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Gila E. Stein

Gila Stein.

Gila E. Stein

Associate Head, Director of Graduate Studies, and Prados Professor

Contact Information

Gila Stein.

  • Hometown: 431 Dougherty Engineering Building
  • Phone: 865-974-6769
  • E-mail:
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  • 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


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


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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