Scientific Research Center of Yucatan (CICY)
Scientific Researcher
Materials Unit
Phone: (52) 999 942-83-30 ext 291

Research topics

My main scientific interests are the synthesis and surface modification of nanomaterials; including, their characterization and practical applications. The nanoparticles of interest include nanoclays, carbon nanotubes, graphene oxide, and nanocellulose crystal; in addition, biopolymers are also studied.

The practical application of my research is focused on four main fields: agriculture, medicine, energy, and material science.

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Nanomaterials of interest

Carbon nanotubes

  • Nanofertilizer
  • Cancer treatment

Graphene oxide

  • Electrodes for battery and capacitors
  • Bone cement
  • Auto-healing composites

Nanoclays (laminar and fibrillar)

  • Nanofertilizer
  • Drug release
  • Aerogels
  • Polymer reinforcement
  • Drilling muds

Nanocellulose crystal

  • Biodegradable films
  • Polymer reinforcement
  • Unconventional sources


  • Naturally structured cellulose
  • Electrode binders
  • Activated carbons for energy storage
  • Alginate from Sargasso
  • Drug delivery


B. S.

Industrial chemical Engineering
Autonomous University of Yucatan
Merida Mexico
Thesis “Developing of Conductive Composites Sensitive to Organic Solvent”

M. Eng.

Chemical Engineering, McGill University
Montreal, Qc. Canada
Thesis “Melt intercalation and/or exfoliation of polystyrene-montmorillonite nanocomposites”

Ph. D.

Chemical Engineering, McGill University
Montreal, Qc. Canada
Thesis “Clay modification for the production of polystyrene nanocomposites by melt processing”

Posdoctoral Studies

Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University
Montreal, Qc. Canada
Laser Welding, Nanocellulose Crystals, Polymer Nanocomposites, Polymer Processing.

Professional Expertise

Research Associate
Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University
Montreal, Qc. Canada


