vesselin paunov apr 2019

Professor Vesselin Paunov

Professor of Physical Chemistry and Advanced Materials

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Summary

Vesselin Paunov received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1997 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, where he studied the lateral capillary interactions between colloid particles adsorbed at liquid surfaces. During his PhD studies he did two specializations: (i) in 1995 funded by EU TEMPUS program at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Partas, Greece, and (ii) in 1996 funded the Volkswagen foundation at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Erlangen, Germany. After completing his PhD in 1997, Vesselin was awarded NATO/RS Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hull where he worked on projects related to wetting phenomena and colloid interactions. In 1998, he moved to the USA as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Chemical Engineering department of the University of Delaware where he specialized in research on microemulsions. He was appointed as a lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Hull in 2000 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004, Reader in 2008 and Professor in 2013. Currently, he holds a Chair of Physical Chemistry and Advanced Materials at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Undergraduate

Introduction to Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry

Problem Solving Workshops in Physical Chemistry I

Problem Solving Workshops in Physical Chemistry II

Advanced Colloid Science

Advanced Topics in Nanotechnology/Surface Characterization Techniques

Topics in Materials and Inorganic Chemistry (year 4)

Hot Topics in Physical and Materials Chemistry (year 4)

Journal Article

Microcapsules as assay compartments formed through layer-by-layer deposition

Alorabi, A. Q., Tarn, M. D., Thomas, M., Paunov, V. N., & Pamme, N. (2018). Microcapsules as assay compartments formed through layer-by-layer deposition. Analytical Methods, 10(44), 5335-5340. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8ay02012d

Amplified antimicrobial action of chlorhexidine encapsulated in PDAC-functionalized acrylate copolymer nanogel carriers

Al-Awady, M. J., Weldrick, P. J., Hardman, M. J., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Amplified antimicrobial action of chlorhexidine encapsulated in PDAC-functionalized acrylate copolymer nanogel carriers. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 2(11), 2032-2044. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8qm00343b

Hierarchically porous composites fabricated by hydrogel templating and viscous trapping techniques

Thompson, B. R., Horozov, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Hierarchically porous composites fabricated by hydrogel templating and viscous trapping techniques. Materials & design, 137, 384-393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2017.10.046

Smart soaps: stimulus responsive soap–hydrogel bead composites for controlled dissolution and release of actives

Thompson, B. R., Rutkevicius, M., Horozov, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Smart soaps: stimulus responsive soap–hydrogel bead composites for controlled dissolution and release of actives. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 2(2), 402-409. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7qm00556c

Capillary structured suspensions from in situ hydrophobized calcium carbonate particles suspended in a polar liquid media

Dunstan, T. S., Das, A. A. K., Starck, P., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Capillary structured suspensions from in situ hydrophobized calcium carbonate particles suspended in a polar liquid media. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 34(1), 442-452. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03589

Research interests

Prof Paunov does highly interdisciplinary research in the areas of colloids, nanoscience and biomaterials. He has published over 150 scientific papers in international journals and is a co-author of 13 patents. He has given more than 110 invited and conference presentations. He has attracted significant research funding from the UK research councils EPSRC, BBSRC and the industry. His present research interests include colloid science of foams and emulsions, formulation science, nanoparticles, smart surfaces, microencapsulation, stimulus triggered release of actives, directed cell assembly, cyborg cells, whole cell biosensors for testing toxicity and nanotoxicity, using nanoparticles as antimicrobials. Prof Paunov publications have received over 7500 citations and his current h-index is 50 (from Google Scholar). During his work at the University of Hull he has supervised 28 PhD students (24 of which already graduated), 9 PDRAs and 32 visiting researchers. Presently, Prof Paunov teaches a number of courses and modules involving elements of his own research. He is the acting head of the Physical Chemistry Teaching at the University of Hull. Prof Paunov was a member of the Management Committees of the EU COST action “Colloidal Aspects of Nanoscience for Innovative Processes and Materials” 2011-2015 and the UK Polymer Colloids Forum 2008-2014. He organized and chaired the 14th UKPCF annual meeting at the University of Hull in 2009 and the Biomaterials symposium within the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in 2012.

Postgraduate supervision

Advanced materials

Physical Chemistry

Biomaterials

Tissue engineering

Bioimprinting

Cancer Research

Antimicrobials

Nanoscience