F. Javier Torres obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry in 2003 from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. In 2004, he was awarded the scholarship of the Region of Piedmont's Program, and he started the same year his Ph.D. studies at the Universita degli Studi di Torino, being part of the Grupo di Chimica Teorica. Under the supervision of Professors P. Ugliengo, R. Dovesi, and C. Pisani, Torres worked on various projects concerning the quantum-mechanical periodic calculations of the properties of crystalline materials and their interaction with small guests like molecular hydrogen. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree, Torres worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Arizona where worked on the theoretical simulation of the reaction mechanism of molecular systems in gas phase. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and he is the Director of the national scientific association Grupo Ecuatoriano para el Estudio Experimental y Teorico de Nanosistemas -GETNano-. His actual research interests are non-Born-Oppenheimer methods applied in few-particle model systems, theoretical investigation of the degradation of perfluorinated organic pollutants, study of the properties of nonconventional ADN structures by means of molecular dynamics, and theoretical study of molecular hydrogen storage en nanosystems.
Biography Updated on 27 June 2013