News Archive 2015

December 15, 2015

Special Issue on Thin Polymer Films in Coatings journal

Andriy Voronov serves as Guest Editor of a Special Issue entitled “Polymer Thin Films” of the journal Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). Coatings is fully open access. The goal of this Special Issue is to provide an overview of a current state of knowledge on the synthesis, characterization and use of polymer thin films in different applications. Contributions from scientists representing a broad range of disciplines are encouraged, including but not limited to chemists, chemical engineers, materials scientists, engineers, physicists. The Special Issue will consist of invited feature papers as well as original research articles from prominent researchers in the field from both academia and industry. Contributions on the following topics (which might be extended) are invited: formation, characterization, practical uses, industrial applications, antifouling, anticorrosive coatings, biosensors, biomaterials, polymer coatings methods, magnetic coatings, optical coatings, responsive coatings, structural design, new concepts of film formation. The submission deadline is 30 June 2016.

For more details,
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/coatings/special_issues/polymer-thin-films

 

December 11, 2015

Voronov gives a presentation at CPM Graduate Seminar

Andriy Voronov gives a Graduate Student seminar presentation at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department. The title of his presentation is “Free Radical Polymerization of New Monomers from Vegetable Oils”.

 

November 15, 2015

Symposium on Biobased Polymeric Materials

Andriy Voronov co-organizes a symposium entitled Functional Materials from Renewable Resources: Synthesis, Properties and Applications at 7th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications (ICNFA 16). This meeting will be held in Budapest, Hungary on August 18-19, 2016. The symposium focuses on research efforts on making materials from renewable resources (natural polymers, biomass, plant/vegetable oils) and their characterization, processing and application. Topics to be covered by symposium include bio-inspired renewable monomers and polymers, bio-based composites and nanocomposites, bio-based coatings and paints, renewable polymers for biomedical applications, industrial applications of materials from renewable resources. This symposium is the 3rd meeting organized by Voronov during ICNFA annual conferences, with being a member of ICNFA conference Scientific Committee for 2012-2015. For more details about this symposium http://icnfa.com/fmrr/

 

November 5, 2015

Invited Presentation at International Conference on Organic Synthesis

Andriy Voronov gives an invited presentation at 2nd APCTOS (Actual Problems of Chemistry and Technology of Organic Substances) conference organized by Department of Organic Synthesis Technology at Lviv Polytechnic National University. This meeting was held in Lviv, Ukraine on November, 5-7, 2015. The title of Voronov’s presentation is Biocatalytic Enzymogel Nanoparticles. This conference focuses on modern catalysis, its trends and application in industry as well as on functional oligomers and polymers and green chemistry. For more details about this conferencehttp://apctos.org.ua/?page_id=431&lang=en

 

November 1, 2015

Voronov becomes co-Chair of World Congress on New Technologies

Andriy Voronov is named a co-Chair of 2nd The 2nd World Congress on New Technologies (NewTech’16). This congress will be taking place on August 18 – 19, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. NewTech’16 is composed of three co-located conferences, 7th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications (ICNFA’16), 6th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation (ICEPR’16), and 2nd International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering (ICBB’16). Being focused on individual and separate theme, each conference shares considerable overlap, motivating the organization of the congress. The NewTech’16 main goal is to bring together experts with each specific focus and expertise, but at the same time allow for exchange and sharing of ideas from the closely related research areas. For more details about this congress http://newtechcongress.com

 

October 25, 2015

Group funding news

New funding of up to $99,989 is received from North Dakota Department of Commerce (Venture Grant Phase I) for the project “New Renewable Polymers from Plant/Vegetable Oils”. The main objective of the awarded project is to determine the feasibility of using oil from oil-seed crops produced in the state of North Dakota for synthesis of high value and high profit bio-based specialty monomers for free radical polymerization. This project begins on January, 1, 2016.

No-cost extension of other ND Research Venture Grant Phase I “Nanospheres to provide commercially important new properties to paints and coatings” focusing on synthesis and applications of electroconductive polypyrrole nanospheres has been requested and is approved. This grant is now extended for additional 8 months and ends August,31st,2016. The project’s goal is to study synthesis and properties of electroactive conductive nanospheres that can be added to paints and coatings to improve their properties and performance.

