Andrés Jaramillo (Tiempo especial)

Departamento de Electrónica y Ciencias de la Computación
Ext. 8518
  • 2004-2005: Postdoctoral scholar in Nanoscale Science (NSF Fellow), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Materials and Process Simulation Center, Pasadena, California, USA.
  • 2002: NSF Fellow in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSF Fellow), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • 1995-1998: Doctor in Engineering (Multibody Dynamics), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
  • 1988-1989: Master’s of Science in Computer Science (Fulbright Scholar), State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, USA.
  • 1983-1986: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


  • 1990-Present: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Professor, Engineering Faculty, Cali, Colombia.
  • 2006-Present: California Institute of Technology, Scientist, Director of Multiscale Science at the Materials and Process Simulation Center, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division, Pasadena, California, USA 1996-1997: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) and California Institute of Technology, Invited Faculty Associate and Researcher, Pasadena, California, USA.
  • 1992-1993: Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Invited Researcher (JITA Fellow), Robotics and Autonomous Machinery Division, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
  • 1988: Sistemas de Tecnología Avanzada (Digital Equipment Corporation), Support Engineer and acting manager, Cali, Colombia.
  • 1986-1987: Sincrón Diseño Electrónico, Design Engineer, Cali, Colombia.

Professor Jaramillo’s research involves understanding materials properties and phenomena that emanate from the nanometer scale, and how to optimize and control them for the development of novel processes, materials, devices and systems.  He works on first-principles quantum mechanics based theory and computational methods that can be used to predict what experiments are currently unable to measure, or to perform in-silico design and experimental steering.  He is a member of Xaveriana University honor society and its Engineering Faculty, a Research Scientist in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering division at Caltech and the Director of Multiscale Science and Simulation at the Materials and Process Simulation Center at Caltech, where he has been the PI and Co-PI on numerous US government and industry funded research projects.  This has included NASA-JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) programs on the effects of hypervelocity impact in space and space instrumentation design, US Department of Energy (NNSA and LLNL) on materials for extreme environments, inertial confinement fusion, novel nano-porous materials for renewable energy storage, US Department of Defense (DARPA, ARL, DURIP) on low-temperature growth of hard crystalline thin films and light-weight shock resistant material shields, US Department of Transportation (FHWA) on the molecular origin of cement fracture and hydration kinetics, National Science Foundation (MRI  and CMMI programs) on cartilage tissue engineering and DNA-based electronics, Samsung Electronics (South Korea) on 4th generation DNA sequencing nano-devices, Toshiba (Japan) on atomic characterization of amorphous semiconductors, DOW Chemical on colloidal thin films, and Intel Corporation on novel dielectric materials beyond silicon dioxide.  Professor Jaramillo is currently working on solving the self-assembly gap at the mesoscale for bottom-up manufacturing, and in the characterization and design of new nano-structured materials from agricultural organic waste for: energy harvesting and storage, soft tissue engineering, and greenhouse gas sequestration. His contributions span multiple fields, including high-performance robotics, high-performance computer algorithms and architectures, nanoscale science and engineering, and first-principles based simulation methods, to name a few.

Currently Sponsored Research

  • First-principles multiscale simulation methods (US-NSF)
  • Active nano-scale devices for DNA sequencing (Samsung)
  • Characterization of materials in extremes (US-DOE)
  • Low-temperature crystalline thin film growth (US-DARPA)
  • Super-capacitors and low-temperature proton-exchange membrane fuel-cells (US-DOE)
  • Peng, S., Sheldon, M.T, Liu, W.G., Jaramillo-Botero, A., Goddard III, W.A., Atwater, H.A., “Ultraviolet surface plasmon-mediated low temperature hydrazine decomposition” App. Phys. Letters, 106, 023102 (2015)
  • An, Q., Cheng, M.J., Goddard, W.A. and Jaramillo-Botero, A. “CCl Radicals As a Carbon Source for Diamond Thin Film Deposition”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5 (3), pp 481-484
  • An, Q., Goddard, W.A., Zybin, S., Jaramillo-Botero, A., Zhou, T.T, Highly Shocked Polymer Bonded Explosives at a Nonplanar Interface: Hot-Spot Formation Leading to Detonation, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117 (50), pp 26551-26561
  • Jaramillo-Botero, A., Qi, A., Cheng, M.J., Goddard, W.A. III, 
  • Beegle, L., and Hodyss, R., “Hypervelocity impact effect of molecules from Enceladus’ Plume and Titan’s upper atmosphere on NASA’s Cassini Spectrometer from Reactive Dynamics Simulations”, Phys. Rev. Letters (PRL), 109, 213201, 2012.  Editor highlighted article.
  • Jaramillo-Botero, A., Tahir-Kheli, J., von Allmen, P., Goddard WA III, “Multiscale, multiparadigm modeling for nano systems characterization and design”, CRC handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology, 3rd ed. Chapter 29. In press (May 2012).