Jianghong Rao Lab In the Departments of Radiology and Chemistry

Antonio Benayas, Ph.D.

Antonio Benayas, Ph.D.

Antonio did his PhD with Dr. Daniel Jaque at Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), in Spain, where he worked on using the luminescence from lanthanide/transition metals-doped systems to monitor both laser-induced structural modifications and real-time temperature changes. After getting his PhD, he joined Professor Fiorenzo Vetrone to put in place his new multispectral microscopy lab at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (near Montreal; Canada). Antonio developed a research line synthesizing lanthanide luminescent nanoparticles for biomedical applications, also applying near-infrared emitting quantum dots toin vivo imaging.

In current research, Antonio focus on new avenues for photoacoustic imaging (specially Multi Spectral Optoacoustic Tomography), near-infrared fluorescence in vivo imaging probes, and luminescent non-invasive nanonothermometers

Ph.D. in Physics of Light and Matter October 2012 
Fluorescence Imaging Group, Physics of Materials Department, Faculty of Science, UAM

M.Sc. in Photonics July 2008
Physics of Materials Department, Faculty of Science, UAM

Recent publications

- A. Skripka; A. Benayas; R. Marin; P. Canton; E. Hemmer; F. Vetrone (2017). Double rare-earth nanothermometer in aqueous media: opening the third optical transparency window to temperature sensingNanoscale 9: 3079-3085

- E. Hemmer; A. Benayas; F. Legare; F. Vetrone (2016). Exploiting the biological windows: current perspectives on fluorescent bioprobes emitting above 1000 nm. Nanoscale Horizons. 1: 168 - 184. 

A. Benayas; F. Ren; E. Carrasco; V. Marzal; B. Del Rosal; B.A. Gonfa; A. Juarranz; F. Sanz-Rodríguez; D. Jaque; J. García-Sole; D. Ma; F. Vetrone (2015). PbS/CdS/ZnS Quantum Dots: A Multifunctional Platform for in Vivo Near-Infrared Low-Dose Fluorescence Imaging. Advanced Functional Materials. 25: 6650 - 6659. 

A. Benayas; B. Del Rosal; A. Pérez-Delgado; K. Santacruz-Gomez; D. Jaque; G.A. Hirata; F. Vetrone (2015). Nd:YAG Near-Infrared Luminescent Nanothermometers. Advanced Optical Materials. 3: 687 - 694. 

Competitive Fellowships & Awards

- 3-year Eileen Iwanicki Postdoctoral Fellowship on Breast Cancer Imaging from Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Breast Cancer Society of Canada; mark 4.34/4.9, ranked 65º among 406 international candidates.

- One-year Postdoctoral Fellowship from FRQNT-MELS (Québec, Canada); internationally ranked in the second 2nd among 19 final awardees (> 100 candidates).

- December 2005: Special Award within the “4th Nationwide Contest Archimedes on Introductory Research Performed by Undergraduate Students” (Spanish Ministry of Science and Education), awarded with 4000 €. Project: Laser pulses train obtained from a Nd:Al(BO3)4 (NAB) crystal inside a SESAM cavity.


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