Our Group Participates in ACS Regional Meeting

20170629_140959Kyle, Zoriana, Oksana, Vasylyna and Ihor present their research at ACS Grand Lakes Regional Meeting in Fargo, ND on June,27-30. Oral presentations of Kyle, Zoriana and Oksana are scheduled in Polymer Chemistry-General Papers session. Kyle will present on Phenomenology of plant oil-based monomers in emulsion copolymerization, Zoriana’s presentation is entitled Free Radical Polymerization of Acrylic Monomers from Plant Oils, Oksana will talk about Mixed micellar assemblies as polymer adjuvants for vaccines development. Both Vasylyna and Ihor present posters at Polymer Chemistry – General Papers poster session. Vasylyna’s poster is entitled Free radical homopolymerization of monomer from olive oil triglycerides, Ihor presents poster on Acrylic monomers and polymers based on plant oils for application in coatings.

GLRM2017ACS Regional Meetings are organized by ACS Local Sections (Great Lakes Chapter in this case) and reflect the diverse professional interests in specific geographic regions. These meetings feature excellent technical programs on a variety of topics, poster sessions, expositions, and social events over the course of a three to four day period.   The smaller size of an ACS Regional Meeting allows for a greater opportunity for interactions between attendees. For more details, http://glrm2017.com/index.html

Zoriana, Oksana, Kyle present at ACS Spring Meeting

Kyle Kingsley, Zoriana Demchuk, and Oksana Zholobko present their research at various symposia during 253rd American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, CA on April, 2-6. There will be 2 oral and 4 poster presentations by members of our group at this year ACS Spring meeting. Kyle’s oral presentation is entitled Emulsion copolymerization kinetics of plant oil-based monomers. He presents at symposium New Horizons in Sustainable Materials organized by Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials. At the same symposium, Zoriana talks about her research on Plant oil-Based Acrylic Monomers for Free Radical Polymerization. All posters brought by our group members to San Francisco are presented at joint POLY-PMSE session of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) and Polymer Chemistry Division (POLY). Kyle’s poster is entitled Effect of plant oil unsaturation on emulsion copolymerization with vinyl monomers, Zoriana presents on Synthesis of latexes from Plant oil-based acrylic monomers, titles of Oksana’s two posters are Mixed Micellar Assembles as Polymer Adjuvants for Peptide Administration and 1H NMR Study on Polymer-Peptide Mixed Micelles for Adjuvant Application. For more details, https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/spring-2017.html

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.