New Graduate Student joins our Group

In January, 2019 new graduate student Yehor Polunin started his PhD study in our group at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department. Yehor received his Bachelor of Chemical Technology degree in 2018 from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Lviv, Ukraine.

Yehor’s current research is focusing of synthesis, characterization and polymerization of biobased monomers in free radical polymerization as a part of ND EPSCoR Inspire Track 1 award.

New Funding Awarded

New funding of up to $52,522 for the project entitled New Corn Oil-Based Monomer Synthesis for Latex Applications in Coatings and Paints has been awarded to Voronov’s group by North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. This project targets converting the corn oil into reagents (monomers) for free radical polymerization and furthermore, polymers and polymeric materials to be used in coatings, adhesives, elastomers, plasticizers, etc. This work begins during summer 2019 and is a single year award.

New International Students Exchange Program at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department

In accordance with signed Memorandum of Understanding between Lviv Polytechnic National University and NDSU, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in USA (USURE) program for Ukrainian students has been inaugurated during summer 2018. NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials (CPM) offers research internships for Ukrainian students in their senior year majoring food chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields as well as first- or second-year graduate students in Polymer Science/Physical Chemistry and related fields.

Two applicants, Yehor Polunin and Andrii Tiara have been selected in 2018 and joined the CPM for 10 weeks beginning June, 8. At their home institution, Yehor and Andrii are both studying Chemical Engineering with specialization Organic Products Technology (Yehor) and Chemical Technologies of Food Additives and Cosmetics (Andrii). Yehor received his B.Sc. degree in 2018. Andrii is in his academic year of Master in progress.

At NDSU, Yehor works in Voronov’s research group under supervision of Zoriana Demchuk while Andrii is working under supervision of Alison Rohly in Dr. Webster’s group. On August,3, 2018, Yehor and Andrii participated in NDSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium where they presented posters entitled Synthesis, Characterization and Miniemulsion Polymerization of  High-Linoleic Soybean Oil-Based Monomer (Yehor) and Biobased Epoxy Thermosets from Vanillin –Schiff bases (Andrii).

The USURE now accepts applications from Ukrainian students for summer 2019. For more details in Ukrainian language,

Two Visiting Scientists from Ukraine Work in Our Group

DSC_5725Vasylyna Kirianchuk, graduate student from Department of Organic Chemistry at Lviv Polytechnic National University will work for four months in Voronov’s group at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department. This is Vasylyna’s third visit of NDSU, while she is working on her thesis in Ukrainian institution. This time Vasylyna’s goal is to investigate feasibility of using copolymerization of plant oil-based monomers with various counterparts in order to synthesize biobased polymers for personal care applications, in particular, rheology modifiers.

Dr. Vitalii Serdiuk from Department of DSC_5675Organic Chemistry at Lviv Polytechnic National University returns to Voronov’s group for four months to continue the work related to studying interactions between invertible micellar assemblies and osteosarcoma cells. This time he will focus on studying the mechanical response of cancerous cells on the polymer-mediated treatment with curcumin. In 2016 Vitalii worked in Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he demonstrated feasibility of synthesized in our group amphiphilic invertible polymers and their micellar assemblies in development of polymeric delivery carriers for poorly water soluble drugs.

Two Papers Published

Our work, Features of Emulsion Copolymerization for Plant Oil-Based VinylCover image Industrial Crops and Products Monomers and Styrene (authors K.Kingsley, O.Shevchuk, Z. Demchuk, S.Voronov, A.Voronov) is published in Industrial Crops and Products journal (Elsevier). Industrial Crops and Products is an international journal publishing academic and industrial research on industrial (defined as non-food/non-feed) crops and products. For more details,


Our other work, 1H NMR Study of “Host-Guest” Interactions of Micellar Assemblies from Amphiphilic Invertible Polymers and Peptides (authors A.Kohut, O.Zholobko, I.Hevus, A.Voronov) is published in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics journal (Wiley).  Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics journal publishes in all areas of polymer science – from chemistry, physical chemistry, and physics of polymers to polymers in materials science. For more details,








New Funding Awarded for Plant Oil-Based Polymers Research

New funding of up to $106,647 is received from United Soybean Board for the project New High Oleic Oil (HOSO)-Based Latexes for Coatings and Paints. The main goal of this project is to show feasibility for biobased latexes, prepared from novel monomer originated from high oleic soybean oil, using its emulsion copolymerization with petroleum-based counterparts. This project begins October,1,2017. Another new grant (starts on September,1st) is received from ND Department of Commerce (ND DOC) Agricultural Product Utilization Commission (funding of up $25,000). This project targets at determining the feasibility of monomers from linseed, sunflower (SFM) and canola (CLM) oil to be used for synthesis of vegetable oil-based latexes. Specific aims include evaluating the monomers for latex synthesis. Besides, our group continues to be a part of a large collaborative effort, Innovative and Strategic Program Initiatives for Research and Education-North Dakota INSPIRE North Dakota funded by National Science Foundation EPSCoR RII Track-1. The group’s sub-project is entitled asWaterborne Polymeric Materials from Plant Oils” and targets development of novel waterborne polymeric materials (latexes, dispersions, emulsions etc.) from plant oils for coatings, paints, adhesives etc. This project continues through June,30,2019.

The project entitled “New polymer adjuvants for peptide vaccines”, funded by Agricultural Product Utilization Commission of ND DOC ends on September,30st.