Francisco Bonilla

Francisco  Bonilla

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Parque Tecnologico C/Albert Einstein 48 CP 01510 Minano (Alava) Spain
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Dr. Francisco BONILLA is a Colombian scientist with a bachelor degree in physics and engineering. He received on 2013 his PhD in physics and chemistry of nanomaterials from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC Paris 6), France. During his career with experiences at different research centers in Spain, United States, France and Colombia, Dr. Bonilla has specialized on the characterization by electron microscopies, the synthesis of nanoparticles and the study of the correlation between the crystal structure and physical properties of materials for energy and information storing.

For his PhD the Institut des Nanosciences de Paris (INSP), Dr. Bonilla focused on the synthesis of self-assembled ferromagnetic nanowires by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. PLD has been a different synthesis route to the conventional chemical electrodeposition of nanofibers that, according to his results, allows a more efficient and controlled reduction of the diameter of the nanofibers. During this research, Dr. Bonilla has specialized in characterization techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), SQUID and PPMS magnetometries and micromagnetic simulation of nanoparticles. By combining these techniques, Dr. Bonilla has determined the correlation between the morphology, the microstructure and the magnetic properties of the nanofibers, allowing him to establish a way to optimize the storage of magnetic information by varying the microstructure of the nanomaterials. His methods, results and conclusions have been published in high impact scientific journals

From 2014 to 2015, Dr. Bonilla worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire de physique et chimie de nano-objets (LPCNO), Toulouse, Fr. With the aim of understanding the magnetic results obtained from electron holography (EH-TEM) experiments on ferromagnetic nanocubes, Dr. Bonilla has carried out the micromagnetic simulations by using the open code program OOMMF. Thus Dr. Bonilla has been able to study the magnetic properties of nanocubes and their correlation with the crystal structure by means of an advanced electron microscopy technique, unique in France. His methods, results and conclusions have been published in high impact scientific journals.

In 2016, Dr. Bonilla has joint the electron microscopy platform at CIC energigune as a postdoctoral researcher. Since 2017, Dr. Bonilla has been responsible of the platform giving service to all the research groups and external partners of CIC energigune. During this time, Dr. Bonilla has focused on the characterization through different electron microscopy techniques such as SEM, TEM, FIB, in-situ TEM, among others, of materials for energy storage (such as batteries and super-capacitors) and thermal storage systems. At CIC energigune, Dr. Bonilla has been involved in different national projects and obtained two national funding such as EKIZIEN (2017-18) and the Jose Castillejo fellowship (2018). Thence CIC energigune has acquired a new ion milling technique for the advanced preparation of samples for electron microscopies and Dr. Bonilla has made a stay at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee, US, to carry out electrochemical in situ TEM experiments in micro-batteries of Na-O2.


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