• Departamento Ingeniería Química - DIQ
  • Departamento Ingeniería Química - DIQ
  • Departamento Ingeniería Química - DIQ
  • Departamento Ingeniería Química - DIQ
  • Departamento Ingeniería Química - DIQ
  • Departamento Ingeniería Química - DIQ

Dr. Luis Alonso Díaz Robles

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Academic Category

Titular Professor

Maximum Degree

Environmental Engineering Ph.D.  (Air Quality and Air Pollution Control)

University of Tennessee-Knoxville, U.S.

Graduation Year: 2005

Research

 

Dr. Díaz-Robles has been actively involved in numerous air quality related projects. His experience covers a broad range of areas, from emission inventory development and processing, to emission factors, advanced air quality modeling, air quality forecasting models, air quality monitoring, emissions data acquisition, and health risk assessment, including the assessment of the effects produced by renewable energy uses in air quality, mainly biofuels and forest biomass. Currently, he is a Titular Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

 

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He was the Director of the Air Quality Unit during 9 years and associate professor during 16 years at the Catholic University of Temuco, Chile. His line of research includes air quality assessment and CMAQ modeling, specifically in particulate matter, ozone, and toxic substances, characterizing and assessing the impact and risk on human health in the basis of the analysis of different scenarios of future and emission sources, including a change in technology, regulations and fuels, especially biofuels. Since 2005, his work has let him be recognized in an international level, highlighting his active participation in the editorial board of the Atmospheric Chemistry Session, Technical Counsel of the Air & Waste Management Association, where he chaired the Atmospheric Chemistry Session between 2010-2012, and was a member of the editorial board of the ‘Critical Review’ of the Air & Waste Management Association journal.

 

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He has published several scientific articles and project results in national and international congress proceedings with editorial board, and has participated as a lecturer and editor of various international air quality congresses, highlighting the A&WMA’s International Specialty Conference on Leapfrogging Opportunities for Air Quality Improvement, Xi'an, China (2010). Recently, he has been invited to participate in the editorial board of the International Journal of Alternative Energy and the Electronic Journal of Energy & Environment. In a Chilean national level, and since 2006, he has been awarded 2 DIUCT projects, 1 FONDECYT (National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development) project as director, 6 FONDEF (Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development) projects, 2 as the director, 2 as the alternate director, and 2 as co-investigator; 1 CONICYT-BMBF as the director; 1 FONIS (National Fund for Health Research) project as director, and 2 INNOVA projects as the alternate director; all of them awarded within national and international networks. One of these FONDEF project was selected by CONICYT as “The 10 scientific achievements of 2013”. This has let him be nationally recognized as an expert in atmospheric pollution, and form a solid internal research team, which includes doctors, masters, postgraduate students, engineers, and engineering students; and a strong external team formed by prominent and experienced researchers from the US and Italy.

Publications

 

      Vergara-Fernández, A., Scott, F., Moreno-Casas, P.; Díaz-Robles, L. A.; Muñoz, R., “Elucidating the key role of the fungal mycelium on the biodegradation of hydrophobic VOCs”, Chemosphere, (2016), Volume 157, Pages 89–96.

    Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Mario Toledo, Victor Vidal, Fabián Guerrero, Julio Acuña, Luis A. Díaz-Robles, “Obtaining Emission Factors for PM2.5, CO, CO2, NO2, SO2 and particles size distribution generated from the combustion of three wood species on using a controlled combustion chamber 3CE”, Fuel, (Submitted), 2016. (ISI, Q1).

Luis Díaz-Robles, Samuel Cortés, Alberto Vergara-Fernández, and Juan Carlos Ortega, “Short term health effects of particulate matter: A comparison between wood smoke and multi-source polluted urban areas in Chile.” Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Volume 15, No. 1, February 2015, Pages 306-318. (ISI, Q1). 

Karla Pozo, Victor H. Estellano, Tom Harner, Luis Diaz-Robles, Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Pablo Etcharren, Katerine Pozo, Fabian Guerrero, Alberto Vergara-Fernández, “Assessing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) using passive air sampling in the atmosphere of one of the most wood-smoke-polluted cities in Chile: The case study of Temuco”, Chemosphere, Volume 134, September 2015, Pages 475–481. 

