Fall 2023

Section 0286 of CHEM3B
General Chemistry Part 2 -- : Aug 14 - Dec 06 2023
CHEM 3B is the second semester general chemistry (formerly CHEM 1B).

Section 0294 of CHEM42
Introductory General Chemistry -- : Aug 15 - Dec 05 2023

Spring 2023

Section 4925 of CHEM3AL
General Chemistry Part 1: Lab -- : Jan 23 - May 15 2023

Section 5009 of CHEM3A
General Chemistry Part 1: Lecture -- : Jan 19 - May 18 2023
CHEM 3A is the lecture portion of the first semester general chemistry (formerly CHEM 1A). CHEM 3A and CHEM 3AL are corequisites. A student needs to sign up for one section of CHEM 3A AND one section of CHEM 3AL.

Section 5010 of CHEM3AL
General Chemistry Part 1: Lab -- : Jan 24 - May 16 2023

Section 5109 of CHEM3AL
General Chemistry Part 1: Lab -- : Jan 24 - May 16 2023


  • 10:40 AM - 12:00 PMBech Hall 1974Santa Rosa Campus


  • 10:40 AM - 12:00 PMBech Hall 1974Santa Rosa Campus


  • 10:40 AM - 12:00 PMBech Hall 1974Santa Rosa Campus

Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of California Santa Barbara (2005)
M.S. in Chemistry at California State University, Hayward (1999).
B.S. in Chemistry (Sp. Licenciado) at University of Havana, Havana, Cuba (1978).

Academic Experience

2004 - 2005 Penn State Univeristy, Erie, Penn.
Lecturer for Chem 12 General Chemistry, Chem 221 Quantitative Analysis, Chem 445 Instrumental Analysis.

2004 University of California Santa Barbara
Lecturer for Chem 101: Problems in Environmental Chemistry

2003 Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Instructor for Chemistry 155: General Chemistry.

2001-2003 University of California Santa Barbara
Occasional substitute for Professor in Chem 268A, Chem 268B: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

1999-2002 University of California, Santa Barbara
Teaching Assistant for Chem 1AL, 1BL, 1CL, 1AC, 1BC, 1CC: General Chemistry Lab.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1955. Lives in Greenbrae with his wife Elsa Torres. Their son Abel (born 1987) attends Humboldt State University.

Professional Areas of Interest

Chemical Education: Exploring the ways in which people solve problems, looking for the most effective approaches to teach that ability. Developing new textbook and laboratory materials that succeed to convey to the future scientist and engineers the exciting atmosphere and extraordinary variety of contemporary chemical knowledge.

Analytical chemistry and materials science: Application of a vast array of analytical techniques, including synchrotron radiation sources, as well as neutron and x-ray diffraction/scattering probes to the characterization of nano-phase materials and samples of environmental interest.

Professional Involvement and Community Service

Member of the American Chemical Society, I have received training in mentoring individuals belonging to traditionally underrepresented groups in the physical sciences in order to help them overcome any barriers towards a successful career in this field.

Presentations and Publications

Raola, Orlando E. and Strouse, Geoffrey F. (2003), X-ray absorption and Mossbauer spectroscopic study of the local environment of doping europium ion in nanocrystalline CdSe, Abstracts of Papers, 226th ACS National Meeting, New York, NY, September 7-11, 2003, INOR-570.

Kawai, Jun; Tohno, Susumu; Kitajima, Yoshinori; Raola, Orlando E.and Takaoka, Masaki (2003),Depth selective chemical state analysis of Pb and S in fly ash in municipal solid waste incinerators using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Spectrochimica Acta, Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy, 58B, 4, 635-639.

Raola, Orlando E. and Strouse, Geoffrey F. (2002), Synthesis and Characterization of Eu-Doped Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystals, Nano Letters, 2, 12, 1443-1447