New funding of up to $191,970 is received from National Science Foundation (CBET) for the project “Collaborative Research: Engineering of Recoverable Cellulosomes for Biofuel Conversion, National Science Foundation” The main goal of this research is to engineer and study engineered recoverable cellulosomes as nanobiocatalytic capsules (NBCs) that accommodate diverse cellulolytic enzymes in a polymeric shell (spherical polymer brush) securing synergistic action of enzymes. The research aims to produce NBCs that combine several biocatalytic enzymes in a polymer phase confined to the surface of superparamagnetic core particles. These artificial biocatalytically active nanostructures will mimic natural cellulosomes both in efficacy and diverse enzyme localization. This project begins July,1,2016. Voronov’s group will work in collaboration with a group of Dr. Scott Pryor (Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, NDSU) as well as two groups at University of Georgia (Dr.Sergiy Minko and Dr.Breeanna Urbanowicz).
In August 2016 our group joins 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 as “Waterborne 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 projects continues through June,30,2019 with a current year funding of $111,663.
Several projects end on December,31,2016 including ND Research Venture Grant Phase I “Nanospheres to provide commercially important new properties to paints and coatings” , as well as two funded by United Soybean Board grants, “New Polymeric Materials from Soy-Based Monomers and Vinyl Acetate” and “Novel Soy-Based Nonionic Surfactants, United Soybean Board”. In addition, no-cost six months extension is requested for the project entitled “New polymer adjuvants for peptide vaccines”, funded by Agricultural Product Utilization Commission of ND DOC (current end date, March,1st, 2017).