In addition, the proposal entitled “New Polymeric Materials from Soy-Based Monomers and Vinyl Acetate” funded by United Soybean Board was recently extended for 3 months. The agency awarded $13,831 for the research ending September, 30,2016.

 

October 15, 2015

Symposium on Biotechnology, Nanomaterials and Polymers in Fargo

Andriy Voronov gives an invited presentation entitled “Anticancer Efficiency of Curcumin-Loaded Invertible Polymer Micellar Nanoassemblies” at 1st NDSU–KU (Kagoshima University, Japan) symposium organized by NDSU Chemistry and Biochemistry department. The symposium was held on October,15-16,2015 and focused on three key areas of biotechnology, nanomaterials, and polymers. There were be 18 oral presentations and a two-hour poster session featuring work of undergraduate and graduate students from KU and NDSU. Three poster presentations were presented at the meeting by members of Voronov’s group, “New Amphiphilic Polymers for Peptide Complexation” (by Oksana Zholobko), “Free Radical Copolymerization of New Vinyl Monomer from Soybean Oil” (by Zoriana Demchuk) and “Poly(ethylene glycol) and Poly(propylene glycol)-Containing Pseudo-poly(amino acids) for DNA Complexation and Gene Deliver” (by Dr. Ihor Tarnavchyk). For more details about this meetinghttps://www.ndsu.edu/chemistry/ndsu-ku-symposium.html

 

September 30, 2015

Voronov’s Review and Interview

Andriy Voronov was interviewed by editor of European Coatings Journal, partner of the American Coatings Association and organizer of the American Coatings Show 2016. The ACS 2016 is held in Indianapolis, In on April,12-14, 2016.

The interview was focused on nanotechnology. Questions about controversy of nanotechnology, its influence in the nearest future as well as some specific aspects of nanotechnology-based coatings were discussed.  The interview is planned to be published in a printed Show Preview that will be included in the European Coatings Journal and several US trade magazines (Coatings Tech, PCI Magazine and Coatings World). This preview will include several interviews and articles on technological trends related to the coatings industry. For more details,

http://www.american-coatings-show.com

Andriy Voronov was invited to participate in the review process of the abstracts submitted to the World Biomaterials Congress (WBC) that is held in Montreal, Canada on May,17-22, 2016. Each abstract of this meeting is selected by reviewing process, with reviewers from international community of biomaterials scientist and engineers. 10th World Biomaterials Congress is going to be the largest scientific meeting in this field ever in regard to international biomaterials scientists. 3590 abstracts are received from scientists of more than 60 countries. More than 500 reviewers from around the world are undertaking an extensive review of the submitted contributions. The WBS 2016 is expected to include following topics biomaterials and host response, biomaterials for therapeutic and diagnostic delivery, biomaterials in cellular engineering, functional biomaterials, surfaces and interfaces, innovation and fabrication etc. For more details, http://wbc2016.org

 

September 15, 2015

Book Chapter accepted

Our work, “Synthesis of Amphiphilic Invertible Polymers for Biomedical Applications”, (authors A.Kohut, I.Hevus, S.Voronov, A.Voronov) will be published in a book entitled Synthesis and Characterization of Biorelated Polymers, edited by Carmen Scholz, Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. book will cover the recent advances and trends in the synthesis and characterization of the various polymers that find use in the variety of biomedical applications.  There is a hope that this book can become a capstone reference book for scientist working at the interface of polymer chemistry, pharmacy, medicine and biotechnology.

 

September 5, 2015

Voronov becomes IASET Executive Board Member

Andriy Voronov is honored to become a member of Executive Board at The International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (International ASET Inc.). The IASET was created in 2010 to promote science and engineering education. The organization mission is to disseminate knowledge about science and engineering advancement within public and scientific community. The Academy organizes conferences on modern topics, publishes technical journals and books, offers short courses. The IASET is operated by professors, graduate and undergraduate students from various academic institutions. International ASET Inc. collaborates worldwide with scientists, students, researchers, also at industry to be to gain an understanding and modern trends of academia.

For more details, http://international-aset.com/about/

 

August 25, 2015

New graduate student joined the group

In August, 2015 new graduate student, Zoriana Demchuk started her PhD study in our group at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department. Zoriana received her Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree in 2012, Master of Science in Food and Cosmetic Additives from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine in 2013.

