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Dr. rer. nat. Gabriela Mera



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64287 Darmstadt

  • Low-dimensional nanocarbon-based materials
  • Polymer and organometallic chemistry
  • Polymer-derived ceramics
  • Sol-gel science
  • High-temperature ceramics
  • Metal carbodiimides
  • Metal and nonmetal oxynitrides

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  • Studies of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Bucharest (Romania)
  • M. Sc. Study Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at TU Braunschweig (Germany) and at University of Bucharest (Romania)
  • Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Inorganic Chemistry, Bochum (Germany)
1999 Socrates Erasmus Fellowship (TU Braunschweig, Germany)
2003 Overseas Conference Fellowship from the Graduate School of Chemistry and Biochemistry GSCB, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
2010 Junior Aldinger Prize, The Polymer Derived Ceramics Society, Boulder, Colorado, USA
2010 Best Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference High Temperature Materials, Processes & Diagnostics 2010, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, USA
2011 Edward C. Henry Award 2011- Electronics Division Best Paper Award, The American Ceramic Society
2013 Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (at Prof. Rajendra Bordia, Clemson University, USA), (grant cancelled for family reasons)
2015 Wiedereinstiegsstipendium im Rahmen des Initiativprogramms „Forschungsorientierte Gleichstellung von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Gewinnung von Professorinnen“ at TU Darmstadt
2015 Award of the Outstanding Papers and Reviews Published in the JCerSJ 2015
2016 DAAD Reisestipendium (MS&T16, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
2017 Wiedereinstiegsstipendium Extension at TU Darmstadt

A. Ott, S. Rogg, S. Lauterbach, H.-J. Kleebe, C. Hess, G. Mera*, “Novel 0D-Nanocarbon-Silica Ceramic Composites: Sol-Gel-Synthesis and High-Temperature Evolution”, Dalton Transactions 2020, doi: 10.1039/D0DT01016B

G. Mera*, P. Kroll, I. Ponomarev, J. Chen, K. Morita, M. Liesegang, E. Ionescu, A. Navrotsky, “Metal-Catalyst-Free Access to Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes/Silica Nanocomposites (MWCNT/SiO2) from a Single-Source Precursor”, Dalton Transactions 2019, 48, 11018-11033, doi: 10.1039/C9DT01783F.

X. Wang, G. Mera*, K. Morita, E. Ionescu, “Synthesis of polymer-derived graphene/silicon nitride-based nanocomposites with tunable dielectric properties“, J. Ceram. Soc. Jp. 2016, 124[10], 981-988.

C. Hintze, K. Morita, R. Riedel, E. Ionescu, G. Mera*, “Facile sol–gel synthesis of reduced graphene oxide/silica nanocomposites”, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 2016, 36(12), 2923–2930

G. Mera*, R. Ishikawa, E. Ionescu, Y. Ikuhara, R. Riedel, “Atomic-Scale Assessment of the Crystallization Onset in Silicon Carbonitride”, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 2015, 35, 3355-3362

G. Mera, M. Gallei, S. Bernard, E. Ionescu, “Ceramic Nanocomposites from Tailor-Made Preceramic Polymers”, Nanomaterials 2015, 5(2), 468-540.

G. Mera*, A. Navrotsky, S. Sen, H.-J. Kleebe, R. Riedel, “Polymer-Derived SiCN and SiOC Ceramics – Structure and Energetics at the Nanoscale”, J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 1, 3826-3836.

S. Widgeon, G. Mera, Y. Gao, E. Stoyanov, S. Sen, A. Navrotsky, R. Riedel, “Nanostructure and Energetics of Carbon-Rich SiCN Ceramics Derived from Polysilylcarbodiimides: Role of Nanodomains Interfaces”, Chem. Mater. 2012, 24, 1181-1191.

R. M. Prasad, G. Mera*, K. Morita, M. Müller, H.-J. Kleebe, C. Fasel, R. Riedel, “Thermal decomposition of carbon-rich polymer-derived silicon carbonitrides leading to ceramics with high specific surface area and tunable micro- and mesoporosity”, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 2012, 32[2], 477-484.

P. Colombo, G. Mera, R. Riedel, G. D. Soraru, “Polymer-derived ceramics: 40 years of research and innovation in advanced ceramics”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 2010, 93(7), 1805-1837.

G. Mera*, A. Tamayo, H. Nguyen, S. Sen, R. Riedel, “Nanodomain structure of carbon-rich silicon carbonitride polymer-derived ceramics”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 2010, 93(4), 1169-1175.

G. Mera*, R. Riedel, F. Poli, K. Müller, „Carbon-rich SiCN ceramics derived from phenyl-containing poly(silylcarbodiimides)”, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 2009, 29(13), 2873-2883.

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