Professor Francisco Ramírez has been a member of the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences since 2022. He obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, United States in 2017. Previously, he graduated as a Mechanical Civil Engineer and Master of Engineering Sciences at the University of Santiago de Chile (2010).
In his doctoral studies, Francisco investigated nanoscale thermal radiation phenomena between graphene nanostructures, and plasmon-induced photochemistry in metal nanoparticles. Subsequently, he served as a postdoctoral researcher at University College London, UK, where he specialized in the design and manufacture of nanostructured materials for passive radiative cooling and smart windows.
His scientific research is focused on nanophotonics applied to solar energy management and conversion technologies, such as materials for passive radiative cooling, solar fuel generation devices, smart windows, and solar desalination. In his studies, he seeks to understand and predict the matter-light interaction in nanostructures, considering photon transport and conversion phenomena. The research is carried out through a holistic approach that integrates computational modelling, fabrication and experimental validation, supported by a network of national and international collaborators in the areas of physics, material sciences and chemistry.