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Jessica Alexandra Ortega Ramos 

Ph.D. Student

SHORT BIO

Jessica is a first-year doctoral student in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University. She graduated from Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, with a BSc degree in Chemistry in 2019. Her passion for electrochemistry began in 2016 when she joined the electrochemistry research group LABEQ USB. She was fascinated by all the interesting phenomena that could develop in an electrochemical system and how every project required such interdisciplinary collaboration between material science, chemistry, electronics, and chemical engineering. For her undergraduate dissertation, she focused on the kinetic study of electrochemical oscillations during the catalytic oxidation of glucose over nickel electrodes. She officially joined the CETI lab in Summer 2021, where she will research plastics degradation through electrochemical methods. Moreover, this process could also produce fuels and valuable chemical intermediates.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University

  • B.S., Chemistry, Universidad Simón Bolívar, (2019)

RESEARCH

  • Polyethylene Electrolysis, Polypropylene Electrolysis, Plastic decomposition

  • Electroanalysis and electrochemical biosensors

  • Fundamental studies in electrocatalysis. Electrooxidation of organic compounds

  • Chemical and Electrochemical spontaneous oscillations

HOBBIES

  • Cooking/baking

  • Watching movies and TV series

  • Practicing different sports, yoga, and guided meditation