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 6190 01 - Engineering Seminar:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MECE 4333 02 - Topics in Mechanical Engineeri:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MECE 3321 02 - Mechanics of Solids:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • 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.

  • Mataz Alcoutlabi, Victor Agubra, Luis Zuniga, and David Flores. "SnO2/NiO/Carbon Composite Nanofibers Produced By Forcespinning of Poly Acrylonitrile/SnO2 Precursor As Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries," Meeting Abstracts. no. 1 August 2016: 47–47.

  • Nancy Obregon, Victor Agubra, Madhab Pokhrel, Howard Campos, David Flores, David De la Garza, Yuanbing Mao, Javier Macossay, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Effect of Polymer Concentration, Rotational Speed, and Solvent Mixture on Fiber Formation Using Forcespinning((R))," Edinburg,: Fibers 4, (June 2016).

  • Liwen Ji, Praveen Meduri, Victor Agubra, Xingcheng Xiao, and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Graphene-Based Nanocomposites for Energy Storage," Advanced Energy Materials 6, no. 16 (June 2016).

  • Victor Agubra, Luis Zuniga, David (De la Garza, Luis Gallegos, and Madhab Pokhrel. " Forcespinning: A new method for the mass production of Sn/C composite nanofiber anodes for lithium ion batteries," Edinburg,: SOLID STATE IONICS 286, (March 2016): 72-82.



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 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)

  • Yuanbing Mao. A Novel X-ray System to Enhance Research and Education on Structural, Medical and Nanostructured Materials at Rio Grande Valley, Texas, DOD, $711,522.00 ( )

  • 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


  • Mitsuo Inukai, Alejandra Valdez, Luis Zuniga , and Mataz Alcoutlabi. "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)

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

  • Mataz Alcoutlabi, Victor Agubra, Luis Zuniga , David De-la-Garza, and Luis Gallego. "Forcespinning of Nanofibers and Their Applications in Lithium-ion Batteries," The Fiber Society , University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Raleigh, NC. (October 2015)

  • Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Nanofiber-Based Membrane Separators for Lithium-ion Batteries," The MRS Meeting & Exhibit , University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Boston, MA (December 2014)

  • Mataz Alcoutlabi. "Sustainable Textile Manufacturing and Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage," International Forum On Sustainable Manufacturing, University of Texas-Pan American, Lexington, Kentucky (September 2014)

Current Courses

MECE 6190 01 - Engineering Seminar:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MECE 4333 02 - Topics in Mechanical Engineeri:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MECE 3321 02 - Mechanics of Solids:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses