TMI Seminar Series: Arturo Ponce Pendraza, Ph.D.

Arturo Ponce Pedraza is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (UAP) in Mexico in 1997 and received a Master degree of Sciences in semiconductor devices in 1999. He obtained a scholarship from the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI) to study a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Cadiz, Spain, between 2000 and 2003. After his PhD, Dr. Ponce Pedraza worked in the development of the first commercial precession electron diffraction unit adapted into a transmission electron microscope with the company NanoMEGAS in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Ponce has lead two microscopy facilities, at the Research Center for Applied Chemistry (CIQA) (2007-2011) and the Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center at UTSA (2011-2013). Dr. Ponce has contributed with more than 130 scientific articles and book chapters related to the study of structure and properties of materials using transmission electron microscopy and related techniques. Currently, his investigations are focused on: in situ TEM analysis of nanostructured materials; off-axis electron holography to measure physical properties; and the study of structure of nanomaterials using electron diffraction under various operation modes (precession, fast scanning) and aberration corrected microscopy and dose-controlled electron irradiation.

To read more about Dr. Ponce Pendraza’s research, visit his research page here.