I am a native of
Cuba. In 1973, I obtained a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at the
University of Havana. After graduating, I worked as Research
Chemist at the Food Industry Research Institute in Havana in the
areas of metal contamination in can preserved foods using AA
spectroscopy, and conducted several studies in the area of rheology.
In 1983, I
started a M.Sc. degree in Polymers Chemistry at
Laval University, in
Quebec, Canada, in the laboratory of Dr. J. Leonard. My research at
Laval University was aimed at determining the orientation of the
silane molecules at the surface of silane-treated mica using inverse
In 1985, I
started a Ph.D. degree in Polymers Chemistry at
in Montreal, Canada, in the laboratory of Dr. R. Brown. My research
at McGill University was aimed at establishing the role of tacticity
and defect sites on the thermal stability of PVC.
my Ph. D. degree in 1989, I went to the
College of William and Mary,
in Williamsburg, VA, to conduct two years of postdoctoral studies
under the direction of Dr. W. Starnes. My research project at
William and Mary was aimed at establishing the microstructure of PVC
resins prepared in the presence of THF. I also determined the role
of N-substituted maleimides on the chemical stabilization of PVC
using C-13 NMR spectroscopy.
my postdoctoral degree, I went to work at Viskase Corporation, in
Chicago, Il, as Research Chemist. Among my research projects were:
Improving the thermal and color stability of PVDC blends used in
production of barrier films, development of colostomy bags,
development of films with antibacterial and oxygen scavenging
properties, technical assistance to our plants worldwide, and manger
of the R&D laboratory.
years at Viskase, I transferred to
Applied Extrusion Technologies
(AET) in New Castle, DE. My main
research project was the development of specialty films using PET,
EVOH, PA6, EVA, Cycloolefin (COC), and LCP layers coated at the
surface of a three-layer PP film to achieve specific properties.
years of research at AET, I moved to Miami where I started a
teaching career in 2005. Initially, I worked for two years at
Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High teaching Physical Sciences and Earth
I began to teach
Physics at Miami International University as an adjunct in the Fall 2006, and at
Miami Dade College in the
In May 2007, I
started working at Materials Testing
and Evaluation laboratory at MDCPS as Analytical Chemist.
My main function is to test potential materials that will be
purchased by the School District to ensure that they are in full
compliance with the District’s specifications.