Scientist Profile


Marissa A. Paglicawan

Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan

Expertise: Physical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry

Dr. Paglicawan is recognized for her work on natural fibers composites composed of natural fibers such as pineapple fibers, sisal, ramie, loofah and flax, and agricultural wastes such as coir dust, coconut fibers, bagasse, and rice straw in thermoset and thermoplastic matrices showed that such composites had mechanical properties comparable with those of synthetic fiber. With co-workers, she further showed that other processing techniques such as chemical treatment (alkali, plasma, and peroxide), using various molding techniques, and produced composites with good mechanical properties. Her work on biodegradable plastics started in 1997, has resulted in the development of biodegradable thermoplastic starch from native starch which was further improved with the addition of polylactic acid. Her team has produced nanoclay which has been incorporated in the biodegradable plastic to reinforce its properties. This technology is now awaiting patent approval and commercial production. Dr. Paglicawan has also been involved in the development and characterization of polymer nanocomposites such as exfoliated graphite nanoplatelets-thermoplastic elastomer nanocomposites, and nanocomposite polymer gels which could be used as artificial muscle. Dr. Paglicawan has been granted a utility model for a technology for the production of recycled rubber tiles and paving block from rubber wastes (old tires etc.) in 2013 with mechanical strength, chemical, and weather resistance properties appropriate for indoor and outdoor uses.


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    • Gyeongsang National University, Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, Doctor of Philosophy in Polymer Science and Engineering, 2007
    • Katolieke Universitiet Leuven, Belgium, Leuven, Belgium, Master of Polymer Science and Composite Engineering, 1997
    • Emilio Aguinaldo Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Manila, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, 1981


    • Marco P. Rodriguez, Josefina R. Celorico, (2020) Thermomechanical properties of woven abaca fiber?reinforced nanocomposites
    • Polymer Composites Volume 41, No. 5
    • Byung Sun Kim, Blessie Basilia, Carlo Emolaga, Delmar D. Marasigan, Paul Eric Capati Maglalang, (June 2014) Plasma-treated Abaca Fabric/Unsaturated Polyester Composite Fabricated by Vacuum-assisted Resin Transfer Molding
    • International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing- Green Technology Volume 1, No. 3
    • Byung Sun Kim, Blessie Basilia, (June 2013) Water Uptake and Tensile Properties of Plasma Treated Abaca Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composite
    • Composites Research Volume 26, No. 3
    • Blessie Basilia, Ma. Teresa V. Navarro, Carlo Emolaga, (February 2013) Influence of Nanoclay on the Properties of Thermoplastic Starch/Poly(lactic acid) Blends
    • Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy Volume 7, No. 1
    • Jin Kuk Kim, (June 2011) Dielectric and thermal properties of thermoplastic elastomer gels in the presence of nanographite
    • E-polymers Volume 11, No. 1
    • Jin Kuk Kim, Dae-Suk Bang, (February 2009) Dispersion of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes in Thermoplastic Elastomer Gels: Morphological, Rheological, and Electrical Properties
    • Polymer Composites Volume 31, No. 2
    • Jin Kuk Kim, (September 2008)

      Properties of new nanocomposite triblock copolymer gels based on expandable graphite
    • Polymer Engineering and Science Volume 48, No. 9
    • Maridass Balasubramanian, Jin Kuk Kim, (August 2008) A Novel Ultrasonic Method of Preparation of Polyurethane Materials
    • International Journal of Polymeric Materials Volume 57, No. 8
    •  Jin Kuk Kim, (June 2008)

      The effect of inclusion of nanoparticles on the rheological and morphological properties of triblock copolymer gels
    • TechConnect Briefs Volume 1

    • Maridass Balsubramanian, Zhenxiu Zhang, Sung Hyo Lee, Jin Kuk Kim, (January 2008)

      Prediction and Optimization of Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene/Waste Tire Powder Blends using a Hybrid Artificial Neural Network-Genetic Algorithm (GA-ANN)
    • Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials
    • Maridass Balusubramanian, Zhenxiu Zhang, Jin Kuk Kim, (January 2008) Waste PU/PP Blends with Improved Technological Properties
    • Polymer Plastics Technology and Engineering Volume 47, No. 1

    • Jin Kuk Kim, Sung Hyo Lee, Maridass Balasubramanian, (April 2007)

      Influence of Hydrocarbon Oils on the Physical Gelation of Poly(styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene) (SEBS) Triblock Copolymers
    • Journal of Elastomers and Plastics  Volume 39, No. 2
    • Maridass Balasubramanian, Jin Kuk Kim, (April 2007) Study on Nanocomposite Thermoplastic Elastomer Gels
    • Macromolecular Symposia Volume 249-250, No. 1
    • Jin Kuk Kim, Sung Hyo Lee, Marissa Paglicawan, Maridass Balasubramanian, (January 2007)

      Effects of Extruder Parameters and Compositions on Mechanical Properties and Morphology of Maleic Anhydride Grafted Polypropylene/Waste Tire Blends
    • Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering Volume 46, No. 1
    • Jin Kuk Kim, Maridass Balasubramanian, (June 2006)

      Viscoelastic and gelation studies of SEBS thermoplastic elastomer in different hydrocarbon oils
    • Macromolecular Research Volume 14, No. 3
    • Ma. Susana Cabillon, Rosito P. Cerbito, Elizabeth O. Santos, (December 2005) Loofah Fiber as Reinforcement Material for Composite
    • Philippine Journal of Science Volume 134, No. 2
    • Elinor L. Bedia, Cynthia V. Bernas, Severino T. Bernardo, Masatoshi Tosaka, Shinzo Kohjiya, (February 2003) Natural weathering of polypropylene in a tropical zone
    • Journal of Applied Polymer Science Volume 87, No. 6
    • Jin Kuk Kim, (December 2004) Effect of Devulcanizer on the Properties of Natural Rubber Vulcanizates
    • Philippine Journal of Science Volume 133, No. 2