The project of a USAL researcher, Carlos Hernández, on ultrafast nanotechnology, selected by the BBVA Foundation.

The Leonardo scholarships of the BBVA Foundation have selected two leading researches on nanotechnology in their last call. Our country currently has 370 nanotechnology research groups, according to the article published by the newspaper, El País. One of the projects chosen is that of Carlos Hernández, a professor at the University of Salamanca and a member of the research group on Laser and Photonic Applications.

Moreover, he is the leading manager of this project on ultra-fast nanotechnology and, as described in the article, they have been able to create an X-ray laser, something that has been very difficult to achieve until now, due to the small wavelength of these rays. This beam is emitted in attosecond pulses, a measure that is equivalent to a trillionth of a second. The USAL researcher says that this type of technology could be applied in today’s computers and mobiles, because there is a great interest in developing it.

The other project selected by the Leonardo Scholarships BBVA Foundation is that of Pablo del Pino, Ramón y Cajal researcher who works at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and aims to create nanomedicines that could go directly to a specific place in the body. A very complicated task if we consider the fact that, as the researcher points out in the article, the immune system recognizes them as dangerous and degrades them. Hence, the importance of disguising nanomedicines, he says.

The University of Salamanca demonstrates, once again, the high level of our researchers.

My sincere congratulations!

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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