News Archive 2011

December 10, 2011

Two papers are published

Our work, ‘Interfacial micellar phase transfer using amphiphilic invertible polymers’ (authors I.Hevus, A.Kohut, A.Voronov) is published in Polymer Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing), a new peer-reviewed journal publishing advances in polymer chemistry in all aspects of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and related emerging areas.

Our another work, Formation of coatings with tailored properties on polyperoxide-modified polymeric surfaces (authors V. Samaryk, A.Voronov, I.Tarnavchyk, S.Varvarenko, N.Nosova, O.Budishevska, A. Kohut, S.Voronov) has become available online in Progress in Organic Coatings (Elsevier), doi:10.1016/j.porgcoat.2011.07.015

December 3,2011

ACS Symposium in San Diego is scheduled

The ACS symposium on Responsive Nanostructured Materials via Self-Assembly organized by Voronov, Alexander Sidorenko (University of Sciences (Philadelphia, PA) and Leonid Ionov (Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany) at 243th ACS National Meeting is scheduled.  The symposium will be held on March 27-29, 2012 in Manchester Grand Hyatt of San Diego, Ca. The symposium program will consist of 23 invited and 26 contributed lectures given by the experts from seven countries. Information about registration and accommodation can be found at and

Higher registration fee will apply from February,6,2012.

November 3, 2011

Voronov will become a Member of Editorial Board

Andriy Voronov was invited and accepted the invitation to become a Member of Editorial Board in International Research Scholarly Network (IRSN) Polymer Science journal.

The International Scholarly Research Network is a publisher of a series of fast-track, peer-reviewed, open access journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. ISRN aims to provide fast peer review process for all submitted manuscripts. Every ISRN journal is collaboratively run by a international Editorial Board of experts in the subject area of the journal. ISRN Polymer Science is part of the ISRN series that publishes original research articles and review articles in all areas of polymer science. More about this journal can be found at

November 2, 2011

Two days of beam-time is granted for measurements at Oak Ridge, TN

Our proposal “Solubilization of cargo molecules using invertible polymeric micelles as potential carriers for drug delivery” has been awarded 2 days of beam time on instrument BL-6 Extended Q-Range SANS (EQ-SANS) at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.

The measurements are planned for Spring 2012. It will be our 4th visit the neutron facility during last two years to carry the investigation of invertible polymers synthesized in our lab.

October 23, 2011

Voronov is invited to be a Member of Scientific Committee

Andriy Voronov served as a Member of Program Committee at International Conference

on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications (ICNFA’11) held in Ottawa, Canada in August, 2011. He was recently invited and accepted the invitation to be a Member of Scientific Committee at ICNFA’12 in Montreal, Canada on August 7-9, 2012. The preliminary version of the website of the conference can be
found at

September 20,2011

ACS symposium Chapter is published

Our work, ‘Amphiphilic Invertible Polymers (AIPs) Micellization and Self-Assembly in Aqueous Solutions’ (authors A. Kohut, L. Sieburg, S. Vasylyev,  O. Kudina,  I. Hevus, S. Stafslien, J. Daniels, V. Kislenko, A. Voronov) is published as a Chapter 13 in “ACS Symposium Series” Book  (“Amphiphiles: Molecular Assembly and Applications” edited by R. Nagarajan and published by American Chemical Society, Washington, DC).

September, 2011

Undergraduate student joins group

Myungkeun Oh, an undergraduate student majoring Mechanical Engineering at NDSU becomes a new member of our research group. Myungkeun is working on a project “Effect of invertible polymeric structure on macromolecular conformation in solvents strongly differing by polarity”.

August 18, 2011

Voronov’s presentation at 3M

Andriy Voronov visited 3M in Saint Paul, MN and gave a presentation titled “Amphiphilic Macromolecules for Polymer-Based Nanopharmaceuticals and Biomedical Coatings”.

