to Fabricate and Test 1-Dimensional Systems

June 11, 2018

Carlos Monton, assistant professor in the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, was awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award worth $279,976 for an innovative project to fabricate and control one-dimensional (1-D) systems.

Over the last 30 years or more, the focus in nanotechnology has been on the study and development of two-dimensional (2-D) materials such as thin films. Monton and his team are going even lower, looking at one-dimensional (1-D) systems, essentially chains of atoms, to understand their physical properties.

Congressman Joaquin Castro Castro Acknowledges Dr. C. Monton for His Recently Awarded NSF Grant

May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018   |  Press Release   


Washington, D.C.—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, announced $279,976 of federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research in the field of organic materials and low-dimensional systems:

“I welcome the NSF funding for University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Nanotechnology Lab in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which focuses on testing theoretical models and explores the emergence of new magnetic properties. In addition to the research, the community outreach efforts associated with this project will increase scientific knowledge in high school students and provide tools for educators across our nation. UTSA’s groundbreaking research on many fronts including science makes them a great candidate for this grant and I commend them for their work in preparing our next generation of physicists.”

Amanda Flores has Received the College of Sciences’ Dean’s Fund for Excellence Awards

May 10, 2018

This award is in recognition of Amanda's achievements in her major throughout the past year. The Physics & Astronomy faculty acknowledges Amanda's hard work and dedication to academics. This award is given through a nomination process, and a selection of the Department’s Scholarship Committee. 
Our most sincere congratulations Amanda!

Invited Seminar at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) at Dallas

May 8, 2018

Dr. Monton was invited by the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department of SMU, Dr. Ali Bekok, to give a seminar in nanotechnology.
Besides the presentation, Drs. Monton and Bekok started a collaboration aimed to fabricate microfluidic devices with nanopartterned electrodes for various applications in the fields of biotechnology and biomedicine.
Dr. Monton aknowledges Dr. Bekok and Dr. Vladimir Ajaev for the invitation and hospitality.

Our Proposal: "Collaborative Research: Quantum Spin Chains. Extent and Persistence of Magnetic Interactions as a Function of Length and Spin" has been Funded by NSF

May 7, 2018

This research is in the field of organic materials and low-dimensional systems. It consists of the fabrication of ultra-short chains (7 to 200 atoms long) with variable composition (and spin) to test quantum magnetic models, study the interplay of quantum and thermal fluctuations, and explore the emergence of new magnetic phases. This study will provide a broader and deeper understanding of the magnetic behavior of low-dimensional systems and may have a direct impact on the development of a new generation of spintronic devices.
Besides the scientific aims, this research has an active educational component. The project will involve two graduate students who will perform research for their Ph.D. thesis topic and two physics undergraduate students per semester. These students will receive training at first synchrotron and neutron facilities and will be exposed to state of the art advanced experimental techniques.

Thanks NSF!

Arturo Galindo Got the 2018 UG Research Showcase “Best in Show” Award for His Poster

May 4, 2018

In a ceremony held at the John Peace Library at UTSA, Arturo's work titled "Study of Self-Ordered Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membranes" received the Best-in-Show award during the O.U.R. Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase  Awards ceremony on May 4. This Prestigious award is given by faculty member and specialist in their respective field of study. In this opportunity, Arturo's work was selected among the top three presentations from the College of Sciences.
Arturo, your team partners at the Nanotechnology lab are very proud of you!

Amanda Flores was Awarded The Office of Undergraduate Research UG Scholarship for Summer 2018

April 20, 2018

This scholarship is considered as “competitive” in that it is open to out-of-state and international students. Non-Texas residents and international students awardees will benefit from paying the Texas in-state tuition rate during the semester of the award. Congratulations Amanda!


March 5, 2018

Jason Giuliani participated in the March Meeting of the American Physical Society held in Los Angeles CA. In his talk, he presented his recent work published in Nanotechnology about template-assisted electrodeposition on substrates, wires, and flexible tapes.
This conference was also an excellent opportunity to meet with national and international collaborators and to share information regarding different nanofabrication techniques.

Dr. Rafael Morales, Coordinator of MAGNAMED Visited our Lab at UTSA

January 17, 2018

Dr. Rafael Morales, the coordinator of the MAGNAMED project, performed a research stay at our lab at UTSA. During an entire month, we worked together in several scientific objectives relevant to the European Project he leads. As a result, we have determined a protocol for the fabrication of magnetic nanostructures and their successful removal from the transferred aluminum oxide template. With this protocol established, we're ready to move to the second aim of the  project; the storage of these sub-100 nm magnetic nanostructures in solution for their biological functionalization. 


The nanotechnology lab members thanks Dr. Morales for his visit and his excellent predisposition to share with us his experience in nanofabrication and magnetism.

