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


  • 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, Mkhitar Hobosyan, and Srbuhi Yolchinyan. Tailoring bismuth oxide flower-, bowtie- and brushwood-like particles through microfluidic synthesis. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 207, 2018: 330-336.

  • N Saltmarsh, GA Kumar, Chamath Dannangoda, Karen Martirosyan, C Rightsell, and DK Sardar. "Comment on “Structural and NIR to Visible Upconversion Properties of Er 3+-doped LaPO 4 Phosphors”," Journal of Luminescence (2017).

  • S Karthi, GA Kumar, DK Sardar, GC Dannangoda, KS Martirosyan, and EK Girija. "Fluorapatite coated iron oxide nanostructure for biomedical applications," Materials Chemistry and Physics 193, (2017): 356–363.

  • T Ruthradevi, J Akbar, G Kumar, A Thamizhavel, GA Kumar, RK Vatsa, GC Dannangoda, KS Martirosyan, and EK Girija. "Investigations on nickel ferrite embedded calcium phosphate nanoparticles for biomedical applications," Journal of Alloys and Compounds 695, (2017): 3211–3219.

  • MA Hobosyan, PM Martinez, AA Zakhidov, CS Haines, RH Baughman, and Karen Martirosyan. "Laminar composite structures for high power actuators," Applied Physics Letters 110, no. 20 (2017): 203101.

  • AA Markov, IA Filimonov, and KS Martirosyan. "Modeling of submicron complex oxides synthesis," Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering 51, no. 1 (2017): 27–37.



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)

  • 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 - September 30, 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)

  • Karen Martirosyan. NUE: Development of the Nanoscale Engineering Concentration (NEC) at the University of Texas at Brownsville, NSF, $200,000.00 (September 21, 2011 - September 20, 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • 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)

  • Karen Martirosyan "Size and Shape Dependent Phenomenon and Tuning Properties of Nano Reactive Systems for Emerging Applications," Joint IX International Symposium "The physics and chemistry of carbon materials/nanoengineering" and the Conference "Nanoenergetic materials and nanoenergetics", Almaty, Kazakhstan (September 2016)

  • Karen Martirosyan "Self-propagating high temperaure synthesis of superconductors based on MgB2 under the condition high pressure of Ar," 4th International Conference on Nanomaterials and advanced Energy Storage system, Almaty, Kazakhstan (August 2016)

  • Karen Martirosyan "CARBON COMBUSTION SYNTHESIS OF COMPLEX OXIDES," Carbon 2016, State College, Pennsylvania, USA (July 2016)

  • Karen Martirosyan "ROBUSTNESS OF CARBON NANOTUBES IN HIGH TEMPERATURE ENERGETICS REACTIONS," Carbon 2016, State College, Pennsylvania, USA (July 2016)

  • Karen Martirosyan. "FABRICATION OF SUPERCONDUCTING NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIALS BASED ON MAGNESIUM DIBORIDE BY SHS TECHNIQUE IN CENTRIFUGE," ICNNE- 2016, Paris, France (June 2016)

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