Xim Bokhimi was born in El Oro de Hidalgo, Mexico, in 1948. He received his Physics and Mathematics degree and his M.S. degree in physics from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico in 1971 and 1974, respectively, and his Dr.Ing. degree in materials science from the Technische Universitaet Berlin in 1977. From 1977 to 1984, he was a Researcher at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico. Since 1984, Bokhimi has been a Professor at the Institute of Physics of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is mainly interested in the study of the local order in solids using X-ray powder diffraction and the refinement of crystalline structures using the Rietveld method. Since 1993, he has applied this technique to characterize nanocrystalline materials, with a special emphasis on those associated to heterogeneous catalysts. He is also interested in the synthesis of this kind of materials and its characterization with electron microscopy, which together with the characterization with X-ray diffraction are used to understand the macroscopic behavior of these materials. He is also interested in recovering the knowledge on science of the ancient cultures from Mexico.
Biography Updated on 28 August 2011