Gabriela B. González Avilés




DePaul University, Department of Physics (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

  Associate Professor    (July 2013 – Present)


DePaul University, Department of Physics (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

  Assistant Professor    (September 2007 – June 2013)


Northwestern University,  Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (Evanston, Illinois, USA)

  Part-time Visiting Scholar in the Interdisciplinary Research Group 1    (June 2009 – Present)



European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Experiments Division (Grenoble, France)

  Junior Scientist and Post-Doctoral Fellow    (May 2003 September 2007)



Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA)

    PhD in Materials Science and Engineering    (June 2003)

    Walter P Murphy Fellow 


University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)   Magna Cum Laude

    Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering    (December 1996)

    Bachelor of Science in Systems Science and Engineering    (December 1996)


    - William Penn Pre-Graduate Fellow and AMP Scholar

    - Hugo Otto Wolf Memorial Prizes in both Materials Science and Systems Engineering

    - Waldo Semon Award Finalist

    - POLYED Undergraduate Research Award



Current Interests

    - synthesis, structural, and electrical characterization of transparent conducting oxides
    - Structural determination of hydroxyapatite materials (synthetic bone)
    - In situ high-temperature studies of crystalline and amorphous materials using high-energy x-ray diffraction


Visiting Scholar

Interdisciplinary Research Group 2 on Functional Heteroanionic Materials via the Science of Synthesis at Northwestern University (2017-present)

Interdisciplinary Research Group 2 on Fundamentals of Amorphous Oxide Semiconductors at Northwestern University (2010-2017)

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (Summer 2009 - 2010).


Projects as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Junior Scientist

    - In situ, high-temperature, x-ray diffraction investigations on the grain growth kinetics of nano-indium-tin oxide powders and on the In2O3-SnO2 phase diagram.

    - X-ray diffraction studies on the kinetics of crystallization of liquid and solid, hydroxyapatite precursors, and on their phase transitions as a function of temperature, dopants (Pb, Cd, Zn, Sr), and different chemical synthesis conditions. 


PhD Dissertation

     X-ray and neutron diffraction studies on the defect structure of bulk- and nano-indium-tin-oxide.


Undergraduate Senior Design Projects

   - Synthesis and characterization of siOx films via a polymer precursor route.  

    - Improvement of the bonding of recycled tires into concrete



    - Journal of the American Ceramic Society

    - Scripta Materialia

    - Materials Science and Engineering B




    Fluent in English, Spanish, and French