Mircea   Chipara

Associate Professor  

Office: ESCNE 3.126
Phone: (956) 665-2152
Email: mircea.chipara@utrgv.edu

Dr. Mircea Chipara

Mircea Chipara achieved undergraduate and graduate education in Romania. His research in US focused on nanomaterials (emphasize on polymer-based nanocomposites). His activity includes teaching, research, and supervising/attracting students to research.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Nano Science (Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites)
    • Phase Transitions (Glass, Melting, Crystallization, Magnetic)
    • Macromolecules (Polymers, Biopolymers, Copolymers, Block Copolymers)
    • Spectroscopy (WAXS, Raman, FTIR, UV-VIS)
  • Education

    • , Spring College Statistical Mechanics and Dynamics of Soft Condensed Matter, Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, 1997
    • PhD, Physics, Institute of Atomic Physics, 1996
    • MS, Polymer Physics, University of Bucharest, 1977
    • BS, Physics, University of Bucharest, 1975
  • Currently Teaching

    PHYS 3411 02I - Math Methods in Physics I:
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    PHYS 4303 01I - Quantum Mechanics I:
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    PHYS 3411 01I - Math Methods in Physics I:
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    PHYS 4303 02I - Quantum Mechanics I:
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Selected Publications


  • Denis Panaitescu, Raluca Gabor, Cristian Nicolae, Anca Parau, Catalin Vitelaru, Valentin Raditoiu, and Mircea Chipara. "Block Copolymer Elastomer with Graphite Filler: Effect of Processing Conditions and Silane Coupling Agent on the Composite Properties," Polymers 10, no. 1 (2018): 46.

  • 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.

  • E Mohammadi, M Aliofkhazraei, M Hasanpoor, and Mircea Chipara. "Hierarchical and Complex ZnO Nanostructures by Microwave-Assisted Synthesis: Morphologies, Growth Mechanism and Classification," Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences (2018): 1--67.

  • 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.

  • Nasar Ali, Giuseppe Fierro, Mahmood Aliofkhazraei, and Mircea Chipara. Preface-'NANOSMAT-Paris 2017'. North-Holland, 2018.

  • Mircea Chipara, Dorina Chipara, and Elamin Ibrahim. "Raman Investigations on PS-PERB-PS--Graphene Nanocomposites," 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).

  • AC Chipara, T Tsafack, PS Owuor, J Yeon, CE Junkermeier, ACT van Duin, S Bhowmick, SAS Asif, S Radhakrishnan, JH Park, "Underwater adhesive using solid--liquid polymer mixes," Materials Today Chemistry 9, (2018): 149--157.



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)

  • Mircea Chipara. Competing Phase Transitions in Polymer Based Nanocomposites, UTRGV-COS Seed Grant, $23,435.00 (2016 - 2017)

  • Dorina Chipara. Raman Spectrometer for the Characterization and Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials, Department of Defense, $328,777.00 (2014 - 2016)

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

  • Mircea Chipara. Grant URI, UTRGV, $1,998.80 (2015 - 2015)

  • Karen Lozano. Development and characterization of hybrid materials in bulk and fiber form to explore sensing/actuation capabilities, $270,000.00 (October 2010 - December 2012)

  • Karen Lozano. NSF MRI DMR-1040419: Acquisition of an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, National Science Foundation (NSF), $450,000.00 (October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2012)

  • Dumitru Caruntu. Theoretical and Applied Nanometer Scale Research Substantiated by the Availability of AFM Capabilities, AFRL, $80,400.00 (October 2009 - September 2011)

  • Jose Gutierrez. Analysis of the Electromagnetic Effect on the Electrorheological Properties of Nano-Laden Solutions, U.S. Air Force, $294,000.00 (October 4, 2007 - October 3, 2009)



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)

  • Elamin Ibrahim, Mircea Chipara, Dorina Chipara, "Raman Investigations on PVC-Functionalized Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Composites.," APS March Meeting Abstracts 2017, Applied Physics Society, Los Angeles, CA (March 2018)

  • Dorina Chipara, Andres Maroquin, Susana Campos, and Mircea Chipara. " Microscopy Study of Polyethylene Oxide," PREM , NSF_UTRGV, Edinburg (April 2017)

  • Susana Campos, Andres Maroquin, Dorina Chipara, and Mircea Chipara. "Raman Investigation on Polyethylene Oxide," PREM , NSF_UTRGV, Edinburg (April 2017)

  • Oscar Guerrero, Javier Macossay-Torres, Servando Garza, Dorina Chipara, and Mircea Chipara. "Electrospinning of Polymer Blend and Core Shell Polymeric Structures," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

  • Alan Perez, Alin Chipara, Pullickel Ajayan, Dorina Chipara, Chandra Sekhar Tiwari, Robert Vajtai, and Mircea Chipara. "On Polydimethylsiloxane-Polyethylene Oxide Blends ," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana. (March 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)

  • Danielle Valdez, Dorina Chipara, James Hinthorne, and Mircea Chipara. "On the Isothermal Crystallization of PVDF-BaTiO3," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

  • Roberto Rangel, Dorina Chipara, Hilario Cortez, Edgar Munoz, and Mircea Chipara. "PEO-C60 Nanocomposites/Composites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

  • Jorge Cisneros, Dorina Chipara, Elamin Ibrahim, and Mircea Chipara. "Raman Investigations on PVC-Functionalized Single Wall Car- bon Nanotube Composites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (March 2017)

Current Courses

PHYS 3411 02I - Math Methods in Physics I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PHYS 4303 01I - Quantum Mechanics I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PHYS 3411 01I - Math Methods in Physics I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PHYS 4303 02I - Quantum Mechanics I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses