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Rincón Bonilla, Mauricio

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Modelling and Simulation in Life and Material Sciences

Mazarredo, 14. 48009 Bilbao Basque Country - Spain


I obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland in Australia, where I employed molecular simulation methods, statistical mechanical and continuous models to investigate the adsorption and diffusion of fluid mixtures in a variety of meso and nanoporous materials such as carbons, zeolites and silicas for energy storage and molecular sieving purposes.

In 2014 I joined the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls (a 32 million dollar collaboration between three leading Australian Universities and IBM research Australia) as an early career researcher. In this role, I developed continuous models combining diffusion and solid mechanics that are relevant to explain the micromechanics of a range of biomaterials such as plant cell walls, articular cartilage and brain tissue. I also developed a framework for the analysis of nanoindentation in hierarchical materials, which allowed the physical interpretation of complex force-indentation curves. In addition, I was part of the project leadership team of the Center, where I participated in the planning and execution of workshops, conferences and other Center initiatives.

In 2017 I joined the MSLMS group of Ikerbasque Prof. Elena Akhmatskaya at the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM). In collaboration with Dr. Javier Carrasco from CIC-energiGUNE, we are developing enhanced molecular sampling approaches to simulate the complex problem of diffusion in energy storage materials. We are also collaborating with professor Suresh Bhatia from the University of Queensland to study gas diffusion in mixed matrix membranes. These are organic-inorganic hybrid materials with great potential in separation, CO2 capture and catalysis applications.

My current research interests are:
- Studying diffusion under nanoconfinement, considering the electrostatic and mechanical interactions between host and guest materials.
- Developing and applying novel sampling methods for molecular simulations.
- Computational assessment of state-of-the-art electrode and electrolyte materials in Na-ion and Li-ion batteries.
- Simulating adsorption and transport in complex molecular sieving materials, such as mixed matrix membranes.
- Studying the relationship between diffusion and matrix deformation in poroelastic biomaterials.

You can access my Orcid homepage here

Eusko Jaurlaritza - Gobierno Vasco ikerbasque - Basque Foundation for Science Bizkaia xede. Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia innobasque - Agencia vasca de la innovación Universidad del PaÌs Vasco (UPV/EHU)