I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering, as well as my Ph.D. in chemistry, from Lviv Polytechnic University in Ukraine. I am the Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science. I teach and conduct research in the department of textiles, merchandising and interiors in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the department of chemistry in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
I came to UGA in 2013 because I recognized the university’s strong expertise in life sciences.
My favorite course is “Polymer Science,” which has been my major area of expertise throughout my career.
I am interested in the great challenges we face in switching from a petroleum economy to post-fossil oil civilization, with renewable materials and environmentally sound technologies for production and recycling. We are really looking for revolutionary changes in the world of polymeric materials around us (plastics, packaging, diapers, building materials, garments, car parts and many others). A polymer materials economy should be based on plant and microbial products. This is a really challenging scientific and engineering problem. This is important not just for Earth. Deep space missions and the colonization of other planets will depend on this technology.
Meeting with excellent colleagues and students, building interdisciplinary teams and participating in multi-team projects.
I was taught many years ago that learning, teaching and research are indivisible. I have believed in this throughout my career. Those are three parts of one mechanism. How can you drive a car without tires, or with tires but without an engine?
Learning is very hard work. You should believe in your strength and love of knowledge. Do not expect that somebody will serve you your knowledge like a breakfast cup of coffee.
Independent, critical, hard-working and friendly.
My lab, classroom and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Travel to enjoy nature, mountains, the oceans, countries and meet people.
My favorite book is W. Somerset Maugham’s “Theatre,” and my favorite movie is Federico Fellini’s “La Strada (The Road),” which the American Film Institute refers to as “one of the most influential films ever made.”
My students’ graduation
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