Pino-Cortés, Ernesto, Díaz-Robles, Luis A., Cubillos, Francisco, Fu Joshu S., and Vergara-Fernández, Alberto, “Sensitivity Analysis of Biodiesel Blends on Benzo[a]pyrene and main Emissions using MOVES; A case study in Temuco, Chile.”, Science of the Total Environment, Volume 537, Pages 352–359, 2015. (ISI, Q1) 

Vergara-Fernández, A., L. A. Díaz-Robles, M. Sepúlveda, J. San Martin-Davison, and X. Petit-Breuilh. “Treatment of pulp mill wastewaters with Fusarium solani in a rotating biological contactor.” Environmental Engineering and Management Journal (Accepted). 2015. (ISI, Q3) 

Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Mario Toledo, Victor Vidal, Fabián Guerrero, Julio Acuña, Luis A. Díaz-Robles, “Obtaining Emission Factors for PM2.5, CO, CO2, NO2, SO2 and particles size distribution generated from the combustion of three wood species on using a controlled combustion chamber 3CE”, Fuel, (Submitted), 2015. (ISI, Q1). 

Luis A. Díaz-Robles, Joshua S. Fu, Alberto Vergara-Fernández, Pablo Etcharren, Luis N. Schiappacasse, Gregory D. Reed, and María P. Silva, “Health risks caused by short term exposure to ultrafine particles generated by residential wood combustion: a case study of Temuco, Chile.” Environment International, 66, May 2014, pages 174–181. (ISI, Q1) 

Vergara-Fernández, A., L. A. Díaz-Robles, J. San Martín-Davison, X. Petit-Breuilh. “Waste generated in the bioetanol production from hybrids poplar.” Revista Mexicana de Ingeniería Química (Submitted) RMIQ-121213-2. 2014. (ISI)

Vergara-Fernández, A., L. A. Díaz-Robles, J. San Martín-Davison, O. Soto-Sánchez. “Effect of initial substrate/inoculum ratio on cell yield in the removal of hydrophobic VOCs in fungal biofilters.” Revista Mexicana de Ingeniería Química Vol. 13, No. 3 (2014) 749-755. (ISI)

Nicolas Schiappacasse Poyanco, Luis A. Díaz-Robles, Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Paola Silva Schwartau Silva, “Health impacts in South-central Chile due to misuse of wood-burning stoves.” Electronic Journal of Energy & Environment, doi: 10.7770/ejee-V1N3-art685; 1(3), 2013

Díaz-Robles L.A., Fu J.S., and Reed G.D., “Emission Scenarios and the Health Risks Posed by Priority Mobile Air Toxics in an Urban to Regional Area: An Application in Nashville, Tennessee.” Aerosol and Air Quality Research - 13, 3, 795-803, 2013.

Alejandro A Jerez, Luis A Díaz-Robles, Alberto Octavio Vergara-Fernández, “Generation and Dispersion Model of Gaseous Emissions from Sanitary Landfills.” Electronic Journal of Energy & Environment, doi: 10.7770/ejee-V0N0-art440; 1(1), 2013.

Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Ximena Fadic,  Ana L. Llanos, Ana María Domínguez, Juan L. Guevara,  Víctor Vidal,  Luis A. Díaz-Robles,  L. Nicolás Schiappacasse, and Pablo Etcharren “Obtaining PAHs Concentration Ratios and Molecular Markers for Residential Wood Combustion: Temuco, a Case Study. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 62(1): 44–51, 2012.

George M. Hidy , Critical Review Committee (Luis Alonso Díaz-Robles) “Energy supplies and future engines for land, sea, and air”, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Volume 62, Issue 6, 2012.

Díaz-Robles L.A., Saavedra H, Schiappacasse L., and Cereceda-Balic F. “The air quality in Chile: twenty years of challenge.” Environmental Management (EM), ISSN 1088-9981, Air & Waste Management Association, August 2011.

Timothy G. Townsend, Critical Review Committee (Luis Alonso Díaz-Robles), Environmental Issues and Management Strategies for Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Volume 61, Issue 6, 2011.

Judith C. Chow, Critical Review Committee (Luis Alonso Díaz-Robles), “Multipollutant Air Quality Management”, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Volume 60, Issue 6, 2010.