  • Díaz-Arriaga, C.B., Baas-López, J.M., Pacheco-Catalán, D.E., Uribe-Calderon, J. Symmetric electrochemical capacitor based on PPy obtained via MnO2 reactive template synthesis. (2020) Synthetic Metals, 269, art. no. 116541. DOI: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2020.116541
  • Encalada-Alayola, J.J., Veranes-Pantoja, Y., Uribe-Calderón, J.A., Cauich-Rodríguez, J.V., Cervantes-Uc, J.M. Effect of type and concentration of nanoclay on the mechanical and physicochemical properties of bis-GMA/TTEGDMA dental resins (2020) Polymers, 12 (3), art. no. 601. DOI: 10.3390/polym12030601
  • Lobato-Aguilar, H.A., Lizama-Uc, G., Uribe-Calderon, J.A., Cauich-Rodriguez, J., Rodriguez-Fuentes, N., Cervantes-Uc, J.M. Antibacterial properties and release kinetics of chlorhexidine diacetate from montmorillonite and palygorskite clays. (2020) Journal of Biomaterials Applications, 34 (8), pp. 1052-1058. DOI: 10.1177/0885328219891710
  • Peraza-Ku, S.A., Cervantes-Uc, J.M., Escobar-Morales, B., Uribe-Calderon, J.A. Modification of Ceiba pentandra cellulose for drug release applications. (2020) E-Polymers, 20 (1), pp. 194-202. DOI: 10.1515/epoly-2020-0025
  • Guerrero-Bermea, C., Vazquez-Rodriguez, S., Sánchez-Valdes, S., Uribe-Calderon, J.A. Synthesis of montmorillonite/modified graphene oxide filler and its effect on the properties of PP composites. (2020) Polymer Bulletin. DOI: 10.1007/s00289-020-03281-6
  • Sánchez-Valdes, S., Ramírez-Vargas, E., Rodriguez-Gonzalez, J.A., Uribe-Calderón, J.A., Ramos de-Valle, L.F., Zuluaga-Parra, J.D., Martínez-Colunga, J.G., Solís-Rosales, S.G., Sánchez-Martínez, A.C., Flores-Flores, R., Saldívar-Guerrero, R. Organopalygorskite and Molybdenum Sulfide Combinations to Produce Mechanical and Processing Enhanced Flame-Retardant PE/EVA Blend Composites with Low Magnesium Hydroxide Loading. (2020) Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology. DOI: 10.1002/vnl.21758
  • Parra-Elizondo, V., Cuentas-Gallegos, A.K., Escobar-Morales, B., Baas-López, J.M., Uribe-Calderón, J.A., Pacheco-Catalán, D.E. Electrochemical assessment of As-deposited Co(OH)2 by electrochemical synthesis: The effect of synthesis temperature on performance. (2019) Energies, 12 (22), art. no. 4246. DOI: 10.3390/en12224246
  • Solís-Ruiz, J.A., Alonzo-Medina, G.M., May-Pat, A., Dominguez-Cherit, L., Acuña-Gonzalez, N., Cervantes-Uc, J.M., Uribe-Calderon, J. Improvement of fatigue strength and fracture toughness of bone cement by incorporation of aromatic structures to formulations. (2019) International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, 68 (15), pp. 924-930. DOI: 10.1080/00914037.2018.1525536
  • Zuluaga-Parra, J.D., Sanchez-Valdes, S., Ramos-de Valle, L.F., Flores-Gallardo, S., Uribe-Calderón, J.A., Beltrán-Ramírez, F.I., Romero-García, J., Narro-Céspedes, R.I., Morales-Cepeda, A.B., Lozano-Ramírez, T., Rodriguez-Gonzalez, J.A. Effect of magnetite nanoparticles and their surface modification on the mechanical and magnetic properties of silicon-based magnetic elastomer nanocomposite. (2019) Polymer Composites, 40 (10), pp. 3981-3988. DOI: 10.1002/pc.25259
  • Moo-Tun, N.M., Valadez-Gonzalez, A., Uribe-Calderon, J.A. Thermo-Oxidative Aging of LDPE/Stearoyl Chloride-Grafted Cellulose Nanocrystals Blown Films. (2019) Journal of Polymers and the Environment. DOI: 10.1007/s10924-019-01424-z
  • Blas-Sevillano, R.H., Veramendi, T., La Torre, B., Velezmoro-Sánchez, C.E., Oliva, A.I., Mena-Martínez, M.E., Herrera-Kao, W.A., Uribe-Calderon, J., Cervantes-Uc, J.M. Physicochemical characterization of several types of naturally colored cotton fibers from Peru. (2018) Carbohydrate Polymers, 197, pp. 246-252. DOI:10.1016/j.carbpol.2018.06.006
  • Lobato-Aguilar, H., Uribe-Calderón, J.A., Herrera-Kao, W., Duarte-Aranda, S., Baas-López, J.M., Escobar-Morales, B., Cauich-Rodríguez, J.V., Cervantes-Uc, J.M. Synthesis, characterization and chlorhexidine release from either montmorillonite or palygorskite modified organoclays for antibacterial applications. (2018) Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 46, pp. 452-460. DOI: 10.1016/j.jddst.2018.06.007
  • Moo-Tun, N.M., Valadez-González, A., Uribe-Calderon, J.A. Thermo-oxidative aging of low density polyethylene blown films in presence of cellulose nanocrystals and a pro-oxidant additive. (2018) Polymer Bulletin, 75 (7), pp. 3149-3169. DOI: 10.1007/s00289-017-2204-y
  • Cisneros-Rosado, D.E., Paz-Alpuche, E.F., Uribe-Calderon, J.A. The effect of surface modification of Palygorskite on the morphology, mechanical, and thermal properties of Nylon 6/Palygorskite nanocomposites prepared by melt compounding. (2018) Polymer Composites, 39, pp. E1531-E1543. DOI: 10.1002/pc.24427
  • Pech-Cohuo, S.-C., Canche-Escamilla, G., Valadez-González, A., Fernández-Escamilla, V.V.A., Uribe-Calderon, J. Production and Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals from Agave tequilana Weber Waste and Its Effect on the Melt Rheology of PLA. (2018) International Journal of Polymer Science, 2018, art. no. 3567901. 16. DOI: 10.1155/2018/3567901
  • Gonzalez-Chi, P.I., Rodríguez-Uicab, O., Martin-Barrera, C., Uribe-Calderon, J., Canché-Escamilla, G., Yazdani-Pedram, M., May-Pat, A., Avilés, F. Influence of aramid fiber treatment and carbon nanotubes on the interfacial strength of polypropylene hierarchical composites. (2017) Composites Part B: Engineering, 122, pp. 16-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.04.006
  • Uribe-Calderon, J., Díaz-Arriaga, C. The effects of carbon nanotubes, blend composition and glycidyl methacrylate-grafted polypropylene compatibilizer on the morphology, mechanical and electrical properties of polypropylene-polyamide 6 blends. (2017) Polymer Bulletin, 74 (5), pp. 1573-1593. DOI: 10.1007/s00289-016-1790-4
  • Cisneros-Rosado, D., Uribe-Calderon, J.A. Effect of Surface Modification of Palygorskite on the Properties of Polypropylene/Polypropylene-g-Maleic Anhydride/Palygorskite Nanocomposites. (2017) International Journal of Polymer Science, 2017, art. no. 9143589, 20. DOI: 10.1155/2017/9143589
  • García-Rosado, I.J., Uribe-Calderón, J., Alonso-Vante, N. Nitrogen-doped reduced graphite oxide as a support for CoSe electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline media (2017) Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 164 (6), pp. F658-F666. DOI: 10.1149/2.1531706jes
2016 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 1997


