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Rufina Alamo, Ph.D.

Rufina Alamo, Ph.D.
Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering & Distinguished Research Professor of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
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  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Valladolid, 1977
  • M.S., Chemistry, University of Valladolid, 1978
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Madrid, 1981
Research Interests
  • Polymer characterization
  • Polymer crystallization
  • Physical properties of macromolecules
  • Structure-properties relations of polymers
  • Morphology of crystalline polymers
  • American Physical Society Fellow, Division of Polymer Physics, 2012
  • Mettler-Toledo NATAS Award, 2009
  • Advisory Board of Macromolecules, 2005 - 2008
  • Engineering Research Awards of the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, 2000 and 2008
  • Professional Development Award. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, 2005
  • Member of the Advisory Council of WIMSE, 2001 - present

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry
  • ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
  • American Physical society
  • APS Division of Polymer Physics
  • North American Thermal Analysis Society

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (five last years):

  1. K. Jeon, Y.L. Chiari, R.G. Alamo "Maximum Rate of Crystallization and Morphology of Random Propylene Ethylene Copolymers as a Function of Concentration of Comonomer" Macromolecules, 41, 95, 2008.
  2. Boz, E., Ghiviriga, I., Nemeth, A.J., Jeon, K., Alamo R.G., Wagener, K.B "Random defect Free Ethylene/Vinyl Halide Model Copolymers via Condensation Polymerization" Macromolecules 41, 25, 2008.
  3. Boz, E., Nemeth, A.J., Wagener, K.B., Jeon, K., Smith, R., Nazirov, F., Alamo R.G., Bockstaller, M.R. "Well-Defined Precision Vinyl Fluoride Polymers: Synthesis and Crystalline Properties" Macromolecules 41, 1647, 2008.
  4. S. Shanbhag, R.G. Alamo, "On the Thermodynamic Driving Force for Nucleation at Large Undercoolings" Polymer 49, 2515, 2008.
  5. R. G. Alamo, K. Jeon, R.L. Smith, E. Boz, K.B. Wagener, M.R. Bockstaller "Crystallization of Polyethylenes Containing Chlorines: Precise vs. random Placement" Macromolecules41, 7141-7151, 2008.
  6. K. Jeon, H. Palza, R. Quijada, R.G. Alamo* "Effect of Comonomer Type on the Crystallization Kinetics of Random Isotactic Propylene 1-Alkene Copolymers" Polymer, 50, 832 - 844, 2009.
  7. M. Vadlamudi, G. Subramanian, S. Shanbhag, R.G. Alamo, M. Varma-Nair, D.M. Fiscus, G.M. Brown, C. Lu, C.J. Ruff, "Molecular and Branching Distribution of a High Performance Metallocene Ethylene 1-Hexene Copolymer Film-Grade Resin" Macromolecular Symposia282, 1 - 13, 2009.
  8. M. Vadlamudi, R.G. Alamo, D.M. Fiscus, M. Varma-Nair, "Inter and Intra-Molecular Branching Distribution of Tailored LLDPEs Inferred by Melting and Crystallization Behavior of Narrow Fractions" J. Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Volume 96, Issue 3 (2009), Page 697-704.
  9. T. Macko, R. Brull, R.G. Alamo, Y. Thomann, V. Grumel, "Separation of propene/1-alkene and ethylene/1-alkene copolymers by high-temperature adsorption liquid chromatography", Polymer, 50, 5443 - 5448, 2009.
  10. K. Jeon, C. Ruiz-Orta, S. Warnost, A. Kismarahardja, J. Brooks, R.G. Alamo, "Role of Crystallinity in Carbon Nanotube Dispersion and Electrical Conductivity of iPP-based Nanocomposites" J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Phys. Ed48, 2084 - 2096, 2010
