Professor Rolando Castillo


  • Institute of Physics. National University of Mexico
  • Phone: + (52) (55) 562-25094 or 562-25080
  • Fax: + (52) (55) 561-61535 or 562-25008
  • P. O. Box 20- 364, Mexico D.F. 01000
  • E-mail:


  • Bachelor in Chemistry. National University of Mexico. 1976.
  • Master in Science (Physics). National University of Mexico. 1981
  • Doctor in Science (Physics). National University of Mexico. 1986.


  • Full time Researcher. Institute of Physics, UNAM.

Areas of interest

  • Molecular structure of simple liquids and of complex fluids (lyiotropic liquid crystals, microemulsions, colloids, confined fluids, monolayers, proteins)

Field of interest

  • Liquids and Complex fluids: monolayers, microemulsions, colloids, proteins, lyotropic liquid crystals.


  • Catedrático UNAM Level II (1998-2002)
  • "FERNANDO ALBA 2004" Medal for experimental physics development. Institute of Physics. UNAM. 2004.
  • DEVELOPMENT IN PHYSICS AWARD 2008. Mexican Physical Society. 2008.

Scientific papers

Antonio Tavera-Vázquez, Natalia Rincón-Londoño,Ricky F López-Santiago and Rolando Castillo Measuring mesoscopic scales in complex fluids embedded with giant cylindrical micelles with diffusing wave spectroscopy micro-rheology.Review
J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 34 (2022) 034003 (17pp)

Zenaida Briceño-Ahumada, J.F.A. Soltero-Martínez and Rolando Castillo
Aqueous foams and emulsions stabilized by mixtures of silica nanoparticles and surfactants: A state-of-the-art. Review
Chemical Engineering Journal Advances 7 (2021) 100116

Brisa Arenas-Gómez; Cristina Garza; Yun Liu and Rolando Castillo
Alignment of Worm-like micelles at intermediate and high shear rates
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.560 (2020) 618–625

Luviano, A; Campos-Terán J;Langevin, D; Castillo, R; Espinosa, G.
Mechanical properties of DPPC-POPE mixed Langmuir monolayers
Langmuir 2019, 35, 16734-167442019

N. Rincón-Londoño, A. Tavera-Vázquez, C. Garza, N. Esturau-Escofet, A. Kozina, and R. Castillo
Structural Changes in Worm-Like Micelles on the Incorporation of Small Photo-Switchable Molecules
J. Phys. Chem. B 2019, 123, 9481-9490

V. Carrasco-Fadanelli and R. Castillo
Measurement of the force between uncharged colloidal particles trapped at a flat air/water interface
Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 5815.

Antonio Tavera-Vázquez; Brisa Arenas-Gómez; Cristina Garza; Yun Liu and Rolando Castillo
Structure, Rheology, and Microrheology of Wormlike Micelles Made of PB-PEO Diblock Copolymers
Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 7264

Anna Kozina, Salvador Ramos, Pedro Díaz-Leyva and Rolando Castillo
Bilayers of Janus and homogeneous particle mixtures trapped at an air/water interface
Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 2582

Selmani, Atida; Tavera-Vazquez, Antonio; Garza, Cristina; Castillo, Rolando
Tuning the Viscoelastic-Gel Transition of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes Embedded in pH-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Solutions
J. Phys. Chem. B 2018, 122, 348-359

Juan V Escobar, Cristina Garza, Rolando Castillo
Measuring Adhesion on Rough surfaces using Atomic Force Microscopy with a Liquid Probe
Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 8, 813–825. 2017

Blanca Delgado-Coello, Danai Montalvan-Sorrosa, Armando Cruz-Rangel, Marcela Sosa-Garrocho, Beatriz Hernández-Téllez , Marina Macías-Silva, Rolando Castillo, Jaime Mas-Oliva
Label-free surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of lipid-rafts from hepatocyte plasma membranes
J. Raman Spectrosc. 2017, 48, 659–667

Juan V. Escobar and Rolando Castillo
Force of adhesion on super-solvophobic surfaces: the role of capillary necks
PHYSICAL REVIEW E 93, 022804 (2016)