Díaz-Robles L.A., Fu J.S., and Reed G.D., “Seasonal Distribution and Modeling of Diesel Particulate Matter in the Southeast US.”, Environment International, 35 (6), 956–964, 2009.

Sanhueza P.A., Díaz-Robles L.A., Torreblanca M.A., Shiappacasse L.N., Silva M.P., and Astete T.D., “Particulate Air Pollution and Health Effects for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Causes in Temuco City, Chile; A Woodsmoke Polluted Urban Area.”, JAWMA, 59, (12) 1481-1488, 2009.

Raymond M. Hoffa and Sundar A. Christopher, Critical Review Committee (Luis Alonso Díaz-Robles), “Remote Sensing of Particulate Pollution from Space: Have We Reached the Promised Land?” Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Volume 59, Issue 6, 2009.

Díaz-Robles, L.A.; Ortega-Bravo, J.C.; Fu, J.S.; Reed, G.D.; Chow, J.C.; Watson, J.G.; and Moncada, J.A. “A Hybrid ARIMA and Artificial Neural Networks Model to Forecast Particulate Matter in Urban Areas: The Case of Temuco, Chile.” Atmospheric Environment.42 (35) 8331-8340, 2008.

Díaz-Robles L.A., Fu J.S., and Reed G.D., “Modeling and Source Apportionment of Diesel Particulate Matter.”Environment International, 34 (1), 1-11, 2008.

Tonn B.E., Peretz J.H., Reed G.D., and Díaz-Robles L.A., “Ozone Concentrations Around the Great Smoky Mountains”, Futures Research Quarterly, 21:3:56 (2005).

Peretz J.H., Tonn B.E., Garnmeister S., Reed G.D., Díaz-Robles L.A. “Using Scenarios to Assess the Impact of Air Pollution in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” Public Works Management & Policy, 2005 10: 170-185.

     

Conferences

 

Luis Díaz-Robles, Alberto Vergara-Fernández, Norman Vergaray, Roberto Aldunate, “Mesoscale meteorology modeling and sensitivity analysis for the south of Chile region using WRF-ARW model”, 13th Annual Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Conference, October 27-29, 2014, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US.

Luis Díaz-Robles, Ernesto Pino-Cortés, Alberto Vergara-Fernández, Francisco-Cereceda-Balic,“The Effect of Switching Mobile Sources to different Biodiesel Blends on Benzo(a)pyrene and PM2.5 and the main Emissions at Urban Areas using the adapted MOVES model; the Case of Temuco, Chile.” , 13th Annual Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Conference, October 27-29, 2014, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US.

Luis Díaz-Robles, Cristian Cerda, Alberto Vergara-Fernández, Edelio Taboada, Cristian Figueroa, “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Particulate-Phase (PM2.5) and Gas-Phase (PUF)  in the City of Temuco, Chile; the effects of high air pollution episodes and seasonal analysis” VII Iberoamerican Congress of Environmental Chemistry and Physics and the XII Meeting of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, October 6-10, 2014, Viña del Mar, Chile.

Luis Díaz-Robles, Ernesto Pino, Beyssi Cofré, Camilo Morales, Alberto Vergara-Fernández, “Development and modeling the first Emission Inventory of Benzo(a)pyrene in Chile using SMOKE model; the case of mobile, point and area sources at Temuco.” VII Iberoamerican Congress of Environmental Chemistry and Physics and the XII Meeting of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, October 6-10, 2014, Viña del Mar, Chile.

Karla Pozo, German Oyola, Luis Diaz-Robles, Anny Rudolph, Victor H. Estellano, Ramon Ahumada R., Pablo Etcharen, Petr Kukucka, Petra Pribylova, Marielle Mulder, Christos Efstathiou, Julieth Banghera, Victoria Gomez, Katherine Pozo, Camila Pacheco, Patricio Jara, and Raul Morales, “Air concentrations of Semivolatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) in three cities of Chile, Santiago, Concepciόn and Temuco, using PUF disk as passive samplers.” International Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting and Research, October 8-10, Santiago, Chile.