August, 2011

Kohut moved to Europe

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Ananiy Kohut left our research group to teach and perform research in Eastern Europe. We thank Ananiy for being a very important part of the group during 4 last years and wish him all the best in his future research career.

Summer, 2011

Fulbright Scholar from Ukraine joins the group this year in October

Dr. Ihor Tarnavchyk from Organic Chemistry Department at Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, Ukraine received a Fulbright Scholar Award to visit and carry research project at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department. He will be working in our group for 9 months beginning October,2011. The project title is Novel Biodegradable Nano and Microhydrogel Systems for Cancer Drug Delivery. The goal of his project is to design, synthesize and study the new biodegradable nano- and microhydrogels (hydrogel particles) with hemocompatible properties for cancer drug delivery systems.These polymeric biomaterials are foreseen to allow forming self-organized nano- and microsized carriers for drug delivery. Polypropylene glycol hydrophobic shells of the hydrogel particles will be able to solubilize drugs, whereas external polyethylene glycol layer will provide hemocompatibility of such systems. Subsequent hydrogel particles biodegradation is foreseen due to “pseudo” polyaminoacidic core nature.

Ihor received his Bachelor of Engineering in 2004, Master of Science in 2005, and PhD degree in 2009 at Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine.

In April and May of year 2008, Ihor Tarnavchyk (being a graduate student at that time) has visited NDSU and worked as a short-term visiting scholar in our group. Ihor has conducted research on the development of reactive hydrogel networks for the fabrication of metal-polymer nanocomposites.

Summer, 2011

SURE undergraduate student works in our group

In June 2011, undergraduate student Ruvimbo Pearl Chitemere from the MSUM (Minnesota State University Moorhead) has joined our group for 10 weeks in terms of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. Ruvimbo is a senior at MSUM. Her major is Chemistry. SURE program is operated by Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department to provide undergraduate students (usually juniors and seniors) the opportunity to experience a research environment and to encourage them to pursue a higher degree. Coatings and Polymeric Materials offers this program each year. The program serves in educating the next generation of specialists in the field of polymers and coatings. as many students who attend this program go on to graduate school at NDSU, in this department.

Ruvimbo work in the lab under the supervision of Ivan Hevus. Her project title is“Encapsulation and Release of Curcumin in Amphiphilic Invertible Polymeric Micelles for Drug Delivery Applications”.

Summer, 2011

Two ND Governor’s school students worked in our group

Adam Baer from Belfield High School, Belfield, NDand Derek Lehmann from Sargent Central Public School, Forman, ND joined our group for 6 weeks (beginning first week of June) being a part of ND Governor’s School 2011.

Adam worked under the supervision of Dr.A.Kohut on project titled “Establishing solvent effect on hydrodynamic radii of amphiphilic invertible polymers”. Derek’s advisor was Olena Kudina and his project is titled as “Interfacial stability between two immiscible fluids for microcapsules fabrication”.

North Dakota Governor’s School in Science and Mathematics is summer residential program for sophomore and junior high school students who have special aptitude and interest in science or mathematics. The Governor’s School is a concentrated and intensive academic program. Students focus on math or science activities for part of each day; they also attend classes to help develop their ability to think creatively and critically. In addition, there are organized recreational and fine arts activities in the evenings and on weekends.

July, 2011

Voronov will organize PMSE symposium at Spring 2012 ACS meeting

Voronov, Alexander Sidorenko from University of Sciences (Philadelphia, PA) and Leonid Ionov from Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany will be organizing a ACS  Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering symposium at  243th – ACS National Meeting & Exposition on March, 25-29, 2012, San-Diego, Ca. The title of the symposium is Responsive Nanostructured Materials via Self-Assembly. It will cover topics  related to on self-assembly in amphiphilic molecules and macromolecules, in particular, weak (non-covalent) interactions in complex systems.  Advanced responsive nanostructured materials designed by self-assembly, multifunctional hybrid materials. Application of self-assembly for molecular electronics, drug delivery, coatings, nanocomposites.


