Joao C. Luna (
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Graduated: Spring 2010 currently: M.S. program, Geochemistry,
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Chemistry Major/Math Minor

Joao C. Luna

Research Project:

Photochemical Modification of Silica-Based Monoliths with Nanolayer of Fluorinated Methacrylate.


Zajíčková, Z.; Luna, J*; Švec, F. Surface Modification of Silica-based Monolith with Poly (pentafluoropropyl methacrylate) Using Single Step Photografting. Journal of Liquid Chromatography and Related Technologies, 33:1640–1648, 2010

Poster Presentations:

Luna, J.*; Zajickova, Z.; Svec, F. Separation of alkylbenzenes by monolithic silica capillary column modified with pentafluoropropyl methacrylate via single step photografting. ACS 239th National Meeting, Division of Chemical Education, San Francisco, CA, March 22, 2010; 2nd Annual STEM Research Symposium, Barry University, FL, March 26, 2010- 1st place winning poster

Luna, J.*; Rubi, E.*; Narciso, V.*; Nita, R.*; Zajickova, Z.; Svec, F. In situ synthesis of inorganic monoliths with a photografted pentafluoropropyl methacrylate coating for applications in capillary liquid chromatography. 33rd International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography and Electrophoresis, Portland, OR, May 7-21, 2009 – 3rd place winning poster

Luna, J.*; Zajickova, Z.; Svec, F. Modification of silica-based monoliths with nanolayer of fluorinated methacrylate via photografting for applications in microscale liquid chromatography. 237th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT March 22-26, 2009; 1st Annual STEM Research Symposium, Barry University, FL, April 3, 2009; Department of Energy, SERCh Poster Competition, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN November 8-9, 2009

Luna, J.*; Zajickova, Z.; Svec, F. Photochemical modification of silica-based monoliths with nanolayer of fluorinated methacrylate. 2008 DOE/LBNL Undergraduate Poster Session, Berkeley, CA, August 8, 2008; 2008 Science and Energy Research Challenge (SERCh) Poster Competition, Oak Ridge, TN November 9-10, 2008; Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Orlando, FL, November 6-8, 2008

Scholarship & Awards:

  • August 2008 - May 2010: Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Grant, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
  • May - August 2008: Faculty and Student Team Program Appointment, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Fall 2008: Chemistry and Physics Faculty Endowed Scholarship, Barry University
  • Spring 2008: President's List, Recipient, Barry University
  • Spring 2007: Dean's List, Recipient, Barry University
  • Fall 2006: Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Major, Barry University