Dr. Pablo Andrés Fuentealba Castro

Universidad de Chile, Chile

My name is Pablo Andrés Fuentealba Castro. I was born in Santiago, Chile, on 9th of August 1985. My undergraduate studies were done at Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana. I completed my graduate studies at the Universidad de Chile, receiving the diploma for the academic degree of Doctor in Chemistry. Part of my thesis was done at the Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France, and part also at the Instituto de Fisica-Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, Brazil. In 2016 I was hired as part of the professional team of the Universidad de Chile, where I started to teach undergraduate students. That same year I also made a postdoctoral research stay at the “Centro para el Desarrollo de la Nanociencia y la Nanotecnología” (CEDENNA), and in 2017 I began my postdoctoral project at Universidad de Chile. My expertise is based on the synthesis of novel inorganic compounds based on 3d and/or 4f cations, through different synthetic pathways, and the characterization in solid state of different materials through single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, combined with spectroscopic techniques. I have worked in the analysis of magnetic and optical properties of transition and lanthanides cations. In 2019 I was recognized as “one of the best oral communications” at a Latin American Conference (SILQCOM), and I was named as “Honour Leading Scientist”, receiving an Honour Diploma at an European Conference, 26th Advanced Materials Congress, held in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2020 I have been honored with “IAAM Young Scientist Award”. Nowadays, I am Assistant Professor at Universidad de Chile. Teaching and guiding undergraduate and graduate students. I am part of the Graduate Committee of the Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y Farmacéuticas, Universidad de Chile, and in research I am mainly focused on the optical properties of lanthanide based materials.