Two new research projects start

In February 2011, Andriy Voronov in collaboration with Dr. Bret Chisholm from Centre of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at NDSU, received United Soybean Board funding of up to $56,460 for the project “Novel Soy-Based Noniomc Potymeuc Surtactants for Personal Care Applications”

Both researchers are also granted additional $30,000 from North Dakota Soybean Council for the research proposed. Grants start on July,1, 2011 and continue for one year. The objective of the group’s research is to synthesize and characterize soybean-based surface active polymers that are non-toxic to humans and environment friendly. The primary applications for the novel surfactants can be expected to be within the large and highly profitable personal care market.

27 – 29 July 2011

Voronov organizes symposium on Responsive Materials

On July,27-29, 2011, Andriy Voronov organizes a symposium on Responsive Nanostructured Materials via Self-Assembly at the 2nd International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Application (this Conference is organized by International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology and University of Ottawa) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The symposium covers experimental and theoretical study of self-assembly in amphiphilic molecules and macromolecules, nanoparticles and colloidal microspheres at interfaces and in the bulk. Professors from Georgia Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Arizona State University, Syracuse University, Clarkson University etc. give the invited talks at the symposium.

June 2011

Paper and Chapter on Functional Coatings are accepted for publication

Our work titled “Interface radical reactions of functional polyperoxides for fabrication of three-dimensional polymeric structures”, authors V.Samaryk, A.Voronov, I.Tarnavchyk, S.Varvarenko, N.Nosova, A.Kohut, S.Voronov, will be published as a Book Chapter in “Radical Polymerization: New Developments” edited by Nova Publishers. In the Chapter we described an original way of solid surface activation by covalent grafting of functional polyperoxides and formation of three-dimensional polymeric structures.

In addition, our paper titled “Formation of Coatings with Tailored Properties on Polyperoxide-Modified Polymeric Surfaces”, authors V.Samaryk, A.Voronov, I.Tarnavchyk, S.Varvarenko, N.Nosova, O.Budishevska, A.Kohut, S.Voronov is accepted for publication in special issue of Progress in Organic Coatings (7th Coatings Science International 2011). Here we report about the new approach to  imparting adhesive, hemocompatible, and antibacterial properties to polymeric (in particular, industrial polyolefin) surfaces that can be applied for making materials for medical use, including materials with long-term antibacterial properties for the medical and food industries.

June 2011

Voronov gives an invited presentation in the Netherlands and seminar in Germany

Voronov participated in 7th Coatings Science International 2011 meeting and gave an invited presentation titled Interfacial behavior of self-assembled micellar nanostructures from stimuli-invertible macromolecules”. This meeting has been hold in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on June, 27-July, 1. It is intended for researchers and research managers, active in the field of Science and Technology of Coatings both from industry and academia.

After the meeting in Noordwijk, he visited RWTH Aachen Univeristy in Aachen, Germany where gave a seminar presentation titled“Amphiphilic Invertible Polymers: Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Functional Properties”.

June 1-3, 2011

Scattering research on polymers continues

In May 2010, Ananiy Kohut and Ivan Hevus, spent three days at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) (Tennessee) using small angle neutron scattering (SANS) to study micellar solutions of amphiphilic polymers. 72 hours of beam time from the High Flux Isotope Reactor on CG-2 SANS instrument to determine how composition, concentration, temperature, and solvent polarity affected the size and shape of micellar nanostructures have been awarded to our research group. Travel costs for Kohut and Hevus have been covered by EPSCoR Tennessee Office.

In summer 2010, our group has been granted a two-year free access to research facilities at US Department of Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) located in Upton, NY. We became members of active user program at Center of Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) in BNL providing state-of-the-art capabilities for study of nanoscale materials, in particular, self-assembly of polymeric micelles. In November 2010, Ananiy Kohut, spent three days in CFN using small angle x-ray scattering and atomic force microscopy to study micellar solutions of amphiphilic invertible polymers designed in this research group.

