Dr Byron Villacorta Hernandez

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 53507


Dr. Byron Villacorta received his B.S. (Honours) degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (El Salvador) in 2005. That year, he started his professional carrier as an Analyst Engineer in Industrias La Constacia (El Salvador). From 2005 to 2008, he worked as a Plant Engineer in American Renewable Fuel Suppliers Ltda. (El Salvador), a chemical plant devoted to the production of fuel-grade anhydrous ethanol. In 2013, he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University (United States). Under the supervision of Prof. Amod Ogale, his Ph.D. research was focused on the development of conductive polymer nanocomposites and micro-textured films. Simultaneously, he worked for the Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (2008-2013) participating in numerous industrial research projects funded by several local companies and the National Science Foundation.

In 2014, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University (United States) working in multidisciplinary research projects under Prof. Douglas Hirt. In October 2014, he was appointed as a Postdoc Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland (Australia), where currently works on the development of novel and practical methods for fabricating carbon nanotube reinforced polymer composites for automotive applications. His research interests are on the fields of multifunctional composites, polymer processing, rheology, advanced fibers and films, nanotechnology and chemical processes.

Research Interests

  • Multifunctional composites, Nanomaterials, Polymer processing, Fibers, Films, Chemical processes


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Clemson University, South Carolina


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