Andrew Garcia, Ph.D.
University of Florida
*3-D graphics & animations made by Andrew
Tensors for complex topologiesCrystals are typically simulated as blocks (above) or ``coarse grains''. In the case of protein crystals, the crystals may be simulated with a single grain type, which may be a periodic slice of a protein unit ( a collection of molecules ). Tensors were used to simulate crystal structures with a complex arrangement of grains of different types. A common case of these crystals are metal-organic frameworks (MOFs):
Dynamic simulations to explore morphology and propagation of features with timeKinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) simulations have been implemented in the second and third dimension with novel on-lattice theory to shed light on crystallization phenomena.
The image below is from a kMC simulation where regular crates with less neighboring crates are removed faster, while the "NITRO" crates, when selected, remove 50% of their adjacent neighbors in their 3-D environment:
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2017 - 2022University of Florida
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
Dissertation: Thermodynamic and kinetic crystal growth theory for the design of metallic and molecular crystals
M.S., Chemical Engineering
Thesis: Synthesis of
Dissolvable Magnetic Microspheres for Tissue Scaffold Applications
Published research: Fibril-Assisted Gold Nanocluster Synthesis
2015 - 2017Xerox
I was a toner chemist and engineer working in Xerox's toner technology and new business sectors. I worked in the lab, pilot scale, and workshop settings where my work went beyond the chemistry of toners alone. I used statistical analysis and my scientific skills to develop toner with features desired by the company and/or Xerox's clients. I obtained my Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Xerox.
2013 - 2015University of Florida Dept. of Chemical Engineering
I entered Dr. Carlos Rinaldi's lab at the University of Florida Department of Chemical Engineering while I was a M.S. student in Chemical Engineering, where my thesis work made me a co-inventor of a patent for a nerve-regenerating hydrogel, an author of a journal article, and most possibly helped me become an expert in colloids while at Xerox.
2009 - 2012University of Miami Dept. of Chemistry
Undergraduate Research Assistant
I started my research career as a Chemistry undergraduate at the University of Miami, where I was initially mentored by Dr. Jamie Walls on the computational modeling of NMR pulse sequences for the first year, and then conducted experimental research in Dr. Roger Leblanc's lab on green syntheses of gold nanoparticles for 2 years.
Computer Languages and Frameworks**
ThreeJS · WebGL · OpenGL
Bash Linux · Ubuntu
Rust · Scala · Ruby
Monte Carlo simulations
- Computational modeling
- Experimental design
- Mathematical optimization
- Nonlinear programming
- High Performance Computing
- Statistical mechanics
- Kinetic modeling
- Solid-state physics
- X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
- Systems integration
- Market Research
- Patent analysis
A sample of computer programs and graphics that I have developed and can expand on.
Software where I am not the main author nor maintainer are flagged with the
A reduced explanation on neural networks
Voxelization of 2-D images
What are Monte Carlo simulations?
Open to work in private and U.S. 🇺🇸 federal sectors. Willing to relocate.
Self-Portrait. Made with voxelmap
AIChE Annual Meeting (Oral Presentations)
Thermodynamic Modeling of Competing Crystal Species from a MIL-53 Metal Organic Framework (MOF) Reaction Andrew R Garcia, Dirk Steyn III, Sergey Vasenkov, Kirk J Ziegler 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting (Oral Presentation)
Kinetic Monte Carlo Modeling of MIL-53 Metal Organic Framework Crystal Growth Andrew R Garcia, Janani Sampath, Sergey Vasenkov, Kirk J Ziegler 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting (Oral Presentation)
Monte Carlo Simulations of Hydrothermal Metal Organic Framework (MOF) Crystal Growth Andrew R Garcia, Janani Sampath, Sergey Vasenkov, Kirk J Ziegler 2020 Virtual AIChE Annual Meeting (Oral Presentation)
Crystallization of MIL-53 Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) through Changes in the Hydrothermal Process Andrew R Garcia, Sergey Vasenkov, Kirk J Ziegler 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting (Oral Presentation)
Other Events and Conferences
|LAMMPS Workshop and Symposium 2021||August 2021||Attendee||-|
|NVIDIA GTC 2021 Conference||April 2021||Attendee||-|
|UF Nano Day 2020||October 2020||Presenter (poster)||Best Poster in Nano-Chemistry|
|NanoFlorida 2020||March 2020||Presenter (oral)||Honorable Mention in Materials, Devices, and Enabling Technologies|