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,

Zoriana, Oksana received Travel Grants to attend National and International Conference

Zoriana attended 10th Workshop on Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry hold in Karlsruhe, Germany on March, 17-19. She presented a poster on her research entitled The Effect of Unsaturation on Properties of High Biobased Content Plant Oil-Based Latexes and Latex Materials. To travel to Germany, Zoriana received a grant from Non-Profit Association for the Advancement of Research on Renewable Raw Materials, abiosus e.V. organizing the workshop in cooperation with the Agency of Renewable Resources (FNR). For more information,

Zoriana and Oksana will both travel to American Coatings Tech Conference in Cleveland, OH to be held on April, 8-10. Zoriana presents her work on Influence of Plant Oil Unsaturation on Properties of Latexes Synthesized via Miniemulsion Polymerization, Oksana’s poster title is Enzyme – Polymer Conjugates: Application for Cellulose Bioconversion. Both students received American Coatings Association travel grant for their participation in meeting in Cleveland. For more details,

Group presents at ND EPSCoR Annual Meeting

Our research group presents five posters at ND EPSCoR Annual Meeting in Fargo,ND on March,27th. Yehor Polunin presents his work on Synthesis, Characterization and Miniemulsion Polymerization of High Linoleic Soybean Oil-based Monomer, Zoriana’s poster is entitled The Dependence of Latex Material Properties on the Structure of Plant Oils Used in Monomer Synthesis, Oksana presents about Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Inversion of Mixed Polymer-Peptide Micelles, Kyle’s poster is entitled Dual Role of Methyl-b-cyclodextrin in the Emulsion Polymerization of Highly Hydrophobic Plant Oil-based Monomers with Various Unsaturations and Andriy’ presentation’s title is Monomers and Polymers from Plant/Vegetable Oils. For more details,

Oksana presents at Center for Protease Research Symposium at NDSU

Oksana participates in Center for Protease Research (CPR) two-days symposia entitled Celebrating of Two Decades of Biomedical Research where presents a poster entitled Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study on Host–Guest” Interactions Between Invertible Micellar Assemblies and Peptides in Aqueous Medium. The symposium will feature presentations from the CPR board and NDSU researchers who have received assistance from CPR, as well as a poster session. For more details on the symposium,

Kyle Kingsley defends his PhD Dissertation

Kyle Kingsley successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled Features of Highly Hydrophobic Plant Oil-Based Vinyl Monomers in Cationic and Free Radical Polymerization.

Kyle obtained BS degree in Chemistry with a minor in Coatings and Polymeric Materials from North Dakota State University in the fall of 2013. He worked on PhD at NDSU in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials under the guidance of Dr. Bret J. Chisholm before he joined our group in September 2016.

Congratulations, Kyle, on his successful defense!