Mataz   Alcoutlabi

Assistant Professor  

Office: EENGR Eng. 3.262
Phone: (956) 665-8945
Email: mataz.alcoutlabi@utrgv.edu

Dr. Mataz Alcoutlabi

Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Texas - Rio Grandee Valley, Edinburg, Texas

  • Areas of Expertise

    • 1) Polymer physics and Rheology, 2) Confinement effects on material behavior at the nanometre size scale, 3) Nanostructured materials as electrodes and separators for Metal-ion Batteries.
  • Education

    • PhD, Polymeric and Composite Materials, National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, 1999
    • MS, Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse, 1995
    • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Aleppo, 1986
  • Currently Teaching

    MECE 6316 01 - Adv Materials Engineering:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MECE 6190 01 - Engineering Seminar:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MECE 3321 02 - Mechanics of Solids:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Mandana Akia. "High-Throughput Production With Improved Functionalityand Graphitization of Carbon Fine Fibers Developedfrom Sodium Chloride-Polyacrylonitrile Precursors," Polymer Engineering and Science, (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.

  • Howard Campos, Jonathon Ayala, Carolina Valdes, Jasson Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "The use of Fe 3 O 4 /Carbon composite fibers as anode materials in lithium ion batteries," MOJ Polymer Science 2, no. 2 (May 2018): 44‒46.

  • Mitsuo Inukai, Alejandra Valdez, Luis Zuniga, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Forcespinning: An alternative method to produce Metal-oxides/Carbon composite fibers as anode materials for Lithium-ion batteries," ECS Transactions, 77, no. 11 August 2017: 383-390.

  • Madhab Pokhrel, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Yuanbing Mao. "Optical and X-ray induced luminescence from Eu3+ doped La2Zr2O7 nanoparticles," Edinburg,: Journal of Alloys and Compounds 693, (February 2017): 719–729.

  • Victor Agubra, Luis Zuniga, David Flores, Howard Campos, Jahaziel Villarreal, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "A comparative study on the performance of binary SnO 2/NiO/C and Sn/C composite nanofibers as alternative anode materials for lithium ion batteries," Electrochimica Acta 224, (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 608–621.

  • Madhab Pokhrel, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Yuanbing Mao. "Optical and X-ray induced luminescence from Eu3+doped La2Zr2O7nanoparticles," Journal of Alloys and Compounds 693, (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 719-729.

  • Nancy Obregon, Victor Agubra, Madhab Pokhrel, Howard Campos, David Flores, David De la Garza, Yuanbing Mao, Javier Macossay-Torres, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Effect of Polymer Concentration, Rotational Speed, and Solvent Mixture on Fiber Formation Using Forcespinning®," Fibers 4, no. 2 (2016): 20.

  • Luis Zuniga, Victor Agubra, David Flores, Howard Campos, Jahaziel Villareal, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Multichannel hollow structure for improved electrochemical performance of TiO 2/Carbon composite nanofibers as anodes for lithium ion batteries," Journal of Alloys and Compounds 686, (November 2016): 733–743.

  • Rocío Nava, Lee Cremar, Victor Agubra, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Karen Lozano. "Centrifugal Spinning: An Alternative for Large Scale Production of Silicon–Carbon Composite Nanofibers for Lithium Ion Battery Anodes," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8, no. 43 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016): 29365–29372.



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)

  • Jason Parsons. Composite inorganic and organic materials for catalytic and energy systems, UTRGV, $25,000.00 (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019)

  • 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)

  • Jason Parsons . Composite Inorganic and Organic Materials for Catalytic and Energy Systems, UTRGV COS , $25,000.00 ( )

  • Maatz Alcoutlabi. The Synthesis and Design of a New System of Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Lithium Ion Batteries, UTRGV-FRE, $5,000.00 (May 2016 - April 2017)

  • Mataz Alcoutlabi. Synthesis, processing and characterization of novel hyper organic/inorganic materials for catalytic applications, American Chemical Society, $140,000.00 ( )

  • Abdurrahman Atesin. The synthesis and design of a new system of Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Lithium ion Batteries, Faculty Research Council, $5,000.00 (February 2016 - August 2016)

  • Dorina Chipara. New and Enhanced Research and Education Capabilities at UTPA through the Purchase of a State-of-the-Art Raman Spectrometer, Department of Defense, $328,777.00 (February 2015 - January 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • Mataz Alcoutlabi, Jorge Lopez, Jahaziel Villarreal, Jesus Cantu, and Jason Parsons . "Metal Sulfide/Carbon Composite fibers as Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries," The 233rd Electrochemical Society Meeting, Seattle, WA (May 2018)

  • Alejandra Valdez, Jahaziel Villarreal, Luis Zuniga, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "MoS2 and MoO2 loaded Carbon Microfibers as Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion and Sodium-Ion Batteries," The 233rd Electrochemical Society Meeting, Seattle, WA (May 2018)

  • Jahaziel Villarreal, Luis Zuniga, Alejandra Valdez, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "The use of Mixed Organic/Ionic Liquid Electrolytes with Forcespun Metal Oxides/Carbon Microfiber Electrodes in Lithium Ion Batteries," The 233rd Electrochemical Society Meeting, Seattle, WA (May 2018)

  • Francisco De Santiago, David De La Garza, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Antimicrobial Activity of Polyvinylpyrrolidone/Tin Microfibers," USDA/NIFA Annual Meeting, USDA/IFSEEN, Washington, DC (March 2018)

  • David De La Garza, Francisco De Santiago, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Forcespinning of Polymer & Composite Microfibers Used to Inhibit Microbial Growth," USDA/NIFA Annual Meeting, USDA/IFSEEN, Washington, DC (March 2018)

  • 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)

  • 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," 255th National Meeting and Exposition of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), New Orleans, LA (March 2018)

  • Mataz Alcoutlabi, Mitsuo Inukai, Alejandra Valdez, and Luis Zuniga . "An alternative method to produce Metal-oxides/Carbon composite fibers as anode materials for Lithium-ion batteries," The Electrochemical Society-231, New Orleans (May 2017)

  • David De La Garza, Francisco De Santiago, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Forcespinning of Polymer Hydrogel Fibers for Bio-Sensing Applications," USDA/NIFA Annual Meeting, USDA/IFSEEN, Albuquerque, NM (March 2017)

  • Mataz Alcoutlabi, Victor Agubra, Luis Zuniga , and David Flores. "Forcespinning of Microfibers and their Applications in Lithium-ion and Sodium-ion Batteries," The ECS meeting, San Diego, CA (May 2016)

Current Courses

MECE 6316 01 - Adv Materials Engineering:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MECE 6190 01 - Engineering Seminar:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MECE 3321 02 - Mechanics of Solids:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses