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Gila E. Stein

Gila Stein.

Gila E. Stein

Prados Professor


Contact Information

Gila Stein.

  • Hometown: 431 Dougherty Engineering Building
  • Phone: 865-974-6769
  • E-mail: gstein4@utk.edu
Group Website

Education

  • BS Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2002
  • PhD Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
  • NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2007-2008

Biography

Gila Stein.

Gila Stein received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in 2002, and obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2006. She then joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology from 2007-2008. Stein moved to the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2009, received the Henley Professorship in 2012, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. She joined the University of Tennessee as the Prados Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2016 and was promoted to Professor in 2020.

Research in the Stein Group is focused on the design of polymer films with unique structures, properties, and functions. We use principles from polymer physics, interface science and materials processing to control the self-assembly/self-organization of polymers in bulk and near confining surfaces. Please visit our group webpage to learn more about our current activities.


Awards and Recognitions

  • CBE Faculty Mentor Award, 2019
  • Prados Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT, 2016
  • Best fundamental paper award from AIChE STS, 2016
  • Plenary speaker for PolyChar23, 2015
  • UH Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship at the Assistant Professor level, 2013
  • Ernest J. and Barbara M. Henley Chemical Engineering College Professorship, UH, 2012-2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2012-2017
  • Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award for the Cullen College of Engineering, 2012
  • Outstanding Teaching Award in the Cullen College of Engineering, 2012
  • NRC-NIST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2007-2008

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, Macromolecules, 2021-Present
  • Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Macro Letters and Macromolecules, 2015-2018
  • Editorial Advisory Board of Polymers, 2018-Present
  • Editorial Board of Polymers, 2010-2018
  • NIST-NCNR beam time allocation committee, 2013-2018
  • Member of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineering, Adhesion Society, Society of Plastics Engineers

Research

Gila Stein.

  • Self-assembly in polymeric systems
  • Physics of confined polymers
  • Thermodynamics of polymer blends
  • Architectural design of polymers
  • Lithographic materials
  • Coatings
  • Thin film membranes
  • X-ray scattering methods
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Publications

