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Erick S. Vasquez

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering


Email: Erick Vasquez
Phone: 937-229-2688
Kettering Laboratories Room 508 B
Website: Visit Site

Selected Publications

For a complete list of publications, please visit this Google Scholar link.

  • Vasquez, E. S., DeWitt, M., West, Z., & Elsass, M. E. (2020). Impact of team formation approach on teamwork effectiveness and performance in an upper-level undergraduate chemical engineering laboratory course. Special Issue: Teamwork Assessment in Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, 36(1B), 491-501.
  • Vasquez, E. S., Phren, E. M., & Walters, K. B. (2019). Assessing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticle properties under different thermal treatments. J. of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. doi:10.1007/s10973-019-09195-4.
  • Karim, F., Vasquez, E. S., Sun, Y., & Zhao, C. (2019). Optothermal microbubble assisted manufacturing of nanogap-rich structures for active chemical sensing. Nanoscale, 11, 20589-20597.
  • Busch, R. T., Karim, F., Weis, J., Sun, Y., Zhao, C., & Vasquez, E. S. (2019). Optimization and structural stability of gold nanoparticle-antibody bioconjugates. ACS Omega, 4(12), 15269-15279.
  • Roy, J. K., Vasquez, E. S., Pinto, H. P., Kumari, S., Walters, K. B., & Leszczynski, J. (2019). Computational and experimental approach to understanding the structural interplay of self-assembled end-terminated alkanethiolates on gold surfaces. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 21, 23320-23328. [Note: Inside cover of the journal and highlighted as 2019 PCCP hot articles]
  • Al-Ajrash, S. M. N., Lafdi, K., Vasquez, E. S., Chinesta, F., & Le Coustumer, P. (2018). Experimental and numerical investigation of the silicon particle distribution in electrospun nanofibers. Langmuir, 34(24), 7147-7152. [IF = 3.789 / 6/ N/A]
  • Karim, F., Vasquez, E. S., & Zhao, C. (2018). Fabricated nanogap-rich plasmonic nanostructures through an optothermal surface bubble in a droplet. Opt. Lett., 43(2), 334-336.
  • Vasquez, E. S., Feugang, J. M., Willard, S. T., Ryan, P. L., & Walters, K. B. (2016). Bioluminescent magnetic nanoparticles as potential imaging agents for mammalian spermatozoa. J. of Nanobiotechnology, 14(1), 1-9. [Note: This paper was featured in the journal’s website and was cited as one of the influential articles in 2016.]
  • Zakaria, A. B. M., Vasquez, E. S., Walters, K. B., & Leszczynska, D. (2015). Functional holey graphene oxide: A new electrochemically transformed substrate material for dopamine sensing. RSC Advances, 9, 107123-107135. doi: 10.1039/C5RA19991C

Selected Honors and Awards


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2013
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Clemson University, 2009
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA), 2007

Licenses, Certifications and Credentials

  • Learning to Teach Online, Linkedin (2020)
  • Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, certified by UC San Diego.
  • Certificate of Professional Development Hours (24 PDHs) for Cargill Sponsored CCPS (Center for Chemical Process Safety) Faculty Workshop.
  • Materials Science/Engineering Certificate, May 2013, Mississippi State University, MS

Courses Taught

  • CME 466L: Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Laboratory
  • CME 324: Transport Phenomena I
  • CME 325: Transport Phenomena II
  • CME 381: Advanced Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
  • CME 465: Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Processes

Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Senior Member (2009 – present)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Member (2013 – present)
    • Dayton Section, Past Chair, 2020
    • Dayton Section, Chair, 2019
    • Dayton Section, Chair Elect, 2018
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Member (2010 – present)
    • UD Chapter, Secretary, 2020-2021
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Member (2015 – present)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Member (2011 – present)

Research Interests

  • Vasquez’ research interests are immersed in the nanoworld, with a focus on:
    • the synthesis and in-vivo/in-vitro evaluation of biocompatible nanoparticles,
    • nanomechanical properties studies and interactions of biomaterials with surface-functionalized nanoparticles,
    • the development of stimuli-responsive nanocomposites with magnetic properties for applications in many fields, ranging from medicine and healthcare devices to transport phenomena applications such as cooling, heating, and mass transfer.
  • Vasquez is also interested in engineering education research, with a focus on teamwork and experiential/active learning.