New Funding Received

New funding of up to $58,463 is received from NSF IUCRC Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites for the project “Plan Oil-Based Latex Adhesives” (Year 2) (in collaboration with Dr. G.Pourhashem, Coatings and Polymeric Materials). This is renewal of the ongoing project. Year 2 work begins on January,1,2021 and is for one year. This is a new research project aiming developing plant-based latex adhesives for multiple substrates.

Three Papers Published

Our work, Effect of highly hydrophobic plant oil-based monomers on micellization of sodium dodecyl sulfate (authors, Kingsley, K., Shevchuk, O., Voronov, S., Voronov, A.) is published in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects (Elsevier). This journal publishes research underlying applications of colloids and interfacial phenomena and features new materials or new insights into the role of colloid and interface science in food, energy, minerals processing, pharmaceuticals or the environment. For more details, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2019.02.013

Two other articles are accepted for publication. Our work, Clustering of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles with Amphiphilic Invertible Polymer Enhances Uptake and Release of Drugs and MRI Properties (authors Price, P., Dittmar, J., Carlson, K., Lawson, B., Reilly, A., Stein, B., Zholobko, O., Cheng, Hu, Kohut, A., Voronov, A., Bronstein, L. will be published in Particle & Particle Systems Characterization (Wiley). This journal covers synthesis, characterization, and application of particles in a variety of systems and devices, including nanotubes, fullerenes, micelles, organic and inorganic materials, polymers, proteins, and other molecular biological systems, also those in biomedicine, catalysis, environmental science, micro/nano-fluidics, molecular electronics, photonics, sensing, Other work, Synergistic Effects of Cardanol- and High Oleic Soybean Oil Vinyl Monomers in Miniemulsion Polymers (authors Z. Demchuk, W. S. J.Li, H. Eshete, S. Caillol, A.Voronov) is accepted for publication in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, This journal addresses research on sustainability in the chemical enterprise and advance principles of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, including green chemistry, green manufacturing and engineering, biomass or wastes as resources, alternative energy, life-cycle assessment.

Three Papers Published

Our work, Dual role of methyl-β-cyclodextrin in the emulsion polymerization of highly hydrophobic plant oil-based monomers with various unsaturations (authors Kohut, A., Demchuk, Z., Kingsley, K., Voronov, S., Voronov, A.) is published in European Polymer Journal (Elsevier). This journal is publishing work on fundamental and applied polymer chemistry and macromolecular materials, covers all aspects of polymer synthesis, including polymerization mechanisms and chemical functional transformations, with a focus on novel polymers. For more details, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2018.09.010

Other work, Inversion of Polymeric Micelles Probed by Spin Labeled Peptide Incorporation and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (authors Y.Pan, O. Zholobko, A.Voronov, Zhongyu Yang) is published in Journal of Physical Chemistry C. This journal publishes research articles which provide new physical insights, in particular in the field of nanoparticles and nanostructures, surfaces, interfaces, and catalysis. For more details, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b09206

And our other work, Macromolecular inversion-driven polymer insertion into model lipid bilayer membranes, (authors S.Ramadurai, A.Kohut, N.K.Sarangi, O.Zholobko, V.A. Baulin, A.Voronov T.E. Keyes) is published in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (Elsevier). This journal publishes research on fundamental principles of colloid and interface science, conceptually novel applications of these in advanced materials, nanomedicine, energy, environmental technologies, catalysis. For more details, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2019.01.093

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, http://lp.edu.ua/opportunities/2017/naukovo-doslidnycke-stazhuvannya-studentiv-lvivskoyi-politehniky-v-ssha-usure

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.