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Faculty Scholar Carlos Garcia, Ph.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Carlos Garcia, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry
Clemson University


Who is Professor Garcia?

Carlos Garcia received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) in 1996 and 2001, respectively. From 2002 to 2004, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Mississippi State University and Colorado State University under the supervision of Dr. W. Wilson and Dr. Charles Henry, respectively. He developed his independent career at The University of Texas at San Antonio and joined Clemson University in August 2015. His group is focused on the study of interactions of proteins with nanostructured surfaces and their use in analytical chemistry. Additionally, he is developing microfluidic devices to monitor biologically active compounds. Carlos is engaged in various professional activities, which provide opportunities to recruit graduate students and to inform the public about the chemistry program at Clemson. These include the presentation of seminars at colleges and universities, and the presentation of posters at national and international meetings. At present, Carlos directs the thesis research of two chemistry graduate students (Ph.D. program). He also has a substantial research program composed of undergraduate students, which complements and supports the research of graduate students. The outcomes of the research activities have been presented and recognized at national and international scientific meetings and are regularly published in peer-refereed journals, all of which have students as coauthors. His research has received support from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Agency for Space and Aeronautics, and the Office of Naval Research.

How Professor Garcia's research is transforming health care

Nanomaterials, materials with sizes or features ranging from 1 to 100 nm in one or more dimensions, are the core of an emerging technological revolution. The main advantages of these materials are unique thermal, mechanical, electronic, and biological properties not found in conventional materials. Combining these properties with their remarkable recognition capabilities has resulted in analytical systems with significantly improved performance and novel applications across physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. Although a number of nanomaterials have been used in conjunction with traditional separation techniques, the small volumes and low analysis time offered by microfluidic devices represent an open field for innovation with unique opportunities in terms of research and training. Owing to these opportunities, his group is interested in the development, characterization, and application of novel analytical strategies combining nanomaterials, electrochemistry, and microfluidics; in particular those that could provide significant advantages for biomedical research.

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Biosensors, Nanomaterials, Surface Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Microfluidics