joao luna bio picJoao Carlos Luna Gonzalez
Born: Morelia, Mexico
Undergraduate:  Barry University, Miami Shores, Fl
MS in Geology: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Now: PhD Candidate, University of Utah, 2013 – Present
Research Interests:
My project aims to integrate sedimentological, geochemical, and geomechanical data of different organic-rich rocky mountain shales in order to quantitatively establish the interdependence of these parameters in specific facies intervals and between different formations.
Personal Interests: During my free time I like doing CrossFit and strength training. I also enjoy watching science and political documentaries. My outdoor interests include fishing and camping.
Refereed publication:
Zajíčková, Zuzana. Luna, Joao. Švec, František. Surface modification of silica-based monolith with poly(pentafluoropropyl methacrylate) using single step photografting. Journal of Liquid Chromatography and Related Technologies 33:1640–1648, 2010
Selected Abstract Publications:
Luna, J., Zajickova, Z., & Svec, F. 2009. Separation of alkylbenzenes by monolithic silica capillary column modified with pentafluoropropyl methacrylate via single step photografting. 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, March 22-26, 2009, Abstract # CHED 310 (poster).
Luna, J., Zajickova, Z., & Svec, F. 2009. Photochemical Modification of Silica-Based Monoliths with Nanolayer of Fluorinated Methacrylate. Journal of Undergraduate Research. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. Volume IX.
Selected Awards:
  • Think Globally Learn Locally (TGLL) Fellowship - Fall 2013, University of Utah
  • Outstanding TA of the year - Spring 2013, University of Georgia
  • Miriam Watts-Wheeler research grant         
  • College of Arts and Sciences Deans Award in science/Mathematics - Spring 2010, Barry University
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior in Chemistry 2009-2010 - Spring 2010, Barry University