Postdoctoral Associate. Cornell University. 2011-2013.
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles. 2010.
L.C.Q. ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico. 2006.
Awards and Recognitions
• 2017 Scialog Fellow
• TEDx Sedona Speaker, 2017
• Margaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award. American Crystallographic Association, 2010
• Testimony of Outstanding Performance. National Exam of Chemistry CENEVAL, Mexico, 2006
• Student development award. ITESM Monterrey, 2006
• Xorge A. Dominguez Scholarship, Mexico, 2006
• National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies. Mexico, 2001-2006
Fernando was born and raised in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. His hometown is famous for its great surfing spots, beaches, delicious mexican seafood and the world’s largest natural marine geyser.
He did his undergraduate studies at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (a.k.a Monterrey Tech), where he earned his LCQ degree (Licenciado en Ciencias Químicas) in 2006. During his time at Monterrey Tech, he experienced undergraduate research with Prof. Marcelo Videa, and was also an international exchange student at University of Michigan Ann Arbor where he worked under the supervision of Profs. Adam J. Matzger and Omar M. Yaghi. He then moved closer to home to study graduate school at University of California Los Angeles, where he received a PhD in inorganic chemistry, under the supervision of Prof. Omar M. Yaghi, specializing in synthesis and powder diffraction crystallography of covalent-organic frameworks. He then was a visiting scholar at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom where he studied the crystallization of polyoxometallates with Profs. Walter Klemperer and John Errington. He later became a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University in the research lab of Prof. William Dichtel. There, his research focused on developing synthetic strategies for the preparation of graphene nano ribbons for their potential application in molecular electronics.
Fernando became an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Central Florida in the Fall 2013. His research interests are focused on new applications for metal-organic frameworks with complex properties.
While not mixing chemicals, Fernando enjoys swimming, exploring the Florida outdoors, cooking and learning different cuisines, and reading.
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University of Central Florida
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Orlando, FL 32816
fernando at ucf.edu