  11. T. Macko, R. Brüll, R.G. Alamo, F.J. Stadler, Simone Losio, "Separation of short chain branched polyolefins by high-temperature gradient adsorption liquid chromatography" Anal. Bioanal. Chem399, 1547 - 1556, 2011 http://www.springerlink.com/content/m10050mm678652q5/fulltext.pdf
  12. C. Ruiz-Orta, J.P. Fernandez-Blazquez, E.J. Pereira, R.G. Alamo "Time-resolved FTIR Spectroscopic Study of the Evolution of Helical Structure during Isothermal Crystallization of Propylene 1-Hexene Copolymers. Identification of Regularity Bands Associated with the Trigonal Polymorph. Polymer 52, 2856-2868, 2011
  13. Carolina Ruiz-Orta, Juan P. Fernandez-Blazquez, Amelia M. Anderson-Wile, Geoffrey W. Coates, Rufina G. Alamo "Isotactic Poly(Propylenes) with (3,1) Chain-Walking Defects: Characterization, Crystallization and Melting Behaviors" Macromolecules 44, 3436 - 3451, 2011.
  14. E. Steven, J.G. Park, A. Paravastu, E.B. Lopes, J.S. Brooks, O. Englander, T. Siegrist, P. Kaner and R.G. Alamo, "Physical characterization of functionalized spider silk: electronic and sensing properties" Science and Technology of Advanced Materials 12, 055002, 2011 (13 pp). doi:10.1088/1468-6996/12/5/055002
  15. C. Ruiz-Orta, R.G. Alamo, "Morphological and Kinetic Comonomer Partitioning in Random Propylene 1-Butene Copolymers" Polymer53, 810-822, 2012.
  16. Ashley R. Cormier, Carolina Ruiz-Orta, Rufina G. Alamo, Anant K. Paravastu, "Solid-State Self-Assembly Mechanism of RADA16-I Designer Peptide" Biomacromolecules2012, 13 (6), pp 1794 - 1804
  17. L. Santonja-Blasco, A. Ribes-Greus, R.G. Alamo, "Comparative Thermal, Biological and Photo Degradation Kinetics of Polylactide and Effect on Crystallization Rates" Polym. Degrad. Stab98, 771-784, 2013
  18. Ashley R. Cormier, Juan M. Lopez-Majada, Rufina G. Alamo, Anant K. Paravastu, "Distinct Solid and Solution State Self-Assembly Pathways of RADA16-I Designer Peptide" J. Pept. Sci. 19, 477-484, 2013
  19. A. Chan-Hilton, M. Zhang, R. G. Alamo, P. Andrei, "Highlights and Updates of the NUE Nanotechnology Concepts, Opportunities, Research and Education (NanoCORE) Program" J. Nano Education 5, No. 2, 172-179(8), 2013
  20. Eden Steven, Wasan R. Saleh, Victor Lebedev, Steve F. A. Acquah, Vladimir Laukhin, Rufina G. Alamo & James S. Brooks "Carbon Nanotubes on a Spider Silk Scaffold" Nature Communications 4:2435 (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3435), 2013
  21. Benjamin O. Reid, Madhavi Vadlamudi, Hamed Janani, Huanhuan Gao, Wenbing Hu and Rufina G. Alamo "Strong Memory Effect of Crystallization above the Equilibrium Melting Point of Random Copolymers" Macromolecules 46, 6485-6497, 2013
  22. Huanhuan Gao, Madhavi Vadlamudi, Rufina G. Alamo and Wenbing Hu, "Monte Carlo Simulations of the Strong Memory Effect of Crystallization above the Equilibrium Melting Point of Random Copolymers." Macromolecules 46, 6498-6506, 2013
  23. P. Kaner, C. Ruiz-Orta, E. Boz, K.B. Wagener, R.G. Alamo "Kinetic Control of Chlorine Packing in Crystals of a Precisely Substituted Polyethylene. Toward Advanced Polyolefin Materials" Macromolecules 47, 236 - 245, 2014.
  24. H. Janani, R.G. Alamo "Melt Miscibility of Blends of isotactic Polypropylene and Homogeneous iso-Propylene-1-Hexene Copolymers" J. Therm. Anal. Calorim. (under review)

Recent Book Chapters:

  1. 1. R.G. Alamo, "Polyethylene, Linear High-Density" in Polymer Data Handbook, 2nd Ed. pg. 634 - 650, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  2. R.G. Alamo, "Phase Structure and Morphology" in Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 53: Molecular Characterization and Analysis of Polymers, J. Chalmers, R. Meier Eds. Elsevier, 2008, pg. 255-287.