Jaime Ruiz-Robles


Jaime Fidel Ruiz-Robles earned his BS in physics from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 2016. After his graduation he published his research on the synthesis of novel mesoscopic hollow gold particles and their optical properties. In two other publications he discussed his work on the physicochemical properties of two-dimensional RNA and DNA condensed structures. Next, Jaime obtained a MSc degree in materials chemistry at UCLA, under supervision of William Gelbart and Jeffrey Zink. His research, aided by a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, focused on two original projects centered on the synthesis and in vitro study of mesoporous silica nanosystems enveloped in plant virus capsids as a capping agent for cargo delivery. This novel approach intertwined the fields of inorganic material studies and physical virology. Since college, Jaime’s goal has been to work on the conservation of cultural heritage. After his BS he therefore proposed a thesis project on the deacidification of books, using a thermodynamic process and develop the synthesis of rod-like alumina-silicate clays that are already utilized in conservation. Jaime is also interested in applying his knowledge in material science and instrument techniques in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials to be applied for the preservation of different types of wall paintings, among other applications in conservation.