Stephanie R. Dungan

 Stephanie R. Dungan


  • Professor and Engineer
  • Food Science and Technology


Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992


Dr. Dungan is investigating the properties of amphiphilic molecules (i.e. surfactants, emulsifiers) in solution and at interfaces. Her research is focusing on the way that surfactant interfacial properties control the rate of migration of hydrophobic solutes such as lipids or flavors within food emulsions. The influence of proteins on the self-assembly of amphiphiles into nanostructures such as microemulsions and liquid crystals is also an active area of interest.

Selected Publications

  • Buck, K.K., S.R. Dungan and R.J. Phillips. 2001. The effect of solute concentration on equilibrium partitioning in polymeric gels. Journal Colloid Interface Science 234:400-409.
  • Rohloff, C.M., J.W. Shimek and S.R. Dungan. 2003. Effect of added a-lactalbumin protein on the phase behavior of AOT-brine-isooctane systems. Journal Colloid Interface Science  261(2):514-523.
  • Dungan, S.R., B.H. Tai and N.I. Gerhardt. 2003. Transport mechanisms in the micellar solubilization of alkanes in oil-in-water emulsions. Colloids Surfaces A: Physicochemical Engineering Aspects 216(1-3):149-166.
  • D'Avila, M.A., N.C. Shapley, J.H. Walton, S.R. Dungan, R.J. Phillips and R.L. Powell. 2003. Mixing of concentrated oil-in-water emulsions measured by nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. Physics of Fluids 15(9):2499-2511.
  • Shimek, J.W., C.M. Rohloff, J. Goldberg and S.R. Dungan. 2005. Effect of alpha–lactalbumin on the phase behavior of AOT-brine-isooctane mixtures: Role of charge interactions. Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, CA, USA. Langmuir 21(13):5931-5939.

Awards and Honors

  • Proctor and Gamble Young Investigator Award, 1994
  • National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, 1993-1998
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1998
  • Plenary Lecturer, Food Engineering, 2004 AIChE Meeting
  • Poste Rouge, CNRS, Orsay, France, 2005-2006

Extension of Knowledge Activities