Alberto Velazquez, Ph.D.

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Alberto Velazquez
Adjunct of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Phone: 786-275-0787

Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132

CHM 1025 Introduction to Chemistry
CHM 1033 Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences
CHM 1033L Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences, Laboratory
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I
CHM 1045L General Chemistry I, Laboratory
CHM 1046L General Chemistry II, Laboratory
CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I, Laboratory
Saturday: 12 pm - 1:00 pm
    If you cannot see me during this time, please contact me to set up an appointment at another time.

Ph.D. Chemistry, McGill University, 1989
M.S. Chemistry, Laval University, 1985
B.S. Chemistry, University of Havana, 1973
I believe that every student has the potential to make a difference in society and that it is the job of the instructor to guide them. In fact, the more difficult the student - the greater reward.
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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 gas chromatography.

 In 1985, I started a Ph.D. degree in Polymers Chemistry at McGill University, 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.

After receiving 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.

After completing 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.

 Following nine 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. 

 Following four 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 Sciences. 

I began to teach Physics at Miami International University as an adjunct in the Fall 2006, and at Miami Dade College in the Winter 2007.

 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.  

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I enjoy traveling around the world, reading, working out, dancing, music, and a good dinner followed by a good play.
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