Dr. Jhonathan Prieto Rojas

JPR_2.jpgBSc, National University of Colombia, 2009
MSc, KAUST, 2010
PhD, KAUST, 2014

Where are you now?

I am a postdoctoral fellow at University of california at Berkeley.

Why did you choose KAUST?

Establishing a brand new university is a challenge on many fronts, but I felt I could relate to the vision and mission of KAUST. I also felt the great effort and investment to set up the University would pay off in the future. Attending KAUST has been a great opportunity to interact with new cultures, widen my international experience, and expand my connections. It has been an adventure and a challenge, but beyond a doubt it has been the best experience of my life.

How is KAUST helping you fulfill your dream?

My goal is to become a successful researcher, and my experience at KAUST has taken me closer to this goal. The state-of-the-art facilities and equipment have been a great advantage. I have also met people who have inspired me through their commitment to their work and their impressive set of skills. Through them I have learned the rewards of hard and innovative work; this has allowed me to grow as a professional and has given me very high work standards.  
What is your research topic?

I am working on two main projects. One is related to flexible electronics; in this project, we have developed a new technique that enables the fabrication of high-performing and cost-effective electronic devices on a mechanically flexible inorganic platform. The second project involves fabricating a so-called "Energy Chip." This will be able to produce its own energy from the surrounding environment and then store it for later use.
What are your research accomplishments so far? 

His publications include 24 journal and conference papers (including 4 cover articles) where he has first-authored 11 of them including high impact journals like Nature Scientific Reports (2013), Nano Letters (2011, 2012), ACS Nano (cover article) (2014), Adv. Mat. (VIP article and cover article), Small (frontispiece) (2013), IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (2013), Applied Physics Letters (APL) (2013), Physica Status Solidi RRL (cover article) (2013), IEEE MEMS (2012), IEEE Nano (2012), MRS Fall Meeting 2012, etc. Jhonathan has also 5 pending US patent applications. ​

What do you think about the KAUST environment and social life? 

The University’s beautiful campus by the Red Sea allows residents to enjoy many different activities, such as diving, snorkeling, and other aquatic sports. The rich international community is always organizing events to showcase the different cultures on campus so you can learn all about them. Living at KAUST is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that helps you to open up to the diversity of the world.