Mechanical Engineering Faculty Profile:
Dr. Santiago Solares
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
3133 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Dr. Solares’ research interests include multi-scale simulations ranging from quantum to continuum mechanics, nanorobotics, surface characterization methods (primarily atomic force microscopy and chemical force microscopy), and surface reconstruction and functionalization.
Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 2006
M.S. (Chemical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 2005
M.S. (Industrial Engineering), University of Miami, 1996
B.S. and Licenciado (Chemical Engineering), University del Valle, Guatemala City, 1994 and 1995
- S.D. Solares and G. Chawla, “Triple-frequency intermittent contact atomic force microscopy characterization: simultaneous topographical, phase, and frequency shift contrast in ambient air,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 108, No. 054901 (2010).
- S.D. Solares and G. Chawla, “Exploration of AFM imaging artifacts occurring at sharp surface features when using short carbon nanotube probes and possible mitigation with real-time force spectroscopy,” Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 030904 (2010).
- S.D. Solares and H. Hölscher, “Numerical analysis of dynamic force spectroscopy using the torsional harmonic cantilever,” Nanotechnology, Vol. 21, No. 075702 (2010).
- G. Chawla and S.D. Solares, “Single-cantilever dual-frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy,” Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 20, No. 015501 (2009).
- S.D. Solares and G. Chawla, “Dual frequency modulation with two cantilevers in series: a possible means to rapidly acquire tip-sample interaction force curves with dynamic AFM,” Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 19, No. 055502 (2008).
- S.D. Solares, “Characterization of deep nanoscale surface trenches with AFM using thin carbon nanotube probes in amplitude-modulation and frequency-force-modulation modes,” Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 19, No. 015503 (2008).
- S.D. Solares, “Single biomolecule imaging with frequency and force modulation in tapping-mode atomic force microscopy,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 111, pp. 2125-2129 (2007).
- S.D. Solares, Y. Matsuda, and W.A. Goddard III, “Influence of the carbon nanotube probe tilt angle on the effective probe stiffness and image quality in tapping-mode atomic force microscopy,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 109, pp. 16658-16664 (2005).
- S.D. Solares, M.J. Esplandiu, W.A. Goddard III, and C.P. Collier, “Mechanisms of single-walled carbon nanotube probe-sample multistability in tapping mode AFM imaging,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 109, pp. 11493-11500 (2005).
- I.R. Shapiro, S.D. Solares, M.J. Esplandiu, L.A. Wade, W.A. Goddard III, and C.P. Collier, “Influence of elastic deformation on single-wall carbon nanotube atomic force microscopy probe resolution,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 108, pp. 13613-13618 (2004).
Honors and Awards
2009 NSF CAREER Award (National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program), for the project titled "Sub-NanoNewton Force Spectroscopy in Liquids with Dual-Frequency-Modulation AFM (atomic force microscopy)."
Institute of Molecular Manufacturing 2002 Nanotechnology Design Prize for the design and modeling of a nanomechanical fluid control valve constructed with carbon nanotubes and functionalized silicon cantilevers.