Biography


Current:
Assistant Professor | Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Florida State University | Florida A&M University | College of Engineering

Affiliated: Scientific Computing Department, Materials Science and Engineering, High Performance Materials Institute, Condensed Matter Science, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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Education:
PDF, University of California, Berkeley & Berkeley National Lab, 2014
Staff Scientist, California Institute of Technology & Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, 2013
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2012
M.Sc., California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2010
B.Sc., Tec de Monterrey (ITESM), 2008. University of California, Los Angeles, 2006-2008

Short Bio:
I received his PhD from CalTech in 2012 and did his PDF from UC Berkeley in 2014. In January 2015, Dr. Jose Mendoza-Cortes started as assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Joint FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, comprised by Florida A\&M University(FAMU) and Florida State University(FSU). He also holds affiliations to Scientific Computing, Material Sciences, Condense Matter Physics and the National High Magnetic Field Lab at FSU.

He has worked on Materials by Design for Porous Materials using topological concepts in combination with atomistic simulations and experiments. The first example was published in Science magazine and was awarded the 2007 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, which is the the AAAS's oldest and most prestigious award. His recent research about designing new materials for energy conversion was featured in Forbes magazine, CNBC and the Department of Energy (DOE) highlights. In 2016, he obtained a grant from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), DOE to develop new multiscale methods for materials design. This DOE grant is to develop the next generation of codes and software for computational materials physics and chemistry. In 2016, he obtained a grant (as Co-PI) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the fundamental degradation of Lithium batteries and their further improvement. More recently, he also obtained funding from NVIDIA, the largest GPU maker in the world, to develop new computational methods on this new computing architecture.

Dr. Mendoza-Cortes has over 15 Journal publications and his research, albeit recent, has been highly cited in the scientific literature according to Google Scholar with 3,476 citations (June 2017). Because of graduate and post-graduate studies advisors, Dr. Mendoza-Cortes' academic great grand parents are Marie Curie and Paul Dirac. Dr. Mendoza-Cortes has changed fields several times. First, he was a mathematician, which turned into a Chemist, then into a physicist, then into a computer scientist, then into an engineer, and so on. However, right now he is focusing on multiscale simulations of (old and new) materials.

Honors and Awards:
ONR Summer Faculty Research Fellow, 2017.
Roberto Rocca Graduate Fellowship, 2009.
International Center for Materials Research fellowship, 2009.
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, 2007 (AAAS's oldest award, best paper in Science magazine).
Snyder Research Fellowship (UIUC), 2005.

Scientific pedigree:
    Ph.D.
  • J.L. Mendoza-Cortes obtained his Ph.D. in 2012 from William A. Godddard at Caltech in USA.
  • William A. Goddard III obtained his Ph.D. in 1964 from Pol Duwez at Caltech in USA.
  • Pol Duwez received his D.Sc. in 1933 from Emile Henriot at U. Brussels in Belgium.
  • Emile Henriot received his D.Sc. in 1912 from Marie Curie at the Sorbonne in France.
    P.D.F.
  • J.L. Mendoza-Cortes did his PDF in 2014 with Martin Head-Gordon at Berkeley in USA.
  • Martin Head-Gordon obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 from John Pople at Carnegie Mellon in USA.
  • John Pople received his D.Sc. in 1951 from John Lennard-Jones at Cambridge in England.
  • John Lennard-Jones received his D.Sc. in 1924 from Ralph H. Fowler at Cambridge in England.
  • Ralph H. Fowler gave his D.Sc. in 1926 to Paul Dirac at Cambridge in England.
Mentors:
Prof. Martin Head-Gordon (UC Berkeley), Prof. William A. Goddard (Caltech), Prof. Omar M. Yaghi (UCLA/UCBerkeley), Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore (UIUC), Prof. Marcelo Videa (ITESM), Prof. Leonor Blanco (UANL)

Current Collaborators:
In the making...

Past Collaborators:
Dr. Heinz Frei (LBL), Prof. Jonas Peters (Caltech), Dr. Hiro Furukawa (UCLA/UCBerkeley), Prof. Theodor Agapie (Caltech), Dr. Smith Nielsen (Caltech), Dr. Jacob Kanady (Caltech), Dr. Diego Benitez (UCLA), Prof. Manny Soriaga (A&M), Prof. Tom Klapotke (Munich), Dr. Andres Jaramillo (Caltech), Dr. Tod A. Pascal (Caltech), Dr. Sergey Zybin (Caltech), Dr. An Qi (Caltech), Dr. Hai Xiao(Caltech).

Mentees (Then/Now):
Amanda Rees (UCLA/Princeton), Alan Menezes (Caltech/NVIDIA), Nahid Nikidi (Caltech), Yubo Su (Caltech), Alex Anemogiannis (Caltech), Alexander Aduenko (MIPT/Trading), Finn Carlsvi (Embry-Riddle/ Caltech/Silicon Valley).