Miguel José Yacamán

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Miguel José Yacamán
Born (1946-08-17) August 17, 1946 (age 71)
Córdoba, Veracruz, México
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Nationality  MEX Mexican
Alma mater National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Scientific career
Fields Nanotechnology
Institutions University of Texas at San Antonio

Miguel José Yacamán (born 1946 in Córdoba, Veracruz) is a Mexican physicist who has made many contributions to the field of nanotechnology. He earned his Ph.D in physics in 1972 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he was later director of the Institute of Physics from 1983-1991. He was the Reese Endowed Professor in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin from 2001-2008. In 2008, he joined The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to chair the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Sciences.


Yacaman has done research on the structure and properties of nanoparticles, including metals, semiconductors and magnetic materials. He has also worked on synthesis and characterization of new materials (most of them nanoparticles), surfaces and interfaces, defects in solids, electron diffraction and imaging theory, quasicrystals, archaeological materials, catalysis and physics and chemistry of asphaltenes.

Yacaman is the author of 9 books and over 400 technical papers on the field, with more than 5000 citations.His work in nanoparticles open a new era in Electron Microscopy of finite size. He has acted as associate editor of Acta and Scripta Metallurgica, Catalysis Letters, Journal of Nanostructured Materials, Microscopy Research and Techniques and Materials Chemistry, among others.

Additionally, in June 2005, working with Jose Luis Elechiguerra (Fulbright Fellow) published for the first time ever, in a groundbreaking report, the inhibitory properties of silver nanoparticles against HIV-1. (Journal of Nanobiotechnology)

Honors and distinctions[edit]

Yacaman has held the Guggenheim Fellowship, and was awarded numerous prizes such as the National Prize of Sciences of Mexico, and the Prize of the National Academy of Mexico in Exact Sciences. He is a member of the Mexican National Research System (level III), and, in May 2003, he was appointed National Researcher of Excellence by CONACyT.

Yacamán has also made many contributions to Mexican science as science director of CONACyT (National Council of Science and Technology) during the nineties establishIng many new programs that changed Mexican science.

  • Doctorate honoris causa Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (2012)[1]
  • Distinguish Scientist SACNAS 2012 [2]
  • John Wheatley Award Of the American Physical Society (2011) [3]
  • Doctorate honoris causa Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León (2010) [4]
  • Investigador Nacional de Excelencia CONACyT (2002).
  • Melh Award and Distinguish lecture, The Metals and Materials Society USA (1997).
  • National Prize of Sciences in Mexico (1992).
  • Prize in Exact Sciences of the State of Mexico (1987).
  • National Prize in Exact Sciences of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (1982) [5]


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