  • Madathil, K., Lantz, K. A., Stefik, M., & Stein, G. E. (n.d.). Effects of Trace Water on Self-Assembly of Sulfonated Block Copolymers During Solution Processing. ACS Applied Polymer Materials. doi:10.1021/acsapm.0c00806
  • Yun, H., Lee, Y. J., Xu, M., Lee, D. C., Stein, G. E., & Kim, B. J. (2020). Softness- and Size-Dependent Packing Symmetries of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles. ACS Nano, 14(8), 9644-9651. doi:10.1021/acsnano.0c00668
  • Miyagi, K., Mei, H., Terlier, T., Stein, G. E., & Verduzco, R. (2020). Analysis of Surface Segregation of Bottlebrush Polymer Additives in Thin Film Blends with Attractive Intermolecular Interactions. Macromolecules. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00744
  • Mei, H., Mah, A. H., Hu, Z., Li, Y., Terlier, T., Stein, G. E., & Verduzco, R. (2020). Rapid Processing of Bottlebrush Coatings through UV-Induced Cross-Linking. ACS Macro Letters, 1135-1142. doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00384
  • Kim, Y., Park, H., Abdilla, A., Yun, H., Han, J., Stein, G. E., . . . Kim, B. J. (2020). Chain-Length-Dependent Self-Assembly Behaviors of Discrete Conjugated Oligo(3-hexylthiophene). Chemistry of Materials, 32(8), 3597-3607. doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c00869
  • Coote, J. P., Kinsey, T., Street, D. P., Kilbey, S. M., Sangoro, J. R., & Stein, G. E. (2020). Surface-Induced Ordering Depresses Through-Film Ionic Conductivity in Lamellar Block Copolymer Electrolytes. ACS Macro Letters, 9(4), 565-570. doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00039
  • Street, D. P., Mah, A. H., Ledford, W. K., Patterson, S., Bergman, J. A., Lokitz, B. S., . . . Kilbey, S. M. (2020). Tailoring Interfacial Interactions via Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles Improves Performance of Parts Created by 3D Printing. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2(3), 1312-1324. doi:10.1021/acsapm.9b01195
  • Alam, M. K., Niu, C., Wang, Y., Wang, W., Li, Y., Dai, C., . . . Bao, J. (n.d.). Large graphene-induced shift of surface-plasmon resonances of gold films: Effective-medium theory for atomically thin materials. Physical Review Research, 2(1). doi:10.1103/physrevresearch.2.013008
  • Mei, H., Laws, T. S., Mahalik, J. P., Li, J., Mah, A. H., Terlier, T., . . . Verduzco, R. (2019). Entropy and Enthalpy Mediated Segregation of Bottlebrush Copolymers to Interfaces. Macromolecules, 52(22), 8910-8922. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01801
  • Yun, H., Yu, J. W., Lee, Y. J., Kim, J. S., Park, C. H., Nam, C., . . . Kim, B. J. (2019). Symmetry Transitions of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles: Grafting Density Effect. Chemistry of Materials, 31(14), 5264-5273. doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b01699
  • Madathil, K., & Stein, G. (2019). Tuning self-assembly kinetics of block copolymer solutions through hydrogen bonds. In Southeast Polymer Forum. Oak Ridge National Lab.
  • Stein, G., & Laws, T. (2019). Surface-active bottlebrush polymer additives with tunable hydrophilicity. In Southeast Polymer Forum. Oak Ridge National Lab.
  • Bottoms, C., Stein, G., & Doxastakis, E. (2019). Ion Diffusion in Chemically Amplified Photoresists. In Southeast Polymer Forum. Oak Ridge National Lab.
  • Coote, J., & Stein, G. (2019). Crystallization Modes in Conjugated-Coil Block Copolymers. In Southeast Polymer Forum. Oak Ridge National Lab.
  • Stein, G. E., Laws, T. S., & Verduzco, R. (2019). Tailoring the Attraction of Polymers toward Surfaces. Macromolecules, 52(13), 4787-4802. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00492
  • Kim, J. S., Lee, Y. J., Coote, J. P., Stein, G. E., & Kim, B. J. (2019). Confined, Templated, and Break-Through Crystallization Modes in Poly(3-dodecylthiophene)- block-poly(ethyl methacrylate) Block Copolymers. Macromolecules. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00816
  • Truong, P. V., Black, R. L., Coote, J. P., Lee, B., Ardebili, H., & Stein, G. E. (2019). Systematic Approaches To Tailor the Morphologies and Transport Properties of Solution-Cast Sulfonated Pentablock Copolymers. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 1(1), 8-17. doi:10.1021/acsapm.8b00002
  • Mei, H., Mah, A., Laws, T., Li, W., Terlier, T., Kumar, R., . . . Verduzco, R. (2019). Three-dimensional morphological analysis of polymer blends through combined ToF-SIMS/AFM. In APS Meeting Abstracts.
  • Mah, A. H., Laws, T., Li, W., Mei, H., Brown, C. C., Ievlev, A., . . . Stein, G. E. (2019). Entropic and Enthalpic Effects in Thin Film Blends of Homopolymers and Bottlebrush Polymers. Macromolecules, 52(4), 1526-1535. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02242
