Jorge Antonio Moncada Vivas


Since I was a Chemistry BS student, I was interested in acquiring fundamental knowledge in the chemistry field. During my time working for the oil industry as a chemist, I learned that a deep knowledge of Chemical Engineering would be the key that connects my fundamental knowledge with applied research for the industry.

Improving the quality of crude oil and fuels to accomplish today’s environmental requirements becomes a more challenging task. Heterogeneous catalysis has been a
reliable and solid science where several industrial technologies have found support. My main research goal will be focused on the evaluation of novel materials for the catalytical removal of heteroatoms – mainly sulfur – from hydrocarbons. In parallel, I’ll use Operando Raman & FITR Spectroscopy to get new mechanistic insights and establish new strategies to develop quantitative structure-activity/selectivity relationships in heterogeneous (both gas-solid and liquid-solid) catalysis.

Awards and Memberships

  • Sci-Mix Poster Distinction. ENFL Division. ACS Boston 2018.
  • Travel Award ACS Boston 2018 – ACS Auburn Universiy Students Chapter.
  • Member, American Chemical Society – National and Local Auburn University Students Chapter. 2018 – Present.
  • Member, Electrochemical Society – Auburn University Students Chapter. 2016 – Present.
  • First place mention “Embryonic Idea” in the First Contest for Research and Technological Development in Oil, Gas, and Energy of PDVSA – 2010: Three concurrent processes: reduction of emissions (CO2, NOx, and SO2), synthesis gas production and electricity generation in fuel cells solid oxide.
  • Award to Editorial Production Mention Young Author – 2009, PDVSA Intevep Editorial Committee.

Oral & Poster Presentations

  • Developing a new Raman-spectrokinetic approach to gain insights on the structure-reactivity relationship of supported metal oxide catalysts. Southeastern Catalysis Society 17th Annual Fall Symposium (Oral). Atlanta, September 2018
  • Following the flocculation of crude oil asphaltenes’ using ultrasound and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. 256th ACS National Meeting. ENFL Division (Oral and Poster). Boston, August 2018
  • Following the agglomeration and flocculation point of asphaltenes combining ultrasound and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy. 2018 UAH Engineering Forum (UAH-EF) (Oral). Huntsville, August 2018
  • Developing a Raman spectrokinetic approach to gain insights on the structure-reactivity relationship of supported metal oxide catalysts. This is Research (Poster). Auburn, April 2018
  • In situ/Operando Raman Spectroscopy to Characterize Catalytic Materials / Auburn University Chemical Engineering Open House (Poster). Auburn, April 2017




Hobbies and extracurricular activities

  • Running

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