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Mihaela Corina Stefan
Assistant Professor-Chemistry Department
Office MailstopMail Box: BE26, Room No.: BE 2.519 
Email Address  mci071000@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972-883-6581    URL UTD Webpage   URL Group Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Visiting Assistant ProfessorCarnegie Mellon University 2003 -2005
 Postdoctoral AssociateCarnegie Mellon University 2002-2003
 Ph.D.Polymer SciencePolitechnica University, Romania1998
 M.S.ChemistryPolitechnica University, Romania1995
 B.Eng.ChemistryPolitechnica University, Romania1994
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Research Description

My research interests encompass the synthesis and characterization of novel polymeric materials for applications in organic electronics and medicine.
The research projects include:

  • Novel semiconducting polymers for organic electronics
  • Tailoring of organic/inorganic interface in organic field effect transistors (OFETs) and photovoltaic devices
  • Block-copolymers containing semiconducting polymers and liquid crystalline polymers as electronic materials with tunable opto-electronic properties
  • Biodegradable polymers with tunable rates of degradation for applications in localized and controlled drug delivery
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2013
Nguyen, H. Q.; Bhatt, M. P.; Rainbolt, E. A., Stefan, Mihaela C., Synthesis and Characterization of Polyisoprene-b-Polystyrene-b-Poly(3-Hexylthiophene) Triblock Copolymer, Polymer Chemistry, 2013, 4, 462-465.
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2013
Kularatne, R. K.; Magurudenyia, H.; Sista, P.; Biewer, M. C.; Stefan, Mihaela C., Donor-Acceptor Semiconducting Polymers for Organic Solar Cells, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, 2013, 51, 743-768.
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2013
Sista, P.; Kularatne, R. S.; Mulholland, M. E.; Wilson, M.; Holmes, N.; Zhou, X.; Dastoor, P. C.; Belcher, W.; Rasmussen, S. C.; Biewer, M. C.; Stefan, Mihaela C., Synthesis and Photovoltaic Performance of Donor-Acceptor Polymers Containing Benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene with Thienyl Substituents, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/pola.26650.
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2013
Hao, J.; Rainbolt, E. A.; Washington, K., Biewer, M. C., Stefan, Mihaela C., Functional Polycaprolactones for Micellar Drug Delivery, Current Organic Chemistry, 2013, COC-EPUB-20130226-6.
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2013
Sista, P.; Wilson, M.; Holmes, N.; Kularatne, R. S.; Rainbolt, A. E.; Biewer, M. C.; Dastoor, P. C.; Belcher, W., Stefan, Mihaela C., Non-Dependence of Benzodithiophene Donor Polymer to PCBM Ratio on the Performance of Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, Science of Advanced Materials, 2013, 5, 512-518.
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
Jul-06 Aug-06 Materials from Conjugated Polymers for Applications in Electronics
Materials from Conjugated Polymers for Applications in Electronics, July 2006, Plextronics, Inc.
Jan-06 Feb-06 Advanced Macromolecular Design: Towards Conducting Polymers with Tunable Properties
Advanced Macromolecular Design: Towards Conducting Polymers with Tunable Properties, January 2006, Texas A&M University.
Dec-05 Dec-05 Advanced Macromolecular Design: Towards Conducting Polymers with Tunable Properties
Advanced Macromolecular Design: Towards Conducting Polymers with Tunable Properties, December 2005, Bowling Green State University.
Dec-05 Dec-05 Conducting Polymers with Tunable Properties
Conducting Polymers with Tunable Properties, December 2005, University of Pittsburgh.
26-Mar-06 March 30. 2006 Quasi-"Living" Grignard Metathesis Polymerization for the Synthesis of Regioregular Poly(3-Alkylthiophenes)
Quasi-Living Grignard Metathesis Polymerization for the Synthesis of Regioregular Poly(3-Alkylthiophenes), 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States, March 26-30, 2006.
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Department of Materials Science & Engineering
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2007-presentAssistant Professor  University of Texas at Dallas
2006-2007Research Scientist  Carnegie Mellon University
2003-2005Visiting Assistant Professor  Carnegie Mellon University
2002-2003Postdoctoral Fellow  Western Cape University, South Africa
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Honors and Affiliations
  • 2002 - present Member, American Chemical Society
  • 2007- present, Member, Materials Research Society
  • 2009 - NS&M Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 2010 - NSF Career Award
  • 2012 - Inclusive Teaching Diversity Award, University of Texas at Dallas 

Patents
  • Jeffries-EL M.; Mihaela C. Iovu; Sauve, G.; McCullough, R. D.; Monocapped conductive polymers with alkenyl or alkynyl end groups and block copolymers therefrom, patent application sybmitted, 2005
  • Mihaela C. Iovu; Elena E. E.; McCullough R.D., Living synthesis of conducting polymers including regioregular polymers, polythiophenes, and block copolymers, patent application submitted, 2005.
  • Mihaela C. Iovu; McCullough R.D., Purirication methods and purhied polymer, patent application submitted, 2006.
  • Mihaela C. Iovu; Osaka, I.; McCullough R.D., Universal Grignard Metathesis Polymerization, patent application submitted, 2006.
  • Mihaela C. Iovu; McCullough R.D., Electrically conductive polymers and controlled radical polymerization,patent application submitted, 2006.

Dissertation
Anionic Polymerization Applied to the Synthesis of Well-Dehned Copolymers Containing Styrene and Dienes, Advisor: Professor Gheorghe Hubca

Books
Emil Buzdugan, Mihaela C. Iovu, Horia Iovu, Chemical Reactions of Polymers, Printech, 1999 (In Romanian).


Grants/Contracts Awarded
  • Conjugated Polymer-Quantum Dot Networks for Hybrid Solar Cell Applications, Plextronics Inc., 01/01/2008-12/31/2008, $50,000. 
  • Rational Design of Semiconducting Polymers with Tunable Opto-Electronic Properties: An Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Education, NSF (DMR), 03/01/2010-02/28/2015, $490,000. 
  • Semiconducting Liquid Crystalline Polymers, Welch Foundation, 06/01/2010-05/31/2013, $160,000. 
  • MRI: Acquisition of a 500 MHz Multinuclear NMR Spectrometer for Multidisciplinary Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, NSF (Chemistry), 10/01/2011-09/30/2014, $374,360 (from NSF) and $160,440 (cost share from UTD). 
  • NSF-REU Supplement: Rational Design of Semiconducting Polymers with Tunable Opto-electronic Properties (DMR-0956116), 06/01/2012-09/01/2012, $6,500. 

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