Dorina   M.  Chipara

Associate Professor  

Office: EPHYS 1.131
Phone: (956) 665-3532
Email: dorina.chipara@utrgv.edu

Dr. Dorina M. Chipara

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Polymeric and composite materials
    • Nanomaterials and nanocomposites
    • Aging and degradation of polymeric materials in extreme environmental conditions.
    • Self-healing polymers
  • Education

    • PhD, Physics, University of Bucharest, 1998
    • MS, Physics, University of Bucharest, 1979
    • BS, Physics, University of Bucharest, 1978




Selected Publications


  • Mircea Chipara, R Artiaga, KT Lau, Dorina Chipara, and D Hui. "Dynamical mechanical analysis of multiwall carbon nanotubes-styrene-isoprene-styrene block copolymer nanocomposite," Composites Communications 3, (2017): 23–27.

  • Oscar Guerrero, Javier Macossay Torres, Servando Garza, Dorina Chipara, and Mircea Chipara. "Electrospinning of Polymer Blend and Core Shell Polymeric Structures," Bulletin of the American Physical Society 62, (2017).

  • Gheorghe Aldica, Magdalena Ciurea, Dorina Chipara, Ana Lepadatu, Karen Lozano, Ionel Stavarache, Stelian Popa, and Mircea Chipara. "Isotactic polypropylene–vapor grown carbon nanofibers composites: Electrical properties," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 134, no. 38 (2017).

  • Mircea Chipara, Brian Jones, Dorina Chipara, Jianhua Li, Karen Lozano, Shah Valloppilly, and David Sellmyer. "On orientation memory in high density polyethylene–carbon nanofibers composites," e-Polymers 17, no. 4 (2017): 303–310.

  • Alan Perez, Alin Chipara, Pulickel Ajayan, Dorina Chipara, Chandra Tiwary, Robert Vajtai, and Mircea Chipara. "On Polydimethylsiloxane-Polyethylene Oxide Blends," Bulletin of the American Physical Society 62, (2017).

  • Yunlong Jin, Shah Valloppilly, Dorina Chipara, Ralph Skomski, Mircea Chipara, Wenyong Zhang, and David Sellmyer. "On polystyrene–block polyisoprene–block polystyrene filled with carbon-coated Ni nanoparticles," Journal of Materials Science 52, no. 5 (2017): 2452–2459.

  • Roberto Rangel, Dorina Chipara, Hilario Cortez, Edgar Munoz, and Mircea Chipara. "PEO-C60 NanocompositesComposites," Bulletin of the American Physical Society 62, (2017).

  • Jorge Cisneros, Dorina Chipara, Elamin Ibrahim, and Mircea Chipara. "Raman Investigations on PVC-Functionalized Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Composites.," Bulletin of the American Physical Society 62, (2017).

  • Yunlong Jin, Shah Valloppilly, Dorina Chipara, Ralph Skomski, Mircea Chipara, Wenyong Zhang, and David Sellmyer. "On polystyrene–block polyisoprene–block polystyrene filled with carbon-coated Ni nanoparticles," Journal of Materials Science 52, no. 5 (March 2017): 2452-2459.

  • Omar Espino, Brian Yust, Dorina Chipara, Pullickel Ajayan, Alin Chipara, Mircea Chipara, Utrgv Collaboration, Rice Collaboration, "Microwave Irradiation on Halloysite-Polypropylene Nanocomposites," APS March Meeting Abstracts. 2016.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Karen Lozano. UTRGV-UMN Partnership for Fostering Innovation by Bridging Excellence in Research and Student Success, National Science Foundation, $3,000,000.00 (September 2015 - August 2020)

  • Mircea Chipara. Competing Phase Transitions in Polymer Based Nanocomposites, UTRGV-COS Seed Grant, $23,435.00 (2016 - 2017)

  • Dorina Chipara. Raman Spectrometer for the Characterization and Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials, Department of Defense, $328,777.00 (2014 - 2016)

  • Karen Lozano. PREM-The University of Texas Pan American, National Science Foundation, $2,700,000.00 (September 2009 - August 2016)

  • Mircea Chipara. Grant URI, UTRGV, $1,998.80 (2015 - 2015)

  • Jose Gutierrez. NSF Partnership for Research and Education in Materials; UTPA/ University of Minnesota: Science and Engineering of Polymeric and Nanoparticle-Based Materials for Electronic and Structural Applications, NSF, $2,486,418.00 (September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2014)

  • Dorina Chipara. Science and Engineering of Polymeric and Nanoparticle-based Materials for Electronic and Structural Applications, The University of Texas Pan American/University of Minnesota , $2,700,288.00 (September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2014)

  • Dumitru Caruntu. Theoretical and Applied Nanometer Scale Research Substantiated by the Availability of AFM Capabilities, AFRL, $80,400.00 (October 2009 - September 2011)

  • Dorina Chipara. Microwave Healing of Conducting Nanocomposites: I. Polypropylene - Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes , UTPA, $4,896.50 (December 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011)

  • Dorina Chipara. Microwave Healing of Conducting Nanocomposites: I. Polypropylene - Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes , UTPA, $4,896.50 (December 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011)



Selected Presentations


  • Dorina Chipara, Andres Maroquin, Susana Campos, and Mircea Chipara. " Microscopy Study of Polyethylene Oxide," PREM , NSF_UTRGV, Edinburg (April 2017)

  • Susana Campos, Andres Maroquin, Dorina Chipara, and Mircea Chipara. "Raman Investigation on Polyethylene Oxide," PREM , NSF_UTRGV, Edinburg (April 2017)

  • Oscar Guerrero, Javier Macossay-Torres, Servando Garza, Dorina Chipara, and Mircea Chipara. "Electrospinning of Polymer Blend and Core Shell Polymeric Structures," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

  • Alan Perez, Alin Chipara, Pullickel Ajayan, Dorina Chipara, Chandra Sekhar Tiwari, Robert Vajtai, and Mircea Chipara. "On Polydimethylsiloxane-Polyethylene Oxide Blends ," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana. (March 2017)

  • Danielle Valdez, Dorina Chipara, James Hinthorne, and Mircea Chipara. "On the Isothermal Crystallization of PVDF-BaTiO3," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

  • Roberto Rangel, Dorina Chipara, Hilario Cortez, Edgar Munoz, and Mircea Chipara. "PEO-C60 Nanocomposites/Composites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

  • Jorge Cisneros, Dorina Chipara, Elamin Ibrahim, and Mircea Chipara. "Raman Investigations on PVC-Functionalized Single Wall Car- bon Nanotube Composites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

  • Dorina Chipara, Andres Maroquin, Susana Campos, Mircea Chipara, " Microscopy Study of Polyethylene Oxide," PREM , NSF_UTRGV, Edinburg (January 2017)

  • Dorina Chipara, Andres Maroquin, Susana Campos, Mircea Chipara, " Microscopy Study of Polyethylene Oxide," PREM , NSF_UTRGV, Edinburg (January 2017)

  • Omar Espino, Brian Yust, Dorina Chipara, Pullickel Ajayan, Alin Chipara, and Mircea Chipara. "Microwave Irradiation on Halloysite-Polypropylene Nanocomposites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. (March 2016)

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