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About Patricia Calvo

Dr. Patricia Calvo was born and raised in Dusseldorf, Germany. She moved to the United States at age 18 to attend Lindenwood University in Missouri, where she received her B.S. in Chemistry with concentration in Biochemistry. After graduating from Lindenwood, Dr. Calvo pursued her doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Florida. Her graduate research, under the guidance of Dr. Ken Wagener and Dr. Brent Sumerlin, focused on the synthesis of well-defined functionalized polymers for biomedical applications. After receiving her PhD, Dr. Calvo accepted an industrial research position at a Biotech company in San Antonio, TX. Her research in this position focused on the applications of polymer chemistry to create advanced wound care products and antimicrobials. After two years in industry, Dr. Calvo realized that her true passion lies in academic teaching and research. After working as a Chemistry Lecturer at Texas A&M University San Antonio for a year, Dr. Calvo accepted her current position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Nova Southeastern University. Her research focuses on creating novel polymeric materials for applications, such as drug delivery and water purification. Dr. Calvo is actively involved with the American Chemical Society (ACS), both locally and nationally, and is passionate about teaching as well as involving students in research.  She hopes to share her passion for chemistry with her students and offer her experience and advice to help students achieve their goals.


August 2018 - Present Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Chemistry and Physics
2017 - 2018 Chemistry Lecturer, West Texas A&M University
May 2016 - August 2017 Research Scientist, Rochal Industries LLC

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry, Inc. (POLY)
Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)
Founding Member and Officer, American Chemical Society (ACS) POLY/PMSE Student Chapter
Member, POLY Industrial Advisor Board
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Honors and Awards

  • LindenLeader Award (2012)
  • Presidential Academic Excellence Award (2012)
  • NSF Travel Grant (2014)
  • Townes R. Leigh Prize (2013)
  • Grinter Fellowship (2012-2015)
  • Proctor and Gamble Award for Excellence in Research (2015)
  • Easton Award (2012)
  • The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST) Protegee (2017)


2012 - 2016 Ph.D. Organic and Polymer Chemistry, University of Florida
2009 - 2012 B.S. Chemistry (summa cum laude), Lindenwood University

Articles (8)

Patent (1)

Presentations (6)