My research interests are in the fields of surface chemistry and materials science. Specifically, I am interested in covalent functionalization of surfaces and preparation of monomolecular layers and thin organic films supported on various inorganic solids including single crystals, nanoparticles, ordered mesoporous metal oxides, phosphates and others. This approach enables one to prepare materials with desired surface functionalities, well-defined geometry of the substrate and controlled energy of the interfacial interactions at solid-liquid and solid-vapor interfaces. Advanced applications of such materials are in the areas of adsorption and separation science, catalysis, wettability and adhesion, biomaterials, and sensors. The publications listed below summarize some of the most recent projects carried out in our group.
- Ph.D., Moscow State University
- Diploma (M.S.), Moscow State University
"Adsorption of Hexane and Benzene on Fluorinated Silicas: The Effect of the Perfluoralkyl Chain Length." Protection of Metals and Physical Chemistry of Surfaces, 45(2), 152 -157, January 2009.
"Theme Article - Superhydrophobicity and Contact Line Issues." MRS Bulletin, August 2008.
- "Hydrophobic Monolayer Surfaces: Synthesis and Wettability." (Book Chapter)
In P. Somasundaran (Ed.), Encyclopedia for Surface and Colloid Science, 2nd ed., 4, 2854, Taylor Francis: New York, August 2006.
"Wetting in Hydrophobic Nanochannels: A Challenge of Classical Capillarity." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127(36), 12446- 12447, August 2005.
"Reaction of Organosilicon Hydrides with Solid Surfaces: An Example of Surface-Catalyzed Self-Assembly." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 126(24), 7595- 7600, May 2004.
Awards and Honors
- University Research Council Award, 2009, Seton Hall University
- Provost Challenge Award 2007
- NSF Award 2003
- URC Awards 2002-2009