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Dr Rafael Quirino


Organic Chemistry

Office: Statesboro Chemistry & Nursing Bldg. Rm. 3234
Phone: (912) 478-2345

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  • B.S. University of Brasilia, Brazil (2004)
  • M.S. University of Brasilia, Brazil (2006)
  • Ph.D. Iowa State University (2011)
  • Post-Doc Iowa State University (2011-2012)

Dr. Quirino came to Georgia Southern University in 2012 after spending one year as a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University, where his research focused on the functionalization of carbon nanotubes and on the preparation of polyurethanes from vegetable oils. His research group at Georgia Southern is devoted to the development of novel heterogeneous catalysts, the study of the behavior of carbon nanotubes when exposed to microwaves, and the investigation of bio-based thermosetting materials.

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With interests in polymer science, catalysis, pyrolysis, oleochemistry, biofuels, and biorenewable materials, the Quirino Research Group carries out a student-driven, original research in the Chemistry Department at Georgia Southern University. The Group’s main research focus is centered on the use of triglycerides as starting materials for different chemistries. Our research primary activity is two-fold: (1) investigation of bio-based systems from a materials perspective, and (2) development of recoverable catalysts for existing organic chemical reactions.

To learn more visit Dr Quirino’s Research Group Website!

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 3341 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3342 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 4220 Chemistry of Biofuels
  • CHEM 5411 Physical Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 5420 Principles of Drug Design

Selected Publications

  • Gross, M. A.; Monroe, K. A.; Hawkins, S.; Quirino, R. L.; Moreira, S.; Pereira-da-Silva, M. A.; Almeida, S. V.; Faria, R. C.; Paterno, L. G.; High-performance supercapacitor electrode based on a layer-by-layer assembled maghemite/magnetite/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite film, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, v. 908, 116123, 2022.

  • Yang, X.; Ke, Y.; Chen, Q.; Shen, L.; Xue, J.; Quirino, R. L.; Yan, Z.; Luo, Y.; Zhang, C.; Efficient transformation of renewable vanillin into reprocessable, acid-degradable and flame retardant polyimide vitrimers, Journal of Cleaner Production, v. 333, 130043, 2022.

  • Lin, Y.; Chen, W.; Colin, B.; Pétrissans, A.; Quirino, R. L.; Pétrissans, M.; Thermodegradation characterization of hardwoods and softwoods in torrefaction and transition zone between torrefaction and pyrolysis, Fuel, v. 310, 122281, 2022.
  • Rodrigues, J. D. O.; Andrade, C. K. Z.; Quirino, R. L.; Sales, M. J. A.; Non-isocyanate poly(acyl-urethane) obtained from urea and castor oil (Ricinus communis L.), Progress in Organic Coatings, v. 162, 106557, 2022.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2011 Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Excellence in Research (Iowa State University)
  • 2007 2nd edition of the Petrobras Prize of Technology (Brazil)

Last updated: 4/15/2024