de Pablo Group

Jonathan Salmerón-Hernández

Jonathan was raised in Cancún, Mexico. He holds his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. While in college, he was a team member of Professor Aída Gutiérrez-Alejandre’s group when he prepared diverse catalysts supports for fuel desulfurisation purposes. Then, he received his master’s degree in chemical biology from the University of Geneva. In Geneva, under the advisement of Professor Karsten Kruse, Jonathan studied theoretically the contraction dynamics of a poroelastic actomyosin sheet. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys watching art films, dancing, and spending time with friends.

Jonathan is interested in the theoretical and computational analysis of liquid crystals and active matter. Active matter is natural or artificial systems that convert free energy into mechanical work. Examples include living entities just as cytoskeleton biopolymers and bacterial suspensions, as well as synthetic systems, such as liquid crystals. Developing a general understanding of their structure in relation to the non-equilibrium physics would provide a route for potential applications and for their dynamical control.