Dr Byron Villacorta Hernandez

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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


Dr. Byron Villacorta received his B.S. (Licentiate) degree in Chemical Engineering from José Simeón Cañas Central American University (El Salvador) in 2005. He graduated second among all engineering disciplines in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, and first in the School of Chemical Engineering. He was awarded as the Best Student in Chemical Engineering and with the Best Engineering Thesis by the Salvadoran Association of Chemical Engineers (ASINQUI). That year, he started his professional carrier as an Analyst Engineer in Industrias La Constancia (El Salvador). Then, 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 of America). 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 a number of 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 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, University of Queensland (Australia), and since March 2019 as a Research Fellow in the School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering and Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing in the same institution. His research interests are on the fields of multifunctional composites, polymer processing, rheology, advanced fibers and films, nanotechnology, biocomposites, separation materials 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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