Aliakseyeu, Al Husseini, and Brito present at SERMACS 2021

Our group had an eventful trip to SERMACS 2021 in Birmingham, AL. Prof. Sukhishvili and PhD students Aliaksei Aliakseyeu, Diana Al Husseini, and Jordan Brito gave talks about the group’s research.

Prof. Sukhishvili presenting “Polymer Salogels for Shape Stabilization of Inorganic Phase Change Materials”

In the “Polymer Chemistry” session on Nov. 10, Aliaksei presented his work on “Upper Critical Solution Temperature Behavior of Linear and Star Polymers“.

Aliaksei Aliakseyeu presenting “Upper Critical Solution Temperature Behavior of Linear and Star Polymers”

During the “Polymer Assemblies: from Fundamental to Applications” sessions on Nov. 11, Prof. Sukhishvili presented “Polymer Salogels for Shape Stabilization of Inorganic Phase Change Materials“, Jordan presented “All-aqueous Assembly of Highly Hydrophobic, pH-responsive Polyelectrolyte Multilayers“, and Aliaksei presented “Star Polyelectrolytes in Multilayer Assemblies“.

Jordan Brito presenting “All-aqueous Assembly of Highly Hydrophobic, pH-responsive Polyelectrolyte Multilayers”

Finally, on Nov. 12, Jordan presented a poster titled “Non-releasing, enzymatic layer-by-layer coatings with antibacterial activity” and Diana presented “Surface Functionalization for Mid-infrared On-chip Gas Sensing” during the “Optoelectronic Materials” session.

Diana Al Husseini presenting “Surface Functionalization for Mid-infrared On-chip Gas Sensing”

 

Jordan Brito presenting “Non-releasing, Enzymatic Layer-by-Layer Coatings with Antibacterial Activity”

 

Perspective published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A!

Kartik, Parvin, and Xiuzhu wrote a perspective that was recently published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A!

The article, titled “Polymers in Molten Inorganic Salt Hydrates Phase Change Materials: Solubility and Gelation“, provides a unique perspective on the role of molten inorganic salt hydrates as polymer solvents. It also highlights the application of polymer gels formed in these materials as shape stabilizing matrices for thermal energy storage. It is now available to read online.

Congratulations to the team!

Review article published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Jordan Brito, Hanna Hlushko, Ashleigh Abbott, Aliaksei Aliakseyeu, and Raman Hlushko wrote a review article that was recently published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

The article, titled “Integrating Antioxidant Functionality into Polymer Materials: Fundamentals, Strategies, and Applications“, aims to follow a materials engineer’s approach to designing effective antioxidant polymer materials with specific discussion of applications in biomedical engineering and food packaging. It is now available to read online.

Congratulations to the team!

Graphic overview of the published review article

 

Al Husseini passes preliminary exam, presents at 95th CSSS

Ph.D. candidate Diana Al Husseini passed her preliminary exam this Monday! She presented her dissertation topic “Surface Functionalization for Mid-Infrared On-Chip Sensing” to her committee.

Diana will also be presenting at the 95th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium on Wed., June 15. At 3 PM CT, tune into her virtual presentation about “All-Nanoparticle Surface Functionalization for Mid-Infrared On-Chip Sensing.”

Congratulations, Diana!

Raman Hlushko successfully defends dissertation!

Congratulations to Raman Hlushko for successfully defending his dissertation!

Dr. Hlushko earned his degree based on his work on synthetic antioxidant polymers. His dissertation details the synthesis, adsorption, and layer-by-layer assembly of the polyphenolic polymers.

During his doctoral studies, Raman was an author on 6 publications (2 under review; 3 first-author) and 1 patent, in addition to many oral and poster presentations. He also actively volunteered for outreach activities and served as an officer in WIMS.