Prof. Vladimir V. Tsukruk

Vladimir V. Tsukruk [su:kru:k]

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Ph. D.2 (D.Sc.) Chemistry/Polymers, 1988 National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
Ph.D., Polymer Science, 1983 National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
MS, Physics, 1978 National University of Ukraine, Kiev

 

Surface Engineering and Molecular Assemblies Laboratory (SEMA)

School of Materials Science and Engineering & School of Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering;

Georgia Institute of Technology, 771 Ferst Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245;

Ph.: 404-894-6081; fax: 404-894-9140;

vladimir@mse.gatech.edu

 


Vladimir Tsukruk conducts research in the field of fabrication and structural characterization of molecular films since 1987.  He has extensive experience in organic and polymeric materials and molecular films from polymers.  He is an expert in microstructural analysis of polymeric materials.  He has conducted investigations of LB films and self-assembled monolayers from amphiphilic polyimides, rod-like polymers, liquid crystalline polymers, alkylsilanes, dendrimers, biopolymers, and lipids.

 

Dr. V. Tsukruk has received several prestigious awards and serves on several professional positions:

  • Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2011
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2010
  • Humboldt Senior Research Award, 2009
  • MASSCAL Pioneering Nanotechnology Grand Prize, 2007
  • NSF Special Creativity Award, 2006
  • Visiting Professorship, ISN MIT, 2005
  • MSE Departmental Research Award, ISU, 2001
  • The Summer Faculty Research Professorship, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 1995
  • Outstanding Service to Students Award, WMU, 1995.
  • The Young Investigators Award (Research Initiation Award), The National Science Foundation, 1994
  • The Visiting International Scholarship, Nihon University, Japan, 1994
  • Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Germany, 1990
  • The Best Research Work for Young Investigators of Ukraine, 1985
  • The Best Research Work for Young Investigators of USSR Academy of Science, 1984
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2010-present)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Langmuir (2010-present)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Polymer (2006-present)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Current Chemical Biology (2006-present)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Advanced Materials Science and Engineering (2007-present)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Tribology International (1998-2001)

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Dr. VLADIMIR V. TSUKRUK

EMPLOYMENT

Co-director, Air Force Center of Excellence, BIONIC, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-present

Director, Microanalysis Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-present

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering,

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA            2006-present

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering,

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA USA   1999-2006

Chairman, Professor, Materials Science & Engineering,

College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI USA 1996 – 1999

Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering,

College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI USA 1993 – 1996

Research Scientist, Department of Polymer Science, Akron University, Akron, OH USA     1992-1993

Head, Laboratory of Molecular Structures, Physics Department, National University and Ukraine 1989-1992

Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Academy of Science, Kiev Ukraine 1989-1992

Senior Research Assistant, Junior Research Assistant Ukraine 1983-1989

Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kiev

VISITING POSITIONS

Visiting Professor, U. Bayreuth, Germany, 2010, 2011

Visiting Professor, MIT, 2005

Visiting Professor, Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Nancy, France 2001

Research Associate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air-Force Base, Dayton USA 1995

Visiting Scientist, Physics Dept., Ford Research & Engineering Center, Dearborn USA 1995

Visiting International Scholar, Dept. Polymer Engineering, Nihon University, Tokyo Japan 1994

Visiting Scholar, Dept. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford USA 1994

Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt Germany,1990-1992

Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, Dept. Physical Chemistry, Marburg University Germany 1990, 1996

EDUCATION

Ph.D.2 (D.Sc.) Chemistry/Physics of Polymers, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kiev 1988

Ph.D. (Kand.Sc.) Physics and Mechanics of Polymers, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, GPA 4.0/4.0 1983

MS, Molecular Physics, Physics Department, National University of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine GPA 3.8/4.0 1978

TEACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Redesigned Polymer Materials Science program at MSE, ISU

WMU Outstanding Service to Students Award (1995)

Development and establishment of new programs at College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, WMU:

BSE, Materials Engineering (1995), MS, Materials Science&Engineering (1996), Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering (proposed, 1999)

16 new courses (8 undergraduate and 8 graduate) proposed, developed, and taught:

