Alan Aguirre Soto, Ph.D.

Alan Aguirre Soto, Ph.D.

Research Areas:

  • Photochemistry and photophysics
  • Photopolymerization and photocrosslinking reactions
  • Light-induced fabrication of polymer-based devices at micro-and nano-sclae

Alan Aguirre-Soto completed a B.S. in chemical engineering with minor in industrial engineering and polymers at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and a B.S. in applied chemistry with emphasis in polymers from the University of Reutlingen. During this time, he worked in the Busineess Landscpaing Institute at Tecnológico de Monterrey, working in consulting groups for local and multinational companies. After an REU undergraduate research program at the University of Colorado Boulder in Prof. Chris Bowman's group he won the 1st place at the Undergraduate AIChE National Meeting in 2007 in Materials Science Poster Session. He became founding president of the 1st Latin-American AIChE Student Chapter, and 2nd international AIChE Chapter.

Alan then obtained a Master and a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder focusing on photocatalytic mechanisms for polymer synthesis in Prof. Jeffrey Stansbury’s research group. He directed a bachelor's thesis, which was featured in the national undergraduate research community for leading to a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. His PhD research serves as a mechanistic basis for the rational design of novel polymer synthesis useful in dental materials, 3D printing, and other applications where visible-light is required or preferred. Alan was also featured as a Young Professional of the Month by the AIChE in the Chenected website, and started an AIChE funded program to form a research group on organometallic photocatalysts for solar energy storage and conversion.

Alan transitioned to his postdoc position in the Sikes lab at MIT, where he utilized his expertise in photochemistry, photocatalysis, and polymerization mechanisms and kinetics for the development of point-of-care medical diagnostics devices using polymerization-based signal amplification. During this time, he completed the Kaufman Teaching Certificate at MIT the Wolfram Research Science Track. In 2017, Alan started a faculty position in the Chemical Engineering Department at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is affiliated to Sensors and Microfluidics Research Group and a member of the Mexican Research National System since 2017. He was also a research visiting scholar at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital working on green-light induced collagen crosslinking for tissue welding.




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