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National Autonomous University of Mexico
Prof. Víctor M. Castaño is a recognized international leader in several areas of applied science and technology . He holds a B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He spent 2 years at IBM´s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York as postdoctoral fellow. He has been a lecturer at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Faculties of Chemistry, Sciences, Engineering, Accounting and Administration and Dentistry), Universidad Autonoma de Querétaro (Faculties of Engineering, Medicine, Accounting and Administration, Psychology and Law), the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (Faculty of Physico-Mathematical Sciences), the Universidad Iberoamericana, the Instituto Tecnológico de Querétaro, etc. He was the founding Director of the Center for Applied Physics and Advanced Technology of the UNAM in Juriquilla, Querétaro. Prof. Castaño has published more over 700 articles in international refereed and indexed journals, 242 articles in conferences proceedings, 22 book chapters, 5 books and 20 patents. It has 678 papers presented at conferences and 51 technical reports to various industries. He has been advisor to over 190 B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, the USA, Canada, Spain and Germany. His work has received thousands of citations, especially in the last few years, when some of his pioneering contributions have begun to have great repercussion and have led him to receive international awards and recognitions. In this respect, it is important to emphasize the fact that Víctor Castaño is an engineer and scientist of great originality, who dares not only to explore subjects that do not represent the fashion of international science, but also has the capacity of having his proposals receiving worldwide attention. He is Associate Editor of several prestigious international journals and Editor-in-Chief of Recent Patents in nanoMedicine. He is Treasurer, by election, of the International Council for Materials Education and has been a member of several evaluation commissions in Mexico and abroad (United States, Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, etc.). Probably the areas where Prof. Castaño is best known is in materials science and biomedicine, where he invented a very extensive line of new materials and technologies for various applications.
Title of ICPAM talk: Nanotechnology for aerospace technologies: challenges and opportunities
Title of PAMS lecture: Biomimetics: the materials science of the future