604.004 Liquid Crystalline Polymers 1992

604.001 Fundamentals of Microscopy 1993

Department of Polymer Science, The University of Akron

559. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Polymers 1994 – 1999

658. Microstructure of Polymers 1995-1998

695. Surface Engineering of Materials 1996

353/454. Physical Metallurgy I and II 1993-1996

381. Thermo and fluid- dynamics 1993-1994

450. Engineering Polymers and Composites 1994-1996

College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University

351. Introduction in Polymers, 2002-

352. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Polymers 2000-

453. Introduction in Polymer Composites   2000-

515. Advanced Polymeric Materials  2001-

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University

Advanced Polymeric Materials

Nanomaterials

Soft Nanomaterials

Introduction in Polymer Science

Georgia Tech

RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENTS

Long-term and comprehensive experience in:

Nanodesign, nanostructures, and functioning of organic, polymeric, and biological materials at surfaces&interfaces

Experimental: SPM, TEM, SEM, ED, XR, SAXS, WAXS, ESCA, DSC, CA, LB, SAM, CERIUS, Ellipsometry, UV, FTIR

Materials: liquid crystalline polymers and fibers, polyimide fibers, polyurethanes, polyionomers, polyesters, polyimides, polyacetylenes, liquid crystals, bioreceptors, lipids, polypeptides, proteins, block-copolymers, alkylsilanes, fullerenes, MEMS.

 

Major findings

Layered cholesteric, smectic C, F, and G mesophases in polymer liquid crystals (1982-1986)

Microphase separation as an origin of smectic polymer mesophases and criteria for their classification (1985-1990)

Columnar ordering of discotic liquid crystals in Langmuir-Blodgett films (1992-1996)

Tethered ordered monolayers of fullerenes and their nanotribological properties (1993-1996)

Organized multilayer self-assembled films from dendrimers (1996- )

Nanotribological properties and micromechanics of composite self-assembled polymer layers (1996- )

Nanodesign of snake skin microfibrillar texture for reptation locomotion (1998- )

Free-standing flexible nanostructure (2004-)

Awards and fellowships

Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2011

Fellow, American Physical Society, 2010

Humboldt Senior Research Award, 2009

MASSCAL Pioneering Nanotechnology Grand Prize, 2007

NSF Special Creativity Award, 2006

MSE Departmental Research Award, ISU, 2001

Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, AFOSR USA 1995

Visiting International Scholarship, Nihon University, Tokyo Japan 1994

NSF Young Investigator Award (Research Initiation Award), National Science Foundation USA 1994

Research Opportunity Award, National Science Foundation – Stanford University USA 1994

Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship, AHF Germany 1990

Award for the best research work among young investigators of Ukraine Ukraine 1985

Award in competition among young investigators of Academy of Science of USSR USSR 1984

Awards for the best research work at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Kiev Ukraine 1982, 1983

Honor Stipends, National University of Ukraine 1974-1978

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND OTHERS

Current and Recent:

Chair, Polymer Program Committee, MSE, 2000-2006

Program Co-Chair, Polymer Materials Science&Engineering Division, ACS, 2000-2004

Program Committee, Polymer Chemistry Division, ACS , 1995-2000

Member, Advisory Board, Tribology International (UK), 1998-

Co-chair, ACS National Meetings, 4 international symposia 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001

Review Panels, DMR-NSF, CMS-NSF 1994, 1995, 1998

Member: American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Material Research Society since 1993

Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow since 1990

Past:

President and Vice-President of Young Investigators of Ukraine 1988-1992

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS consists of 300+ refereed papers, 20+ reviews, 4 books, 4 patents

300+ presentations. Selected recent publication can be found in publication list.

New Zealand, 2009 Sydney 2009 Kiev, 2009

 

My family, Carribeans, 2000 Italian summer, 2001 Akropolis,, summer 2002
Asya, tough job, summer 2001 Cancun, 2003 Pearl Harbor, 2005
Moscow, 2005 Rushmore, 2006 Hilton Head Island, 2006
Newsweinstein schloss, October 2006 Bye-bye school, Asya, June 2006 Atlanta, August 2006