Francisco Cereceda, Fabian Guerrero, Victor Vidal, Flavio Cubillos, and Luis Diaz-Robles, “Emission Factors for PM2.5 generated from the combustion of Eucalyptus globulus and Obliqua Nothofagus on ideal conditions using a controlled combustion chamber 3CE.”, Extended Abstract 2013- 59796-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 106th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2013, Chicago, USA 2013.

Luis Díaz-Robles, Catalina Gaete, Cristian Varela, “Source apportionment of ultrafine particles in Temuco, Chile, using chemical mass balance receptor modeling and MOUDI sampling.”, Extended Abstract 2013- 12908-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 106th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2013, Chicago, USA 2013.

Luis Díaz-Robles, Ximena Petit-Breuilh, Nicolás Schiappacasse, Francisco Cereceda, Sergio Dávila, Cristian Varela, Claudia Lagos, “Physic-chemical characterization of the 10 most used trees in Chile for residential wood combustion, its relationship with the emission factors.”, Extended Abstract 2013- 12902-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 106th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2013, Chicago, USA 2013.

Luis Díaz-Robles, Herman Saavedra, Luis Schiappacasse, and Cereceda-Balic F., “The air quality in Chile: twenty years of challenge” Extended Abstract 2012-546-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 105th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2012, San Antonio, Texas, USA 2012.

Luis A. Díaz-Robles, María P. Silva, Ximena Petit-Breuilh, Luis Schiappacasse, Sergio Dávila, Cristian Varela, and Pablo Etcharren, “Morbidity short term effects due to fine and ultrafine particulate matter in Temuco, Chile, a Residential Wood Combustion Problem” Extended Abstract 2012-570-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 105th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2012, San Antonio, Texas, USA 2012.

L. A. Diaz-Robles, N. Schiappacasse, S. Cortés, J. Ortega, Air Quality Unit, Renewable Energies and Environmental Quality Centre, College of Engineering, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile, M. P. Silva, Universidad Mayor, Chile, F. Cereceda-Balic, V. Vidal, X. Fadic, Centro de Tecnologías Ambientales (CETAM), Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile, “Mortality short term effects due to particulate matter in Chile, re analysis using gam.exact”, Extended Abstract 2011-A-729-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 104th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2011, Orlando, Florida. 2011.

L. A. Diaz-Robles, N. Schiappacasse, J. Ortega, Air Quality Unit, Renewable Energies and Environmental Quality Centre, College of Engineering, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile, F. Cereceda-Balic, Centro de Tecnologías Ambientales (CETAM), Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile, “The involution of the air quality in Temuco city, Chile, a fine particulate matter challenge” , Extended Abstract 2011-A-488-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 104th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2011, Orlando, Florida. 2011.

F. Cereceda-Balic, X. Fadic, J.L. Guevara, V. Vidal, A. M. Domínguez, A.L. Llanos, Laboratorio de Química Ambiental, Centro de Tecnologías Ambientales (CETAM), Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. L.A. Díaz-Robles, L.N. Schiappacasse, Air Quality Unit, School of Environmental Engineering, Catholic University of Temuco.P. Etcharren, R. Toro, Secretaría Regional Ministerial de Medio Ambiente (SEREMI) Región de La Araucanía, “Characterization of PAHs in urban organic aerosol of air pollution episodes in Temuco”, Extended Abstract 2011-A-669-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 104th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2011, Orlando, Florida. 2011.

Francisco Cereceda-Balic, José L. Cayón, Juan L. Guevara, Ximena Fadic, Víctor Vidal, Environmental Chemical Laboratory, Environmental Technology Centre (CETAM), Technical University Federico Santa María, L.A. Diaz-Robles, C. Valdés Barra, Air Quality Unit, School of Environmental Engineering, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile, Ricardo Barra, Universidad de Concepción, Chile, and Lorenzo Caballero, Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, Chile, “Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Network of Laboratories for the Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Chile”, Extended Abstract 2011-A-663-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 104th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2011, Orlando, Florida, 2011.

Luis A. Díaz-Robles, Juan Moncada-Herrera, Nicolás Schiappacasse P., Pablo Etcharren, Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Robert Flocchini, Paul Wakabayashi, Nathalie Araneda, Ingrid Pérez, “Source Apportionment of PM2.5 in Temuco, Chile, Using Factor Analysis and IMPROVE Sampling. A Seasonal Analysis.”Extended Abstract 250, A&WMA International Specialty Conference: Leapfrogging Opportunities for Air Quality Improvement, Xi’an, China, 2010.

