Jairo A. Diaz is a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University. There, he investigates the dynamics and self-assembly of soft matter at the mesoscopic scale with Professor David J. Pine. Diaz received his B.S. from the National University of Colombia, Bogota, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.
His doctoral research was primarily focused on controlling the self-assembly of chiral nanocrystals to finely tune thermal and optical properties of thin films used for organic electronics. His approach of coupling contrast-enhanced microscopy with digital image correlation contributed to the measurement of thermal strains in soft materials. His research has deserved previous recognitions, such as the Purdue Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship and Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award.