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Student: Jenifier Olavarría-Fullerton

Name:                   Jenifier Olavarria-Fullerton

Campus:              University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Rank:                    PhD Candidate

Major:                   Environmental Chemistry

Internship:         None related to USDA

Narrative:  I am from San Sebastian, P.R. and am currently a pursuing a PhD degree in Applied Chemistry, with emphasis in environmental chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus under the supervision of Dr. Marco A. De Jesus. I expect to graduate in May 2013. I also obtained my B.S. degree from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez in 2006.


Skills:  Design and development of nanostructured substrates to be employed as plasmonic sensors for environmental applications.  Strong skills in analytical instrumentation for quantification, detection and characterization: GC, HPLC, AAS, Spectroscopy (UV-Vis, Raman, IR, SERS, flouresecence) Voltammetry, physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques. Fluent spoken and written English and Spanish.


Short Term Goals:  Upon graduation in May 2013, I am looking forward to acquire a post-doctoral or a job opportunity within the USDA where I can apply my knowledge and skills toward the goal of contributing to the improvement of current procedures and technologies.


Long Term Goals: Obtain a leadership position within the company that provides me the opportunity of having greater impact in projects of interest, as well involvement in new and innovative projects.

Research and/or Outreach project:  During my PhD studies, I have been working under the mentorship of Dr. Marco De Jesus on my dissertation project titled: “Development of random and densely packed metal/polymer nanocomposites for the study of emerging pollutants”.



Olavarria-Fullerton, J.; Velez, R.A.; Wells, S.; Sepaniak, M,; De Jesus, M.A. Hybrid morphology nanoarrays as plasmonic Raman probes for the detection of arsenic antimicrobials. Submitted to Applied Spectroscopy, January 2013.


Olavarria-Fullerton, J.; Wells, S.; Ortiz-Rivera, W.; Sepaniak, M,; De Jesus, M.A. Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Characterization of Trace Organoarsenic Antimicrobials Using Silver/Polydimethylsiloxane Nanocomposites Appl spectrosc. 2011, 65, 423-428.


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