Dr. Jose Mendoza-Cortes was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He obtained his B.Sc. (Honors) from Tec de Monterrey (ITESM) in 2008. In the summer of 2005 he worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore as a Snyder fellow. From 2006 to 2008 he worked with Prof. Omar M. Yaghi from UCLA (now at UCBerkeley). By the end of 2007 he started his B.Sc. thesis in the lab of Prof. William A. Goddard III in collaboration with the lab of Prof. Yaghi. Then in the fall of 2008 he joined Caltech's graduate program which he finished in the spring of 2012.

Dr. Mendoza-Cortes is interested in many processes related to catalysis for clean energy. We use a multiparadigm, multiscale strategy based on quantum mechanics (QM), first-principles QM based molecular mechanics (MD) and Grand Canonical Monte-Carlo (GCMC) to rationally design new molecules and materials for clean energy (O2, H2, CH4). Some of the projects of current interest are:

H2/CH4 storage: We design materials for hydrogen storage and the validation of our methodology against experimental results. We based our predictions in QM and GCMC calculations through the development of our own first principles van der Waals force field. Our results demonstrate novel frameworks capable of achieving the DOE energy density target for 2015.

O2 evolution: New models for the oxygen evolving center (OEC). Based on QM calculations, we design molecules that resemble the OEC structurally and electronically. These molecules then can serve as new catalytic center for O2 evolution.

CO2 sequestration: By tuning the interaction energy for different materials we intend to capture carbon dioxide more effectively.

Related Publications:

J. L. Mendoza-CortesDissertation B.Sc., ITESM-UCLA-Caltech, 2010.

J. L. Mendoza-Cortes, T. A. Pascal, W. A. Goddard, J. Phys. Chem. A 2011115, 13852.

J. L. Mendoza-Cortes, W. A. Goddard,  Furukawa, O. M. Yaghi, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 201218, 2671.

J. L. Mendoza-CortesDissertation Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2012.

More info: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~jmendoza/

jmendoza at wag.caltech.edu