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Carolina Ilie

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Contact Information

254 Shineman Center
[email protected]

Office hours

By appointment and posted by the Physics Department office each semester.

Awards and honors

  • President's Award for Teaching Excellence, 2016
  • Nominated for President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement, 2014
  • Provost’s Award for Mentoring in Scholarly and Creative Activity, 2013
  • Invited to contribute to The Washington Post article on Roller Coasters, July 2nd, 2013
  • Early Promotion to Associate Professor of Physics during the fourth year of tenure track, 2012
  • Essays by Leading Women in Physics”, 2012 
  • SUNY Oswego - Mc Nair Appreciation Certificate for mentoring a Mc Nair Scholar, 2011 
  • CELT - Outstanding Teacher Award: “An Apple for the Professor”, 2010 
  • Gordon Research Conference, Chair’s grant for PUI (primarily undergraduate institution), 2009 
  • APS, Committee on the Status of Women in Physics – Professional Skills Development Grant, 2009 
  • Physical Electronics Conference, Nottingham Prize Finalist, 2008 
  • Gordon Research Conference, Young Investigator Competition Award, 2007 
  • Sigma Xi Graduate Research Poster Competition Award, 2007 
  • Prepare Future Faculty Fellow, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 2006 
  • Gordon Research Conference, Chair’s Fund for Early Career Scientists, 2005 
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Othmer Fellowship for Exceptional Scholars, 2003-2006 
  • Graduation with Honors from University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, 1994 
  • University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Romanian Government Fellowship, 1990-1994



  • Carolina C. Ilie, Zachariah S. Schrecengost, Electrodynamics: Problems and Solutions, Institute of Physics IOP Science, UK and Morgan and Claypool Publishers, CA, USA; May 2018; Online ISBN: 978-1-6817-4931-0 • Print ISBN: 978-1-6817-4928-0
  • Carolina C. Ilie, Zachariah S. Schrecengost, Electromagnetism: Problems and Solutions, Institute of Physics IOP Science, UK, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, November 2016; Online ISBN: 978-1-6817-4429-2 • Print ISBN: 978-1-6817-4428-5

Selected Publications (*undergraduate students)

  • Dylan Richmond*, Mason McCormick*, Thilini K. Ekanayaka, Jacob D. Teeter, Benjamin L. Swanson*, Nicole Benker*, Guanhua Hao, Sharmin Sikich, Axel Enders, Alexander Sinitskii, Carolina C. Ilie, Peter A. Dowben, and Andrew J. Yost, “Inkjet Printing All Inorganic Hybrid Halide Perovskite Inks for Photovoltaic Applications”,  JoVE- Journal of Visualized Experimentation, 2019 issue 143, DOI: 10.3791/58760
  • Carolina C. Ilie, Francisco Guzman*, Benjamin Swanson*, Ian Evans*, Paulo Costa, Jacob Teeter, Mikhail Shekhirev, Nicole Benker*, Sharmin Sikich, Axel Enders, Peter A. Dowben, Alexander Sinitskii, and Andrew J. Yost, "Inkjet Printable-Photoactive All Inorganic Perovskite Films with Long Effective Photocarrier Lifetime",  Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 30 18LT02
  • Guanhua Hao, Nicholas Noviasky*, Shi Cao, Ildar Sabirianov, Yuewei Yin, Carolina C. Ilie, Eugene Kirianov, Nishtha Sharma, Andrei Sokolov, Andrew Marshall, Xiaoshan Xu, Peter A. Dowben, "Device Implications of Voltage Controlled Magnetic Anisotropy in Co/Gd2O3 Thin Films though REDOX Chemistry", Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 451 (2018) 487-492
  • Carolina Ilie, Printable Perovskites: The Future of Solar Energy is... an Inkjet Printer", Funsize Research on Funsize Physics, 2017
  • Carolina C. Ilie, Luis G. Rosa, Matt Poulsen, and James Takacs, “ Water Absorption and Subsequent Lattice Changes in the Crystalline Poly(Methyl Vinylidene Cyanide) and in the Ferroelectric Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride with Trifluoroethylene), Integrated Ferroelectrics (2011) 125:1, 98-103
  • Peter A. Dowben, Jie Xiao, Carolina C. Ilie, Luis G. Rosa, “Adsorbate/ absorbate interactions with organic ferroelectric polymers”, Journ. of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, review article in the honor of Prof. Bill Salanek, 174 (2009) 10-21
  • Jie Xiao, Carolina C. Ilie, Ning Wu, Keisuke Fukutani, and P.A. Dowben, “Haloform Adsorption on Crystalline Copolymer Films of Vinylidene Fluoride with Trifluoroethylene”, Surface Science, 603 (2009) 513-517
  • P. A. Dowben, Luis G. Rosa, Carolina C. Ilie, “Water Interactions with Crystalline Polymers with Large Dipoles”, Z.Phys. Chem. (Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie) 222(2008), 755-778 – review Article
  • Carolina C. Ilie, P.A. Jacobson, I.N. Yakovkin, Matt Poulsen, D. Sahadeva Reddy, James M. Takacs, and P.A. Dowben, “Activated Water Desorption from Poly(methylvinylidene cyanide)”,  J. Phys. Chem. B111(2007) 7742-7746
  • Carolina C. Ilie, P. A. Jacobson, Matt Poulsen, Luis G. Rosa, D. Sahadeva-Reddy, James M.  Takacs, Stephen Ducharme, and P. A. Dowben, “Angle Resolved Thermal Desorption Studies for Poly(methylvinylidene cyanide) and Poly(vinylidenefluoride trifluoroethylene)”, MRS Symposium Proceedings (2007) 0947-A03-01
  • P.A. Jacobson, Carolina C. Ilie, I.N. Yakovkin, Matt Poulsen, D. Sahadeva Reddy, James M. Takacs, and P.A. Dowben, “Water Absorption and Desorption from the Dipole Ordered Polymer Poly(methylvinylidene cyanide)”, J. Phys. Chem. B 110 (2006) 15389-15392
  • Carolina C. Ilie, Snjezana Balaz, Luis G. Rosa, Jiandi Zhang, P. Lunca-Popa, Christopher Bianchetti, Roland Tittsworth, J.I. Brand, B. Doudin, P.A. Dowben, “The Coadsorption and Interaction of Molecular Icosahedra with Mercury”, Applied Physics A 81 (2005) 1613-1618

