Karen   Lozano

Professor  

Office: EENGR 3.252
Phone: (956) 665-7020
Email: karen.lozano@utrgv.edu
Website: jvidal9611.wixsite.com/drlozano

Dr. Karen Lozano

Mechanical Engineering Professor, Innovator and Entrepreneur. Enjoys promoting the wonders of Science and Engineering.





Selected Publications


  • Dorina Chipara, Susana Campos, Karen Lozano, Andres Marroquin, and Mircea Chipara. "Force Spinning of PEO-Based Nanofibers," Bulletin of the American Physical Society (2018).

  • FV Ferreira, FS Brito, W Franceschi, EAN Simonetti, LS Cividanes, Mircea Chipara, and Karen Lozano. "Functionalized graphene oxide as reinforcement in epoxy based nanocomposites," Surfaces and Interfaces 10, (2018): 100--109.

  • Dorina Chipara, Chamath Dannagoda, Santos Garcia, Karen Lozano, Maxim Sumets, Ion Morjan, Karen Martirosyan, and Mircea Chipara. On the Synthesis and Physical Properties of PVDF Nanofibers Loaded with Maghemite. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2018.

  • Elamin Ibrahim, Maximiliano Villarreal, Marlon Monayao, Brianna Adriana, Dorina Chipara, Karen Lozano, Mataz Alcoutlabi, James Hinthorne, and Mircea Chipara. "Spectroscopic investigations of PS-PVDF blends," ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 255, 2018.

  • Maximiliano Villarreal, Karen Lozano, Dorina Chipara, James Hinthorne, Mircea Chipara, "Spectroscopic Investigations on Polystyrene-Polyvinylidene Fluoride Nanofibers," Bulletin of the American Physical Society (2018).

  • Daniel Riahi, Karen Lozano, Lee Cremar, and Arturo Fuentes. "On nonlinear rotating polymeric jets during forcespinning process," Fluid Dynamics Research (IOP Publisher) (August 2018).

  • Mandana Akia, Nataly Salinas, Cristobal Rodriguez, Robert Gilkerson, Luis Materon, and Karen Lozano. "Article Texas Sour Orange Juice Used in Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering," Membranes 8, no. 38 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018): 10.

  • Q Li, X Sun, Karen Lozano, and Yuanbing Mao. Dependence of Photoelectrochemical Properties on Geometry Factors of Interconnected Caterpillar-like ZnO Networks. Electrochimica Acta, 2017.

  • Karen Lozano. "Dodecylamine functionalization of carbon nanotubes to improve dispersion, thermal and mechanical properties of polyethylene based nanocomposites," Applied Surface Science (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).



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)

  • Yuanbing Mao. IFSEEN-Integrating Food Science/Engineering & Education Network: An Educational Linkage to Collaboratively Generate Future Hispanic Food Safety/Science Professionals and Leaders, USDA NIFA, $2,000,000.00 (September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2019)

  • Arturo Fuentes. NSF-STEM: A Focused Student Recruitment and Support Model for Attracting Top Achieving Scholars to Promote a Culture of Academic Excellence, National Science Foundation, $600,000.00 (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2018)

  • Karen Lozano. Endowment Julia Beecherl, $440,000.00 (September 2006 - August 2017)

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

  • Karen Lozano. Development of BN Nanofibers, Industry, $100,000.00 (January 2015 - December 2015)

  • Yuanbing Mao. Acquisition of an X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy System for Interdisciplinary Research and Education in Multi-Scale Materials at University of Texas Pan American, Army Research Office, $419,000.00 (February 2014 - January 2015)

  • Karen Lozano. Acquisition of Raman Spectroscopy, ( 2014)

  • Karen Lozano. I-CORPS, National Science Foundation, $50,000.00 (2013 - 2014)

  • Karen Lozano. Acquisition of an XPS, DoD, (September 2013 - August 2014)



Selected Presentations


  • Elamin Ibrahim, Maximiliano Villarrea, Mircea Chipara, Dorina Chipara, Brianna Arriana, Marlon Monayao, Karen Lozano, Mataz Alcoutlabi, James Hinthorne, "SPECTROSCOPIC INVESTIGATIONS OF PVDF-PS BLENDS," 255th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 18-22, 2018., American Chemical Society, New Orleans (March 2018)

  • Javier Ortega, Simon Padron, Glendimar Molero, Felipe De la Torre, and Karen Lozano. "DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A PORTABLE HANDHELD DEVICE FOR NANOFIBERS PRODUCTION VIA FORCESPINNING," School of Medicine Inaugural Research Symposium, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, 118 Paseo del Prado, Edinburg, Texas (August 2017)

  • Esteban Garcia, Karen Baylon, Astrid Rodriguez, Cristobal Rodriguez, Karen Lozano, and Robert Gilkerson. "TNF-α induces mitochondrial fragmentation in nanofiber grown 3T3 fibroblasts. ," SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference, Long Beach, CA (October 2016)

  • Fernando Flor, Pullickel Ajayan, Alin Chipara, Karen Lozano, Dorina Chipara, Robert Vajtai, and Mircea Chipara. "On the Radial Breathing Mode in SWCNTs dispersed within PVC," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. (March 2016)

  • Arnold Fonseca, Dorina Chipara, Karen Lozano, and Mircea Chipara. "Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering Investigations on Irradiated iPP-VGCNF Nanocomposites.," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. (March 2016)

  • Alfonso Salinas, Charles Cartwright, Kevin Newcombe, Mircea Chipara, Elamin Ibrahim, James Hinthorne, Dorina Chipara, and Karen Lozano. "PEO-MWCNTs Nanocomposites: The Effect of the Nature of Solvent on the Morphology and Physical Properties of Nanocomposites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, San Antonio, Texas, USA (March 2015)

  • Jorge Alarcon, Dorina Chipara, Karen Lozano, Mircea Chipara, Alin Chipara, Robert Vajtai, and Pullickel Ajayan. "On the Glass Transition in Polystyrene-TiO2 Nanocomposites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, Denver, Colorado, USA (March 2014)

  • Mircea Chipara, Magdalena Ciurea, Karen Lozano, Gheorghe Aldica, Dorina Chipara, Stelian Popa, and Ionel Stavarache. "Electrical properties of isotactic polypropylene loaded with carbon nanofibers," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (March 2013)

  • Dorina Chipara, Alma Perez, Karen Lozano, Elamin Ibrahim, Jahaziel Villarreal, Alfonso Salinas, and Mircea Chipara. "Self-healing of polymeric materials: The effect of the amount of DCPD confined within microcapsules," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (March 2013)

  • Dorina Mihut, Karen Lozano, and H. Garcia. "Investigation on Structures Consisting of Aluminum Thin Films Deposited on High Density Polyethylene Substrates Reinforced with Carbon Nanofibers for Electromagnetic Interference Shielding," 55th Annual Technical Conference, Society of Vacuum Coaters, Santa Clara, CA (2012)

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