B Sc Physics Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, 1992
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2000
Ph. D. Advisor: Lourdes F. Vega
Postdoctoral Research Associate Imperial College London, UK
Postdoctoral advisor: George Jackson
2001 Doctoral Award (Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado), Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Professional and university appointments
Director of the Centre for Research in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (2011-2015)
Felipe J. Blas was born in Cáceres (Spain) in 1969. He received a B. Sc. (Licenciatura) in Physics from Universidad de Sevilla in 1992. After a period teaching Physics in Secondary School (1992-1995), he moved to Tarragona (North East Spain). He received a Ph.D. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili in 2000 under the supervision of Prof. Lourdes F. Vega. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, he jointed Prof. George Jackson’s group at Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (UK). He started an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Huelva (Spain), where he has been promoted several times until the current position of Associate Professor in Applied Physics (since 2004).
Prof. Blas’ work is devoted to the application, development and extension of molecular modelling techniques to understand the thermodynamic behaviour, with special emphasis on phase equilibria and interfacial properties, of complex systems such as associating fluids (water, hydrates, etc.), chain-like molecules (hydrocarbons), amphiphilic substances, polymers, and liquid crystals, among others.
The common theme of research is the understanding of complex systems, at a molecular level, using theories based on the Statistical Thermodynamics, such as perturbation theories, including the Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (SAFT), Density Functional Theory (DFT), and molecular simulation (Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods).