Professor Jaramillo’s research involves understanding materials properties and phenomena that emanate from the nanometer scale, and how to optimize and control them for the development of novel processes, materials, devices and systems. He works on first-principles quantum mechanics based theory and computational methods that can be used to predict what experiments are currently unable to measure, or to perform in-silico design and experimental steering. He is a member of Xaveriana University honor society and its Engineering Faculty, a Research Scientist in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering division at Caltech and the Director of Multiscale Science and Simulation at the Materials and Process Simulation Center at Caltech, where he has been the PI and Co-PI on numerous US government and industry funded research projects. This has included NASA-JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) programs on the effects of hypervelocity impact in space and space instrumentation design, US Department of Energy (NNSA and LLNL) on materials for extreme environments, inertial confinement fusion, novel nano-porous materials for renewable energy storage, US Department of Defense (DARPA, ARL, DURIP) on low-temperature growth of hard crystalline thin films and light-weight shock resistant material shields, US Department of Transportation (FHWA) on the molecular origin of cement fracture and hydration kinetics, National Science Foundation (MRI and CMMI programs) on cartilage tissue engineering and DNA-based electronics, Samsung Electronics (South Korea) on 4th generation DNA sequencing nano-devices, Toshiba (Japan) on atomic characterization of amorphous semiconductors, DOW Chemical on colloidal thin films, and Intel Corporation on novel dielectric materials beyond silicon dioxide. Professor Jaramillo is currently working on solving the self-assembly gap at the mesoscale for bottom-up manufacturing, and in the characterization and design of new nano-structured materials from agricultural organic waste for: energy harvesting and storage, soft tissue engineering, and greenhouse gas sequestration. His contributions span multiple fields, including high-performance robotics, high-performance computer algorithms and architectures, nanoscale science and engineering, and first-principles based simulation methods, to name a few.
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