D. Montalvan-Sorrosa, J.L González-Solís, J. Mas-Oliva and R. Castillo
Filamentous virus decoration with gold nanoparticles: Global fingerprints of bionanocomposites acquired with SERS
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 57329

Erick Sarmiento-Gómez, Beatriz Morales-Cruzado, and Rolando Castillo
Absorption effects in Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy
Applied Optics (2014)

Brisa Arenas-Gómez, Marko Vincekovic, Cristina Garza and Rolando Castillo
Worm-like Micelles in Water Solutions of 1, 4 Poly (1, 3-butadiene) – Polyethylene Oxide Diblock Copolymer
Eur. Phys. J. E (2014) 37: 51

Paola Mendoza-Espinosa, Danai Montalvan-Sorrosa, Victor García-González, Abel Moreno, Rolando Castillo, Jaime Mas- Oliva
Microenvironmentally controlled secondary structure motifs of apoliprotein A-1 derived peptides
Mol Cell Biochem (2014) 393:99–109

Erick Sarmiento-Gomez, Iván Santamaría-Holek, Rolando Castillo
The Mean-Square Displacement of particles in Slightly Interconnected Polymer Networks
J. Phys Chem B 2014, 118, 1146-1158

Juan V. Escobar and Rolando Castillo
Force of adhesion upon loss of the contact angle hysteresis: when a liquid behaves like a solid
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS,111, 226102 (2013)

Juan V Escobar, Cristina Garza, Juan Carlos Alonso, Rolando Castillo
Super-mercuryphobic and hydrophobic diamond surfaces with hierarchical structures: vanishment of the contact angle hysteresis with mercury
Applied Surface Science. 2013

Pilar brocos, Paola Mendoza-Espinosa, Rolando Castillo, Jaime Mas-Oliva and Angel Piñeiro
Molecular dynamics simulations of micelles: Coarse-grain for self-assembly and atomic resolution for finer details.
Soft Matter, 2012, 8. 9005

E. Sarmiento-Gomez, D.Montalvan-Sorrosa, C. Garza, J. Mas-Oliva, and R.Castillo
Rheology and DWS Microrheology of Concentrated Suspensions of the Semiflexible Filamentous fd-Virus
The European Physical Journal E (2012) 35: 35

Suliman Barhoum, Rolando Castillo, and Anand Yethiraja
Characterization of Dynamics and Internal Structure of a Mixed-Surfactant Wormlike Micellar System Using NMR and Rheometry
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6950

José Campos-Terán, Paola Mendoza Espinosa, Jaime Mas and R. Castillo
Conformational and Disorder to Order Transitions in Proteins: Structure / Function Correlation in Apolipoproteins
Eds. Weibo Cai and Hao Hong. InTech (2012). ISBN: 978-953-51-0397-4

S. Ramos; C. Garza; H.I. Beltran; J. Campos-Terán; J. Arenas-Alatorre and R. Castillo
The cis-bis(decanoate)tin phthalocyanine/DPPC film at the air/water interface
Journal of Colloid & Interface Science 369 (2012) 256-266

J. Campos-Terán, C. Garza, H. I. Beltrán, R. Castillo
Thin Film Formation at the Air-Water Interface and on Solid Substrates of soluble axial substituted cis-bis- Decanoate Tin Phthalocyanine
Thin Solid Films. 520 (2012) 2211-2219

E. Sarmiento-Gomez, J. M. Galvan-Miyoshi and R. Castillo
A dynamical light scattering technique and its application in viscoelastic networks in soft matter
Proc. of SPIE, Vol. 8011, 801178 (2011). doi: 10.1117/12.902163

David López-Diaz and Rolando Castillo
Review article: Microrheology of solutions embedded with thread-like supramolecular structures
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 5926

Erick Sarmiento-Gómez, David López-Diaz, Rolando Castillo
Microrheology and Characteristic Lenghts in Wormlike Micelles made of a Switterionic Surfactant and SDS in Brine
J.Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 12193

David López-Diaz, Rolando Castillo
The Wormlike Micellar Solution made of a Switterionic Surfactant (TDPS), an Anionic Surfactant (SDS), and Brine in the Semidilute Regime
J.Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 8917-8925

Andrea Gutiérrez-Campos and Rolando Castillo
Optical Trapping of Particles in the Air/Water Interface for Studies in Langmuir Monolayers
Revista Mexicana de Física. 56, 4, 339-347 (2010).

