modeling nature from nano to macro
Ana Belén Jódar Reyes is an Associate professor at the Department of Applied Physics of the University of Granada (UGR). In 1998, after getting the Bachelor’s degree in Physics, she became a member of the Biocolloid and Fluid Physics Group (UGR). Under financial support from a National fellowship, FPU (1999/2003), she got the PhD in Physics (April 2003), which received the PhD Excellence award from the UGR, and the PhD European mention. She has collaborated with the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science, Wageningen University (WU), The Netherlands. This collaboration started in 2001 with a research stay at WU granted by the Spanish Government. In October 2003, she got a postdoctoral fellowship in that lab funded again by the Spanish Government. In June 2004, she started as an Assistant Lecturer at the Applied Physics Department of Extremadura University (UEX), and became a Doctorate Lecturer in 2007. In this period, she made research stays at the WU in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In October 2009, she started as Assistant Doctorate Lecturer at the Department of Applied Physics at the UGR, and in July 2010 she became Associate professor. She led the Biocolloid and Fluid Physics Group (UGR) from January 2017 to February 2019.
Her main research line is Physics of Interfaces and Colloid Systems. During her PhD, she studied the mechanisms involved in the adsorption of surfactants on colloid dispersions, and the effect of this phenomenon on the colloidal stability and the electrokinetic behaviour of the system, both experimentally, and also theoretically by using a statistical-thermodynamic approach. She also modelled different properties of micelle systems and self-assembly of surfactants at surfaces during her postdoc stage, and at the UEX, under a project she led. She also collaborated in the characterization of biomaterials with contact angle of liquids, and with Atomic Force Microscopy at the Applied Physics Department of the UEX. Nowadays, she works on the preparation and colloidal characterization (size distribution by dynamic light scattering, and Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA), electrokinetic behaviour, stability versus time in different biological media and storage temperatures) of nanoparticles with Biomedical applications (protein loaded-polymeric nanoparticles, drug loaded-nanoemulsions, polyplexes and exosomes), and she has led the project MAT2013-43922-R.
She teaches currently Physics in the Degree of Biotechnology, and the Degree of Building at the UGR. She has also taught in the doctorate program Physics and Mathematics (UEX) and the Master “Transmed” of the UGR. She has supervised two PhD students with international mention.