Research on Colloidosomes will be highlighted

Our research topic on colloidosomes from peroxidized pickering emulsions will be highlighted on a cover page of Coatings journal. Article entitled “Synthesis of Covalently Cross-Linked Colloidosomes from Peroxidized Pickering Emulsions (N. Popadyuk, A. Popadyuk, I.Tarnavchyk, O. Budishevska, A. Kohut, A. Voronov, S.Voronov) has been recently published in Coatings, Special Issue on Thin Polymer Films, and is chosen as the cover story for Issue 4 (Volume 6) of the journal.

New Recent Publications

Our work, “Curcumin and Osteosarcoma: Can Invertible Polymeric Micelles Help?” (authors A.Maran, M.J.Yaszemski, A.Kohut, A.Voronov) is published as an invited minireview in Materials. This is another publication of our group written in collaboration with Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Published by MDPI, Materials is an open access journal and focuses on various aspects of materials science and engineering, including ceramics, glasses, polymers (plastics), semiconductors, magnetic materials, medical implant materials and biological materials, etc.

Two our recently published papers describe plant oil-based monomers research. Our work, “Free Radical Polymerization Behavior of the Vinyl Monomers from Plant Oil Triglycerides” (authors Z.Demchuk, O.Shevchuk, I.Tarnavchyk, V.Kirianchuk, A.Kohut, S.Voronov, A.Voronov) is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. This journal focuses on investigations exploring advancements, principles and approaches of green chemistry and green engineering including alternative energy, green manufacturing, biomass resources and wastes resources, etc.

Following work on this topic, Free-Radical Copolymerization Behavior of Plant-Oil-Based Vinyl Monomers and Their Feasibility in Latex Synthesis” (authors Z.Demchuk, O.Shevchuk, I.Tarnavchyk, V.Kirianchuk, A.Kohut, S.Voronov, A.Voronov) is published in ACS Omega. It is the newest open access journal from the American Chemical Society which offers researchers in various fields of chemistry and chemistry-related fields the opportunity to quickly publish new and original multidisciplinary peer reviewed research.

Our work, “Synthesis of Covalently Cross-Linked Colloidosomes from Peroxidized Pickering Emulsions (N. Popadyuk, A. Popadyuk, I.Tarnavchyk, O. Budishevska, A. Kohut, A. Voronov, S.Voronov) is published in Coatings. Special Issue on Thin Polymer Films. Published by MDPI, Coatings is an open access journal of coatings and surface engineering.

In collaboration with Department of Organic Chemistry at Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine, paper entitled “Synthesis and self-assembling of amphiphilic oligoesters on the base of pyromellitic acid” appeared in Chemistry and Chemical Technology Journal, published by Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine.

Voronov Reviews Proposal for Romanian Research Agency

Andriy Voronov was invited to participate in the review process of the proposals submitted to The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding of Romania (UEFISCDI). It is a public institution subordinated to the Romanian Ministry of National Education with functional attributions to Ministry advisory councils in higher education and research. Mission of UEFISCDI is to promote quality and leadership for higher education, research, development and innovation, being responsible for implementation of the national methodological framework for financial resources allocation (http://en.uefiscdi.gov.ro). UEFISCDI pursues three-stage proposal evaluation procedure, including reviewers panel at the end for making final decision on proposal recommendation. Two proposals were assigned for Voronov’s review during fall 2016 submission window.

New National Science Foundation Grant Awarded for Biofuel Research

New funding of up to $191,970 is received from National Sciensfnce 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 asWaterborne 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).

Voronov’s keynote presentation and invited presentation at international conferences

Andriy Voronov gives a keynote presentation entitled New Polymers and Polymer Materials based on Plant Oils at 7th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications (ICNFA) in Budapest, Hungary on August, 18-19, 2016. ICNFA is a part 2nd World Congress on New Technologies, NewTech’16, composed of three different conferences hold simultaneously. At this event, Voronov also served as a Chair for the Congress. For more details about this conference http://2016.icnfa.com

Meeting in Budapest was followed by 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Bioplastics in San Antonio, Texas on September, 12-14, 2016, where invited talk on Free Radical Polymerization of Acrylic Monomers from Plant Oils was presented by Voronov. More information on this meeting can be found at http://biopolymers-bioplastics.conferenceseries.com