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Ernesto Zuleta

Color Tech


Supervising Faculty: Joseph Bozell

Ernesto was born and raised in Colombia, a country with a wide range of energetic resources like coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar energy and biomass. Since he was a child, he was fascinated with science and the natural world, which motivated his studies on Engineering later on. During his undergraduate and master studies, Ernesto focused his research interests in the production of energy from biomass. Currently, he is developing his doctoral program on Energy Science and Engineering with the objective of working on energy production from biological resources (biomass) as a way to contribute to the development of efficient, greener and sustainable energy. Beyond studying and researching, he enjoys reading, hiking, listening to music, dancing, and cooking typical food from his country.


Master of Science in Engineering – Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Bachelor of Science in Agri-industrial Engineering, Universidad Popular del Cesar, Colombia

Awards and Recognitions

  • Certificate of Merit, ELI-The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; for Outstanding Academic Performance and Cultural Contributions, US – 2013
  • Honorable Mention, Master of Engineering, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia – 2013
  • Scholarship Colciencias, National Research Training Program, Colombia – 2012
  • Instructor student scholarship, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia – 2010
  • Award at graduate school of engineering, Universidad Popular Del Cesar, Colombia – 2009
  • Young researcher grants, Colciencias, Colombia – 2008


Zuleta, Ernesto C.; Baena, Libia; Rios, Luis A.; and Calderon, Jorge A. The oxidative stability of biodiesel and its impact on the deterioration of metallic and polymeric materials: a review. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. 2012, vol.23, n.12, pp. 2159-2175

Ernesto C. Zuleta, Luis A. Rios, Pedro N. Benjumea. Oxidative stability and cold flow behavior of palm, sacha-inchi, jatropha and castor oil biodiesel blends. Fuel Processing Technology, ISSN: 0378-3820 Volume 102, October 2012, Pages 96-101.

Ernesto C. Zuleta, Jorge Andres Calderon Gutierrez, Luis Alberto Rios, Study of the oxidative stability of palm oil biodiesel in contact with automotive metallic and polymeric materials. Ingeniería y Competitividad, ISSN: 0123-3033 Volume 14 No.2, Pages 83 – 90, 2012

Ernesto Camilo Zuleta Suarez, Alexander Franco, Luis Alberto Rios, Productions of palm oil biodiesel whit heterogeneous basic catalysts compared to conventional homogeneous catalysts .Energética, ISSN: 0120-9833 No. 42, Pages 45 – 52, July 2009

Ernesto Camilo Zuleta Suarez, Marlon Jose Bastidas Barranco, Luis Carlos Diaz Muegue, Jair Bonet Ovalle. Preparation of biodiesel by transesterification of crude palm oil (Elais guineensis) with etanol. Energética, ISSN: 0120-9833, Volume 38, Page 47, 2007.

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