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Department of Chemistry, University of Houston

Houston, Texas 77204-5003



             Macromolecules, organic materials, hybrid nanomaterials, and ultrathin films: (1) synthesis of new functional materials capable of ordering at surfaces and interfaces, (2) application of surface sensitive spectroscopic, microscopic, optical, and electrochemical analytical techniques to understand ordering and phenomena, (3) devices and applications of ultrathin films and particles.


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1994. The University of Florida, Department of Chemistry, Gainesville, FL. Advisor: Randolph S. Duran
  • B.S. in Chemistry, 1987. The University of the Philippines, Institute of Chemistry, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.


  • 2007-Present: Professor, University of Houston, Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering (joint appointment), Houston, TX.
  • 2005-2007: Associate Professor Joint Appointment, University of Houston, Department of Chemical Engineering, Houston, TX.
  • 2002-2007: Associate Professor, University of Houston, Department of Chemistry, Houston, TX.
  • 1997-2002: Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Chemistry, Birmingham, AL. Tri-Campus Materials Program Faculty and Adjunct Prof. with Department of Materials Eng. and Dept. of Biomedical Eng.
  • 1996-1997: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford, CA. Advisors: Curt Frank and Wolfgang Knoll.
  • 1996-1997: Visiting Researcher, Hewlett-Packard (Agilent Technologies) with Daniel Roitman and IBM, Almaden Research Center, with Bob Tweig.
  • 1995-1996: Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany. Advisor: Wolfgang Knoll.
  • 1991 and 1993: Visiting Scientist, Institut Charles Sadron and IPCMS- Group Materiaux Organique, with Jacques LeMoigne, CNRS, Strasbourg, France.
  • 1989-1993: Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, Department of Chemistry.
  • 1987-1989: Instructor I, University of the Philippines, Institute of Chemistry.

 HONORS AND Professional Recognition:

  • Research Excellence Award, University of Houston, May 1, 2007.
  • Technical Focus Lecturer Award, FSCT, ICE 2007, March 2007.
  • Editorial Board, Macromolecules, Chemistry of Materials, Polymers for Advanced Technologies (PAT) and Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers.
  • Vice-Chair, University of Houston Research Council (2007-present)
  • NSF Molecular Electronics Workshop, Invited, 2007.
  • Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, 1999 and 2006.
  • Visiting Professor, McGill University and University of Montreal, CSACS, July 2006.
  • Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore, Dept. of Chemistry, 2004 and 2006.
  • Keck Futures Nano Initiative Conference, National Academies, Invited, 2004.
  • Arthur Doolittle Award, American Chemical Society, PMSE Division, 2003.
  • Nanotechnology Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Department of Organic and Polymer Materials, 2003.
  • NSF Materials Chemistry Workshop, Invited, 2002.
  • NSF-CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1999.
  • Venture Business Laboratory Visiting Professor, TUAT, VBL Program, 1997.
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellow, Germany, 1995.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, elected, April 1995.
  • University National Scholarship, NSTA, Philippines B.S. in Chemistry, 1983.
  • Invited, plenary, and workshop speaker to international, national, and topical conferences on polymers, nanoscience, display devices, interfacial science, coatings, etc.

            Polymer Science for undergraduates and graduate students; Organic Chemistry (I and II) for undergraduates; Advanced Organic Chemistry for graduate students; Special Topics in Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Thin Films, and Organic and Polymer Materials.

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