Vega, Marienette, M.

Status: 
Full Time
Biography: 

March 2015

PhD, Graduate School of Nanotechnology, University of Trieste (Trieste, Italy)
Supervisor: Sergo Valter, Ph.D., Tutor: Vanni Lughi,
Ph.D. Dissertation: Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy applied to biomedical nanomaterials

August 2009

MS in Physics, University of South Florida
(Tampa, Florida, USA)
Supervisor: Hariharan Srikanth, Ph.D.
Thesis: Magnetization Dynamics and Interparticle Interactions in Ferrofluids and Nanostructures

March 2004

MS in Physics, University of the Philippines – Diliman
(Quezon City, Philippines)
Supervisor: Cristine Villagonzalo, Dr. rer. nat.
Thesis: Magnetization and anisotropy of Fe/Co multilayers: a first principles calculation

March 2001

BS in Physics, University of the Philippines – Diliman
Supervisor: Marlon Daza, Ph.D.
Thesis: Vander Lugt filter: theory and application to optical pattern recognition

Professional Association & Recognition: 

August 2015 - Present

Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University, (Quezon City, Philippines)
Assistant Professor

Teaching a variety of physics lecture and lab classes. Developing a research lab in nanoparticle science; supervising students.

June 2012 - March 2015

Graduate School of Nanotechnology, University of Trieste, (Trieste, Italy)
Doctoral Graduate Researcher

Carried out independent research and performed Raman characterization on zirconia implants as required by the LONGlife Project. My responsibilities include optimization of measurement protocol on samples, data analysis, reporting of results and recommendations. Authored papers that were published in well-respected academic journals. Supervised some undergraduate and masters students in chemical synthesis and operation of the Raman spectrometer.

January 2007 - August 2009

Department of Physics, University of South Florida, (Tampa, Florida)
Research Assistant

Conducted independent research and routinely performed a multitude of technical tasks required by projects of the Functional Materials Laboratory. These tasks all revolved around synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles, ferrofluids, and carbon nanotubes for biomedical applications. Took full responsibility of the operation and troubleshooting of the Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS), which performs DC and AC magnetization, AC transport, resistivity, transverse susceptibility, magnetocaloric effect measurements on nanoparticles, ferrofluids, nanostructures and thin films. Authored papers that were published in well-respected academic journals.

June 2008 - August 2008

Sinmat, Inc., (Gainesville, Florida)
Industrial Summer Intern

Performed physical characterization of nanoparticle abrasives in different chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries using dynamic light scattering and disc centrifuge. Performed systematic measurements of their zeta potentials. Wrote and presented reports and recommendations of optimal abrasive parameters, i.e. particle size, concentration, zeta potential and pH, affecting CMP performance.

August 2005 - December 2006

Department of Physics, University of South Florida
Teaching Assistant

Provided laboratory instruction to pre-med students and supervised their experiments. Took full responsibility of grading.

November 2000 - April 2005

Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University, (Quezon City, Philippines)
Instructor

Taught introductory and intermediate classes on introductory mechanics and electromagnetic theory. Designed my own syllabus and homework problems.

December 2002 - March 2005

National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines – Diliman
Researcher, Structure and Dynamics Group

Developed numerical code in Fortran90 for the calculation of magnetization and anisotropy of magnetic multilayers and thin films using first-principles density functional theory.

June 1996 - December 2002

National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines – Diliman
Researcher, Photonics Research Laboratory

Investigated holography and its applications to non-destructive testing, optical pattern recognition, and optical data encryption. Wrote C++ code for image processing and analysis.

Faculty Position: 
Assistant Professor
Research Interest: 

Nanoscience and nanotechnology: nanoparticle-enhanced spectroscopy, materials characterization, nanoparticles & biosensing applications, magnetism & magnetic materials, computational chem-
istry (density-functional theory)

Research: 

Publications

M. Morales Vega, A. Bonifacio, V. Lughi, V. Sergo, Piezospectroscopic analysis of novel Ceria-stabilized zirconia bone implants, in preparation.

M. Morales Vega, A. Bonifacio, V. Lughi, V. Sergo, Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy on zirconia-based implants, in preparation.

M. Morales Vega, A. Bonifacio, V. Lughi, V. Sergo, Low-level monoclinic content detection in zirconia implants using Raman spectroscopy, Nano-Structures for Optics and Photonics, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics, pp 539-540 (2015).

M. Morales Vega, A. Bonifacio, V. Lughi, S. Marsi, S. Carrato, V. Sergo, Long-term stability of surfactant-free gold nanostars, Journal of Nanoparticle Research 16, 2729 (2014).

M. B. Morales, S. Pal, N.A. Frey, M.H. Phan, P. Mukherjee, H. Srikanth, Origin of magnetic anomalies in the liquid, mixed and frozen states of ferrofluids, Physics Express Vol. 1, Issue 4, pp. 247-254 (2011).

M. H. Phan, M. B. Morales, N. S. Bingham, C. L. Zhang, S. W. Cheong and H. Srikanth, Phase coexistence and magnetocaloric effect in La5/8−yPryCa3/8MnO3 (y = 0.275), Physical Review B 81, 094413 (2010).

M. H. Phan, M. B. Morales, C. N. Chinnasamy, B. Latha, V. G. Harris and H. Srikanth, Magnetocaloric effect in nanostructured Gd3Fe5O12 garnet nanoparticles, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 42 (2009).

