Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Mihaela C Stefan
Assistant 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 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

Stefan, M. C.; Bhatt, M. P.; Sista, P.; Magurudeniya, H. D., Grignard Metathesis (GRIM) Polymerization for the Synthesis of Conjugated Block Copolymers Containing Regioregular Poly(3-Hexylthiophene), Polymer Chemistry, 2012, 3, 1693-1701.

Hao, J.; Granowski, P.; Stefan, M. C., Zinc Undecylenate Catalyst for the Ring-Opening Polymerization of Caprolactone Monomers, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2012, DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200147.

Sista, P.; Xue, B.; Wilson, M.; Holmes, N.; Kularatne, R. S.; Nguyen, H., Dastoor, P. C., Belcher, W., Poole, K., Janesko, B. G., Biewer, M. C., Stefan, M. C., Influence of the Alkyl Substituents Spacing on the Solar Cell Performance of Benzodithiophene Semiconducting Polymers, Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 772-780.

Hao, J.; Servello, J.; Sista, P.; Biewer, M. C.; Stefan, M. C., Temperature Sensitive Aliphatic Polyesters: Synthesis and Characterization of g-Substituted Caprolactone Monomers and Polymers, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, 21, 10623-10628.

  • Updated: December 10, 2012