David Lopez-Diaz, Erick Sarmiento-Gomez, Cristina Garza, Rolando Castillo
A Rheological Study in the Dilute Regime of the Worm Micelle Fluid Made of Switterionic Surfactant (TDPS), Anionic Surfactant (SDS) and Brine
J. of Colloid and Interface Science. 348 (2010) 152-158

Andrea Gutierrez-Campos, Grisell Diaz and Rolando Castillo
Domain Growth, Pattern Formation, and Morphology Transitions in Langmuir Monolayers. A New Growth Instability.
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2010, 114, 5034-5046

P. Mendoza-Espinoza, V. García González, A. Moreno, R. Castillo and J. Mas-Oliva
Disorder-to-order conformational transitions in protein structure and its relationship to disease
Mol Cell Biochem (2009) 330: 105-120

J. Delgado, H. Kriegs, and R. Castillo
Flow Velocity Profiles and Shear Banding Onset in a Semidilute Wormlike Micellar System under Couette Flow
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2009, 113, 15485

S. Ramos, J. Campos-Terán; J. Mas-Oliva; Tommy Nylander, and R. Castillo
Forces between Hydrophilic Surfaces Adsorbed with Apolipoprotein AII Alpha Helices
Langmuir 2008, 24, 8568-8575

J. Galvan-Miyoshi, J. Delgado and R. Castillo
Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy in Maxwellian Fluids.
Eur. Phys. J. E 26, 369-377 (2008)

J. Galvan-Miyoshi and R. Castillo
Absolute values of transport mean free path of light in non-absorbing media using transmission and reflectance measurements.
Rev. Mex. Fis. 54 (3) (2008) 257-264

P.Mendoza-Espinoza, A. Moreno, R.Castillo, J. Mas-Oliva
Lipid Dependant Disorder-to-Order Conformational Transitions in Apolipoprotein CI Derived Peptides
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 365 (2008) 8-15

J. Hernández-Pascacio, C. Garza, X. Banquy, N. Díaz-Vergara, A. Amigo, S. Ramos, R. Castillo, M. Costas, A.Piñeiro
Cyclodextrin based self-assembled nanotube at the water/air interface
J. Phys. Chem. B (letter). 111, 12625, (2007).

J. Delgado, R. Castillo
Shear-Induced structures formed during thyxotropic loops in dilute worm-micelle solutions
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 312 (2007) 481-488

C. Garza, L. T. Thieghi, R. Castillo
Atomic Force Microscopy Images of Lyotropic Lamellar Phases,
J. Chem. Phys. 126, 051106 (2007)

A. Flores, E. Corvera-Poiré, C. Garza, R. Castillo
Growth and morphology in Langmuir monolayers.
Europhysics Letters. 74,799 (2006).

J.A. Flores, E. Corvera-Poiré, C. Garza, R. Castillo
Pattern Formation and Morphology Evolution in Langmuir Monolayers
J. Phys. Chem. B. 110, 4824 (2006)

A. Flores. E. Corvera-Poiré, C. Garza, R. Castillo
The dioctadecylamine monlayer. Non-equilibrium phase domains. Chapter 12. Current topics in Physics. In Honor of Prof. Sir Roger J. Elliott.
K. Kaski, R. Barrio (eds). 397 pages. Imperial College Press, U.K.. 2005.

J. Campos-Terán, J. Mas-Oliva, R. Castillo
Interactions and conformations of α-helical human apolipoprotein CI on hydrophilic and on hydrophobic substrates.
J. Phys.Chem. B 108,20442 (2004).

