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
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.
J. L. Mendoza-Cortes, Dissertation B.Sc., ITESM-UCLA-Caltech, 2010.
J. L. Mendoza-Cortes, T. A. Pascal, W. A. Goddard, J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115, 13852.
J. L. Mendoza-Cortes, W. A. Goddard, Furukawa, O. M. Yaghi, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 18, 2671.
J. L. Mendoza-Cortes, Dissertation Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2012.