Chemistry Faculty: José A. Jiménez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Office: Science & Engineering (Building 50), Room 3534

Lab: Science & Engineering (Building 50), Room 3536

Phone: (904) 620-1963



Bachelor of Science - Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico 1998

Ph.D. - University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez 2009

Postdoctoral Research - New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL 2010-2011


Dr. Jiménez teaches Physical Chemistry lecture and laboratory, and General Chemistry I laboratory

Research Interests

Dr. Jiménez’s research interests are in physical/materials chemistry, focusing on:

  • Preparation and processing (e.g. solid-state chemistry, in situ techniques, laser irradiation) of novel optical materials such as nanoparticle and rare-earth doped glasses and thin films
  • Optical interactions and energy transfer processes at the nanoscale (e.g., plasmonics)
  • Luminescence and optical spectroscopy of solids, emphasizing amorphous systems
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy and nonlinear optics
  • Materials characterization and analysis (e.g. XPS, XRD, TEM, Raman)

Projects are envisioned for the design of material systems for a wide range of functional applications such as laser materials, display devices, optical data storage, telecommunications, solar cell technology, chemical sensing, antimicrobial bio-composites ,and tissue engineering. Obtaining physico-chemical insights on underlying material properties and the tailoring of such for applications are key aspects of the research.

Jimenez Research