Andriy Voronov, NDSU assistant professor of coatings and polymeric materials, presented an invited keynote lecture at the third International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications. He also served as a scientific committee member for the conference program. The conference was held at the McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Aug. 7-9.
Voronovs topic was Self-Assembly of Invertible Polymeric Micelles: New Promise for Polymer-Based Nanopharmaceuticals. In his lecture, Voronov described the work of his NDSU research group on responsive polymeric micelles, nanomaterials that may have potential for many applications, including drug delivery. The micelles developed in Voronovs group possess a unique ability to remain stable in homogeneous environments and rapidly invert their conformation, based on subtle changes in polarity of the environment. The approach is considered a new and promising concept in developing polymer micelles-based nanopharmaceuticals.
The plenary keynote lectures were followed by a panel discussion on nanotechnology safety and standards with panelists S. Gholamreza Etemad, professor at Isfahan University of Technology and University of Ottawa; Brian Haydon, senior project manager in Health Care/Nanotechnologies at CSA Group in Canada; and Voronov.
ICNFA is a series of international conferences that focus on all aspects of nanotechnology, with a goal to bring together international researchers working in the field and foster an environment conducive to research advancement.
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