Mihaela Stefan

Eugene McDermott Professor
Interim Department Head
Professor of Chemistry
 
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Tags: Materials and Polymers Organic

Professional Preparation

Visiting Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University - 2005
Postdoctoral Associate
Carnegie Mellon University - 2003
Ph.D. - Chemistry
Politehnica University, Romania - 1998
M.S. - Chemistry
Politechnica University, Romania - 1995
B.S. - Chemical Engineering
Politehnica University, Romania - 1994

Research Areas

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

Publications

Self-assembly behavior of oligo(ethylene glycol) substituted polycaprolactone homopolymers 2021 - Journal Article
Mono- and Dinuclear α-Diimine Nickel(II) and Palladium(II) Complexes in C–S Cross-Coupling 2021 - Journal Article
Ligand Steric Effects of α-Diimine Nickel(II) and Palladium(II) Complexes in the Suzuki–Miyaura Cross-Coupling Reaction 2020 - Journal Article
Pyrrole-Containing Semiconducting Materials: Synthesis and Applications in Organic Photovoltaics and Organic Field-Effect Transistors 2020 - Journal Article
Enhancement of Loading Efficiency by Coloading of Doxorubicin and Quercetin in Thermoresponsive Polymeric Micelles 2020 - Journal Article
Facile C–H iodination of electron deficient benzodithiophene-S,S-tetraoxide for the development of n-type polymers 2020 - Journal Article
Thieno[3,2-b]pyrrole and Benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole Donor–Acceptor Semiconductors for Organic Field-Effect Transistors 2019 - Journal Article
Oxidative Degradation of Polypropylene Mesh in E. coli Environment 2019 - Journal Article
π-Spacer-Linked Bisthienopyrroles with Tunable Optical Properties 2018 - Journal Article
Incorporation of Thieno[3,2-b]pyrrole into Diketopyrrolopyrrole-Based Copolymers for Efficient Organic Field Effect Transistors 2018 - Journal Article

Appointments

Associate Professor
Department of Bioengineering, University of Texas at Dallas [2014–2018]
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Dallas [2013–Present]
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Dallas [2007–2013]
Research Scientist
Carnegie Mellon University [2006–2007]
Visiting Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University [2003–2005]
Postdoctoral Fellow
Western Cape University, South Africa [2002–2003]

Awards

Faculty Teaching Award - School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics [2017]
President's Teaching Award - University of Texas at Dallas [2015]
Career Award - NSF [2010]
Faculty Teaching Award - School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics [2009]

Projects

Quasi-"Living" Grignard Metathesis Polymerization for the Synthesis of Regioregular Poly(3-Alkylthiophenes)
2006–2006 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.
Materials from Conjugated Polymers for Applications in Electronics
2018–2018 Materials from Conjugated Polymers for Applications in Electronics, July 2006, Plextronics, Inc.
Advanced Macromolecular Design: Towards Conducting Polymers with Tunable Properties
2018–2018 Advanced Macromolecular Design: Towards Conducting Polymers with Tunable Properties, December 2005, Bowling Green State University.
Some Aspects Regarding Anionic and Ionic-coordinative Polymerization of .s-Caprolactone
1998–1998 Some Aspects Regarding Anionic and Ionic-coordinative Polymerization of .s-Caprolactone, IUPAC Macro 1998, Brisbane, Australia.
Regioregular PoIy(3-Alkylthiophene) Conducting Block Copolymers Synthesized by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization
2004–2004 Regioregular PoIy(3-Alkylthiophene) Conducting Block Copolymers Synthesized by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, World Polymer Congress IUPAC Macro 2004, Paris.

Additional Information

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. 
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).

News Articles

Chemistry Professor Recognized for Dedication to Students
While she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in Romania, Dr. Mihaela Stefan had doubts over whether she truly enjoyed her field of study.

It wasn’t until her junior year, when she encountered the hands-on approach of a professor for the first time, that she understood the importance of quality teachers.
Award-Winning Chemistry Teacher Stresses Tools in Finding Answers
Dr. Mihaela Stefan received the President’s Outstanding Teaching Award at the recent Honors Convocation ceremony. The annual award recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member for his or her efforts in teaching and mentoring. As part of the honor, Stefan received a medallion and a cash award.

Stefan, an associate professor of chemistry, has taught in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics since 2007. She said she enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, and that organic chemistry is one of her favorites. Among students, organic chemistry has a reputation of being one of the hardest courses.
NSF Award Recognizes Researcher on the Rise
Dr. Mihaela C. (Iovu) Stefan has received a distinguished National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, given to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and education.

The award is for $490,000 over five years. 

Stefan, an assistant professor of chemistry and affiliate to the Materials Science and Engineering Department, has taught at UT Dallas since August 2007. She is an expert on polymer chemistry and organic electronics, which she uses to study renewable energy.

Affiliations

Department of Materials Science & Engineering