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Student: Jorge M. Marcano Bermúdez

Name: Marcano-Bermúdez, Jorge M.

Hometown: Humacao, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Humacao Campus

Rank: B.S

Major: Chemistry

Expected date of graduation: May 2014

Degree: Ph.D in Chemistry

USDA Agency of interest: US Forest Service or NIFA.



Career experience /location:

Worked in research related to organic photovoltaic’s, block co polymers under supervision of Dr. Josee Vedrine, and currently environmental chemistry under the

supervision Dr.Rolando Tremont.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

I worked in the fabrication of more efficient OPV’s, the construction of ordered nano structures, and currently analytical analysis of heavy metals in crabs by means of

Atomic absorption spectroscopy.


What is your perception of agriculture now:

It’s become clear that it plays a major in the survival of mankind. It must be studied in order to develop new and more efficient ways which can be used in order to sustain

and enhance human life.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:

I have learned how to use Atomic absorption spectroscopy for the analysis of elements and compounds related to contamination of our natural resources. Knowledge about

this technique can help me to get a job in a ARS research laboratory.


Career and research aspirations:

My goal whiting the next 10 year is to finish a PhD in environmental chemistry and find a job at the USDA, US Forest Service or NIFA.


Skill Set:

Bilingual-English/Spanish -computer skills- Atomic force Microscopy (AFM) techniques – Atomic Absorption technique.


The impact of my career experience:

The research experience at the UPRH has given me a broader sense of just how closely relate we are with our environment. As an individual it has taught me that we must

ensure a healthy and productive environment in order to ensure our survival. This opportunities has greatly help me practice my analytical skills and allowed me to

properly learn Spectroscopy techniques. This will help me compete in a job market at the USDA.

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