December 2014: Stefan’s group new lab space at UT Southwestern Medical Center is renovated and ready to use.
November 2014: Elizabeth Rainbolt defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Development of Thermoresponsive Substituted Poly(caprolactone)s: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Drug Encapsulation”.
September 2014: Dr. Stefan received a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering at the University at Texas at Dallas.
August 2014: Dr. Jing Hao joined the Biology and Chemistry Department at George Fox University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
July 2014: Harsha Magurudeniya defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Development of Novel Polymerization Catalytic Systems”.
May 2014: Dr. Stefan received the President’s Teaching Excellence Award (2013-2014) from the University of Texas at Dallas.
January 2014: Dr. Mahesh Bhatt joined Berkeley National Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in Nitash Balsara’s research group.
November 2013: Mahesh Bhatt defended his Ph.D thesis entitled "Block copolymers containing regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene): synthesis, self-assembly, and optoelectronic properties".
September 2013: Ruvini defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Donor-Acceptor Copolymers for Organic Photovoltaic Applications"
September 2013: Dr. Stefan was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
April 2013: Dr. Stefan received a Welch grant entitled "Polythiophene Block Copolymers: A Systematic Investigation of Morphology-Optoelectronic Properties Dependence".
April 2013: Dr. Stefan received tenure and she will be promoted to Associate Professor starting with September 2013.
February 2013: Dr.Hien Nguyen has been appointed as the Director of the Center for Spectral Analysis in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas.
December 2012: Dr. Jing Hao joined Dr. Siegwart's research group at UT Southwestern Medical Center as a Postdoctoral Fellow.
November 2012: Dr. Stefan gave her tenure presentation in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas.
November 2012: Hien Nguyen defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Pyrrole and Thiophene Semiconducting Polymers ”.
November 2012: Jing Hao defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Thermo-responsive Functional Poly(caprolactones) for Drug Delivery Applications ”.
August 2012: The new 500 MHz Bruker NMR instrument is ready for use. For more info and booking time on the instrument check the webpage: www.utdallas.edu/chemistry/nmr
June 2012: Our new Bruker 500 MHz NMR Instrument has been delivered and the installition is in progress.
April 2012: Dr. Stefan received the Inclusive Teaching Diversity Award from the University of Texas at Dallas.
This award is given to one faculty member in the university each year in recognition of their commitment to the goal of diversity and inclusion at UT Dallas.
July 2011: Our NSF-MRI proposal entitled "MRI:Acquisition of a 500 MHz NMR Spectrometer for Multidisciplinary Research at the University of Texas at Dallas" has been recommended for funding by the Division of Chemistry.
June 2011: Our paper entitled “Temperature-Sensitive Aliphatic Polyesters: Synthesis and Characterization of g-Substituted Caprolactone Monomers and Polymers”was accepted in Journal of Materials Chemistry.
May 2011: Our paper on the OFET performance of benzodithiophene polymers was published in Journal of Polymer Chemistry Part A.
Enhancement of OFET performance of semiconducting polymers containing benzodithiophene upon surface treatment with organic silanes
April 2011: Our paper on the synthesis of block copolymers containing poly(3-hexylthiophene) and poly(4-vinylpyridine) was published in Journal of Polymer Chemistry Part A.
March 2011: Prakash Sista presented a poster in the “Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research” Symposium organized by the division of Polymer Chemistry at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim in March 2011.
Jing Hao and Hien Nguyen presented posters at 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim in March 2011.
January 2011: Our paper on synthesis and characterization of rod-rod block copolymers containing semiconducting poly(3-hexylthiophene) and liquid crystalline poly(gamma-benzyl-L-glutamate) was published in Macromolecular Rapid Communications.
Synthesis and Characterization of a Block Copolymer Containing Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene) and Poly(γ-benzyl-L-glutamate)
January 2011: Elizabeth Rainbolt joined Dr. Stefan’s group as Ph.D. student.
September 2010: Our paper on synthesis and electronic properties of semiconducting polymers containing benzodithiophene with alkyl phenylethynyl substituents was published online in Macromolecules
Synthesis and Electronic Properties of Semiconducting Polymers Containing Benzodithiophene with Alkyl Phenylethynyl Substituents
September 2010: Our paper on synthesis of polythiophene with alkenyl substituents was published online in Polymer Chemistry.
Synthesis and characterization of polythiophenes with alkenyl substituents
June 2010: Mussie’s paper was published in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics.
Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Containing Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene) and Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)
February 2010: Dr. Stefan received a Welch grant entitled “Semiconducting Liquid Crystalline Polymers”
January 2010: Prakash Sista, Hien Nguyen, and Jing Hao passed their qualifying exam.
January 2010: Mahesh Bhatt, Ruvini Kularatne, and Harsha Magurudeniya joined Dr. Stefan’s group as Ph.D. students.
December 2009: Mussie’s paper was published in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics.
Synthesis of Di-block Copolymers Containing Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene) and Poly(tetrahydrofuran) by a Combination of Grignard Metathesis and Cationic Polymerizations
December 2009: Dr. Stefan received an NSF Career award entitled "Rational design of semiconducting polymers with tunable opto-electronic properties: An interdisciplinary program for research and education".
November 2009: Dr. Kumaranand Palaniappan moved to Los Alamos National Lab to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Jennifer Hollingsworth research group.
October 2009: Liz Schmiedel is the recipient of UTD Undergraduate Research Scholar Award.
September 2009: Our paper on the synthesis of semiconducting polymers containing benzodithiophene has been published on Organic Letters.
Polymers Containing Rigid Benzodithiophene Repeating Unit with Extended Electron Delocalization
September 2009: Nadia Hundt defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Novel thiophene-containing semiconducting polymers for organic electronics applications”.
August 2009: Mussie Alemseghed defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “ Synthesis and electronic properties of poly(3-hexylthiophene)-based semiconducting polymers”.
June 2009: John Servello, undergraduate student in Dr. Stefan’s group, is the recipient of a NSF LSAMP minority fellowship.
May 2009: Our paper on poly(3-hexylthiophene)-CdSe bulk heterojunction solar cells was published in Macromolecules.
Poly(3-hexylthiophene)−CdSe Quantum Dot Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells: Influence of the Functional End-Group of the Polymer
May 2009: Dr. Stefan became an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.
May 2009: Rebekah Sessoms, former undergraduate student in Dr. Stefan’s group , won the NS&M Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
May 2009: Dr. Stefan received the NS&M Outstanding Teacher Award.
May 2009: Nadia Hundt won the 2nd place at the 42nd annual American Chemical Society “Meeting in Miniature”
April 2009: Mussie Alemseghed won the 2nd place at the UTD Chem-Bio Symposia.
January 2009: Jing Hao, Prakask Sista, and Hien Nguyen joined Dr. Stefan’s group as Ph.D. students.
May 2008: Mihaela, Nadia Mussie and Kumar completed the Semizone training and they are ready to start using the UTD Clean Room Facility.
January 2008: Dr. Stefan is the recipient of a research grant from Plextronics.
January 2008: Kumaranand Pallaniappan joined Dr. Stefan’s group as a Posdoctoral Fellow. Kumar got his PhD. From Michigan Technological Institute in 2007. Kumar’s research project was funded by Plextronics.
January 2008: Nadia Hundt and Mussie Alemseghed joined Dr. Stefan’s lab as Ph.D. students. Nadia got her MS degree from UTD under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Balkus. Mussie got his MS degree from UTD under the supervison of Dr. Donovan Haines.