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Rafael Quirino - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA, US

Rafael Quirino Rafael Quirino

Associate Professor | Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA, UNITED STATES

Professor Quirino focuses on the use of triglycerides as starting materials for different chemistries.

Biography

Dr. Quirino came to Georgia Southern University in 2012 after spending one year as a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University, where his research focused on the functionalization of carbon nanotubes and on the preparation of polyurethanes from vegetable oils. His research group at Georgia Southern is devoted to the development of novel heterogeneous catalysts, the study of the behavior of carbon nanotubes when exposed to microwaves, and the investigation of bio-based thermosetting materials.

With interests in polymer science, catalysis, pyrolysis, oleochemistry, biofuels, and biorenewable materials, the Quirino Research Group carries out a student-driven, original research in the Chemistry Department at Georgia Southern University. The Group’s main research focus is centered on the use of triglycerides as starting materials for different chemistries. Our research primary activity is two-fold: (1) investigation of bio-based systems from a materials perspective, and (2) development of recoverable catalysts for existing organic chemical reactions.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Renewables and Environment

Catalysis

Carbon

Organic Chemistry

Catalysts

Biofuels

Accomplishments (1)

Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Excellence in Research

2011

Education (4)

Iowa State University: Post-Doc 2012

Iowa State University: Ph.D. 2011

University of Brasilia: M.S. 2006

University of Brasilia, Brazil: B.S. 2004

Affiliations (1)

  • Quirino Research Group

Articles (4)

Cure sequence study of wood flour and wood fiber biocomposites Journal of Applied Polymer ScienceF

Quirino, R. L.; Woodford, J.; Larock, R. C.

2012

Rh-based biphasic isomerization of carbon-carbon double bonds Journal of the American Oil Chemists SocietyF

Quirino, R. L.; Larock, R. C.

2012

Sugar-cane bagasse composites from vegetable oils Journal of Applied Polymer ScienceF

Quirino, R. L.; Larock, R. C.

2012

Oat hull composites from conjugated natural oils Green ChemistryF

Quirino, R. L.; Ma, Y.; Larock, R. C.

2012