Carlos R. Cabrera

University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico


Carlos R. Cabrera obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry (magna cum laude) at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1987 Dr. Cabrera obtained his Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry (photoelectrochemistry) at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. His Advisor was Professor Héctor D. Abruña and his thesis title was “Synthesis and photoelectrochemistry of polycrystalline thin films of transition metal dichalcogenides.” After spending two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Cabrera joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. Currently, Dr. Cabrera serves as the University of Puerto Rico Associate Vice-President for Technology and Full Professor of chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. Dr. Cabrera has graduated over 17 Ph.D.’s and 5 M.S.’s in chemistry. Over 50 undergraduate students have worked in his laboratory and most of them have continued toward their Ph.D. degrees in chemistry. He has been a Member of the American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society, and Materials Research Society. During his career, Dr. Cabrera has been part of the organizing committee of local and international meetings. During the last 10 years, Dr. Cabrera has worked as the Project Director of the Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials ( His research group has been able to develop collaborative efforts with NASA-Ames Research Center, NASA-Glenn Research Center, and JPL in areas related to life support systems, advanced high energy materials, and carbon-based sensors and biosensors. Dr. Cabrera has over 140 peer reviewed papers and 7 book chapters, and he is the editor of a book titled Advanced Nanomaterials for Aerospace Applications and two provisional patents.

Biography Updated on 2 January 2013

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