Main researchers

Rodrigo Soto

Rodrigo Soto is full professor of the Department of Physics of the University of Chile and director of the Millennium Nucleus Physics of Active Matter.

Doctor in sciences with mention in Physics (UCh), has more than 60 publications and more than 1000 citations to his works in its main lines of investigation: statistical mechanics,fluids mechanics, granular matter, computational physics and active matter.

His professional career includes a postdoctoral position at École Normale Supérieure of Lyon (France) and visiting researcher position at the universities of Oxford (England), Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and École Superieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles of Paris (France).

He has formed more than 1600 undergraduate and graduate students, 150 of them in his condition of visiting professorand, since 2009, he has led seven research projetcs.

Author of the book Kinetic Theory and Transport Phenomena (Master Series in Physics Oxford University, 2016), Rodrigo Soto is currently in charge of a Fondecyt project, is responsible researcher in Chile of the Laboratoire International Associé (France) and is director of the Doctorate Programme in Physics in the University of Chile.

María Luisa Cordero

Doctor in Mechanics of Fluids from the École Polytechnique of Paris (France), Maria Luisa Cordero is the deputy director of the Millennium Nucleus Physics of Active Matter.

Expert in “laboratories on a chip”, she builds microfluidic experimental setups to study the dynamics of confined water drops in microchannels, to understand and predict their behaviour when exposed to external flows.

Assistant professor of the Department of Physics of the University of Chile, Maria Luisa performed a postdoctoral stay at the Department of Aeronautics and Mechanical of Fluids, in the University of Sevilla (Spain), adding to the date eleven publications and 299 citations in scientific journals along her career.

Given the applied potential of microfluidics in the fields of biology, biotechnology and chemistry, she constantly performs multidisciplinary collaborations that have involved researchers of the departments of Physics, Chemical Engineering and Medicine of the University of Chile, the Faculty of Biological Sciences and Engineering of PUC and of the University of Notre Dame (EE.UU).

Felipe Barra

Doctor in Sciences of the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and associate professor of the Department of Physics of the University of Chile, Felipe Barra is associate researcher of the Millennium Nucleus Physics of Active Matter.

Graduate and Master in Sciences with mention in Physics (UCh) and postdoctoral fellow of the Weizmann Institute of Sciences, in Israel, his fields of research include propagation of elastic waves on disordered media, chaotic systems that present stationary states of non-equilibrium and quantum description of thermodynamic systems, especially open ones. This last area links to the study of active matter.

Since 2011 this theoretical physicist has published 45 articles, his work has been cited 349 times and has participated actively in several seminars and talks both national as international.

Since 2006, he has led 10 research projects and he currently is the main researcher of a project of the National Fund of Scientific and Technological Development (Fondecyt) that ends in 2019.