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Student: Tatiana Luna Pineda

Tatiana Luna-Pineda

Name: Luna-Pineda Tatiana

Hometown: Hormigueros, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Mayaguez Campus

Rank: MSc.; PhD student

Major: Chemistry

Expected date of graduation: May 2014

Degree: Ph.D in Chemistry

USDA Agency of interest: USDA-ARS

Email: Tatiana.luna@upr.edu

 

Career cxperience/location:

I work in research in the university and am mentoring one undergraduate student.

 

Description of career experience (what I learned):

I worked in the adsorption of arsenic and chromium compounds using a magnetic nanocomposite (Calcium Alginate-DMSA-magnetite beads ). We were able to remove over

10gm/L of these compounds from contaminated water.

 

What is your perception of agriculture now:

It is the most important issue in this moment for humans; it is important to develop new technologies to increase agricultural yields and new soils and water remediation

strategies.

 

How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?

I learned how to use inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry for the analysis of elements and compounds related to agriculture and the synthesis of nanoparticles and

its functionalization and its applications in water remediation. Knowledge about these techniques can open doors in USDA-ARS research laboratories. Career and research

aspirations: I aspire to finish my PhD in environmental chemistry within the next year and find a job at the USDA-ARS in any location. In 10 years, I also aspire to be a

scientist that can contribute to the development and implementation of new techniques of agriculture and environmental remediation.

 

Skill Set:

literate; Office 2010; Statgraphics; proficient in -inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry; Gas Chromatography-Liquid Chromatography, Raman Spectroscopy,

Infrared Spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, thermal gravimetric analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy, microbiological tehcniques and

synthesis of nanoparticles, Knowledge of EPA regulations, Excellent in communication and interpersonal relationships. Strong believer in teamwork, highly motivated, fast

learner, effective in problem solving techniques.

 

The impact of my career experience:  

The reseach experiences at CETARS has given me the necessary skills to become a competent scientist in the near future. I worked with state-of-the-art instrumentation that

are available at major reseach facilities and institution. I also learned to use novel methods of analysis for a variety of compounds of agricultural and environmental

interest. These experiences will prepare me to compete in the job market specially at USDA.

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