Jairo Castillo-Chara was born in Santander-Cauca, Colombia. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the Universidad del Valle in 1988 and a M.S. in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, in 1993. From 1993 to 1995, he worked under the direction of Dr. Samuel P. Hernández in vibrational spectroscopy as a graduate Research Assistant and for the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus as a Physical Chemistry Instructor. He received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2000, where he worked with Professor Robert Lucchese in the Ab initio Calculations of Ro-vibrational Energy Levels and Dynamics of van der Waals Complexes. After finishing his Ph.D. studies, he was offered a postdoctoral position by Professor E. L. Sibert from the Theoretical Chemistry Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked there as a Research Associate for two years developing methods to treat the vibrational dynamics of methanol using Van Vleck’s perturbation theory. He then spent two years at the Center for Sensors at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus, where he again worked with Dr. Hernandez in the interpretation of the Raman vibrational spectra of high energetic materials. In 2005, the Department of Natural Sciences at the Fayetteville State University, in Fayetteville, North Carolina appointed him as an Assistant Professor of chemistry, where he has been teaching and carrying research ever since. Dr. Castillo has published over 13 peer-reviewed papers in the area vibrational spectroscopy and quantum dynamics. He has been an active Member of the American Chemical Society and the Sigma Chi Scientific Society since 1995 and 2005, respectively.
Biography Updated on 24 September 2012