Dr. Cristiam F. Santa Chalarca

Postdoctoral Associate



Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2019

M.S. Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2014

B.S. Chemistry, University of Antioquia, 2011

Research Area

My research focuses on the non-viral delivery of nucleic acid cargos with polymeric core-shell-corona micelles.


C.F. Santa Chalarca, R.A. Letteri, A. Perazzo, H.A. Stone, T. Emrick "Building Supracolloidal Fibers from Zwitterion‐Stabilized Adhesive Emulsions" Adv. Funct. Mater., 2018, 28, 1804325.

R.A. Letteri, C.F. Santa Chalarca, Y. Bai, R.C. Hayward, T. Emrick "Forming Sticky Droplets from Slippery Polymer Zwitterions" Adv. Mater., 2017, 29, 1702921.

C.F. Santa Chalarca, T. Emrick "Reactive polymer zwitterions: Sulfonium sulfonates" J. Polym. Sci. A Polym. Chem., 2017, 55, 83-92.

P. Urrutia, C. Bernal, S. Escobar, C. Santa, M. Mesa, L. Wilson, A. Illanes "Influence of chitosan derivatization on its physicochemical characteristics and its use as enzyme support" J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 131, 40171.

C.F. Santa, M. Jaber, J. L. Guth, L. Sierra "Synthesis of texturally biphasic mesoporous carbon-silica composites and carbons" Microporous Mesoporous Mater., 2013, 173, 53-63.

C.F. Santa, B.L. López Osorio "Materiales poliméricos en nanomedicina: transporte y liberación controlada de fármacos" Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales., 37, 115-124.

C.F. Santa, L. Sierra "Contribution to the study of the formation mechanism of ordered porous carbons from a soft-template method using the copolymer triblock (PEO140PPO39PEO140) and a phenolic resin" J. Braz. Chem. Soc., 22, 2312-2321.

About Me:

Where are you from?

Santa Bárbara, Colombia

If you could meet one scientist from the past or present, who would it be and why?

Dimitri Mendeleev. I have always found the periodic table to be one of the most useful and fascinating chemical organizational tools.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I would choose flying. It will help the environment (no jet fuel consumption) and get me places faster.