Scientist Profile


Maria Celeste R. Tria


Expertise: Surface Chemistry, Polymer Characterization, Organic Synthesis, Nanomaterials, Polymers, Small molecules, Additives, Material Science, Spectroscopy, Thin Films, Polymer Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Nanotechnology


    • Fritz Industries, Inc., Senior Research Scientist, 2015 March - 2016 December
    • Halliburton, Senior Scientist - Chemistry, 2014 March - 2015 February
    • Eastman Kodak, Materials Scientist, 2011 September - 2014 February
    • University of Houston, Graduate Research Assistant, 2006 - 2011
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Instructor, 2002 - 2006
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Research Associate, 2000 - 2002


    • University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA, Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, 2011
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, Master of Science in Chemistry, 2005
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, 1999


    • Kim, S.-H., Ohtsuka, H., Tria, M.C.R., Tanaka, K., Advincula, R.C., & Usui, H., (2014) Preparation of surface-tethered polymer layer on inorganic substrates by photoreactive self-assembled monolayer
    • Thin Solid Films Volume 554
    • Santos, C.M., Cui, K.M., Ahmed, F., Tria, M.C.R., Vergara, R.A.M.V., de Leon, A.C., Advincula, R.C., & Rodrigues, D.F., (2012) Bactericidal and Anticorrosion Properties in PVK/MWNT Nanocomposite Coatings on Stainless Steel
    • Macromolecular Materials and Engineering Volume 297, No. 8
    • Ahmed, F., Santos, C.M., Vergara, R.A., Tria, M.C., Advincula, R., & Rodriguez, D.F., (2012) Antimicrobial Applications of Electroactive PVK-SWNT Nanocomposites
    • Environmental Science and Technology Volume 46, No. 3
    • Santos, C.M., Tria, M.C.R., Vergara, R.A.M.V., Cui, K.M., Pernites, R., & Advincula, R.C., (2011) Films of Highly Disperse Electrodeposited Poly(N-vinylcarbazole) - Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites
    • Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics Volume 212, No. 21
    • Santos, C.M., Tria, M.C., Vergara, R.A.M.V., Ahmed, F., Advincula, R.C., & Rodrigues, D.F., (2011) Antimicrobial graphene polymer (PVK-GO) nanocomposite films
    • Chemical Communications Volume 47, No. 31
    • Foster, E.L., Tria, M.C.R., Pernites, R.B., Addison, S.J., & Advincula, R.C., (2012) Patterned polymer brushes via electrodeposited ATRP, ROMP, and RAFT initiators on colloidal template arrays
    • Soft Matter Volume 8, No. 2
    • Ohtsuka, J., Kim, S.-H., Tria, M.C.R., Advincula, R.C., & Usui, H., (2012) Preparation of Poly(9-Vinylcarbazole) Thin Films Chemically Tethered to ITO Surface via Self-Assembled Monolayer Having Benzophenone Terminal Group
    • Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Volume 568, No. 1
    • Tria, M.C., Liao, K.-S., Alley, N., Curran, S., & Advincula, R., (2011) Electrochemically crosslinked surface-grafted PVK polymer brushes as a hole transport layer for organic photovoltaics
    • Journal of Materials Chemistry Volume 21, No. 28
    • Tria, M.C., Park, J.Y., & Advincula, R., (2011) Electrochemically-deposited benzophenone moieties: precursors for dual mode patterning of polymer brushes on conducting surfaces
    • Chemical Communications Volume 47, No. 8
    • Tria, M.C.R., & Advincula, R.C., (2011) Electropatterning of Binary Polymer Brushes by Surface-initiated RAFT and ATRP
    • Macromolecular Rapid Communications Volume 32, No. 13
    • Grande, C.D., Tria, M.C., Jiang, G., Ponnapati, R., Park, Y., Zuluaga, F., & Advincula, R., (2011) Grafting of polymers from electrodeposited macro-RAFT initiators on conducting surfaces
    • Reactive and Functional Polymers Volume 71, No. 9
    • Cui, K.M., Tria, M.C., Pernites, R., Binag, C.A., & Advincula, R.C., (2011) PVK/MWNT Electrodeposited Conjugated Polymer Network Nanocomposite Films
    • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Volume 3, No. 7
    • Daniels, C.R., Reznik, C., Kilmer, R., Felipe, M.J., Tria, M.C.R., Kourentzi, K., Chen, W.-H., Advincula, R.C., WIllson, R.C., & Landes, C.F., (2011) Permeability of anti-fouling PEGylated surfaces probed by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
    • Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces Volume 88, No. 1
    • Bunha, A., Tria, M.C., & Advincula, R., (2011) Polymer catenanes via a supramolecularly templated ATRP initiator
    • Chemical Communications Volume 47, No. 32
    • Grande, C.D., Tria, M.C., Felipe, M.J., Zuluaga, F., & Advincula, R., (2011) RAFT “grafting-through” approach to surface-anchored polymers: Electrodeposition of an electroactive methacrylate monomer
    • The European Physical Journal E Volume 34, No. 15
    • Grande, C.D., Tria, M.C., Jiang, G., Ponnapati, R., & Advincula, R., (2011) Surface-Grafted Polymers from Electropolymerized Polythiophene RAFT Agent
    • Macromolecules Volume 44, No. 4
    • Tria, M.C.R., Grande, C.D.T., Ponnapati, R.R., & Advincula, R.C., (2010) Electrochemical Deposition and Surface-Initiated RAFT Polymerization: Protein and Cell-Resistant PPEGMEMA Polymer Brushes
    • Biomacromolecules Volume 11, No. 12
    • Fujie, T., Park, J.Y., Murata, A., Estillore, N.C., Tria, M.C.R., Takeoka, S., & Advincula, R.C., (2009) Hydrodynamic Transformation of a Freestanding Polymer Nanosheet Induced by a Thermoresponsive Surface
    • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Volume 1, No. 7
    • Tria, M.C.R., Arias, M.A.A.E., Arco, S.D., & Perez, G.G., (2006) Syntheses of diester phthalates with potential antidiarrheal activities
    • Philippine Agricultural Scientist Volume 89, No. 4
    • Endoma, M.A.A., Tria, M.C.R., & Arco, S.D., (2003) An approach to optically active ibuprofen through whole-cell and enzyme-catalyzed transformations
    • Kimika Volume 19, No. 1
    • Endoma, M.A.A., Arco, S.D., & Tria, M.C.R., (2003) Studies on the lipase-catalyzed resolution of amino alcohols and its application to the total synthesis of the antituberculous drug ethambutol
    • Kimika Volume 19, No. 1