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Principal Investigator


Dr. Monton received his B.S. in Physics from the National University of Rosario in 2002 (Argentina) and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Instituto Balseiro, National University of Cuyo (Argentina) in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was awarded a Marie Curie, postdoctoral fellowship to work at the Institute of Material Sciences of Barcelona in a European Project called NESPA (NanoEngineered Superconductors for Power Applications). In October 2010 He was appointed as a Postdoc fellow in the Nanoscience Group at UCSD under the supervision of Prof. Ivan K. Schuller. In August of 2015, he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio as an Assistant Professor of Physics.

Current Members

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jose Luis Reyes

Dr. Reyes is a Postdoctoral Researcher from Mexico. He received his B. Eng. in Industrial Chemical Engineering in 2011from the School of Chemical Engineering and Extractive Industries (ESIQIE) of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico and his Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences from the Department of Chemistry of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) in Mexico City in March 2018.


Dr. Reyes has eight years of experience in the development and optimization of synthetic processes oriented to the production of nanometric materials for use in sustainable energy applications. His expertise includes measurement, analysis, and interpretation of UV-vis, FTIR, and Raman spectroscopies, BET surface area, TGA, XRD, and electrochemical characterization. In the nanotechnology lab, his activities will be focused on the development of orientated arrays of nanostructures for solid state hydrogen storage, photocatalysis, and/or supercapacitors devices.

Graduate Student - Research Assistant


Jason Giuliani is our esteemed Laboratory Supervisor. He is funded by the prestigious GRFP NSF program. While working towards his Ph.D., Jason plays a crucial role in different aspects of the Nanotechnology Research Lab that includes the maintenance of the facilities, the design of new equipment, and coordinate all the activities related with safety. With a keen belief in the power of work, Jason is coordinating the group and working in the fabrication and characterization of nanodevices.

Graduate Student- Research Assistant


Vicente is exploring different approaches to synthesize large arrays of conductive polymers nanowires, nanodisks, and nanodots. He is currently focused on the electropolymerization of polyaniline (PANI), a conductive polymer. This polymer can be doped to change its electrical conductivity and can also be used in combination of template-assisted electrodeposition as a sacrificial material for the fabrication of metallic nanotubes. Vicente's professional goals are to become a lecturer and researcher to motivate students to develop a passion for science.

Graduate Student- Research Assistant


Currently working with electronics and experienced in the fabrication and repair of devices, Amanda brings to the group experimental power to design instruments and processes. Currently, Amanda is researching two fronts. In the first, she is fabricating large arrays of Co/CoO/Py nanodisks spin valves to explore the magneto-electric response of ultra-dense arrays of nanostructures. In the second project, Amanda is manufacturing ordered arrays of 1D-chains to study quantum thermal effects, spin transport, and the magnetic behavior as a function of length, composition, and spin. Amanda’s goal is to get a Ph.D. in physics and to contribute to the development of quantum computing. We're proud to participate in this aim!

Graduate Student- Research Assistant


With a clear goal of becoming an expert in nanotechnology, Arturo's research is focused on the fabricating of large arrays of nanostructures for a large variety of applications like sensing, electronics, and plasmonics. Arturo is also skilled in data analysis, sterile techniques, and lab safety. His dream is to become a Ph.D. in experimental physics to apply nanotechnology to develop more reliable and efficient energy systems. Arturo shows every day in the lab that a combination of effort and hard work leads to achievement. We enjoy working with him and sharing his dreams!

Previous Members
Ely Eastman (UG)
Katherine Montoya (UG)
2017 - 2018
Anna Napolitano (UG)
John Cadena (UG)
2016 - 2018
Current Position
UG Student at Reed College, Portland
Ph.D. Student at UTSA- Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Wood 
UG Student at UTSA
Master Student at UTSA- Advisor Dr. Rafael Mobilia