Zoriana’s current research is focusing on synthesis and applications of biobased polymer latexes and their application in coatings and paints as a part of ongoing United Soybean Board Grant “New Polymeric Materials from Soy-Based Monomers and Vinyl Acetate”.

 

August 23, 2015

Research on Soy-Based Polymer Surfactants is highlighted

Our ongoing research topic on new polymeric surfactants from soybean oil became highlighted

in a daily newspaper Forum published in Fargo-Moorhead area. The article entitled “Soy clean: NDSU researchers develop sulfate-free shampoo using soy”  features new polymers developed in Dr.Bret Chisholm’s group at NDSU whom we collaborate with on this project, and highlights our joint study on potential of new bio-based surfactants as ingredients in shampoos and hair care applications. For more details, http://www.inforum.com/news/3811688-soy-clean-ndsu-researchers-develop-sulfate-free-shampoo-using-soy

The story about our collaborative research on soybean oil-based polymeric surfactants appeared also on local TV in AgWeek TV news entitled “Subsiding up with soy”. Various sources are feature this video, including http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/3823847-sudsing-soyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnN7lhb5Ck4, http://www.wday.com/news/3822581-agweektv-sudsing-soy, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/3823847-sudsing-soy,
http://local.allembru.com/nd/sudsing-up-with-soy/2295374/

 

August 8, 2015

New Patent Application

A provisional patent application has been filed in August, 2014 for the new technology developed in our group, and then a PCT was filed in August, 2015. The technology, we are developing, is plant oil-based acrylic monomers and polymers thereof. It has many potential commercial applications, assuming that the polymers from new monomers can provide an innovative and high-performance bio-based alternative for a broad variety of petroleum-based macromolecules currently used in coatings, paints, adhesives, binders, thermoplastics, etc. I. Tarnavchyk,  A. Voronov Bio-based Acrylic Monomers and Polymers Thereof   U.S. Patent application 044 288, filed  August 7,2015.

 

August 1, 2015

Review Article on Biobased Polymeric Surfactants Published

Our work, “Soy-Based Polymeric Surfactants for Personal Care Applications: A Review” (authors A.Popadyuk, S.Samanta, S.Alam, H.Kalita, B.Chisholm, A.Voronov), was published as a review article in Journal Household and Personal Care today (H&PC today)

H&PC todaya peer reviewed international journal specialized in personal care, cosmetics, detergency, home care, and dermatology. The journal invited our work on recently synthesized and successfully employed in model shampoo formulations soy-based polymeric surfactants (in collaboration with Dr.Chisholm at NDSU) to be a topic of a short review article in a special monographic supplement dedicated to Hair. HPC todays’ goal is to serve as a link between academia and industry, marketing and decision makers. It is an international journal with a majority of readership located in Europe.

For more details, http://www.teknoscienze.com/articles/hpc-today-soy-based-polymeric-surfactants-for-personal-care-applications-a.aspx#.VoVMsyc24nk

 

Invited Presentation at International Conference on Polymeric Biomaterials

Andriy Voronov gives an invited presentation at 2nd ISBPPB Annual Conference and Exposition organized by International Society for Biomedical Polymers and Polymeric Biomaterials. This meeting was held in Orlando,Fl. on July,8-10, 2015. The title of Voronov’s presentation is Biocatalytic Enzymogel Nanoparticles. This interdisciplinary meeting focuses on polymeric materials and biomaterials as well as on applied polymer science. For more details about this conferencehttp://www.isbppb.org/conference.html.

 

July 1, 2015

Andriy Popadyuk joined Renuvix LLC

Recently graduated Andriy Popadyuk left our research group and joined Renuvix LLC in Fargo, ND to work as a postdoctoral research fellow. We thank Andriy for being an important part of the group and wish him all the best in his future professional career.

 

June 30, 2015

Summer undergraduate student works in our group

Jefferson Prado Swerts, senior from Federal University of Alfenas at Pocos de Caldas in Brazil, currently an exchange student (Brazil Scientific Mobility Program) at University of New Hampshire joined our group for 10 weeks to work as Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) student. Jefferson is majoring Chemical Engineering at his home University in Brazil. In our lab he works under supervision of Andriy Popadyuk. His research project title is “Copolymerization of Soybean Oil-Based Vinyl Monomer”.

