New International Students Exchange Program at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department

In accordance with signed Memorandum of Understanding between Lviv Polytechnic National University and NDSU, Voronov leads an effort on developing Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in USA (USURE) program for Ukrainian students. During summer 2018, NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials (CPM) offers research internships for students in their senior year majoring food chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields as well as first- or second-year graduate students in Polymer Science/Physical Chemistry and related fields

Research projects in following areas will be offered to LPNU interns: synthesis of biobased polymers, synthesis of high performance polymers, coatings corrosion protection, coatings weathering durability, polymers for biomedical applications, computational polymeric materials. Students will receive a stipend. Reasonably priced housing is available on NDSU campus. Students are responsible for cost of transportation, housing, US visa. For more details in Ukrainian language, http://lp.edu.ua/opportunities/2017/naukovo-doslidnycke-stazhuvannya-studentiv-lvivskoyi-politehniky-v-ssha-usure

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Voronov becomes DAAD Research Ambassador

Voronov was nominated and chosen to serve as DAAD Research Ambassador for study and research in Germany for academic year 2017/18. daadDAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, German Academic Exchange Service) is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. It was founded in 1925, around two million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. The DAAD promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. In 2016, the DAAD funded more than 131.000 German and international scholars worldwide

DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists from North America who have conducted advanced long-term research projects in Germany and are interested in promoting research in Germany at their home universities and among their peers and students with the help of DAAD. The DAAD Research Ambassadors are intended to be an experienced and knowledgeable cadre of academics and scientists who will inform students and researchers in the USA and Canada about Germany as a research destination and to foster collaborations with German colleagues. Research Ambassadors are available to advise students, fellow scholars and scientists, as well as ministries and university administrators, and make efforts to motivate young scholars to conduct research in Germany. For more details on DAAD, https://www.daad.de/en/

Oksana, Zoriana and Kyle present at ND EPSCoR State Conference

Our group members participate and present posters on their research during Annual ND EPSCoR State Conference in Fargo,ND on April,12. Kyle’s poster title is Effect of plant oil unsaturation on emulsion copolymerization with vinyl monomers, Oksana presents on 1H NMR Study on Polymer-Peptide Mixed Micelles for Adjuvant Application, Zoriana’s poster title is Synthesis of Plant Oil-based Latex es for Coating Applications.

 

EPSCoR program represents a federal-jurisdictional partnership to enhance STEM science, education, and broader impact capabilities of jurisdictions that traditionally receive smaller amounts of federal R&D funds. Through EPSCoR, participating jurisdictions are building a high-quality, university-based research effort that is serving as the backbone of their scientific and technological enterprise, capable of ensuring a strong and stable economic base into the next century. For more details, https://www.ndepscor.ndus.edu/news-and-events/nd-epscor-2017-state-conf/

Article Chosen as the Cover Story in Coatings

Our recently published in Special Issue on Thin Polymer Films of Coatings (MDPI) 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) was chosen for the cover story for Issue 4 (Volume 6) of the journal. For more details, http://www.mdpi.com/2079-6412/6/4

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Voronov Attends Humboldt Colloquium

As former Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship recipient, Voronov is invited to participate in Humboldt Colloquium entitled “Global Research in the 21st Century: Perspectives of the US Humboldt Network” to be held in Washington, DC on March, 2-4. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between scientists and scholars from Germany and countries around the world. It grants more than 700 research fellowships and research awards annually to individual researchers who become life-long members of an international community of distinguished researchers, the so-called “Humboldt Network”. Roughly 5,000 “Humboldtians” are currently based in the US, many of them in leading positions at universities, research organizations and other institutions across the country. With this Humboldt Colloquium, the Foundation seeks to recognize the expertise of the Humboldt community in the US, bringing members of the network from different fields and generations together for a dialogue on key topics of international cooperation and internationalization.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Voronov has been awarded Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 2000 and Alexander von Humboldt Long-Term Fellowship in 2001 to carry research at University of Bayreuth. His research topic was related to surface modification with polymers for suppressing dewetting.  At March Colloquium, Voronov gives a presentation on his current research.

For more details, https://mi.conventus.de/online/avh-washington-ecr-2017.do

Voronov Reviews Proposals for National Science Foundation

Voronov is invited to participate in the review panel process (March,2-3 in Washington, DC) of the proposals submitted to National Science Foundation. The panel covers proposals related to the field of Protein Engineering, Biocatalysis, Enzyme Engineering submitted to the Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering program in Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) at NSF.

The Biotechnology and Bionsfchemical Engineering (BBE) program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes in engineering biology and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology for advanced manufacturing and/or applications in support of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with applications in health or the environment. Seven proposals were assigned for Voronov’s review during the March panel.

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.