Professor at Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Rigoberto Advincula is Full Professor at the Dept. of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University. He is the Director of PETRO Case, a polymers for oil-gas consortium. He is Past-Chair of the Polymer Chemistry Division (ACS) and previous President of the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE). He is also Trustee with PhilDev Foundation. Recently inducted member of the World Economic Forum, Futures Council.
He is Editor of Reactive and Functional Polymers and Associate Editor of Polymer Reviews. He has published more than 476 papers (H index = 59), 11 patents, and given more than 560 lectures and seminars. His area of research is in polymers, nanoscience, organic materials, hybrid materials, ultrathin films, polymers and additives for oil and gas, and corrosion: (1) synthesis of new functional nanomaterials 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 sensor applications of ultrathin films and particles, (4) biotechnology, (5) highly performance polymers and additives for fluids and coatings, and (6) sustainability engineering. He has been mostly been funded by the National Science Foundation, Welch Foundation, and several industry grants. He has had Visiting Professor positions at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Austrian Institute of Technology, Waseda University, McGill University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and National University of Singapore.
He is also most passionate with training young minds in science and engineering careers. He has trained over 26 Ph.D. graduates, 50 undergraduates, and 40 high school students. A number have become successful Professors, R&D Managers, Ph.D. students, and many have won awards in their presentations at national meetings during their time in his group.