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Carolina Ilie

Associate Professor


254 Shineman


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Office hours

Tuesday 12:10-1 pm, and Friday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

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 Ilie, Marie Romano, Mozart Guedes Duarte, Anastasia Yorke and Katharyn Christiana, “Capillary Condensation Transitions for Various Geometries”, in submission
  • Carolina Ilie, Patrick Howard, Thorin Kane, Brian Familo, Ross Netusil, Mateusz Zuba, “Study of water desorption from PMMA: theory and experiment”, in submission to Frontiers in Physics
  • Carolina Ilie, Ross Netusil, Ryan Controneo, Thorin Kane, and Fehmi Dankaci, “Vibrational Analysis of Pentacene Derivatives”, in submission to the Journal of Chemical Physics
  • 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 honour of Prof. Bill Salanek, 174 (2009) 10-21
  • Carolina C. Ilie, Jie Xiao, and P. A. Dowben, “Molecular Adsorption and Fragmentation of Bromoform on Polyvinylidene Fluoride with Trifluoroethylene”, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. (2009) Vol. 1134-BB01-06
  • 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. B 111 (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
  • Carolina C. Ilie, Petru Lunca-Popa, Jiandi Zhang, Bernard Doudin, Peter A. Dowben, “Mercury and C2B10 Icosahedra Interaction”, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 848 (2005) FF6.5.1-FF6.5.6


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 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: 567, 597, 599