I received my MSc degree in polymer chemistry with research on synthesis and characterization of polymer liquid crystals under the supervision of Professor Valery P. Shibaev at the Chemistry Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
My PhD research with Professor Eugenia Kumacheva at the University of Toronto dealt with polymer and surfactant self-assembly and physicochemical properties of macromolecules in confined geometries.
Before joining Laurier, I spent several fruitful years with the materials chemistry group of Professor Geoffrey Ozin at the University of Toronto, where I mastered synthesis of well-defined highly size-uniform nanoparticles, their self-assembly for functional applications, and colloidal photonic crystals.
My research is focused on the synthesis of colloidal nanoscale building blocks (NBBs) with controlled size, shape, surface, and physical properties and developing applications of these novel NBBs. These nanoscale building blocks include plasmonic metal nanoparticles of well-defined shape (e.g. silver decahedra, pentagonal rods, icosahedra, prisms, gold frames and stars, etc.) and tunable optical properties for applications in sensing and photonics. Another research direction is metal oxide nanostructures for photochemical and electrochemical applications. Our work in the field has achieved substantial impact, as demonstrated by developed functional NBBs and research publications in high-impact journals, such as JACS and ACS Nano.
I have research assistantships opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in materials and nanoscale chemistry. Summer lab work opportunities may be available in the summer. Contact me for more information.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of materials chemistry, polymer chemistry and nanoscale chemistry.