Kristen and Yehor participate in the 6th KU-NDSU Joint Symposium on Biotechnology, Nanomaterials, and Polymers (KNJ2021)

Kristen and Yehor present their research at e 6th KU-NDSU Joint Symposium on Biotechnology, Nanomaterials, and Polymers (KNJ2021) hold online on November 22-23. This event is organized in collaboration between North Dakota State University and Kagoshima University since 2015 .

 Kristen’s research poster is entitled “Synergistic Behavior of Zein, Soy Protein, and Plant Oil-Based Latexes. A Combined Computational and Experimental Approach”, and Yehor’s poster presentation title is is “Biobased Grafted Copolymers for Food Packaging Paper Modification”.

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Kristen Patnode successfully defended her Master Thesis

Kristen Patnode successfully defended her Masters dissertation entitled “Advancing Plant Protein-Based Proteoposite Films Targeted for Food Packaging Applications: A Combined Computational and Experimental Approach”

Kristen joined our group at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department in January 2020. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry in May 2020.

Congratulations, Kristen, on successful defense, thank you for your work and all the best in your future professional career.

New Graduate Students join our Group

In August 16, 2021, new graduate students Tetiana Shevtsova and Bohdan Domnich started their PhD study in our group at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department.

Tetiana and Bohdan received their Bachelor of Chemical Technology degree in 2019  and Master of  Chemical Technologies of Food Supplements and Cosmetics in 2021, both from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Lviv, Ukraine.

Both Tetiana and Bohdan participated in CPM USURE program (during summer 2019 and winter 2020, respectively) .

Tetiana’s current research is focused on protein-based bioplastics films development. While Bohdan is working on a project related to plant oil-based latex adhesives.

New Recent Publications

Our work, Sustainable manufacturing of polymeric materials: A techno-economic analysis of soybean oil-based acrylic monomers production (authors N. Wu, Z. Demchuk, A. Voronov, G. Pourhashem) is published in Journal of Cleaner Production.Journal addresses theoretical and practical cleaner production, environmental, and sustainability issues in corporations, governments, education institutions, regions, and societies. Scope includes cleaner production and technical processes, sustainable development environmental and sustainability assessment etc.

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Our work, Emulsion Polymerization of Plant Oil-based Acrylic Monomers: Resourceful Platform for Biobased Waterborne Materials (authors A. Kohut,S. Voronov,Z. Demchuk,V. Kirianchuk,K. Kingsley,O. Shevchuk, A.Voronov) is published in ACS Symposium Series, Sustainability and Green Polymer Chemistry Volume 1: Green Products and Processes. This book is based on an international symposium on sustainability and green polymer chemistry that was organized for the ACS Spring National Meeting in Philadelphia in March 2020 and canceled owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Our work, Environment-Sensitive Polymeric Micelles Encapsulating SN-38 Potently Suppress Growth of Neuroblastoma Cells Exhibiting Intrinsic and Acquired Drug Resistance (authors Y. Polunin, I.S. Alferiev, G.M. Brodeur, A. Voronov, M. Chorny) is published in ACS Pharmacology and Translational Science. This Journal publishes innovative, and impactful research across the broad spectrum of biological sciences, covering basic and molecular sciences through to translational preclinical studies.

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Our work, Non-Conventional Features of Plant Oil-Based Acrylic Monomers in Emulsion Polymerization (authors A. Kohut, S. Voronov, Z. Demchuk, V. Kirianchuk, K. Kingsley, O. Shevchuk, S. Caillol, A. Voronov) is published Natural Polymers and Biopolymers II book.  This book is a collection of highlights within the field of Natural Polymers and Biobased Polymers which clearly demonstrate the increased interest in this field.

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Our work, Biobased latexes from natural derivatives, (authors Z. Demchuk, A.-S. Mora, S.Choudhary, S.Caillol, A.Voronov) is published in Industrial Crops and Products. Journal publishes research on cultivated plants (crops) of industrial interest (non-food, non-feed) which target both crop-oriented and bio-based materials research. 

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Ukrainian Summer Undergraduate Student joins our group

Bohdan Domnich, B.Sc. from Lviv Polytechnic National University joins our group in January 2021 to work for 10 weeks as Ukrainian Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (USURE) fellow. Bohdan was selected to participate in this program during Summer 2020, but his arrival has been delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019 Bohdan got a degree in Chemical Technologies from his home institution. His research project at NDSU relates to studying highly biobased latex adhesives with a goal of testing resulted polymeric materials on multiple substrates.

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 is in its 4th active year.

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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.

ND Science Olympiad and NDSU Explore

Zoriana (as a Lead) and Yehor (as a co-Facilitator) serve as event Facilitators at Physical Science and Chemistry (Forensics) of North Dakota Science Olympiad on April,27th. Lead Facilitators employ the provided rules to design/organize the event with the assistance of other volunteers. More information on this event,

Andriy Voronov served as a judge at 11th NDSU Explore hold on April,11th. This is a campus-wide event to showcase undergraduate students’ research and creativity. Students present their projects in whatever format is appropriate for their work, whether in a poster, oral presentation, video, table display, or other formats. Voronov’s duty at this event was to evaluate and rank seven students poster presentations. For more details,