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Sergiy Minko

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Research Interests:

The current research is in the field of nanostructured soft matter with special emphasis on biomaterials and biobased polymer materials. These activities are driven by current trends in developments of advanced materials for biomedical applications and biotechnology, including drug and genetic materials delivery systems, tissue engineering scaffolds, biointerfaces, biosensors, biocatalysts; increasing interests for sustainable and biodegradable materials for broader applications including textiles, packaging materials and commodity plastics; and functional smart fabrics and garments for fashion and special use clothing.

In our research, we use biomimetic approaches and the toolbox of modern polymer and colloidal sciences, organic, inorganic and biochemistry to design materials at a molecular and mesophase level using synthetic molecules, biomolecules, nanoparticles and live cells (see also

We are happy to collaborate with physicists, chemists, biologists and engineers in academia and industry worldwide using various mechanisms and scholarships for student and faculty exchange. The projects sponsored by industrial collaborators make a large fraction of our research activity. The examples include GM, P&G and Corning Incorp.

We welcome applications for PhD and postdoctoral programs (subject of available funding) from highly motivated individuals with strong research records. We are excited to support entrepreneur activity in the development of new startups originated from the intellectual property and technology developed in our lab.

Selected Publications:

Zakharchenko, A., Guz, N., Laradji, A., Katz, E., & Minko, S. (2018). Magnetic Field Remotely Controlled Selective Biocatalysis. NATURE CATALYSIS, 1, 73-81. doi:10.1038/s41929-017-0003-3.

Yadayalli, N. S., Borodinov, N., Choudhury, C. K., Quinones-Ruiz, T., Laradji, A. M., Tu, S., Lednev, I.K.; Kuksenok, O.; Luzinov, I.;  Minko, S. (2017). Thermal Stabilization of Enzymes with Molecular Brushes. ACS CATALYSIS, 7(12), 8675-8684. doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b03138

Bakshi, S. F., Guz, N., Zakharchenko, A., Deng, H., Tumanov, A. V., Woodworth, C. D., Minko,S.; Kolpashchikov, D.; Katz, E. (2017). Magnetic Field-Activated Sensing of mRNA in Living Cells. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 139(35), 12117-12120. doi:10.1021/jacs.7b06022

Kim, Y., McCoy, L. T., Lee, E., Lee, H., Saremi, R., Feit, C., Hardin, I.; Sharma S.: Mani S; Minko, S. (2017). Environmentally sound textile dyeing technology with nanofibrillated cellulose. GREEN CHEMISTRY, 19(17), 4031-4035. doi:10.1039/c7gc01662j

Tokarev, A., Trotsenko, O., Asheghali, D., Griffiths, I. M., Stone, H. A., & Minko, S. (2015). Reactive Magnetospinning of Nano- and Microfibers. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 54(46), 13613-13616. doi:10.1002/anie.201506796

Tokarev, A., Asheghali, D., Griffiths, I. M., Trotsenko, O., Gruzd, A., Lin, X., Griffiths, I. M.; Stone, H. A.;  Minko, S. (2015). Touch- and Brush-Spinning of Nanofibers. ADVANCED MATERIALS, 27(41), 6526. doi:10.1002/adma.201502768

Kuroki, H., Tokarev, I., Nykypanchuk, D., Zhulina, E., & Minko, S. (2013). Stimuli-Responsive Materials with Self-Healing Antifouling Surface via 3D Polymer Grafting. ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 23(36), 4593-4600. doi:10.1002/adfm.201300363

Grigoryev, A., Tokarey, T., Kornev, K. G., Luzinov, I., & Minko, S. (2012). Superomniphobic Magnetic Microtextures with Remote Wetting Control. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 134(31), 12916-12919. doi:10.1021/ja305348n

Stuart, M. A. C., Huck, W. T. S., Genzer, J., Mueller, M., Ober, C., Stamm, M., Sukhorukov, G.;  Szleifer, I.; Tsukruk, V. V.; Urban, M.; Winnik, F.;  Zauscher, S.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S. (2010). Emerging applications of stimuli-responsive polymer materials. NATURE MATERIALS, 9(2), 101-113. doi:10.1038/NMAT2614

Tokarev, I., Tokareva, I., & Minko, S. (2008). Gold-nanoparticle-enhanced plasmonic effects in a responsive polymer gel. ADVANCED MATERIALS, 20(14), 2730. doi:10.1002/adma.200702885

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