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Dr. Sergei Nazarenko


Dr. Sergei Nazarenko is an Associate Professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. He received bachelor degree in Molecular and Chemical Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia, and Ph.D. with Professor E.F. Oleinik in Polymer Physics from Russian Academy of Sciences (N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow). His post-doctoral research he conducted with Professors E. Baer and A. Hiltner in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  After serving for several years on faculty in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at CWRU he joined Southern Miss in 2004. His research interests include transport phenomena in polymers, gas diffusion and permeation, glassy state, probing and modeling of free volume, development and study structure-property relationships in nanostructured and responsive materials, UV-curable membranes and networks. Professor Nazarenko published over 100 technical papers. He also serves as an Executive Editor for Journal of Applied Polymer Science.

Sergei Nazarenko
  • B.Sc., 1982, Chemical Physics,
    • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia;
  • Ph.D., 1988, Physics and Mathematics (Polymer Physics)
    • Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1988-1990, Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
    • USSR Academy of Sciences, N.N. Semenov's Institute of Chemical Physics
  • 1990-1997, Research Associate/Senior Research Associate,
    • Case Western Reserve University
  • 1997-2003, Assistant Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering,
    • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2004-present, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering,
    • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
  Research Intrests:

Transport phenomena in polymers and polymer based materials: diffusion of small molecules, polymer chain interdiffusion, and chain mobility; Development of advanced materials for high barrier packaging, coating, separations, and drug delivery applications; The glassy state: steady state and relaxation, probing and modeling of free volume; Positron lifetime spectroscopy of polymers; Responsive materials and nanotechnology;


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