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Santiago Solares

Santiago Solares is a CNST Visiting Fellow in the Electron Physics Group and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.   He received a B.S. and a Licenciado in Chemical Engineering from the University del Valle in Guatemala, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on management of technology and finance from the University of Miami, Florida, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.   His doctoral research used multi-scale computational simulations to characterize the behavior of single-walled carbon nanotubes used in atomic force microscopy and used density functional theory to characterize functionalized and non-functionalized silicon surfaces.   His career has taken him from industry to academia.   After finishing his undergraduate work at the University del Valle he worked for Pepsi-Cola International as a technical services field engineer.  He later he held various technical and management positions at Mars Incorporated, where he participated in the construction and start-up of three new manufacturing facilities in the U.S., and in several research and development projects in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  At the University of Maryland, College Park, Santiago’s group uses multi-scale simulation and experimentation to understand quantum and classical dynamics phenomena; to characterize and develop atomic force microscopy systems; and to develop a better fundamental understanding of nanoscale friction.   Santiago is working with Joseph Stroscio to develop cryogenic atomic force microscopy for use in the study of graphene and other novel material systems.   

Selected Publications:

  • Amplitude modulation dynamic force microscopy imaging in liquids with atomic resolution: comparison of phase contrasts in single and dual mode operation, D. Ebeling and S. D. Solares, Nanotechnology 24, 135702 (2013).
  • On mapping subangstrom electron clouds with force microscopy, C. A. Wright and S. D. Solares, Nano Letters 11, 5026–5033 (2011).
  • Triple-frequency intermittent contact atomic force microscopy characterization: Simultaneous topographical, phase, and frequency shift contrast in ambient air, S. D. Solares and G. Chawla, Journal of Applied Physics 108, 054901 (2010).


Staff Photo Santiago Solares


CNST Visiting Fellow
Electron Physics Group


B.S. Chemical Engineering – University del Valle, Guatemala

Licenciado Chemical Engineering – University del Valle, Guatemala

M.S. in Industrial Engineering – University of Miami, Florida

M.S. Chemical Engineering – California Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering – California Institute of Technology


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