M. B. Morales, M. H. Phan , S. Pal, N. A. Frey, and H. Srikanth, Particle blocking and carrier fluid freezing effects on the magnetic properties of Fe3O4-based ferrofluids, Journal of Applied Physics, 105, 07B511 (2009).

S. Pal, M. Morales, P. Mukherjee and H. Srikanth, Synthesis and magnetic properties of gold coated iron oxide nanoparticles, Journal of Applied Physics, 105, 07B504 (2009).

P. Poddar, M. B. Morales, N. A. Frey, S. A. Morrison, E. E. Carpenter and H. Srikanth, Transverse susceptibility study of the effect of varying dipolar interactions on anisotropy peaks in a 3D assembly of soft ferrite nanoparticles, Journal of Applied Physics, 104, 063901 (2008).

J. Gass, N. A. Frey, M. B. Morales, M. J. Miner, S. Srinath and H. Srikanth, Magnetic anisotropy and magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in NiFe2O4 nanoparticles, MRS Proceedings Vol. 962, 0962-P05-03 (2007).

M. B. Morales and C. Villagonzalo, Enhancement of Fe magnetic moments in Fe/Co (001) multilayers, Science Diliman, Vol. 16, No. 2 (2004).

M. B. Morales, P. Almoro, and M. Daza, Holographic studies on human femur with internal fixations, Science Diliman, Vol. 11, No. 2 (1999).

Schools and Workshops Attended

Winter College on Optics: Fundamentals of Photonics - Theory, Devices and Applications, 10-21 February 2014, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy

Second Conference on Nanotechnology for Biological and Biomedical Applications (Nano-Bio-Med 2013), 14-18 October 2013, ICTP, Trieste, Italy

International School Of Atomic And Molecular Spectroscopy: Nano-Structures For Optics And Photonics, 4-19 July 2013, Erice School 2013, Erice, Italy

1st Annual IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School, August 2008, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Ruhuna International School on Computational and Mathematical Physics (RISCMAP), 20-31 December 2004, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Selected Talks and Presentations

Low-Level monoclinic content detection in Zirconia implants using Raman spectroscopy, International School Of Atomic And Molecular Spectroscopy: Nano-Structures For Optics And Photonics (2013 Erice School), Erice, Italy, July 2013. (Oral presentation)

Probing the effect of interparticle interactions inferrite nanoparticles using transverse susceptibility, APS March Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2008. (Oral presentation)

Comparative study of magnetic properties of hexane and dodecane based ferrofluids with Fe3O4 and CoFe2O4 nanoparticle dispersions, MMM Conference, Tampa, Florida, November 2007. (Poster presentation)

Magnetic properties of static Fe3O4 ferrofluids, APS March Meeting, Denver, Colorado, March 2007. (Oral presentation)

Enhancement of Fe magnetic moments in Fe/Co (001) multilayers, Ruhuna International School on Computational and Mathematical Physics (RISCMAP) University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, December 20-31, 2004 (Poster presentation)

Magnetic properties of Fe/Co multilayers with perfect interfaces, Proc. of the 6th National Physics Workshop, 2004. (Poster presentation)

Magnetization and anisotropy of Fe/Co: a first-principles calculation, Proc. of the 21st National Physics Congress, 2003. (Oral presentation)

Optical pattern recognition in silver halide films, Proc. of the 18th National Physics Congress, 2000. (Oral presentation)

Holographic studies on human femur with internal fixations, Proc. of the 17th National Physics Congress, 1999. (Plenary presentation)

Technical Skills

Significant experience in the operation and troubleshooting of:

  • inVia Raman system with Leica confocal microscope (Renishaw, Wotton-under-Edge, UK)
  • Transmission electron microscope (Philips EM 208 and Morgagni 280)
  • UV-Vis spectrophotometer (Perkin-Elmer Lambda 20 Bio)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (Netzsch DSC F3 Maia)
  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (Bruker IFS28)
  • Physical Property Measurement System (Quantum Design, Model 6000)
  • RF Magnetometry (Transverse Susceptibility Probe)
  • X-ray Diffractometer (Bruker D8 Focus)
  • Atomic Force Microscope (Dimension 3000)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (JEOL JSM-6390LV)
  • NanoTrac Dynamic Light Scattering
  • Brookhaven Instruments Corporation (BIC) Zeta Phase Analysis Light Scattering
  • CPS Disc centrifuge nanoparticle analyzer

Computer languages used:

  • Fortran 90
  • C++

Proficient in the following software:

  • R
  • Labview
  • MatLab
  • Origin
  • LATEX
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3
  • Macromedia Flash
  • Dreamweaver
  • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher and Project)

Operating Systems:

  • Windows
  • Linux
Selected Professional Associations, Awards and Recognition: 

Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate School of Nanotechnology (January 2012 to present), University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

Ranked #1 in School of Nanotechnology Graduate Admissions Exam (January 2012), University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

Scholarship & Travel Grant (August 2008), 1st Annual IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Research Assistantship (January 2007 to August 2009), Center for Integrated Functional Materials (CIFM), University of South Florida

Teaching Assistantship (September 2005 to December 2006), Department of Physics, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Scholarship & Travel Grant (December 2005), Centre International de Mathematiques Pures et Appliquees (CIMPA) and International Mathematical Union (IMU), Ruhuna International School on Computational and Mathematical Physics, Sri Lanka

University Research Scholarship, (June 2003 to March 2004), Office of the Vice President-Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines – Diliman

National Science Scholarship (June 2001 to March 2004), Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCASTRD)