New graduate student joined the group

In August 2016, new graduate student, Kyle Kingsley, kingsley_kyle
joined our group for his PhD study at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department.  In 2013, Kyle received BS degree in Chemistry with a minor in Coatings and Polymeric Materials from NDSU. During spring 2014, he worked for the Dr. Dean Webster Group at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department and then continued his study under the guidance of Dr. Bret J. Chisholm from the fall of 2014 until August, 2016.
Kyle’s current work is focusing on synthesis and applications of plant oil-based monomers for free radical polymerization and copolymerization for making waterborne polymeric based on plant/vegetable oils. Kyle’s research is supported by ongoing grant Innovative and Strategic Program Initiatives for Research and Education-North Dakota INSPIRE North Dakota funded by National Science Foundation, EPSCoR RII Track-1

Summer Undergraduate Student joins our group

Maria Lorenson, sophomore from University of Minnesota-Duluth in Duluth, MN joins our group end of May to work for 10 weeks as Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) fellow.

Maria is majoring Chemistry and works on minor in Chemical Engineering Her research project at NDSU relates to synthesis, characterization and polymerization of vinyl monomer from sunflower oil. Maria works under supervision of Zoriana Demchuk.
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.

Our group attended ACS Spring 2016 meeting in San Diego

Andriy Voronov, Zoriana Demchuk, and Oksana Zholobko travel to San Diego, CA on March, 13-17, 2016 to attend semi-annual American Chemical Society meeting and give oral presentations at the 13th International Symposium on Biorelated Polymers (Division of Polymer Chemistry).
Voronov’s presentation was entitled “Responsive polymer-mediated targeted delivery of curcumin to osteosarcoma”. At the Symposium, Zoriana presented her data on “Synthesis of bio-based copolymers via free radical polymerization of novel vinyl monomer from soybean oil” and Oksana discussed topic of “Synthesis and characterization of stable polypyrrole nanospheres”. Our group brought also two poster presentations to San Diego. The poster “Soybean-based polymer surfactants for personal care application” was presented by Zoriana at joint POLY-PMSE session of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) and Polymer Chemistry Division (POLY). Oksana presented her work on “New amphiphilic polymers for peptide complexation” at the same poster session.