Carlos Rinaldi, Ph.D.

Carlos Rinaldi
Carlos Rinaldi, Ph.D.
Charles A. Stokes Term Professor & Interim Chair, Chemical Engineering Dept.
Primary Faculty
Nanomedicine and magnetic nanoparticles
1030 Center Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611
Office Phone: 
(352) 392-0882
Office Fax: 
(352) 392-9513
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B.Sc., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1998
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
M.S.C.E.P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002

Research Summary:

Dr. Rinaldi’s research is focused on advancing the understanding and biomedical applications of suspensions of magnetic nanoparticles. Of particular interest are situations 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. Work in Rinaldi’s lab spans theoretical and simulation investigation of magnetic nanoparticle response to 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.

Honors and Awards:

  • UF Term Professorship, 2017-2020
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Nanomedicine, 2015-present
  • International Journal of Nanomedicine Early Career Award, 2012
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2006
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006
  • Janice Lumpkin Future Minority Faculty Award recipient 2001, AIChE – Minority Affairs Committee
  • J. Edward Vivian Award for Exemplary Performance and Commitment to the MIT David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice class of 1999-2000
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 1998-2001

Selected Publications:

Google Scholar Citations Link

M. Domenech, I. Marrero-Berrios, M. Torres-Lugo, and C. Rinaldi, “Lysosomal Membrane Permeabilization by Targeted Magnetic Nanoparticles in Alternating Magnetic Fields.” Accepted for publication in ACS Nano, May 2013.

L. Santiago-Rodríguez, M. Montalvo-Lafontaine, C. Castro, J. Méndez-Vega, M. Latorre-Esteves, E.J. Juan, E. Mora, M. Torres-Lugo, and C. Rinaldi, “Synthesis, Stability, Cellular Uptake, and Blood Circulation Time of Carboxymethyl-Inulin Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles.Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 1:2807-2817, 2013.

C. Barrera, A.P. Herrera, N. Bezares, E. Fachini, J.P. Hinestroza, and C. Rinaldi, “Effect of poly(ethylene oxide) graft molecular weight on the colloidal properties of iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications.Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 377:40-50, 2012.

M. Creixell, A.C. Bohorquez, M. Torres-Lugo, and C. Rinaldi, “EGFR-targeted magnetic nanoparticle heaters can kill cancer cells without a perceptible temperature rise.ACS Nano, 5(9), 7124-7129, 2011.

M. Creixell, A.P. Herrera, M. Latorre-Esteves, V. Ayala, M. Torres-Lugo, and C. Rinaldi, “Effect of graft method on the stability and cytotoxicity of carboxymethyl dextran coated magnetic nanoparticles.” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20:8539-8547, 2010.