J. Xicohtencatl-Cortes, R. Castillo. J. Mas-Oliva
In Search of New Structural States of Exchangeable Apolipoproteins
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 324, 467 (2004).

C. Garza, M. Carbajal-Tinoco, and R. Castillo
Micelles and reverse micelles in the nickel bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate / water /isooctane microemulsion.
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 280, 276 (2004).

J. Xicohtencatl-Cortes, Jaime Mas-Oliva and Rolando Castillo
Phase transitions of phospholipids monolayers penetrated with apolipoproteins.
Journal of Physical Chemistry. B 108, 7307 ( 2004).

J. Ruiz-García, A. Moreno, G. Brezesinski, H. Möhwald, J. Mas-Oliva, and R. Castillo
Phase Transitions and Conformational Changes in Monolayers of Human Apolipoproteins CI and AII
Journal of Physical Chemistry. B 107, 11117 (2003).

A. Flores, P. Ize, S. Ramos, and R.Castillo
The dioctadecylamine monolayer. Textures, phase transitions, and dendritic growth.
The Journal of Chemical Physics. 119, 5644, 2003

Mas-Oliva J., Moreno A., Ramos S., Xicohtencatl-Cortes J., Campos J. and Castillo.R.
Monolayers of Apolipoprotein AII at the Air/Water interface.
In: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Health. N. S. Dhalla, A. Chockalingam, H. I. Berkowitz and P.K. Singal (Eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, USA. 2003.

J. Galvan-Miyoshi, R. Castillo
Fraunhofer Diffraction in the Crystalline Phases of a Monolayer
J. of Physics Condensed. Matter. 14, 4767 (2002).

C. Garza, J. Delgado, R. Castillo
A Survey of the Phases and the Metastable phases in the Ternary Systems divalent metal 2-bis [2-ethylhexyl] sulfosuccinate / Isooctane / water.
J. of Physics Condensed. Matter. 14, 4805 (2002).

J. Galvan-Miyoshi, S. Ramos, J. Ruiz-García, and R. Castillo
Localized Oscillations and Fraunhofer diffraction in Crystalline Phases of a Monolayer.
Journal of Chemical Physics. 115, 8178 (2001).

V. M. Bolaños-García, S. Ramos, R. Castillo, J. Xicohtencatl-Cortes, and J. Mas-Oliva.
Monolayers of Apolipoproteins at the air/water Interface.
Journal of Physical Chemistry. 105, 5757 (2001).

G. Juárez-Martínez, C. Garza, R. Castillo, J. K. Baird and A. Moreno
A Dynamic Light Scattering Investigation of the Nucleation and Growth of Thaumatin Crystals.
Journal of Crystal Growth. 232,119 (2001).

V. M. Bolaños-García and J. Mas-Oliva S. Ramos and R. Castillo
Phase Transitions in Monolayers of Human Apolipoprotein C1
Journal of Physical Chemistry 30, 6236 (1999).

R. Castillo and J. Ruiz-García
Light Scattering in Living poly-a-methylstyrene near the polymerization Line.
Journal of Chemical Physics. (Communication to Editor). 110, 10,657 (1999).

S. Ramos and R. Castillo
Langmuir Monolayers of C17, C19 and C21 fatty acids. Textures, phase transitions, and localized oscillations
Journal of Chemical Physics, 110, 7021 (1999).

C. Garza, M. Veytia, F. Mercado, y R. Castillo
Diseño y Construcción de un Equipo para Desarrollar Medidas de Dispersión de Luz en Líquidos
Memorias SOMI XIII, Ensenada, México. Oct. 1998

M. Terrones, W. K. Hsu, S. Ramos, R. Castillo and H. Terrones.
The Role of Boron Nitride in Graphite Plasma Arcs.
Fullerene Science and Technology. 6, 787 (1998).

