Position: Research Associate
PhD: Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Research: Multifunctional Nanocomposites
Address: IMDEA Materials, C/ Eric Kandel, 2, Tecnogetafe, 28906 Getafe Madrid – Spain
Phone: +34 674 178 904
Fax: +34 91 550 30 04
Juan Pedro Fernandez completed his Chemistry MSc in Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2001), University where he got his PhD for his dissertation entitled “Synthesis, phase transition, and orientation effect in liquid crystal polymers”, research performed in Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (CSIC) in Madrid. After his PhD he continued his work in Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros during 2006 and 2007. In 2008 he worked as postdoctoral researcher in College of Engineering of Florida State University in Tallahassee. In 2009 he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by Von Humboldt Foundation for his research in Max Planck Institut für Polymerforschung in Mainz, where he worked until at the end of 2011. Nowadays he works as postdoctoral researcher in IMDEA Materials Institute.
During his thesis his research was based on characterization of phase transition, mechanic properties and orientation effects of new liquid crystal polymers. In the development of this research Dr. Fernández-Blázquez worked with organic characterization techniques (NMR, FT-IR, etc.), as well polymer characterization techniques (GPC,DSC, TGA, DMA, amongst others) and X-Ray diffraction techniques performing many of these experiments in HASYLAB and ESRF synchrotons in Hamburg and Grenoble respectively. During his stay in FSU he studied the effect of structural defects on crystallization and mechanical properties of polyethylene, polypropylene and copolymers. His research in Max Planck Institut für Polymerforschung was centered on obtaining nanostructurated polymer surfaces by oxygen plasma. The control on thermal and mechanical history in polymer films provides different nanostructuration on the surface. These surfaces showed interesting superhydrophobic properties, as well potential application in adhesion field. Nowadays his main research topic is in nanocomposites, studying the effect of the nanocompounds on the polymer matrices.
During his career Dr. Fernández-Blázquez has published around twenty scientific papers in SCI papers, several collaborations in books, and attended more than 30 national and international conferences.