Luis A. Díaz-Robles, Eddio Carimán, Pablo Etcharren, Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Cristian Varela-Bruce, “Modeling the Biogenic Emissions using WRF/MCIP/MEGAN in Chile; a Comparison among three Urban Areas.” Extended Abstract 252, A&WMA International Specialty Conference: Leapfrogging Opportunities for Air Quality Improvement, Xi’an, China, 2010.

Francisco Cereceda-Balic, Víctor Vidal C, Juan L. Guevara, Luis A. Díaz-Robles et al., “Speciation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the Atmosphere of O'Higgins’s Region-Chile.” A&WMA International Specialty Conference: Leapfrogging Opportunities for Air Quality Improvement, Xi’an, China, 2010.

Francisco Cereceda-Balic, NicolásSchiappacasse, Víctor Vidal, Luis A. Díaz-Robles et al., “Atmospheric PAHs Determination: Influence of the Air Sampling Time Program in the Occurrence of Artifacts.” A&WMA International Specialty Conference: Leapfrogging Opportunities for Air Quality Improvement, Xi’an, China, 2010.

Luis A. Diaz-Robles, Nathalie Araneda, Ingrid Pérez, Joshua S. Fu, and Nicolás Schiappacasse, “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Changes Posed by Residential Wood Combustion Scenarios on an Urban Area; an Application in Temuco, Chile.” School of Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Catholic University of Temuco, Temuco, Chile, Extended Abstract 2010-A-1191-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 103th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2010, Calgary, Canada. 2010.

Luis A. Diaz-Robles, Juan C. Ortega, María Paola Silva, and Marcela Guerrero, Particulate Air Pollution and Health Effects for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Causes over an Industrial Neighborhood; Linking Epidemiological Time Series Studies and the Power of a Health Perception Survey.” Extended Abstract 2010-A-1411-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 103th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2010, Calgary, Canada. 2010.

Eddio Carimán Linares, Luis A. Diaz-Robles, Cristian Varela-Bruce, and Pablo Etcharren Ulloa, “Modeling of the Biogenic Emissions using WRF/MCIP/MEGAN in the South of Chile", School of Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Catholic University of Temuco, Temuco, Chile, 8th Annual CMAS Models-3 User's Conference, October 19-21, 2009 Chapel Hill, NC, http://www.cmascenter.org/conference/2009/agenda.cfm

Díaz-Robles L.A., Etcharren P., Moncada-Herrera J., Araneda N., Pérez I., Flocchini R., Wakabayashi P., Schiappacasse L.N, and Cereceda-Balic F., “Source Apportionment of High Episodes of PM2.5 in Temuco, Chile, Using Factor Analysis and IMPROVE Sampling.”, Extended Abstract 2009-A-641-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 102th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2009, Detroit, Michigan, US.

Cereceda-Balic F., Fadic X., Llanos A., Vidal V., Schiappacasse L.N, Díaz-Robles L.A., and Etcharren P. “Application of a new methodology for determining Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in atmospheric aerosols using different filter configurations, PUF and XAD-Denuder.”, Extended Abstract 2009-A-623-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 102th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2009, Detroit, Michigan, US.

Cereceda-Balic F., Fadic X., Llanos A., Vidal V., Schiappacasse L.N, Díaz-Robles L.A., and Etcharren P. “Obtaining PAH Concentration Ratios and Molecular Markers for Residential Wood Combustion: Temuco, a Case Study.”, Extended Abstract 2009-A-600-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 102th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2009, Detroit, Michigan, US.

Sanhueza P., Díaz-Robles L.A., "Particulate Air Pollution and Health Effects for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Causes in Temuco City, Chile." Paper # EE-1a-186-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 101th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2008, Portland, Oregon, US.

Díaz-Robles L.A., Ortega-Bravo J.C. “A Hybrid ARIMA and Artificial Neural Networks Model to Forecast Particulate Matter in Urban Areas: The Case of Temuco, Chile.” Paper # AB-1a (1)-522-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 100th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2007, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, 2007.

