Carlos Rinaldi, Ph.D.

Charles A. Stokes Term Professor and Interim Chair of Chemical Engineering

Office:

Department of Chemical Engineering
CHE 289


Phone: 352-392-0882
Email: carlos.rinaldi@ufl.edu
 

Research

Carlos Rinaldi is the Charles A. Stokes Term Professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. He is also the Interim Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He received his bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and completed degrees in Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice, and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to the University of Florida, Prof. Rinaldi was an Assistant Station Director of the MIT David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice and a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Prof. Rinaldi’s research interests are in biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles, including applications where the particles respond to magnetic fields by rotating, exerting forces/torques on biological structures, or dissipating the energy of the magnetic field in the form of heat. Prof. Rinaldi is also interested in the fundamental fluid physics of magnetic nanoparticle suspensions, commonly referred to as ferrofluids, and of magnetic soft matter. Work in Prof. Rinaldi’s laboratory spans theory and simulation to study magnetic nanoparticle response to time varying magnetic fields, nanoparticle synthesis and modification, characterization of nanoparticle physical, chemical, and magnetic properties, and testing the interactions of magnetic nanoparticles with cells and tissues. Prof. Rinaldi received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in recognition of his contributions to magnetic nanoparticle research and to broadening participation of under-represented groups in engineering.

Education:

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002.
MS in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001.
MS in Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001.
BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1998.


Appointments

  • Interim Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, August 2017 – present.
  • Senior Associate Chair, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, January 2016 – July 2017.
  • Professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, July 2012 – present.
  • Associate Dean of Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, March 2011 – December 2011.
  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, July 2007 – June 2012.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, January 2006 – June 2007.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, July 2002 – December 2005.
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, Chemical Physics PhD Program, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, November 2008 – June 2012.

  • Lecturer and Assistant Station Director, David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 2002 – August 2002.

Awards & Honors

  • University of Florida Term Professorship, 2017-2020
  • Kavli Fellow and invited introductory speaker, 28th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, 2016
  • Charles A. Stokes Term Professorship, University of Florida, 2015-2018.
  • Excellence in Service Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, April 2015.
  • Faculty Service Award, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, April 2015.
  • International Journal of Nanomedicine Early Career Award, 2012.
  • Profiled as an Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 2009.
  • Merck Health Innovation Award in Engineering, 2008.
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2006
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2006
  • Excellence in Research Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, UPRM, 2006.
  • Distinguished Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department, UPRM, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2010-2011.
  • Janice Lumpkin Future Minority Faculty Award recipient 2001, AIChE – MAC
  • J. Edward Vivian Award for Exemplary Performance and Commitment to the MIT David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice class of 1999-2000.

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Nanomedicine, August 2013 – present.
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Rheology, August 2012 – present.