Karen   Martirosyan

Associate Dean  

Office: BSETB 210
Phone: (956) 882-6736
Email: karen.martirosyan@utrgv.edu
Website: www.utrgv.edu/nanoscience/

Professor Karen Martirosyan

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Dr.Martirosyan's research is focused on experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics with a wide range of solid state phenomena at the nanostructured systems. The research focuses on two main areas: first, exploiting high energetic systems to produce novel nano-tailored materials for energy, environmental and biomedical applications; second, elucidating the nano related physical phenomena. Active research is presently being carried out to explore high density nanoenergetic systems, magnetic, ferroelectric, multiferroic, superconductor devices and a variety of contrast agents for biomedical imaging and drug delivery systems. The research involves materials design, fabrication and characterization of physical properties.
  • Education

    • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, 1991
    • BS, Electronics Engineering, Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, 1984




Selected Publications


  • Li Wang, Yao Ding, Teresa Bruno, Eric Lin, Karen Martirosyan, and Steven Frank. "A Novel Positive Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging Planning Marker for High Dose Rate Image Guided Brachytherapy," Brachytherapy 17, no. 4 (2018): S23--S24.

  • 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.

  • Li Wang, Eric Lin, Mary Johansen, Timothy Madden, Edward Felix, Karen Martirosyan, and Steven Frank. "Reactive Oxygen Species Generation in Human Cells by a Novel Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agent," Journal of toxicology 2018, (2018).

  • Srbuhi Yolchinyan, Mkhitar Hobosyan, and Karen Martirosyan. "Tailoring bismuth oxide flower-, bowtie-and brushwood-like structures through microfluidic synthesis," Materials Chemistry and Physics 207, (2018): 330--336.

  • GC Dannangoda, Camas Key, Maxim Sumets, and KS Martirosyan. "Transition of p-to n-Type Conductivity in Mechanically Activated Bismuth Telluride," Journal of Electronic Materials (2018): 1--10.

  • Karen Martirosyan. "Electromagnetic Field Generation during the Combustion Synthesis," Elsevier, 2018: 105-106.

  • Karen Martirosyan, Mkhitar Hobosyan, and Sergey Lyshevski. "Integrated Nanoenergetic Micropropulsion Systems in book Nanomaterials in Rocket Propulsion System," December 2018.

  • Karen Martirosyan. "Nanoenergetic Gas Generators," Elsevier, 2018: 206-207.

  • Karen Martirosyan. "Nanoenergetic Materials," Elsevier, 2018: 208-209.

  • Karen Martirosyan. "Oxides," Elsevier, 2018: 233-234.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Yuanbing Mao. MRI: Acquisition of a Spark Plasma Sintering System for Functional Ceramics at Rio Grande Valley, Texas, NSF, $230,000.00 (September 2018 - August 2020)

  • 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)

  • Karen Martirosyan. Magnetic measurements of nanostructured materials based on multiferroic rare earth elements, KAZAKHSTAN NATIONAL RESEARCH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY AFTER K.I.SATPAYEV, $4,000.00 (August 30, 2017 - December 31, 2018)

  • Sue Anne Chew. Internal Seed Research Program (ISRP), $20,000.00 (January 2017 - August 2018)

  • Karen Martirosyan. “REU Site at The University of Texas at Brownsville”,, REU NSF, $474,099.00 (May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2018)

  • Karen Martirosyan. Catalytic nano-activator synthesis based on a mixture of complex oxides, Institute of Combustion Problems, $10,000.00 (August 30, 2015 - December 31, 2017)

  • Karen Martirosyan. Characterization of multiferroics composites, KAZAKHSTAN NATIONAL RESEARCH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY AFTER K.I.SATPAYEV, $6,000.00 (August 30, 2015 - December 31, 2017)

  • Karen Martirosyan. CREST-The Center for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy in the era of multimessenger astronomy, NSF CREST, $5,000,000.00 (2012 - 2017)

  • Sue Anne Chew. Faculty Research Council (FRC), $10,000.00 (January 2016 - May 2017)

  • Karen Martirosyan. Acquisition of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) for Multidisciplinary Research, Teaching and Out-reach in the Rio Grande Valley, DOD, $433,500.00 (2015 - 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • Karen Martirosyan, Estefania Luna, Ana Cahuiche, and Ivan Davila. "Biocidal Effect of Atomized Positively Charged Dextran Coated Silver Oxide Nanoparticles," 2018 College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, (April 2018)

  • Karen Martirosyan and Nareg Ohannesian. "Magnetic Polymer Composite As a Thermosensitive Agent For Induced Hyperthermia," 2018 College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, (April 2018)

  • Karen Martirosyan, Nareg Ohannesian, and Carlos Trevino De Leo. "Microfluidic Processing of Dextran Coated Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles of Iron Oxide," 2018 College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, (April 2018)

  • Karen Martirosyan, Alexis Delgado, and Nareg Ohannesian . "Multiferroic BiMnO3 Brushwood- and Plate - Like Structures Produced by Microfluidic Approach," 2018 College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, (April 2018)

  • Karen Martirosyan. "Nanostructured Rare Earth Ferrites Fabricated by Solution Combustion Synthesis," Magnetics 2018, Orlando, Florida, February, 7-9, 2018, Orlando, Florida (February 2018)

  • Karen Martirosyan "PARTICLE SIZE DEPENDENT ON THE PRESSURE DISCHARGE PROPERTIES OF AL-BI(OH)3 NANO-ENERGETIC GAS GENERATORS," XIV International symposium on self-propagating high temperature synthesis «SHS», Tbilisi. Georgia (September 2017)

  • Karen Martirosyan "Superconducting characteristics of SWCNT doped MgB2 obtained by combustion synthesis," XIV International symposium on self-propagating high temperature synthesis «SHS», Tbilisi. Georgia (September 2017)

  • Karen Martirosyan "MEMS and 3D-printing microthrusters technology integrated with hydroxide-based nanoenergetic propellants," Electronics and Nanotechnology (ELNANO), 2017 IEEE 37th International Conference, Kiev, Ukraine (April 2017)

  • Chamath Danacoda, Maxim Sumets, Karen Martirosyan, Heinrich Foltz, and Mircea Chipara. "On PVDF-Carbon Nanotubes Composites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

  • Karen Martirosyan "Superconducting properties of Graphene doped MgB2 by SHS method," Asian Advanced Materials Congress , Phuket (Thailand)- Singapore (March 2017)

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