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Dr. Lucas Sievens-Figueroa received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez campus. After finishing his undergraduate studies he worked four years in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of project engineering, technology transfer and validation. He attended the University of Iowa where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering under the supervision of Dr. Allan Guymon. Dr. Sievens Figueroa then completed a Post-Doc at the NSF Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems at NJIT and Rutgers under the direction of Dr. Rajesh Dave and Dr. Fernando Muzzio. He has been involved in material science/engineering and pharmaceutical technology research in the areas of photopolymerization, liquid crystals and pharmaceutical engineering. Dr. Lucas Sievens-Figueroa is currently a Principal Scientist at CopperVision. His current interests are the application of photopolymerization to pharmaceutical systems, bioavailability enhancement of poorly soluble drugs using polymer strip-films, formulation optimization and design, polymer processing (solvent casting, hot melt extrusion, injection molding),nanotechnology, and more recently contact lenses. He has published several manuscripts in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Polymer, Chemistry of Materials, Macromolecules, Hearing Research and International Journal of Pharmaceutics. He has also presented his work in national science conferences including AIChE, ACS, AAPS, MRS and SHPE.
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