Antonio Benayas

Antonio Benayas is a postdoctoral researcher working in the group of Prof. Vetrone at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), -Énergie, Matériaux and Télécommunications centre; Varennes, Canada. He also holds an Eileen Iwanicki Fellowship on Breast Cancer Imaging, jointly stablished by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (CIHR-BCSC).

He obtained his PhD cum laude in Physics of Light and Matter from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain) in 2012. His PhD work was devoted to extensively work on inorganic materials´ spectroscopy; i.e.: laser cavities, thermal imaging, transparent laser ceramics, and confocal microscopy applied to optical/ structural characterization of waveguides. During those years, Antonio Benayas got involved in several international collaborative projects, thus spending internships at research institutions such as Universidade Federal de Alagoas (Brazil), University of Pittsburgh (USA) and Heriot-Watt University (UK). He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings, one book chapter -edited by the Royal Society of Chemistry- on fluorescence nanothermometry, and a number of communications to international conferences, with different scopes ranging from materials science to nanomedicine.

Antonio Benayas frequently collaborates on outreach and divulgation activities with Optical Society of America (OSA) and The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He is currently organizer and chair of the Nanomaterials Working in the Near-Infrared: Biomedical Applications symposium, this year at MS&T 16 international conference [October 23rd-27th - Salt Lake City, USA].

Dr. Benayas has been recently awarded with a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Action to develop dual-approach imaging nanoplatforms, in Stanford University (USA) and University of Aveiro (Portugal), from 2017 to 2020.

Research interests:

- Nanoprobes for light-based imaging.

- Fluorescent nanothermometry.

- Synthesis and applications of multifunctional fluorescent nanoparticles.

- Hyperspectral imaging and confocal microscopy.

- In vitro studies of light-triggered processes.