Researcher biography

Byron Villacorta is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) and the School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering. He received his B.S. (Licentiate) degree in Chemical Engineering from José Simeón Cañas Central American University (El Salvador) in 2005. He graduated as Top 1 student in the School of Chemical Engineering. He was awarded as the Best Student in Chemical Engineering and with the Best Engineering Thesis by the Salvadoran Association of Chemical Engineers (ASINQUI). That year, he started his professional carrier as an Analyst Engineer in Industrias La Constancia (El Salvador), a brewing and beverage plant of the multinational SABMiller. Then, from late 2005 to 2008, he worked as a Plant Engineer in American Renewable Fuel Suppliers Ltda. (El Salvador), a chemical plant of the Cargill conglomerate devoted to the production of fuel-grade anhydrous ethanol.

In 2013, he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University (United States of America). 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, biocomposites,fibres, coatings, films, and other advanced materials.