Highly analytical, enthusiastic, and performance-driven Chemist, offering progressive years of experience in R&D, chemical synthesis, and material science coupled with strong background in experimental design and quality control methods. Ability to determine chemical and physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, and reactions, utilizing chromatography, spectroscopy, and spectrophotometry techniques. Adept at fostering positive working relationships among team members to optimize operational efficiency and maintain safe operation at all times. Possess a keen eye for detail with extreme capability to multitask in vastly competitive, challenging, and fast-paced environment.
Organic/Inorganic/Polymer Synthesis Regulatory and Safety Compliance
Product Research and Development Excellent communication and presentation skills
Device Characterization and Simulation Time Management and Prioritization
Document Preparation and Completeness Team Player!
PH.D. IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX: 2010
“Synthesis and Characterization of Porous Materials by Sol-Gel Science”
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY, Minor in Biology
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM: 2004
IMAGING TECHNIQUES: Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)-Autoprobe CP, PSIA, Multi-Probe, and Veeco, Electron Microscopy –Scanning (SEM), and Transmission (TEM), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Energy Dispersion X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDAX)
BIOCHEMICAL TECHNIQUES: PCR, Enzyme/Protein Purification, Enzyme/Protein Activity Assays, Transformations, and Gel Electrophoresis
SPECTROSCOPY TECHNIQUES: Atomic Absorption (AA), Induced Couple Plasma-Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), UV-Vis, Photoluminescent (PL), FT-IR, Alpha Spectroscopy, Gas Proportional Counter, HP Ge detector (gamma spectroscopy), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), and Liquid Scintillation Counter (LSC)
ANALYTICAL SEPARATIONS: Column Chromatography, Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES: Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD), Pore Size Analyzer (BET & Surface Area), Conductivity, Density, Viscosity, and Drop Testing
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Microsoft Office –(Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint), ChemDraw, Genie 2000, Apex Alpha, Eclipse, and Gamma Vision, AutoCad, Design of Experiments (DOE), Jade
SYNTHESIS TECHNIQUES: Titration, Wet Chemical, Non-Destructive, Cation-Exchange Column, Vacuum Gas Manifold (Schlenk Line), Interfacial Polymerization, Rotary Vaporator, Extraction & Distillation Apparatus, Condensation Reactions, Ball Mill
SOLIDIFICATION TECHNIQUES: Curing, Calcination, Pressurized Fume Hood, Stabilization & Solification Methods
SCIENTIST IV- TEAM LEAD WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT LABORATORIES, CARLSBAD, NM
Radiochemical and nuclear sample analysis of various matrices (e.g. urine water, soil, filter). Conducted statistical analysis and interpretation of data in terms of the design of surveys and experiments. Developed procedures and maintained quality control/ assurance programs and records to monitor personnel qualifications, training, performance, equipment and facilities. Develop, improve, and customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, and analytical methods. Assumed responsibility and lead role to conduct numerous scientific or technologic projects applying standard investigative principles, techniques, and methods.
• Prepare test reports, technical papers and standard specifications for the resultant matrices of environmental samples.
• Radiochemical separation and purification processes
• Radiation detection and measurement, mass spectroscopy techniques including (ICP-MS), alpha and gamma spectroscopy, LSC, XRF
• Serve as a client liaison, providing technical and operational support
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, LUBBOCK, TX 2010
Worked collaboratively with several professors developing the use of multimetallic nanoparticles in environmental catalytic processes. Utilized reduction-by-solvent and polymerization techniques to fabricate organometallic nanoparticles for support on various media.
• Completed the characterization of both as-prepared and deposited nanoparticles completed by TEM, EDAX, SEM, XRD, TGA, and AA
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT, LUBBOCK, TX 2008–2010
Facilitated mechanistic/physical studies of photochemical reactions at solid-liquid interfaces and identified new aerogel monoliths utilizing silicates, aluminates, ferrites precursors. Developed and published studies on novel copper, zinc, and cadmium polymeric composites. Regularly convened with key technical resources to share scientific knowledge and brainstorm new ideas and concepts.
• Pivotal in all phases of nanoparticle formulation, characterization, data interpretation, preparation of specifications, research investigations, and application development
• Played a key role in IP strategy and invention disclosures in the area of new materials and formulations
• Synthesized and characterized materials using AA, FTIR, XRD, SEM, TEM, ICP-MS, NMR, etc…
• Delivered technical results by oral presentations and writing several articles published in chemical journals
RESEARCH SCIENTIST APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC., ALBUQUERQUE, NM 2006–2007
Performed physical / mechanical property testing in support of determination of structure-property relationships for biological Bacillus anthracis derivatives. Primarily held responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of equipment to ensure its optimum performance. Proactively assisted in activities relating to laboratory accreditation and documentation requirements.
• Instrumental in developing structure-property relationships for biochemical physical / mechanical properties for detection assays
• Served as a significant contributor in the successful implementation of projects in support of synthesis, manufacturing, and biochemical characterization
• Identified product issues and conducted series of tests to resolve those issues in conjunction with the PIs, collaborators, and supervisor
X-RAY DIFFRACTION / RESEARCH ASSISTANT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT, LUBBOCK, TX
Supported in producing technical specifications for procurement of state-of-the-art instrumentation. Maintained a safe working environment especially with radioactive materials and complex instrumentation.
• Earned comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the area of sol-gel science and semiconductor nanoparticles
• Developed competencies through active participation in interlaboratory exchange exercises, analysis of standards, and statistical interpretation of data and calibration methods
• Generated internal scientific reports and strategy documents as well as published results of R&D in the open scientific literature
CHEMIST TECH II NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY, CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT, LAS CRUCES, NM 2002–2004
Studied the elucidation of atomization, ionization, and excitation mechanisms occurring within the high temperature systems of inductively coupled argon plasma discharges and resistively heated graphite furnace atomizers. Examined the chemical moieties on the cell walls of plants which are responsible for the selective binding of heavy metal ions from contaminated waters and soils.
• Atomic emission and absorption spectroscopies, laser excited luminescence measurements in both time and wavelength domains, multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy, and frontal affinity chromatography
Available upon request.