Researcher biography

Dr. Villacorta received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University (United States of America) in 2013. Under the supervision of Prof. Amod Ogale, his Ph.D. research was focused on the development of functional composites, advanced fibers and films. Simultaneously, he worked for the Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (2008-2013) participating in a number of industrial research projects funded by several local companies and the National Science Foundation.

In 2014, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University working in multidisciplinary research projects under Prof. Douglas Hirt. In October 2014, he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland (Australia), and since March 2019 as a Fellow in the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing in the same institution. His research interests are on the fields of polymer formulation and processing, composite materials, sustainable materials, fibres and films.