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Oporto, Gloria

Associate Professor of Wood Science & Technology

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
In June 2010, Gloria Oporto joined the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at WVU as Associate Professor of Wood Science and Technology (School of Natural Resources). She was recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, starting August 2016.
Oporto received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Forest Resources in December of 2009 from the University of Maine and a certificate in Advanced Engineered Wood Composites from the same university. She finished her undergrad studies as Chemical Engineer at the University of Concepcion in the city of Concepcion, Chile. 

Oporto’s research has been oriented to the utilization of highly available and underutilized woody biomass from the central Appalachian hardwood, and during her first three years at WVU she focused her interest in the following areas: 1) Pre-treatments of woody biomass for bioenergy, and 2) Development of high value products from woody biomass and its applications. After receiving funds from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in September 2013, Dr. Oporto concentrated her research efforts in the second area and she had built a research program that considers the numerous advantages of cellulosic material from woody biomass for applications in the packaging, catalyst and pharmacy fields. 

Stories of interest


  1. Sivaneri K.,  Oporto, G., Barre, M., Terada M., Boyd J., Goldsmith W., Nurkiewicz T., Gupta R. and E. Sabolsky. 2023. Eco-Friendly Hierarchical Nanoporous Microfiber Respirator Filters Fabricated Using Rotary Jet Spinning Technology (RJS). ACS Applied Polymer Materials. 5(3) 1657–1669. 
  2. S Ponce G., Rodriguez S, Castano P.,  Oporto G. , Sabando C. and G. Cabrera. 2022.  Biocomoposites of polylactic acid/ poly(butylene adipate‐co‐terephthalate) blends loaded with quinoa husk agrowaste: thermal and mechanical properties. Journal of Polymer Research. 29: 356.
  3. O’Donnell K.L., Oporto G.S. and Comolli N. 2020. Evaluation of Acetaminophen Release from Biodegradable Poly (Vinyl Alcohol) (PVA) and Nanocellulose Films Using a Multiphase Release Mechanism. Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 301; doi:10.3390/nano10020301.
  4. Winans M., Gallagher J.E.G.; Jaczynski J and G.S. Oporto. 2019. Pick Your Poison: Benzalkonium Chloride and Copper Enable Nanocellulose Derivatives to Form Antimicrobial Properties Against a Spectrum of Microorganisms.
  5. O’Donnell K.L., Oporto G.S. and N. Comolli. 2018. Nanocellulose in combination with inorganic/organic materials for food packaging applications – Safety issues review in “Composite materials for food packaging.” Scrivener Publishing LLC and John Willey and Sons Ltd. DOI: 10.1002/9781119160243.ch11
  6. Owen, C.W., Oporto G.S., Söderberg B.C. and K. E. Lambson. 2017. Lignocellulosic micro- and nanomaterials as Copper Frames for the Evaluation of the Copper (I) Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition (CuAAC). Journal of Nanomaterials, Volume 2017, Article ID 9461615. DOI: 10.1155/2017/9461615
  7. Zhong, T., Oporto, G.S. and J. Jazynski. 2017. Antimicrobial food packaging with cellulose-copper nanoparticles embedded in thermoplastic resins. In: Volume 6. Food Preservation, Series: Nanotechnology in the Agri-Food industry (Volumes 1-10) , edited by Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu, Ed. Elsevier Inc, London, United Kingdom, pp.671-699. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-804303-5.00019-5


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