Pinar Akcora

Building: McLean
Room: 415
Phone: 201.216.5060
Fax: 201.216.8306
  • Post-doc, Chemical Engineering, Columbia University (2005-2008). 
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (2000-2005)
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul 1997 
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 1995
Synthesis and characterization of polymeric nanohybrids; ordered soft materials; mechanical and structural relationships of ordered-disordered systems; developing new strategies for the self-assembly of nanoparticles; self-healing membranes for robust mechanical applications; multifunctional polymer composites with electrical and mechanical properties, bioengineered magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. 
Professional Service

Organized the APS 2016 DPOLY Short Course on "Polymer Nanocomposites: Challenges and Opportunities" in Baltimore, MD.

Honors & Awards
  • NSF CAREER Award, DMR-Polymer (2010 recipient).
  • Stevens Institute of Technology Research Recognition Award, October 2010.
  • Research Board Award, University of Missouri (2009).

Assistant Prof. - U Missouri-Columbia, Chemical Engineering (Nov 2008- Aug 2010)

Assistant Prof. - Stevens Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (Aug 2010-March 2016)

Associate Prof. - Stevens Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (2016-)

Professional Societies
  • American Physical Society
  • AIChE
  • American Chemical Society
  • Materials Research Society 
  • New York Academy of Sciences 
Grants, Contracts & Funds

ACS PRF New Directions Grant (2014)


