About Me

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Hi everyone, I’m Daniel but almost everybody calls me Dani! I’ve been working on academic research for the past 10 years, focused on how can we apply our knowledge on polymers (plastic-based materials) to understand key physical properties that control the materials behavior in possible state-of-the-art technologies. I have dedicated my professional career to the development of methodologies for the preparation and study of advanced polymer systems: from nanostructured surfaces to polymer nanospheres and nanoparticles.

Most of my experimental research is divided in two main lines. First, I’m focusing on the study of physical properties at the nanoscale using an advanced technique called Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Via AFM measurements I’ve been able to make images of molecular organization, as well as to study the mechanical and electrical behavior of polymers. Even more, one of my microscopy images was selected as cover for one important scientific journal. Second, on the macroscopic side, my research is focused on study Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS), to study polymers’ molecular dynamics. In fact, my research career started in a group dedicated to BDS and until today continues in a group with a mean focus in this technique. Now my goal is to link the nanoscale response measured by AFM with the macroscopic materials properties by BDS.

Although  I was born and raised in Venezuela, currently I’m working as Juan de la Cierva Fellow at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). I carry out my research in the Polymers and Soft Matter Group. Also, as you will find on this website, I’ve been collaborating for several years in outreach activities, mostly explaining how materials science helps improving society.

Wanna get in touch? Feel free to contact me at hello@danielmtong.com

Dani’s different interests:

With no special order…

1) Polymer nanostructures: synthesis, growth and preparation methods.
2) Polymer physics.
3) Broadband dielectric spectroscopy in polymer-based systems.
4) Laser structuring of materials (beyond polymers).
5) Atomic Force Microscopy for nanoscale studies on material science.