Texas Tech University

Adelia Aquino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice

Email: adelia.aquino@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.5946

Fax: 806.742.3540

Office: ME North 205

Research Website:


Dr. Adelia Aquino is an associate professor of practice. Her research is focused on computer simulations based on quantum chemical methods applied to energy, renewable energy, biological, environmental and related fields. Dr. Aquino has experience as both a researcher and professor at multiple universities and has professional experience in other areas of science and engineering as well. Dr. Aquino is a member of the Sociedade Brasileira de Química (Brazilian Chemistry Society) as well as the American Chemical Society and is a member of multiple other organization committees of academic activities.

Research Interests

Computer simulations based on quantum chemical methods applied to energy, renewable energy, biological and environmental related fields: 

  • modeling basic interactions in molecular models of humic substances such as nanopores and wet regions;  
  • the interaction between mineral surfaces and different organic compounds;
  • modeling of defect transport in DNA;  
  • excited-state proton transfer; 
  • modeling of graphene defects;
  • organic photovoltaic processes; 
  • spectroscopic properties and solvent effect of natural pigments;
  • combustion reactions on different mineral surfaces; and 
  • electron transfer reaction in the catalytic cycle of cytochrome P450 enzymes.

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo, 1991 
  • M.S. Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo, 1984
  • Teaching Credentials Chemistry, Universidade de Brasília, 1982
  • B.S. Chemistry, Universidade de Brasília, 1979


Department of Mechanical Engineering