COS Research Conference 2017

October 6, 2017

Jason Giuliani and John Cadenas have participated in the College of Sciences Research Conference 2017. This annual meeting is held in the Main Campus of UTSA and is an excellent opportunity to disseminate the research performed at the Nanotechnology group. In this occasion, Jason gave a talk about an innovative approach he developed for the fabrication of multifunctional nanostructures covering large area samples. 
John Cadenas presented a poster describing in detail the methodology used for the electrochemical deposition of magnetic nanostructures into flat, curved and flexible substrates.
Jason and John's results provide a promising route for the fabrication of large area devices with interesting applications in nanotechnology.
Great job guys!

We're Moving the Lab!

July 6, 2017

Our group is growing fast and we need more room. Our new lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Applied Engineering Building (AET) at UTSA main campus. In this new space, we are adding a machine shop to fabricate our own equipment and instruments, and a photolithography room.


Thanks Jason, John, Anna, and Garry for all the effort!

Invited Talk at The Instituto de Fisica de Rosario (IFIR) Argentina

June 16, 2017

This invitation was very useful to know about the research projects that are being conducting in Rosario. In this visit, besides meeting excellent colleagues, the Nanotechnology group has started very exciting collaborations with the scientist working at the IFIR. 


Dr. Monton thanks very deeply Drs. Paula Abufager, Rodrigo Machado, Sebastian Barolin, Roberto Lucas, and Leonardo Rico for the hospitality and the invitation.

Collaborative US- Argentina Project Funded by Programa RAICES (Argentina)

June 1 to 20, 2017

The Argentinean Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e innovación Productiva through its program RAICES, funded Dr. Monton to participate in a multidisciplinary project between the Nanotechnology Lab (USA) and the Prestigious Low-Temperature Lab in the Bariloche Atomic Center (Argentina).


In this project, Drs. Julio Guimpel and Carlos Monton will explore the effect of disorder in the superconducting vortex pinning potential of superconducting thin films with arrays of magnetic nanostructures and superconducting blind dots.  This project provides an excellent opportunity for students from both laboratories to complement their knowledge and expertise in different research areas and techniques.


Dr. Monton acknowledge the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva of Argentina for the financial support.

Dr. Monton Participated in the Program "El Balseiro en Nacional" in The Bariloche National Public Radio, Argentina

May 27, 2017

Dr. Monton and his friend and collaborator, Dr. Daniel Kimura (CNRS-France) were interviewed by Lic. Anibal Blanco in his radio program "El Balseiro en Nacional." In this opportunity, the guests shared their experiences, particularly how they become a scientist and what are the challenges of working in science in the US and Europe. In the interview they also described their research lines and the work both groups, in collaboration, will be pursuing in the future.


Dr. Monton acknowledges Lic. Anibal Blanco and the Bariloche National Public Radio for the invitation to participate in their program.

Invited Talk at The NANO 2017 Conference (Bariloche-Argentina)

May 22 to 24, 2017

Dr. Monton was invited to give a talk at the XVII Surface and Nanostructured Materials Meeting (Nano 2017) to be held in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

The objective of this meeting is to gather researchers and students to discuss the state of the art, challenges, and advancement in different areas related to nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Thanks a lot for the invitation! 

MAGNAMED Project Kickoff - Madrid, Spain

May 4, 2017

The nanotechnology group is attending to the MAGNAMED project kickoff held in Madrid Spain. In this scientific meeting, the partner groups from Europe, South and North America will present their contributions to the project and will plan collaborative stays to boost research and scientific advancement in the fabrication of novel magnetic nanostructures for bio-medical applications.

Jason Giuliani was Awarded the NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship Program

March 18, 2017

In his proposal titled "Ferromagnetic Nanowires with Segmented Composition and Varying Architectures for Multistate Memory Applications," Jason presented a comprehensive plan to fabricate ordered arrays of FM NWs with multistate magnetic behavior. The control of the NW's magnetic properties can be achieved by varying their composition and architecture. Jason's plan is to investigate the experimental issues that may limit the NW’s multistate magnetic applicability. In particular the effect of structural dispersion on the switching fields and also the magnetization and inter NW coupling on the multistate stability.
Congratulations Jason! and thanks NSF!

COS Research Conference UTSA 

October 7, 2016

John Cadenas presented a poster in the COS Research Conference held in San Antonio TX. In the poster, he described the synthesis and application of anodic aluminum oxide membranes for the fabrication of coaxial and segmented composition nanostructures. These fabrication methods can find applications in a variety of areas from electronics to biomedicine.

229TH ECS Conference, San Diego CA

May 29, 2016

Jason Giuliani participated in The 229th Electrochemistry Society (ECS) meeting held in San Diego CA.
In this conference, He showed a new approach for the fabrication of nanoporous carbon electrodes made out of paper by pyrolysis.
These electrodes present an inexpensive alternative to noble metal materials in bio-chemical sensor applications.