R. Castillo, C. Garza and J. Orozco.
The Mutual Diffusion Coefficient of the Methanol- n-Hexane Mixture around the Coexistence Line.
Fluid Phase Equilibria,150-151, 797 (1998)

R. Castillo, S. Ramos and J. Ruiz-García
Brewster Angle Microscopy of Fullerene Monolayers
Physica A. 236, 105 (1997)

S. Perez-Casas, M. Costas and R. Castillo
The Effect Of Alcohols In Reverse Micelles of Aerosol-OT. Light Scattering and Heat Capacity Measurements.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B 101, 7043, (1997).

R. Castillo and J. Orozco
The Thermal Diffusion Factor for the van der Waals Binary Mixture
Journal of Chemical Physics. 106, 8204 (1997).

M. Terrones, W.K. Hsu, H. Terrones, J.P. Zhang, S. Ramos, J.P. Jare, R. Castillo, K. Prassides, A.K. Cheetham, H.W. Kroto, and D.R. M. Walton.
Metal Particle Catalysed Production of Nonoscale BN Structures.
Chemical Physics Letters. 259, 568 (1996).

R. Castillo, S. Ramos, J. Ruiz-García
Direct Observation of C60 and C70 Using Brewster Angle Microscopy.
Journal of Physical Chemistry. 100, 15235 (1996)

R. Castillo and C. Garza
Mutual Diffusion Coefficient of Alkaline-Earth and Third Family Metal Chlorides In Aqueous Solutions.
International Journal of Themophysics. 17, 771 (1996).

R. Castillo, S. Ramos, R. Cruz, M. Martínez, F. Lara, J. Ruiz-García
Langmuir Films of Calix[8]arene/fullerene Complexes
Journal of Physical Chemistry. 100, 709 (1996).

R. Castillo, S. Ramos, C. Varea and J. Ruiz-García.
Langmuir Films of Mixtures of C70 and Arachidic Acid
Fluid Phase Equilibria. 110, 129 (1995).

R. Castillo and M. Rivera
The Effect of Traces of Hexyloxyethoxyethanol in the Phase Diagram of 2Butoxyethanol + Water System.
International Journal of Thermophysics. 89, 687 (1995).

M. Miki-Yoshida, R. Castillo, S. Ramos, L. Rendon, S. Tehuacanero, B.S. Zou, and M. Jose-Yacamán.
High Resolution Electron Microscopy Studies In Carbon Soots.
Carbon. 32, 231 (1994).

R. Castillo, C. Garza and S. Ramos.
Brownian Motion At Molecular Level In Liquid Solutions of C60.
Journal of Physical Chemistry. 98, 4188 (1994).

R. Castillo, C. Garza and H. Domínguez.
The Mutual Diffusion Coefficients For The van der Waals Binary Mixture of Types II, III, IV, and V.
Journal of Chemical Physics. 100, 6649 (1994).

R. Castillo and C. Garza
Temperature Dependence of The Mutual Diffusion Coefficient in Aqueous Solutions of Alkali-Metal Chlorides.
International Journal of Thermophysics. 14, 1145 (1993).

R. Castillo, C. Garza and H. Domínguez.
The Mutual Diffusion Coefficients for the van der Waals Binary Mixture of Type I.
Journal of Chemical Physics. 99, 9899 (1993).

J. Orozco and R. Castillo
Free Energy and Transport Properties of The Gaussian Overlap Model.
Journal of Chemical Physics. 99, 1300 (1993).

R. Castillo and J. Orozco
Prediction of Transport Properties of Dense Molecular Fluids Using The Effective Diameter Hard-Sphere Theory. Perturbation Method.
Molecular Physics. 79, 343 (1993).

R. Castillo, C. Garza and J. Orozco.
Mutual Diffusion Coefficients In The Water-Rich Region Of Water-Phenol Mixtures and Their Relation to Aggregate Formation.
Journal Of Physical Chemistry. 96, 1475 (1992).

R. Castillo, A. Villaverde and J. Orozco
Transport Properties in Dense Fluids and Their Binary Mixtures.
Fluid Phase Equilibria. 79, 277 (1992).

