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Title: Chemistry Instructor, Department of Health Sciences, Atlantic Union College
E-mail: vanessa.ayala@auc.edu



B.S Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico

M.S Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico



Vanessa Ayala-Rivera holds a M.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, PR.  She has worked on the medical application, synthesis and characterization of iron oxide nanoparticles, as well as their interactions with tissues.

She has been teaching General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry for the last three years.


Research interest

Her general research interest is on the applications of nanotechnology to medicine, with focus on the design, synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials for drug delivery and special treatments. Her experience also includes ample knowledge of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and UV spectroscopy, TGA, DSC, DLS and ZetaPotential Analysis for nanoparticle characterization, and human cell culture.



National Society of Professional Engineers : Member since 08/2016

Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers: Member since 08/2016

Golden Key International Society


Peer-reviewed Publications

Ayala, V., Herrera, A. P., Latorre-Estéves, M., Torres-Lugo, M.and Rinaldi, C., 2013, “Effect of surface charge on the colloidal stability and in vitro uptakeof carboxymethyl dextran-coated iron oxide nanoparticles” J Nanopart Res, p.1874.


Creixell, M., Herrera, A. P., Ayala,V., Latorre-Estéves, M., Marianela Pérez-Torres, M., Torres-Lugo,M. and Rinaldi, C., 2010,“Preparation of epidermal growth factor (EGF) conjugated iron oxidenanoparticles and their internalization into colon cancer cells” J.Magn. Magn. Mater., p. 2244-2250.


 Creixell, M., Herrera, A. P., Latorre-Estéves, M., Ayala,V., Torres-Lugo, M. and Rinaldi, C., 2010, “The effect of grafting method on the colloidalstability and in vitro cytotoxicity of carboxymethyl dextran coated magneticnanoparticles” J. Mater. Chem., p. 8539-8547


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