Clarimar CamachoCountry of origin: Venezuela Currently in: Venezuela, Caracas General field of specialization: Chemical Sciences
Degrees2014 Doctorate Chemical Sciences
Current Research Activities
I work at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in the Faculty of Engineering in the College of Chemistry since 2014. I am part of the Department of Thermodynamics and I carry out research in the Center of Catalysis of the Faculty of Sciences. So far, I have trained ten 10 students in seven theses at the undergraduate level, five internship students and I supervise one doctoral student. My technical skills and personal characteristics include: • In-depth knowledge of chemistry and chemical concepts, with particular expertise in their application in the area heterogeneous catalysis. • Instructional and pedagogical skills and experience, including the ability to explain difficult concepts and the ability to engage students in learning from the very early stages of their education. • Persistence and patience when working with students of diverse abilities and backgrounds. • Excellent communication skills in dealing with students in the classroom and laboratory environments. • Independence, initiative, innovation, and leadership to conceive and conduct original research. • Technical writing skills for grant proposals, reports, papers, and other documents associated with the conduct and reporting of research.
Publications resulting from Research:
• Camacho, Clarimar; Scott, Carlos; Bolívar, Carmelo. "Activity of catalysts W and Co-W supported on SiO2 and γ-Al2O3 modified in the reaction of HVGO's HDT ", XVII Venezuelan Congress on Catalysis, I (2009), 1-8 (digital version, ISBN: 978-980-12-3931-4).
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:ResearchTeachingMy research is based on the design of multimetallic sulfides as catalysts for the removal of heteroatoms through new synthesis methods. These new catalysts has been tested for Hydrotreating (HDT) reactions of various fractions of crude oils and are also currently being used for similar reactions of waste vegetable oils, a resource that is renewables while at the same time disposing of waste in an environmentally compatible manner. The relevance of this research is related to the composition of the different types of Venezuelan crude oils. These crude oils are raw materials for cracking refinery processes that produce gasoline and diesel fuel. Our research group focuses on the study of HDT reactions, specifically for removal of sulfur and nitrogen from these streams, because they contribute to smog and acid rain when used as automotive fuels. Thus our main goal is to design and synthesize catalysts that can be used to hydrotreated Venezuelan crude oils, which are very high molecular weight, compositionally diverse, and contain high levels of S and N compounds and of heavy metals. The development of the new approached and the improvement of current processes are the key challenges in our country’s energy landscape.
Presentation given2014“Study of effect of the addition of Ni to CoMo catalysts in the distribution of sulfur of vacuum gas oil.ColombiaEvent: XXIV Iberoamerican Congress on Catalysis2012Study reactivity of the families of sulfur compounds into vacuum gas oil toward HDS, employing catalyst of Mo, CoMo, NiMo and FeMoArgentinaEvent: XXIII Iberoamerican Congress on Catalysis
TWAS AwardsAug 2012AwardResearch Prize for a Female Graduate Student in the Science. Interamerican Network of Academies of Sciences and the Organization for Women in Science for Developing World
Other AwardsNov 2015Excellence AcademicExcellence Academic. Venezuelan Gas Processors AssociationDec 2008Special Graduating PrizeSpecial Graduating Prize due to achieving the higher grades. University Central of Venezuela