Carlos Rinaldi

Nanoengineer

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

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Biography

Carlos Rinaldi obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, in 1998 with top honors. Later he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he participated in the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice (MSCEP 2001), and completed an MS (2001) and PhD (2002). He was awarded the J. Edward Vivian Award for Exemplary Performance and Commitment to the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice. In the summer of 2002 he served as Assistant Station Director for the MIT Practice School in Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Mizushima, Japan. In the fall of 2002 he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Carlos Rinaldi has been recognized as Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at UPRM multiple times, was one of the 2006 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awardees, was recognized as an Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, is the leader in a NSF Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team (NIRT) studying the application of magnetic nanoparticles in cancer treatment, and is co-director of the NSF sponsored Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical and Energy-Driven Systems and Applications. Dr. Rinaldi’s research interests are in nanostructured materials, particularly systems with dispersed magnetic nanoparticles. Students in his laboratory work on magnetic nanoparticle synthesis and functionalization, suspension hydrodynamics and rheology, magnetic nanoparticle based sensors, magnetic fluid hyperthermia, and magnetically actuated drug delivery.

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Rinaldo's research group in January 2007.

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Suspension of magnetic nanoparticles in a DC magnetic field.

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Magnetic polymen nanofibers for anti-counterfeiting applications.

Teams

Cluster I: Functional Dispersed Nanostructures, Cluster III: Multifunctional Nanostructures

Phone

787-832-4040 ext. 3585

E-mail

carlos.rinaldi upr edu

Website

http://academic.uprm.edu/crinaldi/

Education

Appointments

2007–present Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR, United States
2006–2007 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
2002–2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
2002 Lecturer and Assistant Station Director, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Station, Mizushima, Bitchu Province, Japan

Honors and awards

  • Emerging Scholar — Promise as a scholar from an under-represented group., Diverse Issues in Higher Education (2009–2009)
  • Merck Health Innovation Award in Engineering — Research on applications of magnetic nanoparticles in cancer treatment., Merck Puerto Rico (2008–2008)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award — The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. , National Science Foundation (2006–2011)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2006, United States Government (2006)
  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (2003–2004, 2004–2005, 2005–2006)
  • Janice Lumpkin Future Minority Faculty Award (2001)
  • J. Edward Vivian Award — for exemplary performance and commitment to the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering (1999–2000)
  • National Science Foundation Scholar, National Science Foundation (1998–2001)
  • Luis Stefani Rafucci Prize — awarded to top students in a graduating class, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (1998)

Grants

  1. A. J. Hernández, O. J. Perales-Perez, C. Rinaldi, J. Santos, and O. M. Suarez. CREST: Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical and Energy-Driven Systems and Applications, National Science Foundation, HRD, 5 years, September 2008, Multiple PIs, Approved, $5,000,000.
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