  • Kim, J. -S., Coote, J., Han, J., Stein, G., & Kim, B. (2019). Crystallization Modes of Poly (3-dodecylthiophene)-based Block Copolymers Depend on Regioregularity. In APS Meeting Abstracts.
  • Street, D. P., Mah, A. H., Patterson, S., Pickel, D. L., Bergman, J. A., Stein, G. E., . . . Kilbey, S. M. (2018). Interfacial interactions in PMMA/silica nanocomposites enhance the performance of parts created by Fused Filament Fabrication. Polymer, 157, 87-94. doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2018.10.004
  • Stein, G., Phuc, T., & Black, R. (2018). Tailoring transport pathways in sulfonated block polymers. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Vol. 256 (pp. 1 page). Boston, MA: Amer. Chemical Soc. Available online.
  • Yun, H., Lee, Y., Kim, J. -S., Han, J., Stein, G., & Kim, B. (2018). Self assembly of polymer coated Au nanocrystals with controlled polymer grafting density. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Vol. 256 (pp. 2 pages). Boston, MA: Amer. Chemical Soc. Available online.
  • Stein, G. (2018). ACS Fall Meeting 2018. Boston MA.
  • Mah, A. H., Mei, H., Basu, P., Laws, T. S., Ruchhoeft, P., Verduzco, R., & Stein, G. E. (2018). Swelling responses of surface-attached bottlebrush polymer networks. Soft Matter, 14(32), 6728-6736. doi:10.1039/c8sm01127c
  • Mah, A. H., Afzali, P., Qi, L., Pesek, S., Verduzco, R., & Stein, G. E. (2018). Bottlebrush Copolymer Additives for Immiscible Polymer Blends. Macromolecules, 51(15), 5665-5675. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00719
  • Stein, G. (2018). Structure-Property-Processing Relations in Block Copolymer Membranes. Oak Ridge.
  • Kim, J. S., Han, J., Kim, Y., Park, H., Coote, J. P., Stein, G. E., & Kim, B. J. (2018). Domain Structures of Poly(3-dodecylthiophene)-Based Block Copolymers Depend on Regioregularity. Macromolecules, 51(11), 4077-4084. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00795
  • Stein, G. (2018). 2018 Southeast Polymer Forum. Atlanta GA.
  • Harris, M. A., Heres, M. F., Coote, J., Wenda, A., Strehmel, V., Stein, G. E., & Sangoro, J. (2018). Ion Transport and Interfacial Dynamics in Disordered Block Copolymers of Ammonium-Based Polymerized Ionic Liquids. Macromolecules, 51(9), 3477-3486. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.7b02729
  • Dong, B. X., Smith, M., Strzalka, J., Li, H., McNeil, A. J., Stein, G. E., & Green, P. F. (2018). Molecular weight dependent structure and charge transport in MAPLE-deposited poly(3-hexylthiophene) thin films. Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, 56(8), 652-663. doi:10.1002/polb.24588
  • Truong, P. V., Shingleton, S., Kammoun, M., Black, R. L., Charendoff, M., Willis, C., . . . Stein, G. E. (2018). Structure and Properties of Sulfonated Pentablock Terpolymer Films as a Function of Wet-Dry Cycles. Macromolecules, 51(6), 2203-2215. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00194
  • Stein, G. (2018). TAMU Materials Science and Engineering, Department Seminar. College Station TX.
  • Truong, D., Stein, G., Ardebili, H., & Kammoun, M. (2018). Structure, properties and performance of sulfonated pentablock terpolymer membranes as a function of hydration cycles. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Vol. 255 (pp. 1 page). New Orleans, LA: Amer. Chemical Soc. Available online.
  • Harris, M., Heres, M., Coote, J., Stein, G., & Sangoro, J. (2018). Enhanced ion transport in disordered block copolymers of ammonium-based polymerized ionic liquids. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Vol. 255 (pp. 1 page). New Orleans, LA: Amer. Chemical Soc. Available online.
  • Mah, H., Laws, T., Mei, H., Verduzco, R., & Stein, G. (2018). Bottlebrush polymers as surface active additives in thin polymer films. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Vol. 255 (pp. 1 page). New Orleans, LA: Amer. Chemical Soc. Available online.
  • Stein, G. (2018). Virginia Tech, Chemistry, Department Seminar. Blacksburg VA.
  • Truong, D., Black, R., & Stein, G. (2018). Tuning structure and properties of lamellar sulfonated pentablock terpolymer films. In APS Meeting Abstracts.
  • Kim, J. -S., Han, J., Coote, J., Kim, Y., Stein, G., & Kim, B. (2018). Morphology Study of Poly (3-dodecylthiophene)-based Block Copolymers Depending on Regioregularity. In APS Meeting Abstracts.
  • Mah, A., Laws, T., Mei, H., Verduzco, R., & Stein, G. (2018). Functional Surfaces Using Bottlebrush Copolymer Additives. In APS Meeting Abstracts.
  • Coote, J. P., Kim, J. S., Lee, B., Han, J., Kim, B. J., & Stein, G. E. (2018). Crystallization Modes of Poly(3-dodecylthiophene)-Based Block Copolymers Depend on Regioregularity and Morphology. Macromolecules, 51(22), 9276-9283. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01985