Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Olga Kuksenok is currently an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Clemson University. She was formerly a Research Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Olga received her PhD in Physics and Mathematics from the Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine, in 1997. Olga’s research interests and accomplishments span the following areas of materials science: elastodynamics of responsive polymer gels, dynamics of multi-component polymer blends, biomimetic materials, pattern formation in non-equilibrium chemical systems, complex fluids dynamics, and theory of heterogeneous liquid crystalline systems. Olga has co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed publications and 6 book chapters. Her work is actively cited; her h-index is 23 with the total number of citations over 1500 (source: Google scholar). A number of recent publications by Olga have received considerable media attention and were highlighted on various popular science websites, such as physics.org, science.daily, discovery.com and many others.
Hydrogels are used in variety of health-related application, from gel-based drug delivery to hydrogels used to promote wounds healing. Olga is interested in fundamental aspects of gel’s dynamics and their behavior as relevant to various aspects transforming health care.
Hydrogels, Biomimetic Materials, Hydrogels for Drug Delivery, Gel Composites, Volume Phase Transitions in Gels