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Photo of  Guilherme  Vilhena
Work Module 5, Office 508, 5th floor.
Work Phone: +34 91 497 2789

Biographical Info

  • Aug./2015 – to present – Postdoctoral Fellow at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, (Spain).
  • Mar./2013 – Jul./2015 – Postdoctoral Fellow at Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, (Spain).
  • Jan./2012 – Feb./2013 – Postdoctoral Fellow at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, (Spain).
  • Sept./2007 – Sept./2011 – PhD in physics from Université de Lyon, (France).
  • Sept./2003 – Sept./2007 – Physics Degree from Universidade de Coimbra, (Portugal).

Honors and Awards

  • PhD individual fellowship from Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology.
  • University of Coimbra best student award.

Research Interests

  • Mechanical properties of biological systems (proteins, DNA and viruses).
  • Protein adsorption to inorganic surfaces.
  • Friction at nanoscale.
  • Large scale (>1.000.000 atoms) molecular dynamics simulations to address a wide range of ill-understood biological processes.
  • Density-Functional-Theory (theory development and applications).
  • Exact properties of exchange and correlation functionals.
  • Ab-initio optical response of nano-materials (TDDFT, BSE).

Relevant/Recent Publications

  1. Stick-Slip motion of ssDNA over graphene, J. G. Vilhena, Enrico Gnecco, Remy Pawlak, Fernando Moreno-Herrero, Ernst Meyer and Ruben Perez, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b06952, (2017). [URL]
  2. Bioengineering a Single-Protein Junction, Marta P. Ruiz, Albert C. Aragonès, Nuria Camarero, J. G. Vilhena, Maria Ortega, Linda A. Zotti, Rubén Peréz, Juan Carlos Cuevas, Pau Gorostiza and Ismael Díez Pérez, Journal of the American Chemical Society 139 (43), 15337 (2017). [URL]
  3. Understanding the mechanical response of double-stranded DNA and RNA under constant stretching forces using all-atom MD, A. Marin-Gonzalez, J. G. Vilhena, Ruben Perez and Fernando Moreno-Herrero, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (27), 7049, (2017). [URL]
  4. Time strengthening of crystal nanocontacts, J. J. Mazo, D. Dietzel, A. Schirmeisen, J. G. Vilhena and E. Gnecco, Physical Review Letters 118 (24), 246101, (2017). [URL]
  5. Albumin (BSA) adsorption onto graphite stepped surfaces, P. Rubio-Pereda, J. G. Vilhena, N. Takeuchi, P. A. Serena and Ruben Perez, The Journal of Chemical Physics 146(21), 214704, (2017). [URL]
  6. Tailoring the thermal expansion of graphene via controlled defect creation, Guillermo López-Polín, Maria Ortega, J. G. Vilhena, Irene Alda, J. Gomez-Herrero, Pedro A. Serena, C. Gomez-Navarro and Rubén Pérez, Carbon 116, 670, (2017). [URL]
  7. Atomic-Scale Sliding Friction on Graphene in Water, J. G. Vilhena, Carlos Pimentel, Patricia Pedraz, Feng Luo, Pedro A Serena, Carlos M Pina, Enrico Gnecco and Rubén Pérez, ACS Nano, 10(4), 4288, (2016). [URL]
  8. Albumin (BSA) Adsorption over Graphene in Aqueous Environment: Influence of Orientation, Adsorption Protocol, and Solvent Treatment, J. G. Vilhena, P. Rubio-Pereda, P. Vellosillo, Pedro A. Serena and R Pérez, Langmuir 32(7), 1742, (2016). [URL]
  9. Adsorption orientations and immunological recognition of antibodies on graphene, J. G. Vilhena, A. C. Dumitru, Elena T Herruzo, Jesús I. Mendieta-Moreno, Ricardo Garcia, Pedro A. Serena and Rubén Pérez, Nanoscale 8(27), 13463, (2016). [URL]
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