Dr. David Salas de la Cruz (Associate Professor of Chemistry; Rutgers University-Camden)
Salas-de la Cruz has a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he acquired a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University. Salas-de la Cruz has more than 15 years of industrial and academic research experience. He has worked at Kimberly-Clark, LifeScan a Johnson and Johnson Company, Dow Chemicals and Holtec International. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University-Camden. The research of Salas is aimed at understanding the relationship between structure and natural material properties during the coagulation of polysaccharides with proteins using ionic liquids in order to design novel and tunable bio-based films for the medical, environmental and energy fields. He is author of over 18 publications, 1 equipment license and 1 patent. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Chemistry Society SEED program, ARMY REAP Program, NJSGC and Rutgers.
- Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania – 2011
- Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, Villanova University – 2007
- Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez – 2000
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