Carlos A. Meriles, Ph.D.,
is a Professor of Physics at the City College of New York and The Graduate Center CUNY. He is an experimental condensed matter physicist, specializing in nuclear magnetic resonance, spin physics, defects in wide band-gap semiconductors, and quantum metrology. His current research interests include diverse topics primarily related to spin control at the nanoscale, with potential applications lying at the crossroads of physics, chemistry and biology; ranging from high-resolution sensing to quantum information processing.
Presently, Carlos’ research at the City College’s new science building, the Center for Discovery and Innovation, focuses on (i) the development of new spin-based platforms for nanometer-resolution MRI and various nanoscale sensing protocols, (ii) quantum control of individual spin clusters for high-density data storage, quantum information processing, as well as quantum spintronics, and (iii) the generation of electron or nuclear spin hyper-polarization.
The Meriles group is comprised of 3 undergraduate and 4 doctoral students and 4 postdoctoral associates. The researchers have a background in either physics, chemistry or engineering. The group has mentored high school students during the summer. 4 doctoral students received their degree under Carlos’ mentorship.
Carlos’ research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Research Corporation for Science Advancement and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has published 68 peer reviewed papers and holds 7 United States or international patents. His papers has been cited more than 800 times since 2011 (Google Scholar). Some recent publications worth highlighting are:
1. “Long-term Data Storage in Diamond,” S. Dhomkar, J. Henshaw, H. Jayakumar, C.A. Meriles, Science Advances (in press).
2. “Optical Patterning of Trapped Charge in Nitrogen-doped Diamond,” H. Jayakumar, J. Henshaw, S. Dhomkar, D. Pagliero, A. Laraoui, N.B. Manson, R. Albu, M.W. Doherty, C.A. Meriles, Nature Commun 7, 12660 (2016).
3. “Imaging Thermal Conductivity with Nanoscale Resolution Using a Scanning Spin Probe,” A. Laraoui, H. Aycock-Rizzo, X. Lu, Y. Gao, E. Riedo, C.A. Meriles, Nature Commun. 6
, 8954 (2015).
4. “Probing Molecular Dynamics at the Nanoscale via an Individual Paramagnetic Center,” T.M. Staudacher, N. Raatz, S. Pezzagna, J. Meijer, F. Reinhard, C.A. Meriles, J. Wrachtrup, Nature
, 8527 (2015).
5. “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy on a (5nm) 3 volume of Liquid and Solid Samples,” T. Staudacher, F. Shi, S. Pezzagna, J. Meijer, J. Du, C.A. Meriles, F. Reinhard, J. Wrachtrup, Science 339
, 561 (2013).
Carlos joined the Physics Department faculty at the City College of New York in 2004. He is the recipient of an NSF-CAREER award (2006), CCNY’s Wegman Brothers Faculty Fellowship (2006), Research Corporation for Science Advancement’s Cottrell Scholar Award for Outstanding Young Faculty (2007) and Frontiers in Research Excellence and Discovery (FRED) Award (2016). He is a 2011 Alexander von Humboldt scholar and was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2015. He is currently a member of the American Physical Society committee on physics policy (APS-PPC). The PPC is devoted to addressing issues that affect the resources available to physics and the institutions where physics is practiced. In March 2007, Carlos gave testimony at a hearing of the U. S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Science Education on behalf of NSF-CAREER awardees (National Science Foundation Reauthorization Bill, April 2007).
As a young man living in Argentina, Carlos developed a deep interest in philosophy. His interest in the concept of critical thinking and readings of the ancient Greek philosophers became a pathway to the study of science and ultimately to physics. During this politically turbulent period, Argentina’s government underwent a transition from military to civilian leadership. Subjects that were suppressed during the country’s military rule were gradually reintroduced into his high school’s curriculum. With the gradual return of academic freedom, Carlos took the opportunity to organize a workshop and invite university faculty who lost their positions during the old regime for teaching evolution and other forbidden subjects.
Carlos obtained his Ph.D. in physics in 2000 at FaMAF, the mathematics, physics and astronomy division of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, under the supervision of Prof. Aldo H. Brunetti. Thereupon, Carlos continued his research in nuclear magnetic resonance as a postdoctoral fellow at Prof. Alexander Pines’ group at the University of California, Berkeley.
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