Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mihaela C Stefan
Associate Professor
BE 2.519
Group Webpage

Mihaela C. Stefan Ph.D.

Polymer and Organic Chemistry


B.S., Politechnica University, Romania (1994): Chemistry
M.S., Politechnica University, Romania (1995): Chemistry
Ph.D., Politechnica University, Romania (1998): Polymer Science
Postdoctoral Associate, Carnegie Mellon University (2002 -2003)
Advisor: Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
Visiting Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (2003 -2005)
Advisor: Dr. Richard D. McCullough


Department of Bioengineering (Joint Appointment)
Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Research Description

My research interests encompass the synthesis and characterization of novel polymeric materials for applications in organic electronics and medicine.
The research projects include:

  1. Semiconducting polymers for organic photovoltaics
  2. Block-copolymers containing semiconducting polymers and liquid crystalline polymers as electronic materials with tunable opto-electronic properties
  3. Thermosensitive biocompatible and biodegradable polymers for drug delivery applications

For a more detailed description of research projects go to the group webpage at:


Selected Publications

Huang, P.; Du, J.; Gunathilake, S. S.; Rainbolt, E. A.; Murphy, J. W.; Black, K. T.; Barrera, D.; Hsu, J. W. P.; Gnade, B. E.; Stefan, Mihaela C.; Biewer, M. C., Benzodifuran and Benzodithiophene Donor-Acceptor Polymers for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 6980-6989.

Developments of Furan and Benzodifuran Semiconductors for Organic Photovoltaics, Huang, P.; Du, J.; Biewer, M. C.; Stefan, Mihaela C., Journal of Materials Chemistry A,2015, 3, 6244-6257.

Fine-tuning thermoresponsive functional polycaprolactones to enhance micelle stability and drug loading, Rainbolt, E. A.;Miller,J. B.;Washington, K. E.; Senevirathne, S. A.; Biewer, M.C.; Siegwart, D. J., Stefan, Mihaela C., Journal of Materials Chemistry Part B, 2015,3, 1779-1787.

Recent developments in micellar drug carriers featuring substituted poly(e-caprolactone)s, Rainbolt, E.A.; Washington, K. E.; Biewer, M. C.; Stefan, Mihaela C., Polymer Chemistry, 2015, 6, 2369-2381.

Synthesis and characterization of valproic acid ester pro-drug micelles via an amphiphilic polycaprolactone block copolymer design, Senevirathne, S. A.; Boonsith, S.; Oupicky, D.;  Biewer, M. C.; Stefan, Mihaela C., Polymer Chemistry, 2015, 6, 2386-2389.

  • Updated: June 3, 2015