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Academic Profile

Asst Prof Mihaiela Stuparu

Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences - Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry

Asst Prof Mihaiela Stuparu

Born in Romania, Mihaiela C. Stuparu received her Master degree in Organic Chemistry from the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, under the guidance of Prof. I. Grosu. She then moved to Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and finally to ETH-Zürich, Switzerland, to obtain her doctoral degree in the group of Prof. A. D. Schlüter. After a one-year postdoctoral stay in the group of Prof. H. K. Hall Jr. at the University of Arizona at Tucson (USA), Mihaiela returned to Zürich as a member of the Prof. J. Siegel’s group at the University of Zürich. In 2009, Mihaiela received the Ambizione fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Under the mentorship of Prof. Siegel, Mihaiela’s research efforts at the University of Zürich were directed towards creating a research program focused on introducing the corannulene chemistry to the macromolecular science. The University of Zürich recently recognized Mihaiela’s research efforts in this direction by bestowing upon her the title of ‘Privat-Dozent’.
Research Interests
Our research focus is on the preparation of corannulene-based polymers differing in their chemical composition and architecture together with studying their properties. We are particularly interested in the complexation behavior of these materials with fullerenes. In this direction, we have developed synthetic strategies leading to corannulene-core star polymers, corannulene side-chain homopolymers and block copolymers, and corannulene main-chain polymers. In our recent studies, we have shown that these polymers can interact with C60 and the strength of this interaction could be tuned by controlling the chemical structure of the polymer, chemical nature of the solvent, and temperature.
Current Projects
  • Design and Synthesis of High Electron Affinity Materials for Plastic Solar Cell Applications
  • Developing Polymer-Based Hosts for Fullerene C60
  • Developing Synthetic Methadologies to Corannulene-Based Nanographenes and Their Metal Complexes
  • Development of a New Family of Electron Acceptor Materials based on the Buckybowl Motif
  • Hybridization of Planar and Nonplanar Structural Motifs in Construction of Functional pi-Materials
  • Porous Polymer Nanoparticles Encoded with a Molecular Bowl of Carbon With Affinity Towards Electrons, Lithium Ions, and Hydrogen: Designing New Material Candidates for Energy Storage Applications
  • Rational Synthesis and Programmed Assembly of Carbon-Rich Materials
Selected Publications
  • Viktor Barát, Maja Budanović, Si Man Tam, June Huh, Richard Webster, Mihaiela Corina Stuparu. (2020). Corannulene‐Based Electron Acceptors: Combining Modular and Practical Synthesis with Electron Affinity and Solubility. Chemistry - A European Journal, 26(15), 3231-3235.
  • Viktor Barat, Maja Budanovic, Dzeneta Halilovic, June Huh, Richard D. Webster, Surendra H. Mahadevegowda and Mihaiela C. Stuparu. (2019). A general approach to non-fullerene electron acceptors based on the corannulene motif. Chemical Communications, 55(21), 3113-3116.
  • K. S. Tan, A. V. Lunchev, M. C. Stuparu, A. C. Grimsdale and R. Yazami. (2016). 1,3,5-Triphenylbenzene and Corannulene as Electron Receptors for Lithium Solvated Electron Solutions. Journal of Visualized Experiments, (116), e54366 (1-6).

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