SURE program is operating by Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department at NDSU to provide junior and senior students the opportunity to experience a research environment and motivate to pursue a higher degree. The Department offers this program each summer. It serves in educating the new generation of polymers and coatings specialists, as many students from this program join the graduate school at NDSU, in this Department.

 

June 26, 2015

Andriy Popadyuk defended his PhD Dissertation

Andriy Popadyuk successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Design of Polymer Materials to Have Lower Environmental Impact”.

Andriy obtained his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in 2009, Master of Science in Food and Cosmetic Additives in 2011 at Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine, and joined our group in January 2012.

Congratulations on his successful defense!

 

June 12, 2015

New funding received

New funding of up to $78,363 is received from United Soybean Board for the project “Novel Soy-Based Nonionic Polymeric Surfactants for Personal Care Applications” in collaboration with Dr. Bret Chisholm group from Centre of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at NDSU.

This is a continuation of the research started in July, 2011. The objective for the 4th year of the proposal is sampling the material to commercial partner for testing, evaluation and optimization to ensure the commercial feasibility of the developed in this project soy-based polymeric surfactants.

 

June 7, 2015

North Dakota Governor School student works in our group

Vaida Crofutt from Rolette High School in Rolette, ND joined our group for six weeks in June-July, 2015 to work in ND Governor’s School 2015. Vaida works under the supervision of CPM graduate student Oksana Zholobko to carry out study “Soybean Oil-based Polymeric Surfactants for Shampoos Application”

North Dakota Governor’s School in Science and Mathematics is summer residential academic program for sophomore and junior high school students with interest in science and mathematics.

 

June 5, 2015

Latest Publications

Our work, Synthesis and Free radical copolymerization of vinyl monomer from soybean oil” (authors I.Tarnavchyk, A.Popadyuk, N.Popadyuk, 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.

Another work, Invertible micellar polymer nanoassemblies target bone tumor cells but not normal osteoblast cells”, (authors O.Kudina, K.L. Shogren, K.T. Gustafson, M.J. Yaszemski, M.J., A.Maran, A. Voronov) in collaboration with Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN has been recently published in Future Science OA.  Future Science OA is an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal the Future Science Group. It publishes articles on all areas of biotechnology and medicine, as well as topics in biological, life and physical sciences that are of relevance to human health, with the potential to further the progress of medical science.

Our another work, “Modeling the effect of pH and temperature for cellulases immobilized on enzymogel nanoparticles” (authors A.Samaratunga, O.Kudina, N.Nahar, A.Zakharchenko, S.Minko, A.Voronov) in collaboration with University of Georgia and Dr. Scott Pryor research group at Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at NDSU is recently published in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. This journal publishes original research in biochemistry and biotechnology including reports on technological subjects in the proof of concept stage.

Three another publications, in collaboration with Department of Organic Chemistry at Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine, have been accepted for publication. To this end, papers Synthesis of surface active cholesterol-containing copolymers based on poly(maleic anhydride-co-ethyltrioxy-ethylene methacrylate” (authors Z.Demchuk, O.Budishevska, A.Voronov, V Vostres, I.Tarnavchyk, M.Savka, O.Zholobko, S.Voronov) and “Fluoresceincontaining theranostic agents based on pseudo poly(aminoacid)s for monitoring of delivery and release medicines” (authors Varvarenko S., Samaryk V., Vlislo V., Ostapiv D., Nosova N., Tarnavchyk I., Figyrka N., Ferens M., Nahornyak M., Taras R., Yaremchuk I., Voronov A., Voronov S.) will appear in Polymer Journal. Polymer Journal is published by the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and covers fundamental aspects of polymer chemistry.

The work “Synthesis and self-assembling of amphiphilic oligoesters on the base of pyromellitic acid”(authors I. Tarnavchyk, A. Voronov, V. Donchak, O. Budishevska, O. Kudina, O. Khomenko, K. Harhay, V. Samaryk, S. Voronov) will appear in Chemistry and Chemical Technology Journal, published by Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine.