Patents & Inventions

US2010/0303874 A1, Publication date: Dec. 2, 2010

Selected Publications
  1. Haoyu Wang, Pinar Akcora. (Jan 10, 2017). "Confinement Effect on Structure and Elasticity of Proteins Interfacing Polymers", Soft Matter. 13 1561-1568.
  2. E. Senses, A. Faraone, P. Akcora. (2016). "Modifying Entanglements and Microscopic Chain Motion in Nanocomposites with Dynamically Asymmetric Interphases", Scientific Reports. 6 29326.
  3. S. Liu, E. Senses, Y. Jiao, P. Akcora. (Apr 15, 2016). "Structure and entanglement factors on dynamics of polymer-grafted nanoparticles", ACS Macro Letters. 5 (5), 569-573.
  4. C. Zhang, P. Akcora. (2016). "Evaporation Controlled Particle Patterns in a Polymer Droplet", submitted, RSC Advances.
  5. H. Wang, C. T. Black, P. Akcora. (Dec 25, 2015). "Elastic Properties of Protein Functionalized Nanoporous Polymer Films", 2016, Langmuir. 32 (1), 151.
  6. D. Zhao, S. Ge, E. Senses, P. Akcora, J. Jestin, S. K. Kumar. (2015). "Role of Filler Shape and Connectivity on the Viscoelastic Behavior in Polymer Nanocomposites", Macromolecules. 48 (15), 5433.
  7. Y. Jiao, T. Chou, P. Akcora. (Jul 28, 2015). "Design of Ion-Containing Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles for Conductive Membranes", Macromolecules. 48 (14), 4910.
  8. E. Senses, A. Isherwood, P. Akcora. (2015). "Reversible Thermal Stiffening in Polymer Nanocomposites", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 7 (27), 14682.
  9. E. Senses, P. Akcora. (Sep 29, 2014). "Tuning Mechanical Properties of Nanocomposites with Bimodal Polymer Bound Layers", RSC Advances. 4 (91), 49628.
  10. Y. Jiao, P. Akcora. (Oct 17, 2014). "Understanding the role of grafted polystyrene chain conformation in assembly of magnetic nanoparticles", Physical Review E . 90 (4), 042601.
  11. Y. Jiao, J. Parra, P. Akcora. (2014). "Effect of Ionic Groups on Polymer-Grafted Magnetic Nanoparticle Assemblies", Macromolecules. 47 (6), 2030.
  12. Y. Jiao, P. Akcora. (2014). "Accelerated Brush Growth on Nanoparticle Surfaces by Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization", J. Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. 52 (12), 1700.
  13. E. Senses, Y. Jiao, P. Akcora. (2014). "Modulating interfacial attractions of polymer-grafted nanoparticles in melts under shear", Soft Matter. 10 (25), 4464.
  14. E. Senses, M. Black, T. Cunningham, S. Sukhishvili, P. Akcora. (2013). "Spatial ordering of colloids in a drying aqueous polymer droplet", Langmuir. 29 (8), 2588.
  15. E. Senses, P. Akcora. (2013). "Mechanistic model for deformation of polymer nanocomposite melts under large amplitude shear", J. Poly. Sci. Part B: Poly. Phys.. 51 (9), 764.
  16. E. Senses, P. Akcora. (2013). "An interface driven stiffening mechanism in polymer nanocomposites", Macromolecules. 46 (5), 1868.
  17. Y. Jiao, P. Akcora. (2012). "Assembly of polymer-grafted magnetic nanoparticles in polymer melts", Macromolecules. 45 (8), 3463.
  18. Z. Zhu, E. Senses, P. Akcora, S. Sukhishvili. (2012). "Programmable light-controlled shape changes in layered polymer nanocomposites", ACS Nano. 6, 3152.
  19. K. Keller, P. Akcora. (2012). "Elastic properties of a protein/polymer grafted surface", Langmuir. 28, 3807.
  20. Y. Jiao, J. M. Stark, P. Akcora, D. Gyawali, P. Nair, R. T. Tran, J. Yang. (2012). "A rheological study of biodegradable injectable PEGMC/HA composite scaffolds", Soft Matter. 8, 1499.
  21. J. F. Moll, P. Akcora, A. Rungta, S. Gong, R. H. Colby, B. C. Benicewicz, S. K. Kumar. (2011). "Mechanical reinforcement in polymer melts filled with polymer grafted nanoparticles", Macromolecules. 44 (18), 7473.
  22. P. Akcora, S. K. Kumar, L. S. Schadler, V. G. Sakai, Y. Li, B. C. Benicewicz. (2010). "Segmental dynamics in PMMA-grafted nanoparticle composites", Macromolecules. 43 (19), 8275.
  23. P. Akcora, H. Liu, S. K. Kumar, Y. Li, B. C. Benicewicz, Linda S. Schadler, D. Acehan, A. Panagiotopoulos, V. Pryamitsyn, V. Ganesan, J. Ilavsky, P. Thiyagarajan, R. H. Colby, J. F. Douglas. (2009). "Anisotropic self-assembly of polymer-grafted nanoparticles", Nature Materials (appeared on cover page). 8 (4), 354.
  24. P. Akcora, S. K. Kumar, S. Lewis, L. S. Schadler, Y. Li, B. C. Benicewicz, S. Narayanan, P. Thiyagarajan, J. Ilavsky, R. H. Colby, J. F. Douglas. (2010). "Gel-like mechanical reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites", Macromolecules. 43 (2), 1003.
  25. J. Khan, S. Harton, P. Akcora, B. Benicewicz, S. K. Kumar. (2009). "Polymer Crystallization in Nanocomposites: Spatial Reorganization of Nanoparticles", Macromolecules. 42 (15), 5741.
  26. P. Akcora, R. M. Briber, P. Kofinas. (2009). "Oxidation effect on templating of metal oxide nanoparticles within block copolymers", Polymer. 50 (5), 1223.
  27. P. Akcora, R. M Briber, P. Kofinas. (2006). "TEM characterization of diblock copolymer templated iron oxide nanoparticles: Bulk solution and thin film surface doping approach", Polymer. 47 (6), 2018.
  28. P. Akcora, X. Zhang, B. Varughese, R. M. Briber, P. Kofinas. (2005). "Characterization of polymer templated iron oxide nanoparticles within diblock copolymers by magnetic and neutron scattering experiments", Polymer. 46 (14), 5194.
  • CHE 332 Separation Operations
  • NANO 525 Techniques of Surface and Nanostructure Characterization
  • CHE 560 Fundamentals of Polymer Science