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Santiago graduated both from the University of Greenwich (UK) where he was awarded his BSc with Honour Degree in Applied Chemistry in 1992, and from the University of País Vasco (Spain, Licenciado in Chemical Science) in 1996. In 2001 he obtained his PhD from the University of Málaga (Spain). His PhD research on the applications of laser induced plasma spectrometry to industrial processes under advisement of J.J. Laserna involved industrial laser welding, fully-automated quality assurance of stainless steel and development of several portable and stand-off LIBS instruments. In this context, he was invited to the Bremen Institute of Applied Laser Science (BIAS, Bremen, Germany) to develop a sensor for laser welding of aluminum, a work which was awarded by the Scientific Committee at the 1st International Conference on Laser Induced Plasma Spectroscopy and Applications (Pisa, Italy).
During his post-doc research at the University of Málaga, he worked on the development and uses of LIBS for remote sensing. In collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory (Department of Defense, US) the feasibility of stand-off LIBS for the detection of energetic materials in the field was demonstrated for the first time in 2004. In a follow-on work, he collaborated with OOI (US) and APL (UK) in the design and construction of five stand-off LIBS instruments for the ARL, and two more for the University of Málaga and Indra Sistemas (Spain).
In 2006, he joined efforts with Martin Richardson and moved to the University of Central Florida (US) to take a faculty position at CREOL as a Senior Scientist. He was responsible for a program on fundamental laser spectroscopy funded by the ARO (MURI) and put the foundations for the Laser Spectroscopy and Sensing Lab and the Laser Ignition Facility at the then-newborn Townes Laser Institute.
In 2009 he returned to the University of Málaga where he joined José Ramos-Barrado’s Group at the Department of Applied Physics I and was appointed as a Ramón y Cajal Research Scientist between 2010 and 2016. From May 2016 he is an associate professor. Since his return to Spain he has started a new lab and his research interests include the generation of nanostructures from laser-induced plasmas of precursor microdroplets, the use of plasma lenses for surface nanopatterning and the characterization of complex single and multilayered PV materials.
BSc (Honours degree) Applied Chemistry, University of Greenwich (UK), 1992
Licenciado en Ciencias Químicas, University of País Vasco (Spain), 1996
Laser Engineer, Technischen Universität Wien (Austria), 1998
PhD Chemistry, University of Málaga (Spain), 2001
|1994 – 1998||Research Scientist University of Málaga|
|1998||Research Scientist, BIAS – Uni Bremen|
|1999 – 2001||PhD, University of Málaga|
|2001 – 2006||Post-doc, University of Málaga|
|2006 – 2008||Senior Scientist, TLI/CREOL, University of Central Florida|
|2008||Senior Scientist, Applied Photonics Ltd|
|2009 – 2010||Laboratory technician, University of Málaga|
|2010 – 2016||Ramón y Cajal Senior Scientist, University of Málaga|
|2016 –||Associate Professor, University of Málaga|