Aquiles Carattino, Ph.D.

Scientific Software Developer, Physicist

Career Summary

Physicist with a strong background in optics. After finishing my Ph.D. in single nanoparticle detection I started my own project developing software for research labs. That is how I founded Uetke and Python For The Lab. I have developed software for a wide range of experiments, focusing on automation and empowering users to implement their own solutions. I have also started teaching how to use Python for controlling setups through workshops organized at universities. Always looking for new and exciting opportunities.

Work Experience

Postdoc

Utrecht University
2018 - Present

In June 2018 I have joined on a part-time basis the group of Sanli Faez at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. The goal of the project is to further develop the nano capillary electrokinetic tracking setup (nanoCET). I will develop the software to acquire and analyze data and will build a new, more compact and easy to operate device. The ultimate goal is to be ready to transition the technology to a spin-off.

Technologies used:

  • Optical Fibers
  • Nanoparticles
  • Microscopy
  • Python
  • PyQt
  • Trackpy
  • numpy

Scientific Software Developer - Founder

Uetke
2017 - Present

Building open source software for controlling setups and managing data. Shortening the time it takes to a research group to be ready to perform experiments. Organizing workshops to empower young researchers with the tools needed for successfully gaining control of their setups. More information available at Uetke.com

Achievements:

I have developed different programs for setups and designed a course for young scientists:

  • Python For The Lab (Knowledge website)
  • Fast camera acquisition and nanoparticle tracking.
  • Optical tweezer control.
  • Laser scanning setup.
  • Network control of devices.
  • Confocal microscope control.

Technologies used:

  • Hamamatsu Orca Flash
  • Photonic Science
  • National Instruments
  • Python
  • PyQt
  • Parallel Programming

Ph.D. in Physics

Leiden University
2012 - 2017

I worked in a single-particle/molecule laboratory, lead by Prof. Michel Orrit. The main focus of my research project was to study the luminescence properties of single gold-nanoparticles. I built a confocal microscope and developed new techniques to image nanoparticles and to measure their temperature with far-field optics.

Achievements:

During my Ph.D. I managed to develop skills also beyond the technical aspects

  • Built the software for controlling the setup (Python)
  • Supervised two master and one bachelor projects
  • Collaborated with two international guests
  • Teacher assistant of Atomic and Molecular Physics and of Natuurkunde Onderzoek (laboratory)
  • Courses on presenting and writing

Publications

Technologies used:

  • Spectroscopy
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Gold Nanoparticles
  • Anti-Stokes luminescence
  • Optics

Research Assistant

Tenaris
2011 - 2012

I worked in the department of Reheat Furnaces at the R&D division. The focus of the work was to model the process in which steel tubes are reheated in order to achieve specific mechanical properties. I have modeled gas and electrical induction furnaces using finite element analysis, both with in-house developed code and commercial packages. Special measurements allowed us to confirm the validity of the models.

Technologies used:

  • Finite-element analysis (FEA)
  • COMSOL
  • Fortran
  • Python

Skills & Tools

Programming

  • Python
  • PyQt
  • Numpy
  • Linux
  • Django

Physics

  • Optical Microscopy
  • Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Nanoparticles
  • Optical tweezers

Others

  • Git
  • Jupyter Notebooks
  • Wordpress
  • Nginx
  • Flask
  • Pelican
  • Digital Ocean
  • COMSOL

Education

  • Ph.D. in Physics
    Leiden University
    2012 - 2017
  • B.Sc. & M.Sc. Physics
    University of Buenos Aires
    2005 - 2010

Miscellaneous

  • UtrechtInc Science Venture
    The nanoCET project has been accepted to the program provided by the incubator associated with the University of Utrecht.
  • Business Orientation Week (Nyenrode)
    Full-time program aimed at physicists looking to transition out of academia.
  • Leiden PhD association (LEO)
    Vice-chair, treasurer, webmaster of the association, 2014-15
  • Network of Argentinian Researchers in The Netherlands
    Coordinator of the network during 2016.

Languages

  • Spanish (Native)
  • English (Professional)
  • Italian (Professional)
  • Portuguese (Brazilian) (Professional)
  • Dutch Basic, B1 level

Interests

  • Tango Dancing
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Writing