Projects

There are projects available in a wide variety of fields at the Institute of Physical sciences UNAM. Below are three examples presented. Please get in contact with the contact person in Mexico ( Antonio Juarez  amjuarez@gmail.com ) to get more information about this or other possible research topics that may be of your interests.

Real time, georeferenced measurements of water quality

Using state of the art micro-plasma technology and wireless systems, the ICF-UNAM group is currently developing an array of sensors for water quality measurements. The systems are endowed with geo-referencing and data base systems that will allow the development of a nation-wide network of sensors to assess the quality of water that is delivered to the Mexican population. This project is being carried out in collaboration with the Federal Agency of Water (CONGUA) the institute of Geosciences (georeferencing) and the institute of mathematics (Compressed sensing algorithms). The prospective students interested in this project would be exposed to a wide range of techniques ranging from plasma physics, optical spectroscopy and compressed sensing through to microelectronics and wireless communications.

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Breath analysis for clinical diagnostics: Pre-diabetes

Diabetes is currently the first cause of death among the Mexican population, and one of the most severe health problems in the developed world. Although diagnostic methods exist to detect this disease, the condition termed as pre-diabetes, where sugar levels are still “normal” but insulin activity is in overdrive is still a hard status to diagnose at early stages. Early detection of pre-diabetes would be of fundamental importance to the Mexican health system as the treatment of this condition and the avoidance of actual diabetes would be possible. This would imply reducing both the cost of public health devoted to diabetes, and the quality of life of the patients and their families. We are currently carrying out a program of detecnig the biomarkers present in the human breath in order to stablish statistical correlations that could lead to identifying specific biomarkers for pre-diabetic condition. For this, we use state of the art Gas Chromatography and mass spectrometry, compressed sensing techniques for identifying and quantifying the metabolites and statistical analysis for identifying correlation of multiple components. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the National Hospital of Mexico (Hospital General de Mexico), the institute of Mathematics and the Clinic for prevention of diabetes.
In addition to gas chromatography we are developing spectroscopic techniques ( photoacustic, cavity ring down) in conjunction with Nd: YAG lasers, Quantum Cascade Lasers and high brilliance LEDs for metabolite detection.

We use Nd: YAG lasers, Quatum Cascade Lasers and high brilliance LEDs, along with cavities to perform these measurements.

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Atmospheric Plasmas

Atmospheric plasmas are currently subject of a great deal of interest, both for fundamental reasons, and for the potential applications of these in medicine and biology.
We have available master-level projects involving the study of atmospheric plasmas probed with several laser techniques (Optogalvanic, langmuir, optical).
The interested student would get exposure in the study of fundamental properites of atmospheric micro-plasmas, Mid-Infraredlasers (QCL) and the potential applications of micro-plasmas in biomedicine and water quality measurements.

We have available master-level projects involving the study of atmospheric plasmas probed with several laser techniques (Optogalvanic, langmuir, optical).

The interested student would get exposure in  the study of fundamental properites of atmospheric micro-plasmas, Mid-Infraredlasers (QCL) and the potential applications of micro-plasmas in biomedicine.

 

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