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Iulia Sacui

Iulia Sacui is a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanofabrication Research Group. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. Her doctoral research focused on developing modified gamma-peptide nucleic acids for biomedical and molecular engineering applications. Before coming to the CNST, she worked as a Postdoctoral Guest Researcher in the Materials Measurement Laboratory, where she developed methods for imaging the polymer composite interfaces using fluorescence microscopy and characterized various nanocellulose crystals/fibrils for their potential application in fiber reinforced polymer composites. Iulia is working with J. Alexander Liddle on measuring the effect of water on interfaces in nanocomposites using fluorescence lifetime microscopy.


Selected Publications

  • Comparison of the properties of cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils isolated from bacteria, tunicate, and wood processed using acid, enzymatic, mechanical, and oxidative methods, I. A. Sacui, R. C. Nieuwendaal, D. J. Burnett, S. J. Stranick, M. Jorfi, C. Weder, E. J. Foster, R. T. Olsson, and J. W. Gilman, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6, 6127–6138 (2014).
  • Synthesis and characterization of conformationally preorganized, (R)-diethylene glycol-containing gamma-peptide nucleic acids with superior hybridization properties and water solubility, B. Sahu, I. Sacui, S. Rapireddy, K. J. Zanotti, R. Bahal, B. A. Armitage, and D. H. Ly, Journal of Organic Chemistry 76, 5614–5627 (2011).


Staff Photo - Iulia Sacui


CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher
Nanofabrication Research Group


B.S. Chemistry — Youngstown State University, Ohio

M.S. Organic Chemistry — Youngstown State University, Ohio

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry — Carnegie Mellon University


Phone: 301-975-3573