Dr. Luis C. Fernandez-Torres
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
PhD, University of Houston; MS, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez; BS, Penn State University
Phone: 305-474-6014
Office: Dooner Hall, Room 200B

Dr. Fernandez came to St. Thomas in 2012 after serving 3 years as Research Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Fernandez was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. He has been teaching in the area of chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry for 10 years, and actively performs research in the area of surface science, nanotechnology, solar energy harvesting, and antioxidants. He is involved in undergraduate research collaborations with the University of Wisconsin, and is a reviewer for ACS publications.

  • Meaghan Blake, Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, Shelley Claridge, Luis C. Fernández-Torres, E. Charles H. Sykes, and Paul S. Weiss, “Identifying Reactive Intermediates in the Ullmann Coupling Reaction by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy.” Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2009, 113, 13172
  • Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, E. Charles H. Sykes, Luis C. Fernández-Torres, and Paul S. Weiss, “Bromine islands on Cu{111}: Evidence that surface state-mediated interactions are dominant at high temperatures.” Physical Review Letters 2007, 98, 206108.
  • Luis C. Fernández-Torres, E. Charles H. Sykes, Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, and Paul S. Weiss, “Dynamics and spectroscopy of hydrogen atoms on Pd{111}.” Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2006, 110, 7380.
  • E. Charles H. Sykes, Luis C. Fernández-Torres, Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, Brent A. Mantooth, Ryan M. Nevin, and Paul S. Weiss, “Direct Observation and Manipulation of Subsurface Hydride in Pd{111} and its Effect on Surface Chemical, Physical, and Electrical Properties.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2005, 102, 17907.