Díaz-Robles L.A., Fu J.S., and Reed G.D., “Health Risk Assessment Posed by Primary Diesel Particulate Matter and Vapor Air Toxics in Southeastern US”, Paper # EE-1c (2)-417-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 99th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana, US, 2006.

Díaz-Robles L.A., Fu J.S., and Reed G.D., “Seasonal Distribution and Modeling of Diesel Particulate Matter in the Southeast US”, Paper # AB-1a (2)-491-AWMA, Proceedings of the A&WMA’s 99th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana, US.

Díaz-Robles L.A., Reed G. D., and Fu J. S., University of Tennessee. “Diesel Particulate Matter Modeling and Inhalation Cancer Risk in Nashville, Tennessee, using Models-3/CMAQ.”Poster presentation at the 4th Annual CMAS Models-3 User's Conference.UNC-Chapel Hill, 26-28 September 2005. http://www.cmascenter.org/conference/2005/archive.cfm

Díaz-Robles L.A., Reed G. D., and Fu J. S., University of Tennessee. “Source Apportionment of Diesel Particulate Matter in the Southeastern United States Using Models3-CMAQ.”Proceedings of the 14th International Emissions Inventory Conference, Session 5.Las Vegas, Nevada, 2005. http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/conference/ei14/

Vllasi E, Díaz-Robles L.A., Yun J, University of Tennessee. "A Methodology to Validate the 2002 Air Toxics Inventory for Tennessee."Proceedings of the 14th International Emissions Inventory Conference, Session 10.Las Vegas, Nevada, 2005. http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/conference/ei14/

Díaz-Robles L. A., Greene D., Reed G. D., and Fu J. S., University of Tennessee. “The Effect of Switching Mobile Sources to Natural Gas on the Ozone in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”Proceedings of the A&WMA 97th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2004. Session: ET-1b: Cost and Emission Control Effectiveness of Transportation Control Measures, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2004.

Projects

 

2016-2018. CONICYT-BMBF150067, “Premium wood pellets based on Different lignocellulosic biomass by an innovative fuel design and HTC treatment sustainable contribution to a clean heat supply in Chile and Germany” US $ 300.000. Director.

2016-2017. FONDEF IDeA (Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development) project ID15I10580, “Research and optimization of pellet hydrophobic high energy density production through the hydrothermal carbonization of different biomass blends of national importance”. US$ 457,000. Director.

2015-2017. UAM-SANTANDER interuniversity cooperation project, “Organic solid waste recovery by anaerobic digestion and hydrothermal carbonization”. Co-Investigator.

2015-2017. Grant to support the development of international research projects, DPI20140093, “Impact of Wood Burning Air Pollution on Preeclampsia and other Pregnancy Outcomes in Temuco”. Co-Investigator.

2015-2016. FONDEF IDeA ID14I10130. Indoor Air Bio-Purification: better health, welfare, and productivity. Investigator.

2014-2015. Chilean Ministry of Environment, O’Higgins Region, “Study of point source contribution to PM2.5 in the region of O'Higgins”. Director

2014-2014. Chilean Ministry of Environment, Biobío Region, “Study of pollutants characterization by different residential wood combustion systems on Biobío region”. US$ 70,000. Director

2014-2014. Chilean Ministry of Environment, RM, “Technical and Economic Study of District Heating in Temuco and Chillán urban areas”. US$ 85.000. Co-Investigator

2013-2013. Implementation of wood stove catalytic converters at Temuco urban area, Municipality of Temuco Project. US$ 271,000. Director

2011-2014. FONDECYT 1120791 Project, “Implementation of a robust physical chemical mechanism for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons into the state-of-the-science deterministic Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling System (CMAQ) and its application to simulating Benzo (a) pyrene”, US$ 240,000, Director.

2011-2014. FONDEF (Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development) project “Analysis and Generation of Data Base of Energy Potential and Air Pollutant Emissions of Biofuels of National Importance", US$ 1,750.000, Investigator.

2012-2013. Chilean Ministry of Environment, Los Lagos Region, “Consumption and characterization of the use of firewood in the city of Osorno, Chile.” $US 26,000.  Director

2010-2014. INNOVA-CORFO project “Centre for Renewable Energies and Environmental Quality (CREEQ).” US$ 781,000, Vice-Director.

