Carlos López Barron

Carlos López Barron

Education

Education

Work History

Work History

Associate Professor

Universidad de Guadalajara

Taught the courses: “Algebra” and “Multivariable Calculus” to first year students of

Chemical Engineering

Sep 2004 - present

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Minnesota

Research Advisor: Prof. Christopher W. Macosko

  • Studied the microstructure evolution of cocontinuous polymer blends using laser scanning confocal microscopy and 3D-imaging.
  • Synthesized and characterized fluorescently labeled polymers via free radical polymerization.
  • Performed differential geometry on 3D images to obtain the geometry and topology of blend interfaces.
  • Correlated the dynamics of the surface evolution with the viscoelastic response of the blends during coarsening.
  • Served as Teaching Assistant in
  1. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. Instructors: Professors Edward Cussler and Effie Kokkoli (09/2006-12/2006)
  2. Principles and Applications of Rheology. Instructor: Professor Christopher Macosko (02/2007-05/2007 and 06/2008-08/2008)
  • Taught the class: “Introduction to Vectors and Tensors” and the laboratory session: “Shear Rheometry” during the Rheological Measurements Short Course. Director: Professor Christopher Macosko (06/2007 and 06/2008)
Sep 2002 - Oct 2004

Senior Associated Researcher

CID (R&D Center) -DESC
  • Managed the Combinatorial Chemistry Laboratory.
  • Supported researchers in the use of the Parallel Pressure Reactor (PPR-Symyx®) in synthesis of styrenic, acrylic and olefin polymers.
  • Built an olefin supply system to improve the capabilities of the PPR for use in the synthesis of polyolefins with metallocenes.
  • Gained experience in the analysis of multidimensional experiments, data visualization and data mining using Spotfire®.
Sep 2000 - Aug 2002

Graduate Research Assistant

Universidad de Guadalajara

Research Advisor: Prof. Ruben González Núñez

  • Studied the relationship between morphology and (mechanical and barrier) properties of blown films prepared with PA6 and LDPE and compatibilized with Surlyn® 9020.
  • Built a camera set up to capture the film shape evolution during the blown film process.
  • Characterized biaxially deformed PA6 morphology with SEM and image processing.
  • Built a gravimetric permeation cell to measure permeability of the films.
  • Measured tensile properties of the films using a Universal Testing Machine.

Skills

Skills

Math. Software

Proficient in data analysis software including Mathematica, Maple, Matlab, Excel, Origin, and Spotfire

Image analysis

Expert in image processing and analysis with different software packages such as Photoshop, ImageJ, Huygens, Amira, and Matlab.

Microscopy

Skilled in microscopy techniques, including conventional light microscopy, laser scanning confocal microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy.

Mechanical properties

Familiar with tensile tests on polymer fibers and films using the Universal Testing Machine.

Polymer processing

Experienced in polymer processing operations, including extrusion, mixing, and film blowing.

Rheology

Proficient in rheological tests including capillary and rotational rheometry.

Polymer characterization

Adept in polymer characterization techniques including DSC, GPC, CHN Analysis.

Polymer synthesis

Experienced in polymer synthesis with both conventional and combinatorial chemistry.

Certifications

Certifications
2003 - present

Award for Interfaces Between Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Reaction Engineering

Institute for Polymer Research/ Macromolecular Science and Engineering
2003 - present

SPM-CIQA Award for Best Thesis in Polymers

Polymeric Society of Mexico -SPM- and the Research Center for Applied Chemistry -CIQA-
2006 - 2009

Doctoral Research Fellowship

NSF-MRSEC, University of Minnesota
2000 - 2002

Graduate Scholarship

National Committee of Science and Technology (CONACYT)