R.Castillo, J. Orozco and A. Villaverde.
Prediction Of Transport Properties For Lennard-Jones Fluids And Their Binary Mixtures Using The Effective-Diameter Hard-Sphere Kinetic Theory.
Molecular Physics. 74, 1315 (1991)

R. C. Castillo, H. Domínguez and M. Costas
Determination of Mutual diffusion Coefficients of the 2-Butoxyethanol-Water System in the Water-Rich Range Using the Taylor Dispersion Technique.
Journal of Physical Chemistry. 94, 8731 (1990).

R. Castillo and J.V. Orozco
The Thermal Conductivity of Dense Fluids and Their Mixtures Using the Effective Diameter Revised Enskog Theory.
Physica (Utrecht) A. 166, 505 (1990).

R. Castillo and J.V.Orozco
The Thermal Conductivity of Dense fluids Using Revised Enskog Theory.
International Journal of Thermophysics. 11, 1025 (1990).

R. Castillo and H. Domínguez
Mutual Diffusion Coefficient Determination Using The Taylor Dispersion Technique. in: A.E. Gonzalez et al (Eds). Lectures on Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. XVIII Winter Meeting on Statistical Physics. Oaxtepec, Mexico.
World Scientific Publications. Singapure. (1989).

R. C. Castillo, E. Martina, M. López de Haro, J. Karkheck and G. Stell
Linearized Kinetic Variational Theory (KVT II) and Short Time Kinetic Theory.
Physical Review A. 39, 3106 (1989).

R. C. Castillo, M.E. Costas and A. Robledo
Global Behavior of The Diffusion Coefficient for the van der Waals Binary Mixture.
International Journal of Thermophysics. 10, 427 (1989).

R. Castillo and S. Castañeda
Correlation Method for the Shear Viscosity of Fluid Mixtures at Moderate Densities.
Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics. 14, 69 (1989).

R.C. Castillo, E. Martina and M. López de Haro.
Equilibrium Distribution of the Kinetic Variational Theory II ( KVT II ).
Physica (Utrecht) A. 152, 304 (1988).

R. Castillo and S. Castañeda
The Bulk Viscosity in dense Fluids.
International Journal of Thermophysics. 9, 383 (1988).

R. Castillo, S. Ramos, J. Nieto and E. González-Partida
Carbon Isotopic Analysis in México: A Progress Report on Some Mexican Ore Deposits and Metamorphic Rocks.
Geofísica Internacional. 27, 149 (1988).

R.C. Castillo, E. Martina and M. López de Haro.
Trasport Coefficients from Kinetic Theory.
Kinam. 7, 61 (1986).

R.C. Castillo, M. López de Haro and E. Martina
Transport Coefficients of Fluid Mixtures.
International Journal of Thermophysics. 7, 851 (1986).

R. Castillo, P. Morales, S. Ramos, I. Mata y O. Vivaldo
El Oxigeno-18 en las Aguas Meteóricas de México.
Revista Mexicana de Física. 31, 637 (1985).

R.C. Castillo, A. Cortés, P. Morales, G. Romero and R. Villegas
A Survey of Groundwater flow Using Deuterium and Oxygen-18 as Tracers in the Samalayuca Dunes Northern Mexico.
Revista Mexicana de Física. 30, 647 (1984).

R.C. Castillo, P. Morales and A. Cortés
Use of Deuterium and Oxygen-18 in Hydrological Problems at Delicias Valley, Chihuahua Mexico.
Revista Mexicana de Física. 29, 509 (1983).

P. Morales and R. Castillo
A Deuterium and Oxygen-18 Study at Villa de Reyes, SLP.Mexico.
Revista Mexicana de Física. 29, 53 (1982).

R. Castillo, M. Rubio, F. García-Jiménez
Molecular Orbital Theory Prediction of Primary Fragmentation Sites in Tetracyclic Diterpenoids.
Revista Latinoamericana de Química. 2, 95 (1980).

R.A. Cruz, R.C. Castillo, F.J. García and R.I. Reed
The Mass Spectra of 17-13C-Phyllocladene and 3-13C-Methylene Cholestone III.
Organic Mass Spectrometry. 12, 21 (1977).