Samuel P. Hernandez-Rivera

University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico


Samuel P. Hernandez-Rivera has received both of his B.S. degree and his M.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, USA, in 1974 and 1980, respectively. He also obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Ma, USA, in 1986. He is the Director of Center for Chemical Sensors Development and Chemical Imaging Center and an Investigator at the Northeastern University ALERT DHS Center of Excellence. His research interests include applied and fundamental studies and standoff detection of explosives, chemical and biological agents using vibrational spectroscopy (Raman/IR). Other interests are in SERS and in chemometrics enhancement of spectroscopic data and in discriminant and cluster analysis of populations. He has published over 150 papers/book chapters in the areas of national defense and homeland security, applied for three patents in nanotechnology and sensors development and obtained numerous grants and contracts from US DOD, DHS, FAA, WRI, NSF, Government of PR Agriculture Department, PR Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), and with industry (Lockheed-Martin, INDUNIV), channeling more than $12.6 M for research and education. He is a Member of the ACS, APS, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, SPIE, and PR Chemists Association and also a Member of the Editorial Board of Springer’s Sensing and Imaging. He has supervised more than 40 M.S. and 6 Ph.D. students. His research interests include chemistry of explosives, chemical agents, biological threats; Raman-IR standoff detection: threat chemicals and biological agents; synthesis, characterization, and modeling of highly energetic materials (HEM); nanotechnology sensing: SERS sensing platforms, nanostructures, and physical reduction methods; chemical education and nanochemistry.

Biography Updated on 31 March 2013

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