In June 2011, we continue the experiments at ORNL using SANS technique. This time we spent 48 hours of beam time from SNS on BL-6 (Extended Q-Range SANS (EQ-SANS).

June 2011

New NDSU College Committee for Voronov

Andriy Voronov will become a Department representative in NDSU College of Science and Mathematics Curriculum Committee. Beginning 2008 he serves also in Service and Outreach Committee at the College.

May,11, 2011

Ivan becomes PhD candidate

Ivan Hevus successfully defended his Original Research Proposal. The successful defense is considered, at the same time, as qualification for PhD candidacy at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department. As a rule, the graduate student shall defend the thesis within 12 months after the successful defense of the Original Research Proposal (MAXI proposal). The topic of Hevus’s proposal is Multicomponent Logic Embedded Nanovector for Ovarian Cancer Therapy.

April 18-20, 2011

Our graduate students attend SANS workshop at National Laboratory

Olena Kudina and Ivan Hevus attended a workshop on analyzing SANS data at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on April, 18-20. The main goal of the workshop is that everyone who attends the workshop has an opportunity to analyze the own recorded recently SANS data and get the results.  Thus, the program is primarily focused on data reduction and analysis. Based on their applications, Olena and Ivan are selected by ORNL staff to participate in this workshop. Travel costs for Kudina and Hevus have been covered by EPSCoR Tennessee Office.

March, 2011

Andriy Voronov is awarded a 3M Non-tenured Faculty grant

In February 2011 Voronov received a 3M Non-tenured Faculty Grant.  This award is administered by 3M’s Research and Development in partnership with the Corporate Giving Program.  It recognizes outstanding new faculty for the quality and pertinence of research and is intended to help in achieving tenure, remaining in the teaching position and conducting research. 3M Non-Tenured faculty grant is an unrestricted grant of up to $15,000/year and may be renewed up to three years or tenure is achieved.  Funds may be used for any purpose the awardee desires in the performance of basic research.

February 18, 2011

Published in Soft Matter article is highlighted

Our scientific article titled “Host-Guest” Interaction between Cyclohexasilane and Amphiphilic Invertible Macromolecules”, authors A.Kohut, X.Dai, D.Pinnick, D.Schulz and A.Voronov, has been recognized by the scientific journal Soft Matter, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The journal promotes outstanding work by naming hot scientific articles that are featured on the journal’s web site. It has a global circulation and interdisciplinary audience with a particular focus on the interface between physics, materials science, biology, chemical engineering and chemistry.

The research was supported by grants from the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/National Science Foundation (EPS-0447679) and the Department of Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) under agreement number H94003-09-2-0905.

January 28, 2011

Ivan presented his annual seminar

Ivan Hevus presented his annual graduate seminar where he reported on progress of research results that have been obtained during his second PhD year. The title of the presentation is “Polymeric Assemblies Yielding Nanocontainer, Nanoreactor and Nanocarrier Properties in Polar and Nonpolar Media”.

January 10, 2011

New graduate student (Olena Kudina) joined group

In January 2010 new graduate student, Olena Kudina, began working in our group. Olena received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Food Engineering from Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine). She has been already at NDSU in 2009 when she worked the Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department as Short-Term Scholar, successfully synthesizing and analyzing comb-like amphiphilic copolymers, which were used as nanoreactors in various applications (e.g. for silver nanoparticles synthesis and stabilization). In 2010 these results were presented at 12th JCF-Frühjahrssymposium (Gottingen, Germany), POLYCHAR 18 (Siegen, Germany) and published in Macromolecular Symposium. Olena’s current research will focus on developing pH-responsive capsules for enhanced delivery and recovery of cellulases for biomass hydrolysis as a part of respective NSF grant.

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