Hector Hugo Hernández, Civil and Environmental Engineering

When you think about humans, you think about how [they] can pick up traits: they can change their clothing; they can do things that modify their appearance, that will allow them to integrate with other groups and go across different [social] boundaries.  Microbes have that capability too, and they do it in several ways…

HECTOR HUGO HERNANDEZ - on 'What Nightclub Crowds and Microbes Have in Common'

Visiting Scholar 2010-2011
Hosted by Prof. Janelle Thompson, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hector Hugo Hernández (MIT, PhD '08) is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. His research focuses on the role microbes play in the global cycling of carbon dioxide (CO2).

2010-2011 Scholars

Hector Hugo Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Chemistry at MIT in 2008 and worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with Prof. Janelle Thompson in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

While a student at MIT, he earned the MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship (2008-2010), the NIH/NIGMS Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2004-2006), and participated in the NIH Biotechnology Training Program, MIT (2001-2004). Hernández's student service to the Institute in the spirit of Dr. King was recognized with a 2003 MLK Leadership Award.

As an MLK Visiting Scholar, Prof. Hernández continued his innovative research on aqueous phase microbial growth within a supercritical CO2 atmosphere. The work will contribute significantly to understanding the biochemical reactions associated with subsurface injection and storage of CO2. He also led a team of graduate and undergraduate students in the characterization of microbial communities isolated from a Carbon Sequestration injection site.

Since his time at MIT, Dr. Hernández’s Microbial Environmental and Chemical Engineering Laboratory (MECEL) at Masdar has focused on applying biotechnology tools and engineering principles to microbial systems to address challenges facing society in the areas of energy, climate change, diminishing nutritional resources, and bioremediation of ecosystems in the United Arab Emirates.

Selected Publications:

 Conference Papers

  • Al Harethi A, Rodriguez J, Hernandez HH. Isolation and characterization of microalgae strains for biopolymer and bioplastic production, ANTEC Mumbai, Society of Plastic Engineers, Mumbai, India, 2012
  • Al Harethi A, Rodriguez J, Hernandez HH. Isolation and characterization of high saline tolerant algae strains from the United Arab Emirates, EnerBiomassa’12, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil, 2012
  • Alhajeri T, Rodriguez J, Hernandez HH. Analysis of ballast water microorganisms and their inactivation using approved IMO technologies, Emirati Swiss Friendship Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2012
  • Vergnetti G, Tsai IT, Hernandez HH, Al Hajri T. Integration of Ballast Water Treatment and Fresh Water Production for Abu Dhabi: An Economic Assessment, COSA 2012, Bangkok, Thailand, 2011
  • Kida Y, Ates A, Hernandez HH, Timko MT, Green WH. Supercritical water desulfurization of model sulfur compounds, 9th International Symposium on Heavy Oil Upgrading, Production and Characterization, ACS National Meeting, San Diego, California, USA, 2012
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