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Karen Lozano, Ph.D.



Contact Information:


The University of Texas-Pan American

Mechanical Engineering Department

1201 W. University Dr.

Edinburg, TX 78539-2999


Office: ENGR 3.252

Phone: (956)665-7020

Fax: (956)665-3527




  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, Rice University, May 1999

  • M.S.  Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, Rice University, May 1996.

  • B. S. Mechanical Engineering/minor in Business, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. Dec 1993 

Research Interests:

  • Nanoreinforced systems such as nanostructured polymer composites and nanoreinforced solutions and suspensions, polymer processing and characterization, polymer compounding and engineering, nanotechnology, polymer processing-structure-property relationships, and multifunctional polymer composites.  Specifically: Nanostructured polymer composites such as carbon nanofiber (VGCNF) and nanotube (SWNT, MWNT) reinforced thermoplastics and thermosets. Mixing (distribution and dispersion), manipulation and analysis of nanofiber/nanotube alignment, fiber/tube purification and functionalization, thermo-physical, mechanical, electrical and rheological analyses.


Selected Publications:

  • M. Chipara, K. Lozano, M. D. Chipara, “On the Assessment of the Orientation of Carbon Nanofibers Dispersed within Polyethylene by Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy” Carbon, Volume 45, Issue 13, November 2007, Pages 2698-2701.
  • M. Lizcano, MR Nava-Lara, A. Alvarez and K. Lozano, “C60 structural transformation under ER testing” Carbon 45, 12 (2007) 2374-237
  • J. Zhu, A. Imam, R. Crane, K. Lozano, V. Khabashesku, E.V. Barrera; “Processing a glass fiber reinforced vinyl ester composite with nanotube enhancement of interlaminar shear strength” Composites Science and Technology; v67, n7-8, June 2007 p. 1509-151
  • Javier Macossay, Alexis Marrufo, Samuel Salinas, Karen Lozano “Thermal Studies and Physical Structure of Poly(methyl Methacrylate)/Vapor Grown Carbon Nanofibers Composites prepared through In Situ Bulk Polimerization” Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research 1 (2007) 23
  • R. Benitez, A. Fuentes, K. Lozano; “Effects of Microwave Assisted Heating of Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced High Density Polyethylene” Journal of Materials Processing Technology 190 (2007) 324-331
  • S. Yang, R. Benitez, A. Fuentes, and K. Lozano “Dielectric Analysis of VGCNF Reinforced Polyethylene Composites” Composite Science and technology 67, 6 (2007) 115
  • K. Lozano, C. Hernandez, T. Petty, M. Siegman and B. Korgel “Nano-laden Liquids as “Smart Fluids”,  Journal of Colloid and Interface Science Vol 297 (2006) 618-624
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