2010-2013. FONDEF (Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development) project “Research and generation of air pollutant emission factors for residential wood combustion of national importance.” US$ 1,412,000, Director. This was selected by CONICYT as “The 10 scientific achievements of 2013” http://www.latercera.com/noticia/tendencias/2013/12/659-558381-9-los-10-hitos-cientificos-de-2013.shtml

2009-2011. FONIS (Health Research Funding) project, “Ultrafine particulate matter pollution, mortality, and morbidity at Temuco; susceptibility among the elderly and children." US$ 120,000, Director.

2009-2012. FONDEF (Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development) project, “Research and Development of a Technological Packet to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol from Hybrid Poplars in Chile." US$ 1,150,000, Vice-Director

2009-2012. INNOVA-CORFO, “Technologies Development for firewood burning, cleaner and more efficient for domiciliary use." US$ 1,100,000, Vice-Director.

2010. CONAMA (Chilean EPA) Araucania Project, “Health risk assessment doe to fine particulate matter exposure in Temuco and Padre Las Casas; morbidity and mortality time series study”. US $ 25,000, Director.

2009. CONAMA Los Lagos Project, “Determination of the saturated zone of particulate matter in Osorno” US$ 10,000, Director.

2009. CONAMA Araucania Project, “Emissions scenarios analysis using WRF/SMOKE/CMAQ at Temuco, a non-attainment area for particulate matter” US$ 30,000, Director.

2009. CONAMA Valparaiso Project, “General Analysis and Proposal for the Atmospheric Decontamination Plan of Ventanas.” US$ 34,000, Co-Investigator.

2008. CONAMA O’Higgins Project, “Diagnostic study of the VOCs inventory and photochemical campaign at Rancagua city.” US$ 104,000, Vice-Director.

2008. CONAMA Bio-Bio Project, “Emissions Inventory Development for Metropolitan Concepcion, Chile.” US$ 32,000, Principal Investigator (PI).

2008. CONAMA Bio-Bio Project, “Emissions Inventory Development for Chillan and Los Angeles Urban Areas, Chile.” US$ 62,000, Principal Investigator (PI).

2008. CONAMA Bio-Bio Project, “Short term effects analysis due to atmospheric pollution over mortality and morbidity by respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in the Concepcion and Talcahuano area, Chile.” US$ 32,000, PI.

2008-2010. FNDR-CONAMA Araucanía, Catholic University of Temuco, “Emissions Measurement from Wood Devices.”, which includes to build and implement an emissions laboratory with EPA’s standard methods to measure emissions, and estimate emission factors for the main wood devices used in the south of Chile to heating or cooking. UCT-FNDR 30040008-0, US$ 66,000, PI

2008-2009. “Mega Monitoring of Temuco’s Air Quality” International Collaboration with the University of California, Davis,  University of Siena, Italy, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile, CONAMA Araicanía, and Catholic University of Temuco, Principal Investigator (PI).

2007-2009. DIUCT, Research Direction, Catholic University of Temuco, “Chemical dispersion, fate, and transport of pollutants over air and soil resources base on the high performance Cluster Beowulf architecture as tool to solve complex problems of scientific calculus.” DIUCT number 2006-2-03, US$ 30,000, PI.

2006-2007. FNDR-CONAMA Araucanía, University of Santiago of Chile, Catholic University of Temuco, “Short term effects analysis due to particulate matter atmospheric pollution over mortality and morbidity by respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in Temuco, Chile.” US$ 24,000, Co-PI.

2007-2008. CONAMA Maule, Catholic University of Temuco, “Environmental impact assessment generated by the presence of pollutants in the Mataquito River and Design of an Environmental Restoration and Recovering Plan.” Water Quality Modeling, US$ 312,000. Co-PI

2004-2005. Waste Management Research and Educational Institute, University of Tennessee, “Source apportionment of diesel particulate matter in the southeastern United States using advanced air quality modeling.” Graduate Student Investigator.

2003-2005. Waste Management Research and Educational Institute, University of Tennessee, “Air Toxic Pollutants Control to Reduce Health Risks in Tennessee." US$73,010, Graduate Student Investigator.

