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Fernando Merida

Areas of Interest

Engineering Education
Underrepresented minorities
Unit Operations
Bioprocess/Biochemical Engineering
Engineering communication skills
Biomedical Engineering


NSF-Engineering Research Centers – Cell Manufacturing Technologies (ERC-CMaT) Research Fellowship (Feb 2018 – May 2018)
Post-María Hurricane Thesis Track Award, Puerto Rico Science and Technology Research Trust, AAA Caribbean Division, and Ciencia PR. (Jan 2018).
NSF-Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (IFN) Academic Fellowship (Jun 2014 – Dec 2016)
Janice Lumpkin Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Nov 2013)


Ph.D., 2018, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
M.S., 2010, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
B.S., 2007, Chemical Engineering, University of San Carlos, Guatemala

Courses Taught

ECH 4224L Heat and Energy Transfer Laboratory, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Florida, Spring 2019

Selected Publications

  • Mérida, F., Chiu-Lam, A., Bohórquez, Ana C., Maldonado-Camargo, L., Pérez, M.E., Pericchi, L., Torres-Lugo, M., Rinaldi, C. Optimization of synthesis and peptization steps to obtain iron oxide nanoparticles with high energy dissipation rates. Magn. Magn. Mater.394, 361-371 (2015)
  • Alvarez-Berrios, M. P., Castillo, A., Mérida, F., Mendez, J., Rinaldi, C., Torres-Lugo, M. Enhanced proteotoxic stress: one of the contributors for hyperthermic potentiation of the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib using magnetic nanoparticles. Sci. 3, 391-400 (2015)
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