de Pablo Group: Jonathan Salmerón-Hernández

Graduate Student

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Jonathan is interested in the theoretical and computational analysis of liquid crystals and active matter. Active matter are 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.


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 Prof. 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 Prof. Karsten Kruse, Jonathan studied theoretically the contraction dynamics of a poroelastic actomyosin sheet. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys watching art film, dancing and spending time with friends.

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