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Caroline de Gracia Lux received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg under the mentorship of Marie Pierre Krafft, Ph.D. synthesizing and evaluating new classes of fluorinated surfactants to promote self-assembly and compartmentalized systems for material science applications.

Following her Ph.D., she completed postdoctoral training at UCSD focusing on biocompatible materials for theranostic applications. She was instrumental in the success of various projects on polymeric materials that degrade and release their contents in response to either abnormal biological conditions or by remote optical activation. She concurrently completed a Micro-MBA program at UCSD (Rady School of Management) that focused on communication, leadership in high performance teams, finance, strategy and marketing.

She recently joined the newly established Translational Research in Ultrasound Theranostics program at UT Southwestern Dept of Radiology. Her current research interest is combining creative synthetic chemistry and formulation to develop ultrasound contrast agent with sophisticated architecture aimed to address a wide range of challenges in cancer imaging and treatment.

Ongoing projects focus on the stabilization of low boiling point perfluorocarbon emulsion using a low interfacial tension approach, the development of new activatable ultrasound contrast agents and multimodal imaging probes.


University of Upper Alsace (2005), Chemistry
Graduate School
University of Upper Alsace (2007), Chemistry
Graduate School
University of Strasbourg (2010), Chemistry
Graduate School
Uni of California-San Diego (2015), Business Administration

Research Interest

  • Ultrasound Contrast Agents, Perfluorocarbon Emulsions, Chemistry, Bioresponsive Materials


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Thermal behavior and high- and low-temperature phase structures of gemini fluorocarbon/hydrocarbon diblocks.
de Gracia Lux C, Donnio B, Heinrich B, Krafft MP Langmuir 2013 Apr 29 17 5325-36
Intramolecular cyclization assistance for fast degradation of ornithine-based poly(ester amide)s
de Gracia Lux C.; Olejniczak J.; Fomina N.; Viger M.L; .Almutairi A. J. Polym. Sci. Part A 2013 51 18 3783?3790
A Single UV or Near IR Triggering Event Leads to Polymer Degradation into Small Molecules.
de Gracia Lux C, McFearin CL, Joshi-Barr S, Sankaranarayanan J, Fomina N, Almutairi A ACS Macro Lett 2012 Jul 1 7 922-926
Stacking of self-assembled surface micelles in ultrathin films.
de Gracia Lux C, Gallani JL, Waton G, Krafft MP Chemphyschem 2012 Apr 13 6 1454-62
Nonpolar gemini amphiphiles self-assemble into stacked layers of nano-objects.
de Gracia Lux C, Krafft MP Chemistry 2010 Oct 16 38 11539-42

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center (2018)
  • Society for Biomaterials (2018)
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (2017)
  • Materials Research Society (2017)
  • American Chemical Society (2011)