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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 9 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 research is focused 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. Now my goal is to link the nanoscale response measured by AFM with the macroscopic materials properties.

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:

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.