Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Mihaiela Stuparu
Assistant Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences - Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry
A Romanian native, Mihaiela got her first taste of organic synthesis in the laboratories of Prof. Ion Grosu at the Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca). Thereafter, she journeyed to Germany (Free University Berlin), Switzerland (ETH Zurich), and USA (University of Arizona at Tucson) for higher studies. It is upon her return to Zurich and the mentorship of Prof. Jay Siegel that she fell in love with corannulene. Since then her research has focused on introducing this beautiful molecule in the design of functional molecules and soft materials. In 2014, the University of Zurich recognized her efforts by awarding her the title of ‘Privat-Dozentin’. Soon afterwards, Mihaiela accepted Nanyang Assistant Professorship from Nanyang Technological University and the Stuparu group is now based in Singapore.
We are passionate about curved nanographenes. In this regard, we are developing new synthetic strategies and studying properties of such non-planar molecular materials.
 
  • Design and Synthesis of High Electron Affinity Materials for Plastic Solar Cell Applications
  • Developing Synthetic Methadologies to Corannulene-Based Nanographenes and Their Metal Complexes
  • Development of High Performance Fullerene Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications
  • Rational Synthesis and Programmed Assembly of Carbon-Rich Materials
Awards
1. Nanyang Teaching Award (2021), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

2. Outstanding Mentor Award (2021), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (NTU)

3. Merit Service Award (2021), Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC)

4. Teaching Excellence Award (2020), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (NTU)

5. Super Mentor Award (2020), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (NTU)

6. Teaching Excellence Award (2019), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (NTU)
 
Fellowships & Other Recognition
1. Chair (2021), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Singapore Chapter

2. Elected Council Member (2018-present), Singapore National Institute of Chemistry

3. Chair of the Women Chapter (2018-present), Singapore National Institute of Chemistry

4. Elected Council Member (2017-2021), RSC Singapore Chapter

5. Associate Editor (2016-2018), RSC Advances (RSC Publishing, UK)

6. Ambizione Fellowship (2010-2014), Swiss National Science Foundation
 
Courses Taught
1. CM3031 - Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthesis (2016-present)

2. CM9092 - Polymer Chemistry (2016-present)

3. CM3061/CBC315 - Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Laboratory Course (2015-2018, 2021-present)

4. Organic Chemistry CHE-102 (University of Zürich), (2012-2013)