Department of Materials

Faculty of Mines – College of Engineering






Dr. Juan Pablo Hernndez-Ortiz


Department of Materials

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medelln


Research Group:


Multi-Scale Modeling of Complex Systems: Biophysics and Structured Materials



- Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales (A1)

- Tribologia y Superficies (A1)

Contact Info:

   Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellin

   Departamento de Materiales, Facultad de Minas

   Calle 75 # 79A-51, Bloque M17

   Medellin, Colombia

   TEL:   + 57 4 425-5249

   Fax:    + 57 4 425-5254




Contact Info (US):

   311 N. Hancock St., Unit 333

   Madison, WI, 53705

   TEL: +1 715-771-9234







      Mechanical Engineering Degree, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), Medellin-Colombia (1994-1998)


      Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, minor in Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000-2004). Advisor: Tim A. Osswald


      Postdoctoral Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004-2007). Advisors: Juan de Pablo and Michael D. Graham


Full CV                    

(Dec-2013)                      (CvLac)


Affiliations Universidad Nacional de Colombia:


    Department of Materials

    Department of Chemical Engineering

    Department of Mathematics

    Department of System Engineering



     Affiliations US:







Research Interests:


      Computational Immunology: Epitopes to organ transplantation

      Physiology of body fluids: Blood and Lymph

      Non-equilibrium thermodynamics in biology and complex fluids

      Nanoscale science for biotechnological applications

      Driven-assembly and material design with complex fluids

      Self-repairing, advanced ballistic materials and nano-structured materials


      Polymer and complex systems physics

      Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and transport phenomena

      Biophysics, Biology and human Physiology

      Material Science




Research Projects (2011-2017):


        Modeling the immune response in organ transplantation

        DNA manipulation and device design towards Personal Genomics

        Blood Rheology and mechanical properties from 4D flow MRI experiments

        Magneto-taxis and aero-taxis in bacterial suspensions: bioleaching and crystal synthesis.

        Driven assembly in confined liquid crystals with flow fields

        Creep and thermo-mechanical behavior of thermal barrier coatings

        Block co-polymer physical properties at the nanoscale: rheological leveling

        Block co-polymer/nanofibers structure for transparent composites

        Ballistic armor design and the Light Soldier Concept


Funding Agencies: 





Research and Funding Collaborations (UNal):


      Professor Marco A. Marquez, Department of Materials, Laboratory for Hydro-Mineralogy

      Professor Oscar J. Restrepo, Department of Materials, Laboratory for High Temperature Ceramics

      Professor Alejandro Toro, Department of Materials, Laboratory of Tribology and Surfaces


Research and Funding Collaborations (US):


      Professor Juan de Pablo, Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

      Professor M.D. Luis Fernandez, Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

      Professor M.D. Christopher Franois, Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

      Professor Paul Nealey, Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

      Professor Dave Schwartz, Laboratory for Molecular and Computational Genomics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.







Selected Publications:                                                                                                        (Full publication list)







Phys. Rev. Lett. 90(20)



Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(14)



Phys. Rev. Lett. 100(24)













(Full publication list)





Books and Book Chapters:



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Poly. Proc., 2006

(Corrigenda ver. 5.0, 2010)



Chapter 14, 2009



Ph.D. Dissertation, 2004




Graduate Students:




Graduation Date


Julian D. Osorio R.

M.Sc. Material Science


Laureate Thesis

Propiedades de Transporte en Recubrimientos Ceramicos Utilizados en Turbinas a Gas. (Transport Properties in Thermal Barrier Coatings used
in Gas Turbines.)


Ana M. Gomez-Marin

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering


Laureate Thesis

Structure and Charge Transfer Processes at the Pt(111)/Solid Polymer Electrolyte Interface: A Mesoscopic Approach.


Jarol E. Molina

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering



Nora Catalina Restrepo

Ph.D. Material Science



Alejandro Vasquez

M.Sc. Mathematics



Liliam Cristina Agudelo

Ph.D. Material Science



Anderson Valencia

M.Sc. Material Science



Viviana Palacio Betancur

M.Sc. Material Science



Orlando Barrios

M.Sc. Material Science



Fabio A. Suarez

Ph.D. Material Science



Stiven Villada

Ph.D. Material Science



Juan Fernando Montoya

Ph.D. Material Science



Juan David Ospina Correa

Ph.D. Material Science



Susana Calle

M.Sc. Material Science



Daniel Alejandro Olaya

M.Sc. Material Science



Paula Andrea Piedradita

M.Sc. Material Science



Diego Alerto Patino

Ph.D. Systems Engineering





Group Picture, December 2012




Professional Services:



Associate Editor



Editorial Board


J. Plastic Technology



Editorial Board


Editorial Board

Journal Reviewer:


-        Phys. Rev. Lett.

-        Phys. Rev. E

-        J. Fluid Mech.

-        J. Rheology

-        J. Chem. Phys.

-        Nucleic Acids Res.

-        Poly. Comp.

-        J. Appl. Poly. Sci.

-        J. non-Newt. Fluid. Mech.

-        Analyst

-        Appl. Math. Mech.

-        New J. Phys.

-       Phys. Fluids   









Last modified: January 2014