Leo Gutierrez


Leo Gutierrez

Dr. Gutierrez is an expert in AFM studies and has extensive experience in the field of colloidal/interfacial chemistry. He applies sophisticated microscopy and AFM experimental techniques that aid in the elucidation of the dominant interacting mechanisms between organic compounds and colloids, including viruses, bacteria, and surfaces.
His core training at the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (University of Illinois) included: (cryo) transmission electron microscopy, (environmental) scanning electron microscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, (time-resolved) dynamic light scattering, and streaming (zeta) potential-electrophoretic mobility measurements. In addition, Dr. Gutierrez received specialized training in bio-safety levels 1 and 2 (handling/growing/purification of pathogens, bacteria, viruses, phages, and cell stocks), atomic force microscopy (AFM-contact and tapping mode) coupled with Raman spectroscopy, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation technique, and Synchrotron-based small angle X-Ray scattering.

His current research projects are mainly focused in physically describing (modelling) the transport of organic compounds in membranes, in addition to organic compounds interfacial interactions with surfaces (e.g., membranes) and colloids. Also, the characterization of nanomechanical properties of membranes (ionic exchange membranes, dense membranes) and (organic/bio) foulants are of special interest.




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