Perla B. Balbuena

Texas A and M University, USA

Dr. Perla B. Balbuena received the BS degree from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (Argentina), MSc degree from the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, all in chemical engineering. Her PhD 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 from 1997 to 2002 and an Associate Professor from 2002 to 2004 at the University of South Carolina, Department of Chemical Engineering. Since 2004, she is Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on first-principles 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 has published one hundred and five peer-reviewed articles and has been co-editor of three books in her fields of specialization in recent years. Her current publication list is available at

Biography Updated on 22 March 2009

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