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Oporto, Gloria

Associate Professor of Wood Science & Technology

In June 2010, Gloria Oporto joined the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at WVU as Assistant 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. 

Select Publications

  1. Jiang Ch., Oporto G.S., Zhong T. Jaczynski J. 2016. TEMPO nanofibrillated cellulose as template for controlled release of antimicrobial copper from PVA films. Cellulose. 23(1)713-722.
  2. Zhong T., Oporto G.S., Peng Y., Xie X., Gardner D.J. 2015. Drying cellulose-based materials containing copper nanoparticles. Cellulose 22:2665-2681.
  3. Zhong T., Oporto G.S., Jaczynski J., Jiang Ch. 2015. Nanofibrillated cellulose and copper nanoparticles embedded in polyvinyl alcohol films for antimicrobial applications. Biomed Research International Article ID 456834.
  4. Carrasco J.C., Oporto G.S., Zondlo J. and J. Wang. 2014. Observed Kinetic Parameters during the Torrefaction of Red Oak (Quercus rubra) in a Pilot Rotary Kiln Reactor. Bioresources 9(3) 5417-5437.
  5. Zhong T., Oporto G.S., Jaczynski J. Tesfai A. and J. Armstrong. 2013. Antimicrobial properties of the hybrid copper nanoparticles-carboxymethyl cellulose. Wood Fiber Sci. 45(2) 1-8.
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