Alex Palma, Ph.D.

Office: Casa 42 | E2-E3 Chemistry Laboratory

Short Bio

Alex Palma-Cando received his B.Sc degree in Chemistry at Central University of Ecuador in 2010. His M.Sc studies were focused in the electrochemistry of conducting polymers and organic photovoltaic devices at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) from 2011 to 2013. Then he did his doctoral studies in the Macromolecular Chemistry Group headed by Prof. Dr. Ullrich Scherf at Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany) until February 2017 when he received his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat) with the highest honors (summa cum laude). Since April 2017, he is full-time professor at School of Chemistry Science and Engineering in Yachay Tech University teaching a variety courses related to Materials Science, Chemical Kinetics and General Chemistry. He has directed and participated in several research project and, advised several undergraduate theses. He is a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and a founding member of the Group for Applied Research in Materials and Processes (GIAMP). Currently, his area of research interest is related to (i) the development of microporous polymeric structures with application in organic electronic devices and sensors, and recently (ii) green corrosion inhibitors for copper alloy materials. Additionally, he collaborates with national and international institutions in the development of various interdisciplinary projects. He is the author of several scientific publications in indexed journals and books.

Research Interests

Develope of novel microporous polymer films by electrochemical polymerization of multifunctional rigid monomers and their application in organic electronics and sensors. Design and building of low-cost equipment and electronic devices for teaching.

Selected Publications

Electrogenerated Thin Films of Microporous Polymer Networks with Remarkably Increased Electrochemical Response to Nitroaromatic Analytes. 10.1021/acsami.5b02233

Thiophene-Based Microporous Polymer Networks via Chemical or Electrochemical Oxidative Coupling. 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01821

Highly Sensitive Gas-Phase Explosive Detection by Luminescent Microporous Polymer Networks. 10.1038/srep29118

Electrochemically Generated Thin Films of Microporous Polymer Networks: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications. 10.1002/macp.201500484

Aggregation Induced Emission and Amplified Explosive Detection of Tetraphenylethylene-Substituted Polycarbazoles. 10.1039/C4PY00251B


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Síntesis de Películas Poliméricas Microporosas con Aplicaciones como Sensores Electroquímicos de Cadmio (II)



Thin Functional Polymer Films by Electropolymerization


Journal: MDPI