Curriculum Vitae

Chemical Engineering Education

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (2011)

  • Thesis Topic: Development of complexation-based materials for the selective adsorption of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) from water streams.
  • Thesis Advisor: Dr. Arturo J. Hernández-Maldonado
  • Relevant Advanced Courses: Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids; Rheological Methods in Food Process Engineering; Adsorption in Nanostructured Materials, Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry

B.S. Chemical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (2005)

  • Environmental Engineering Certificate


  • EWITS Program Certification, training held at UF Innovation Hub, Gainesville Fl, March 2016.
  • Quality Matter Reviewer Certification, online training April 2015.
  • Safe Food Quality Certification, training at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, April 2012.
  • X-Ray Radiation Safety Procedures, training held at University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, August 2007
  • X-Ray Diffraction Operation, training held at University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2006.
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy, training held at University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 2006.
  • Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Plant Operator, approved course at Abbot Laboratories, May 2005.
  • Chemical Process Safety and Environmental Risk, training held at University of Delaware, June 2004.

Professional Service

  • Session Chair/co-Chair: Topics related to K-12 Session 2, 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Zone 2 Conference, San Juan, P.R., March 2-5, 2017.
  • Quality Matters Reviewer (August 2015- Present): an international organization representing broad inter-institutional collaboration and a shared understanding of online course quality. QM’s quality assurance processes have been developed to improve and certify the design of online and blended courses for academic, government and education-related organizations.
  • Chemistry Curriculum Committee (August 2014-2016): review and redesign course learning outcomes and competencies; create instructional material to share with faculty, reviewed final test study guides; preparation of final examination question banks and tests; development of online master course for all faculty.
  • Journal Reviewer (January 2013-May 2013): for the Journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). This is journal is a weekly publication focused on industrial and academic research in the broad fields of applied chemistry and chemical engineering with special focus on fundamentals, processes, and products.


  • Versal Pro scholarship: To create all sorts of interactive courses, quizzes, in-class assignments and projects for my students. (Started 11/30/2015- 11/30/2016
  • Sustainability Curriculum Award. Santa Fe College (April 2013- August 2013)
  • Invited as a Sloan Fellow to The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring held in Tampa, Florida (Oct 2010 and 2009)
  • NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium (PRSGC) Fellowship (Aug/2008-Jul/2009 and Aug/2005-Dec/2006)
  • Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) Scholarship (Aug/2008-Jun/2009)
  • Sloan Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship (Aug/2005-Jul/2007)
  • Emerging Business Leaders’ Summit Award, U.S. Department of Commerce (Oct/2004)


Peer Reviewed Journals:

  • Rivera-Jimenez S. M., Lehner M.M., Cabrera-Lafaurie W.A., Hernández-Maldonado, A.J, The removal of naproxen, salicylic acid, clofibric acid, and carbamazepine by water phase adsorption onto inorganic-organic pillared bentonites intercalated with transition metal cations. Environmental Engineering Science. 2011, 28,(3) 171-182.
  • Rivera-Jiménez, S.M., Méndez-González, S., Hernández-Maldonado, A.J., Metal (M=Co2+, Ni2+ and Cu2+) Grafted Mesoporous SBA-15: Effect of Transition Metal Incorporation and pH Conditions on the Adsorption of Naproxen from Water. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. 2010, 132, (3), 470-479.
  • Rivera-Jimenez, S.M., Hernandez-Maldonado, A. J., Nickel(II) grafted MCM-41: A novel sorbent for the removal of Naproxen from water. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2008, 116, (1-3), 246-252.
  • Vijay, R.; Hendershot, R. J., Rivera-Jimenez, S. M., Rogers, W. B.; Feist, B. J., Snively, C. M., Lauterbach, J., Noble metal free NOx storage catalysts using cobalt discovered via high-throughput experimentation. Catalysis Communications 2005, 6, (2), 167-171.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings:

  • Rivera-Jiménez. S. and Stanfill, R.K., “Meeting new institutional goals by renovating a 20-year-old industry- sponsored capstone design course”, American Society for Engineering Education, Zone 2 Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2-5, 2017.
  • Rivera-Jiménez, S., “A Case Study on Ocean Acidification”, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Jun 11, 2014. Open access: (
  • Rivera-Jiménez, S., “A Case Study on Ocean Acidification”, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Jun 11, 2014. Open access: (


  1. US 61/316,924. “Process for the removal of personal care and pharmaceutical products from water via complexation-based adsorption using transition metal based silica mesoporous materials with dense walls and large pore volume.” March 24, 2010.
  2. US 20070053818 “Nitrogen Oxides Storage Catalysts Containing Cobalt.” July 21, 2005.