Itzel Santizo

Early Stage Researcher – Universita Degli Studi di Trieste
Nationality – Mexican
Email – itzelsantizo (at) gmail.com

Starting date: 01/04/2012
left project: 31/01/2014

Research topic: Theoretical study of multiphoton and strong field molecular photoionization processes

Research abstract:
The project is focused on the development of algorithms and computer codes for the description of electronic continuum processes employing a multichannel close-coupling formalism. This is a natural development of the methods developed in our group, based on DFT and TDDFT hamiltonians for the treatment of single photon ionization processes in large molecules. The molecular LCAO B-spline code is the only ab-initio molecular approach capable to treat molecules of arbitrary complexity to study multiphoton ionization. In the framework of DFT, for the treatment of strong field ionization of complex molecules, is necessary to solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) using the Hamiltonian and dipole matrices provided by the B-spline R-Matrix method, for that purpouse , i am testing different time propagation schemes (Arnoldi- Lanczos, Pyprop) , i am also working on the implementation of a hybrid code to make a coupling between DFT (or TDDFT) with the B-Spline R-Matrix method .

Biography:
January 2012 – present: Early Stage Researcher, Department of Chemistry, Universita Degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste.
2010-2011: Complex systems associate researcher, Physics Institute, UNAM.
2009- 2010: Assistant National Researcher Level III.
2009: B.Sc. In Physics by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
2008: Assistant Professor of subject matter B Atomic and Condensed Matter Physics, UNAM, Mexico City.
2007: Assistant Professor of subject matter B Selected Topics in Solid State I: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, UNAM, Mexico City.
2006: Experimental summer at the University of Maryland, scientific foreign laboratories.

Research interests:
Ultrafast phenomena, Strong field physics, Multi-electron dynamics, Atomic Molecular and Optical physics (AMO), Attoscience, Nanoscience and Quantum optics

Publications and conference presentations:
“Intrinsic Chirality in Bare Gold Nanoclusters: The Au34-Case”, I. E. Santizo, F. Hidalgo, L. A. Perez, C. Noguez, I.L. Garzon, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112 (45), 17533 (2008)
Presentation of the lecture “Review on the Scanning Tunneling Microscopy technique for the structural characterization of nanostructures”, Leuven, Belgium, May 2011.
Presentation of the lecture “Chirality in Gold nanoclusters”, in topics on nanoscience and nanotechnology seminar, Leuven, Belgium, October 2010.
Presentation of poster “Chirality, Optical Activity and Adsorption of Gold Nanoclusters Enantiospecific” at the International Congress of American Chemical Society in Washington DC, USA, August 2009.
Presentation of poster: “Structural and Electronic Properties of Passivated Clusters : The Au102(SCH3)44 case” at the congress of the Mexican Physics Society in Acapulco, Gro., October 2009.
Presentation of the lecture “Structural and Electronic Properties of Chiral Gold nanoclusters” at the XVI International Congress of Materials Science in Cancun Mexico, October 2007.
Presentation of poster “Structural and Electronic Properties of Chiral Gold Nanoclusters” at the XVI International Congress of Materials Science in Cancun Mexico, October 2007.

Awards:
Recognition for presenting the talk “Structural and Electronic Properties of Chiral Gold Nanoclusters” at the symposium of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology at the XVI International Congress of Materials Science, diploma issued by the Mexican Society of Materials, November 2007.
Recognition for participation in the Summer Science program in foreign laboratories, a diploma issued by the Mexican Society of Physics, University of Maryland and the National Science Foundation, August 2006.