Prof. Rufina Alamo


Prof. Rufina Alamo

Centro Joxe Mari Korta
Avenida de Tolosa, 72
20018 Donostia - San Sebastián



Professor R. G. Alamo obtained her B.Sc. and MS from the University of Valladolid, Spain and a Doctorate in Chemistry/Polymers from the Complutense University of Madrid and the Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (CSIC). After postdoctoral work at Florida State University, she worked at Dow Chemical Ibérica from 1985 to 1987, and joined the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering of the jointly managed FAMU-FSU College of Engineering where she is presently the Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering and a Distinguished Research Professor of Florida State University. At the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department she teaches undergraduate courses on Kinetics and Chemical Reactor Design, Differential Equations and Process Design, Mass and Energy Balances, Fundamentals on Materials and Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering. She also teaches Polymers and Imaging Techniques to graduate students.

Honors and awards

Prof. Alamo has received multiple awards from the Office of Graduate Studies and from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and in 2009 she received the Award for Outstanding Achievement (Mettler-Toledo Award)  given by the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS). She was named Fellow of the American Physical Society upon the recommendation of the Division of Polymer Physics in 2012. She has participated as Discussion Leader and invited speaker in the Gordon Research Conferences in Polymer Physics. She has served in the Advisory Editorial board of Macromolecules, and presently serves in the Advisory Council of the Women in Math, Science and Engineering Program (WINSE) and as director of Honors in the major for Chemical Engineering at FSU.



Professor Alamo's major research interest has been to advance knowledge of the interplay between chain microstructure, phase structure, crystallization kinetics and morphology of non-oriented bulk crystallized polymers. This work is funded by the USA National Science Foundation, the Council of Research and Creativity of Florida State University and industrial sites with interest in understanding the structure-properties relations of polyolefins. Her vision is to understand this interplay using well-characterized polyolefins that serve as models to understand the behavior of more complex commercial systems. She has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific papers, 16 book chapters, and delivered multiple invited talks.

Advanced Multiphasic Polymers (AMP) Group