Arturo Ponce Pedraza

Dr. Arturo Ponce Pedraza is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Ponce is the leader of the Structure physics and electron microscopy  group at UTSA.

PhD Students

ArturoGalindoArturo Galindo (2019-at present)

PhD project: Study of magneto-plasmonic coupling in multisegmented metallic nanowires synthesized by electrochemical deposition

andreiAndrei Alfredo Hernandez Robles (2018-at present)

PhD project: Study of 2D materials grown by aberration-corrected microscopy and measurements of peizoelectrocity by performing in-situ TEM experiments

Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. Jose Luis Reyes. 2018-present: Fabrication high dense 2D arrays of metallic nanowires using a variety of electrochemical methods


Dr. German Soldano. Fulbright Scholar. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. Theoretical calculations: Modeling, DFT and MD

Former members


Prakash Parajuli, PhD
Dissertation on March 2019

Title: Microstructural evolution and atomic-level segregation in metallic alloys films: an approach towards grain boundary engineering


Eduardo Ortega Aguilar, PhD
Dissertation on May 2018

Title: Mapping of physical properties and structure of nanomaterials by dose controlled electron holography and precession electron diffraction


Diego Alducin, PhD
Dissertation on May 2016

Title: In situ Transmission Electron Microscopy Experimentation of Nanostructured Materials


Jesus Cantu-Valle, PhD
Dissertation on Nov 2014

Title: Quantitative phase imaging of metallic nanostructures using off-axis electron holography

  • Postdoctoral fellow: Dr. Alfredo Benitez Lara 11/2015-10/2017
    Currently Research scientist at CIO

Undergraduate students

  • Kassandra Herrera, BSc in Physics
  • Tyler Wynne, BSc in Physics
  • Simon Jenks, BSc in Physics
  • Jun Lee, BSc in Physics
  • Erik Perez, BSc in Physics
  • Alan Baza, BSc in Physics
  • Jacob Flowers, BSc in Physics
  • David Sanchez, BSc in Physics

International visiting students

  • Graduate student: Edgar Ochoa (Mexico)-2018-2019
    Insituto de Materiales, UNAM
  • Graduate student: Clemente Fernando (Mexico)-2018-2019
    Instituto de Fisica, UNAM
  • Undergraduate student: Rocío Sánchez (Mexico) 2018
    Universidad Anahuac Campus Norte
  • Graduate student: Ramses Martinez (Mexico)-2018
    Universidad Veracruzana
  • Graduate student: Alejandra Rivas (Mexico)-2016
    Tecnologico de Celaya
  • Graduate student: Aldemar  Gordillo (Colombia)-2017
    Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Graduate students: Carlos Casillas (Mexico)-2015
  • Graduate student: Guadalupe Rodriguez (Mexico)-2015
    Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
  • Graduate student: Edwing Salazar (Mexico)-2015
    Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi
  • Graduate students: Rebeca Ortega (Mexico)-2017
  • Graduate student: Alejandro Perez (Mexico)-2017
  • Graduate student: Yenny Casallas (Mexico)-2013
  • Undergraduate student: Victor Gonzalez (Mexico)-2014
    Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
  • Undergraduate student: Alberto Vazquez (Mexico)-2014
    Tecnologico de Monterrey