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HeadlinClarkson Students Win Excellence Awards at American Chemical Society Meetinge

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Clarkson University students Anna Paola E. Soliani, a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering, and Maxim V. Orlov, a Chemistry Ph.D. candidate, presented winning papers at the 233rd American Chemical Society's National meeting in Chicago, March 25 - 29.acs

The research was conducted by Soliani and Mark Raimondi, a junior Chemical Engineering student. Ihor Tokarev, Post Doctoral Research Associate, and Sergiy Minko, the Egon Matijević Chaired Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, supervised the work. Soliani and Raimondi's report outlined a simple template-assisted method for the fabrication of magnetic hybrid nanofibers with core-sheath morphology.

Orlov received the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research for his work "Responsive Polyelectrolyte Membranes." His research was also co-supervised by Tokarev and Minko.

There is a growing interest in smart polymer membranes in which permeability changes in response to various physical and chemical stimuli, such as pH/ionic strength, specific ions, temperature and external fields, says Minko. "Such membranes are of interest for size-and-charge selective filtration and fractionation (separation process) encapsulation of living cells, controlled drug release, and sensors."

Orlov, with Tokarev and Minko supervising, developed a new simple route to stimuli-responsive thin film membranes. The membranes were cast on flat substrates and then transferred onto a surface of commercial filters to produce hybrid membranes with pH-dependent water permeability. The pores' formation was found to be a humidity-sensitive process, allowing for the regulation of the membrane's pore size in a broad range.

The American Chemical Society was founded in 1876 and is made up of more than 160,000 members at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry. The 233rd national meeting of the ACS was held at the McCormick Place Convention Center and more than a dozen hotels throughout Chicago, Illinois. More than 12,000 scientists attended the spring meeting. The two Clarkson winners were selected from over 7,000 presentations and abstract submittals.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson Junior Anna Paola E. Soliani (center) and Ph.D. Candidate Maxim V. Orlov (not shown) received Excellence in Polymer Research awards at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in Chicago, Illinois, March 25 - 29. Ihor Tokarev, Post Doctoral Research Associate (left), and Sergiy Minko, the Egon Matijević Chaired Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science (right), supervised the students' work.

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