 

May 25, 2015

Book Chapter accepted

Our work, “Amphiphilic Invertible Polymers and their Applications”, (authors A.Kohut, I.Hevus, S.Voronov, A.Voronov) will be published in a book titled Industrial Applications for Intelligent Polymers and Coatings, edited by Majid Hosseini and Abdel Salam Hamdy Makhlouf, Manufacturing Engineering Department, University of Texas Pan-American. Published by Springer International Publishing book will cover the recent advances and trends in intelligent polymers and smart coatings, applications in aerospace, medical (e.g., medical devices and dental applications), textile, oil and gas industries, electronic industries (including robotic assembly process), as well as other potential applications including automobiles, microsystems, sensor and actuators, home ware, etc.

 

May 12, 2015

Visiting Scientist joins our group for four months

Dr. Ananiy Kohut from Department of Organic Chemistry at Lviv Polytechnic National University will work for 4 months in our group at NDSU as a Visiting Scientist. Ananiy will study conjugation of proteins and recently designed and synthesized new class of macromolecules, pseudo poly(amino acids) with an idea and purpose to demonstrate feasibility of new polymers in development of polymer adjuvants and vaccines.

 

April 15, 2015

Research on Soy-Based Polymer Surfactants is highlighted

Our ongoing research topic on new polymeric surfactants from soybean oil became highlighted in “Shampoo, Conditioning and Styling” report (published in March 2015) prepared by Global Hair care and Oral Hygiene analyst Mohamed Omar from Mintel Ltd, one of the leading market intelligence agencies. The article of Mintels’ analyst entitled “New Polymeric Surfactant from Soybean could replace Sulphates in Shampoos” features new polymers developed in Dr.Bret Chisholm’s group at NDSU whom we collaborate with on this project, and highlights our joint study on potential of new bio-based surfactants as ingredients in shampoos and hair care applications.

There are two more internet resources featuring our work on novel soybean oil-based polymer materials,http://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Formulation-Science/Soybean-oil-based-surfactant-proven-to-improve-cleaning-foaming-and-conditioning-in-shampoo

and

http://knowledge.ulprospector.com/1999/pcc-news-brief-growing-demand-plant-based-surfactants/

 

April 7, 2015

Presentation at Indiana University

Andriy Voronov gives an invited presentation at Department of Chemistry, Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. The title of his presentation is “Responsive Polymer Colloids for Drug Delivery and Bioconversion”. There is a plan on future collaboration between our group and a group of Dr. Lyudmila Bronstein at Department of Chemistry, IU.

 

March 25, 2015

ACS meeting in Denver

Andriy Voronov traveled to Denver, CO to attend 249th American Chemical Society meeting “Chemistry of Natural Resources”. He presented two oral presentations at the meeting, “Soy-based polymer surfactants for personal care applications” at Putting Renewable Polymer to Work symposium at Division of Polymer Chemistry, and “Invertible micellar polymer assemblies for targeted delivery of curcumin to osteosarcoma cells” at Nanotechnology for Oncology section of Drug Delivery and Drug Device Combination Products at Division of Polymer Materials: Science and Engineering.

 

March 13, 2015

Andriy Popadyuk presented his research at department graduate seminar

Andriy Popadyuk presented his annual graduate seminar and described recent research results that have been obtained during his third PhD year. The title of the presentation is” Bio-based Latexes: from Monomer Development to Product Application”

 

February 15, 2015

New graduate student joined the group

In February, 2015 new graduate student, Oksana Zholobko started her PhD study in our group at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department. Oksana received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in 2010, Master of Science in Food and Cosmetic Additives from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine in 2011.

In 2013 she was awarded a grant from Ukrainian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to visit and carry out research at NDSU for six months. Oksana’s current research is focusing on synthesis and applications of electroconductive polypyrrole nanospheres as a part of ND Research Venture Grant Phase I “Nanospheres to provide commercially important new properties to paints and coatings”.

 

January 16, 2015

Presentation at CPM Graduate Seminar

Andriy Voronov gives a Graduate Student seminar presentation at Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department. The title of his presentation is “Invertible Polymer Micellar Assemblies Target Bone Tumor Cells but not Normal Cells”.

 

January 16, 2015

New project awarded

New funding of up to $58,031 is received from United Soybean Board for the project “New Polymeric Materials from Soy-Based Monomers and Vinyl Acetate”.

The objective of the awarded project is to synthesize and characterize polymer latexes from new soy based monomer (SBM) and vinyl acetate (VAC), and potentially develop adhesives, building/construction materials, and coatings/paints using the resultant SBM-VAC latexes. This project begins on July,1, 2015.

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