2002-2004. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), University of Tennessee, “Air Quality Initiative for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” US$750,000. Graduate Student Investigator.

2002-2003. FNDR Regional, Catholic University of Temuco, “Comprehensive Emission Inventory Development of Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Araucania Region, Chile.” PI

1993-1996. Unilever Chile S.A., COPRONA S.A., Production Department, Optimization of the Grape Seed Oil Production, PI.

1993-1996. Unilever Chile S.A., COPRONA S.A., Production Department, Optimization of the Oil Winterization Process, PI.

Recognitions

 

Recognition from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Office of Research & Engagement for international research FONDEF project that was selected as one of the top ten scientific achievements for 2013 in Chile by the Chilean equivalent of the National Science Foundation. The project investigated the relationship between health risks and ultrafine particles from biomass combustion, 2014.

In the processes of academic qualification 2010, 2011 and 2012, he has earned the maximum outstanding.

Recognition for being the Chair of the Atmospheric Chemistry Session of the A&WMA’s Technical Council, from 2009 to 2012.

Research Excellence Award, Catholic University of Temuco, 2012.

Research Excellence Award, Catholic University of Temuco, 2009.

Academic Excellence Award, Catholic University of Temuco, 2008.

Regional Personality of the Year Award, Productive Development Area, Araucania, 2007.

MECESUP UCT-02, Ph.D. Scholarship for the academic years 2002-2004.

Best World Wide Student Chapter of the A&WMA, 2003-2004. Dr. Díaz-Robles was the President.

 

Membership in Professional and Honorary Societies

 

Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA). Member from 2002 to day.

2003-2004, President of the Graduate Student Chapter, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2010, US, (423) 974-7728 Fax: (423) 974-2669.

Member of the Academic Council of the Environmental Engineering Master Program, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, 2014 to date.

Member of the Chilean Engineers Association (Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile A.G. in Spanish), 2010 to date.

Member of the Chilean Engineers Institute (Instituto de Ingenieros de Chile in Spanish), 2010 to date.

Editor Board del Electronic Journal of Energy & Environment, 2012-2017, http://portalrevistas.uct.cl/index.php/ejee.

Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the First China A&WMA International Specialty Conference; Leapfrogging Opportunities for Air Quality Improvement, May 10-14, 2010, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China.

Reviewer of the 2009 and 2010 AWMA’s Critical Reviews.

Chair of the Atmospheric Chemistry Technical Council of the A&WMA 2010-2012

Vice-Chair of the Atmospheric Chemistry Technical Council of the A&WMA 2007-2009

Chairman (Editor) of an AB-1 and AB-2 Sessions at the 105th A&WMA Conference, June 2012, San Antonio, TX, US.

Chairman (Editor) of an AB-1 and AB-2 Sessions at the 104th A&WMA Conference, June 2011, Florida, US.

Chairman (Editor) of an AB-1 and AB-2 Sessions at the 103th A&WMA Conference, June 2010, Calgary, Canada.

Chairman (Editor) of an AB-1 and AB-2 Sessions at the 102th A&WMA Conference, June 2009, Detroit, Michigan, US.

Chairman (Editor) of an AB-1 and AB-2 Sessions at the 101th A&WMA Conference, June 2008, Portland, Oregon, US.

Co-Chairman (Editor) of an AB-1 Session (Particulate matter pollution) at the 100th A&WMA Conference, June 26-28, 2007, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.



Administration

 

May 2012-March 2013: Vice President for Administration and Economic Affairs, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile.

January 2009- May 2012: Dean of the College of Engineering, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile.

May 2010-2014: Vice-Director of the Centre for Renewable Energies and Environmental Quality, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile.

January 2006-2014: Director of the Air Quality Unit, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile.

January 2006-February 2008: Head of the School of Environmental Engineering, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile.

August 1998-December 2001: Undergraduate Program Director, Environmental Science School, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile.

September 1993-December 1997: Process Refinery Engineer, Lontue and Panamericana Norte Plants, COPRONA S.A., Unilever Chile S.A. 

 

Contact

 

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cellphone: 56 9 79775810

Office phone: 56 2 27181818

ResearchGate

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luis_Diaz-Robles

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/luis-alonso-diaz-robles/52/878/51

Twitter

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