Prados Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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. Dr. 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.
Research projects in the Stein Group are largely focused on the design and characterization of functional polymer films. We use advanced spectroscopic techniques to study the relationships between processing, structure and performance in a variety of polymer systems. Current projects include: i) developing theoretically-informed models of reaction-diffusion processes in glassy polymer films, which is relevant to semiconductor lithography; ii) understanding thermodynamics of architecturally-complex polymer blends, which enables the design of new coatings and adhesives; iii) controlling structure and function in ionic block copolymer membranes for water purification and gas separations; and iv) fundamental studies of random copolymer structures and properties, which is relevant to the design of low-cost and high-performance thermoplastics.
- Self-assembly in polymeric systems
- Physics of confined polymers
- Thermodynamics of polymer blends
- Architectural design of polymers
- Lithographic materials
- Thin film membranes
- X-ray scattering methods
- 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
- Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Macro Letters and Macromolecules, 2015-Present.
- Editorial Advisory Board of Polymers, 2010 - Present.
- NIST-NCNR beam time allocation committee, 2013 - Present
- Member of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineering, Adhesion Society, Society of Plastics Engineers
Awards and Recognitions
- Prados Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UTK, 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.