Mauricio Terrones Ph.D.

Position Department / Business Unit
Department of Advaced Materials
Institution Disciplines
Institute Potosino of Scientific and Technological Research (IPICYT) Nanotubes Physics Nanomaterials
City State / Provence
San Luis Potos FGN
Country Website
Mexico link

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.

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.

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.


He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics at the Universidad Iberoamericana in 1968, and in 1997, he obtained his doctorate degree and started to work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex.

Career Highlights

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.

Important Articles

He has referred 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.

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