Mihaiela STUPARU

Nanyang Assistant Professor

Education: M.Sc., Babes-Bolyai University; Ph.D., ETH-Zürich; Post-doc, University of Zürich

Research Area: Synthesis of Non-planar Extended Aromatic Monomers, Polymer Synthesis through Controlled and Living polymerization Methods, Host-Guest Interactions, π-Conjugated Molecular Ribbons and Wires

Phone: (65) 6592 7765

E-mail: mstuparu@ntu.edu.sg

Webpage: Under Construction

Research Interest

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, carbon nanotubes, and graphene. 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.


Selected Publications

  1. M. C. Stuparu “Rationally Designed Polymer Hosts of Fullerene”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 7786. (Highlighted in Chimia, 2013, 10).

  2. F. Furrer, A. Linden, M. C. Stuparu “Towards Molecular Ribbons of Corannulene”, Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 13199.

  3. M. C. Stuparu “Synthesis and Properties of Star Polymers with a Bowl Shaped Aromatic Core”, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., 2012, 50, 2641.

  4. Yi-Lin Wu, M. C. Stuparu, C. Boudon, J. P. Gisselbrecht, W. B. Schweizer, K. K.Baldridge, J. S. Siegel, F. Diederich “Structural, Optical, and Electrochemical Properties of Three-Dimensional Push-Pull Corannulenes”, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 11014.

  5. M. C. Stuparu “Towards Macromolecular Architectures of Corannulene”, Chimia, 2011, 65, 799.