  • Avilés, F., May-Pat, A., Canché-Escamilla, G., Rodríguez-Uicab, O., Ku-Herrera, J.J., Duarte-Aranda, S., Uribe-Calderon, J., Gonzalez-Chi, P.I., Arronche, L., La Saponara, V. Influence of carbon nanotube on the piezoresistive behavior of multiwall carbon nanotube/polymer composites. (2016) Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 27 (1), pp. 92-103. DOI: 10.1177/1045389X14560367
  • 2013

  • Zetina-Hernández, O., Duarte-Aranda, S., May-Pat, A., Canché-Escamilla, G., Uribe-Calderon, J., Gonzalez-Chi, P.I., Avilés, F. Coupled electro-mechanical properties of multiwall carbon nanotube/polypropylene composites for strain sensing applications (2013) Journal of Materials Science, 48 (21), pp. 7587-7593. DOI: 10.1007/s10853-013-7575-3
  • 2012

  • Huq, T., Salmieri, S., Khan, A., Khan, R.A., Le Tien, C., Riedl, B., Fraschini, C., Bouchard, J., Uribe-Calderon, J., Kamal, M.R., Lacroix, M. Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) reinforced alginate based biodegradable nanocomposite film (2012) Carbohydrate Polymers, 90 (4), pp. 1757-1763. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.07.065
  • Khan, R.A., Salmieri, S., Dussault, D., Tufenkji, N., Uribe-Calderon, J., Kamal, M.R., Safrany, A., Lacroix, M. Preparation and Thermo-Mechanical Characterization of C,itosan Loaded Methylcellulose-Based Biodegradable Films: Effects of Gamma Radiation. (2012) Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 20 (1), pp. 43-52. DOI: 10.1007/s10924-011-0336-y
  • Kamal, M.R., Uribe-Calderon, J. Book Chapter: Nanoparticles and polymer nanocomposites. (2012) Graphite, Graphene, and Their Polymer Nanocomposites, pp. 353-392. DOI: 10.1201/b13051
  • 2011

  • Ghasemi, H., Carreau, P.J., Kamal, M.R., Uribe-Calderon, J. Preparation and characterization of PET/clay nanocomposites by melt compounding. (2011) Polymer Engineering and Science, 51 (6), pp. 1178-1187. DOI: 10.1002/pen.21874
  • Kamal, M.R., Uribe-Calderon, J. Book Chapter Thermal stability of polystyrene nanocomposites from improved thermally stable organoclays. (2011) Thermally Stable and Flame Retardant Polymer Nanocomposites, 9780521190756, pp. 64-99. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511842412.004
  • Uribe-Calderon, J., Kamal, M.R. Melt compounding of poly(ethylene terephthalate)/clay nanocomposites: Comparison of different organoclays. (2010) Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings, 1, pp. 576-580.
  • 2010

  • Khan, R.A., Salmieri, S., Dussault, D., Uribe-Calderon, J., Kamal, M.R., Safrany, A., Lacroix, M. Production and properties of nanocellulose-reinforced methylcellulose-based biodegradable films. (2010) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58 (13), pp. 7878-7885. DOI: 10.1021/jf1006853
  • Uribe-Calderon, J., Kamal, M.R. Evaluation of various surfactants and compatibilizers for preparation of PS/clay nanocomposites by melt compounding. (2010) Journal of Polymer Engineering, 30 (5-7), pp. 377-411. DOI: 10.1515/POLYENG.2010.30.5-7.377
  • 2009

  • Kamal, M.R., Calderon, J.U., Lennox, B.R. Surface energy of modified nanoclays and its effect on polymer/clay nanocomposites. (2009) Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 23 (5), pp. 663-688. DOI: 10.1163/156856108X379164
  • 2008
  • Calderon, J.U., Lennox, B., Kamal, M.R. Thermally stable phosphonium-montmorillonite organoclays. (2008) Applied Clay Science, 40 (1-4), pp. 90-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2007.08.004
  • Calderon, J.U., Lennox, B., Kamal, M.R. Polystyrene/phosphonium organoclay nanocomposites by melt compounding. (2008) International Polymer Processing, 23 (1), pp. 119-128. DOI: 10.3139/217.2103
  • 1997
  • Marquez, A., Uribe, J., Cruz, R. Conductivity variation induced by solvent swelling of an elastomer-carbon black-graphite composite. (1997) Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 66 (12), pp. 2221-2232. DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-4628(19971219)66:12<2221::AID-APP3>3.0.CO;2-I