Elton Santos

      Dr Elton Santos

      Queen's University Research Fellowship

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      Achievements and Distinctions

      Dr Elton Santos was educated at Harvard University and Stanford University where he was an advanced graduate student and postdoc. He obtained his initial training in materials science with honour from the Danish Technical University and the University of the Basque Country where he received a European M.Sc. (2008) and a European Ph.D. (2011) in nanoscience and theoretical condensed matter physics, respectively. 

      He was awarded the highly prestigious and competitive SEAS Fellowship from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University to perform postdoctoral research in computational materials science in energy and functional materials. In particular, he had focused on four main areas:  i) method development for the real-time simulation of electron-hole dynamics in photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials; ii) the calculation of the dielectric response and optical properties of layered materials, iii) electrical-field control of magnetism in functionalized graphene layers, and iv) the study of catalytic properties of silicon atoms in graphene nanopores used in DNA sequencing. His research at Harvard has been awarded three different prizes from the American Physical Society (APS), which include the 2012, and 2013 APS March Meeting Image Gallery Awards, and the 2013 APS March Meeting Cover Award. He moved to Stanford University in 2013 to be named SunCat Research Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering and SLAC National Laboratory.  The focus of his research at Stanford had been on i) the study of photocatalysis and photoreaction using in-silico search for new catalysts and energy materials; ii) modeling of graphene growth experiments in collaboration with Honda Research Laboratories; and iii) investigation of heterointerfaces based on organic and inorganic semiconductors for device and electronic applications. He has been recently awarded the 2014 Interfolio Scholar Gallery Prize from Interfolio Inc., and the 2015 Stanford MRS Gallery for his multiscale simulations on the interplay between defects and strain on energy materials. Dr. Santos is part of the editorial board of Advanced Materials Science and Applications and Graphene journals.

      Research Interests

      Dr. Santos' research interests span a range of topics in the physics and chemistry of solids and molecules and the use and development of first-principles simulations to address problems such as: the electronic and optical properties of crystalline materials and their dependence on the atomic structure, chemical composition and applied external driving forces (e.g. strain, electric fields, temperature, etc.); photochemistry and light-driven chemical reactions; the nature of electronic states, dielectric properties and epitaxial relationships of 2D-nanomaterials, in particular studying the interactions between organic crystals and heterostructures; the microscopic control of graphene nanopores for DNA sequencing. Recent applications of the computational models that he developed focus on discovering new materials and processes for solar energy conversion and energy fuel storage, for instance in photocatalysis and photovoltaics. 

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      Frequent Journals

      • Nano Letters

        ISSNs: 1530-6984

        American Chemical Society

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 7.983 SNIP 2.881


      • ACS Nano

        ISSNs: 1936-0851

        American Chemical Society

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 6.916 SNIP 2.65


      • Journal of Physical Chemistry C

        ISSNs: 1932-7447

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1932-7455

        American Chemical Society

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 1.948 SNIP 1.181


      • Physical Review B

        ISSNs: 2469-9950, 2469-9950

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2469-9969


      • New Journal of Physics

        ISSNs: 1367-2630

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1367-2630

        IOP Publishing Ltd.

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 1.788 SNIP 1.031


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