Other Publications

  • Kimberlyn Bailey*, David Horacek, Steven Worthington, Ampalavanar Nanthakumar, Scott Preston, and Carolina Ilie, "STEM/Non-STEM Divide Structures Undergraduate Beliefs About Gender and Talent in Academia”, Frontiers in Sociology, 4:26. (2019) doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2019.00026
  • Kimberlyn Bailey*, David Horacek, Steven Worthington, Ampalavanar Nanthakumar, Scott Preston, and Carolina Ilie, "STEM/Non-STEM Divide Structures Undergraduate Beliefs about Gender and Talent in Academia," (90315), XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Research Committees session "Unfolding Organizational Hybridity in Tertiary Schooling: Testing Boundaries of Knowledge Forms in Higher Education, July 15-21, 2018, Toronto, Canada. 
  • A. Panteleev, A. Ieta, C.Ilie,  “Just-in-Time Teaching: Computer Science Meets Physics” Proceedings of the 119th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, AC 2012-3348, San Antonio, Texas, June 10 – 13, 2012
  • A. Ieta, C.C. Ilie, A. Pantaleev, “Effective Lectures Using Online Quizzes”, proceeding to The 118th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancover, BC, Canada, June 26-29, 2011.
  • A. Ieta, A. Pantaleev, C.C. Ilie, “An Evaluation of the “just in time teaching” method across disciplines”, The 118th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, T458, Vancover, BC, Canada, June 26-29, 2011.


Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
MS, Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
MS, Physics, Semiconductors, University of Bucharest, Romania
BS, Engineering Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania

Classes taught 

  • PHY 101 Introductory Physics
  • PHY 111 College Physics I
  • PHY 112 University Physics I
  • PHY 205 Energy and Environment: Global View
  • PHY 213 University Physics II
  • PHY 112/213 Labs
  • PHY 363 Materials Science
  • PHY 436 Advanced Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 439 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
  • PHY 423 Quantum Physics Lab
  • PHY 322 Optics Lab
  • Master level classes: PHY 567-800 "Advanced Mechanics"; Chemistry 597-173 "Research Problems"; CHE 599 – Independent study; PHY 567-810 "Advanced Electromagnetic Theory"