Perla B. Balbuena
Perla B. Balbuena received the B.S. degree from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (Argentina), the M.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, all in chemical engineering. Her Ph.D. dissertation investigated the effects of water as a solvent at high pressures and temperatures on chemical reactions, using molecular simulations techniques. Dr. Balbuena was an Assistant Professor during 1997–2002, and an Associate Professor between 2002–2004 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina. Since 2004, she has been a Professor of chemical engineering, and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Program at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on first-principle computational design of materials and processes. In recent years, she has been active in the field of materials design for catalysis and surface phenomena with applications to electrolytes and electrodes of lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells, catalyzed growth of single-wall carbon nanotubes, and hydrogen storage. She published 105 peer-reviewed articles, and has been a Coeditor of three books in her fields of specialization in recent years.
Biography Updated on 1 July 2008