Professor

Physical Chemistry

Phone: (864) 656-5016

Office: 375 Hunter Laboratories

E-mail: string@clemson.edu

Research Interests | Publications

Dr. Kholodenko was educated as a physicist in the USSR, receiving his M.Sc. (1976) from Kiev State University. He came to the United States in 1978 and received his Ph.D. (1982) in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago. After two years of postdoctoral research at the James Franck Institute (Chicago), he joined Clemson in 1984.

Dr. Kholodenko's group conducts research in the following areas: 1) theory of liquid crystalline semiflexible polymer solutions; 2) statistical mechanics of disordered systems, including glasses and random copolymers; 3) theory of knots and links with applications to condensed matter and biological systems; and 4) theory of quantum and classical chaos.

Recent achievements include prediction and characterization of phase transitions in strong concentrated electrolyte solutions; development of the theory of concentrated solutions of flexible and semiflexible polymers; development of the theory of random copolymer glasses; development of the theory of knots and links with applications to polymer physics; development of the theory of defects and textures in liquid crystals with applications to related condensed matter systems. Results of this theory also include some applications to particle physics (string theory) and Einsteinian gravity.

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Melnichenko YB, He LL, Sakurovs R, Kholodenko AL, Blach T, Mastalerz M, Radlinski AP, Cheng G, & Mildner DFR (2012) Accessibility of pores in coal to methane and carbon dioxide. Fuel 91(1):200-208.

Kholodenko AL & Silagadze ZK (2012) When physics helps mathematics: Calculation of the sophisticated multiple integral. Physics of Particles and Nuclei 43(6):882-888.

Kholodenko, A. L., Gravity-Assisted Solution of the Mass Gap Problem for Pure Yang-Mills Fields. *International Journal of Geometric Methods in Modern Physics ***2011,** *8* (6), 1355-1418.

My most popular polymer papers can be found here:

http://www.citeulike.org/user/kaz229/author/Kholodenko

My most popular colloidal physics papers can be found here :

http://www.citeulike.org/user/rodney/article/1511981

Computer fitting programs (available for download) used world-wide by the polymer neutron and light scattering experimentalists based on my exact analytical result for the scattering function for polymers of arbitrary flexibility, known as "Kholodenko worm" (in polymer literature),can be found here: http://kur.web.psi.ch/sans1/sasfit/sasfit.pdf (Switzerland)

and independently here:

http://www.isis.rl.ac.uk/largescale/loq/canSAS/FISH_manual.pdf (UK)

The library of polymer physics textbooks and articles

(including my own) available for download can be found here:

http://recs-polymer.blogspot.com/2007/04/polymer-plastics-additives.html

Supplemental reading to my paper "Some topological and geometrical problems in polymer physics" (entry 22 in the library of polymer physics texbooks), including references to my more recently published papers on this subject, can be found here : http://staff.science.uva.nl/~riveen/3-manifolds.htm

**Older publications are listed below:**

"Conformational statistics of semiflexible polymers: comparison between different models", Physica A, 1998,260 , 267.

"Knot Complexity and Related Observables from Path Integrals for Semiflexible Polymers", Journ. Phys. A, 1996, 29, 5677.

"Path Integral Calculation of the Writhe for Circular Semiflexible Polymers", Journ. Phys. A 1996, 29, 939.

"Electrostatic Rigidity of Polyelectrolytes from Reparametrization Invariance", Macromolecular Chemie: Theory and Simulations 1995, 5, 121.

"Statistical Mechanics of Deformable Droplets on Riemannian Surfaces: Applications to Reptation and Related Problems", Journ. of Math. Phys. 1995, 37, 1314.

"Statistical Mechanics of Deformable Droplets on Flat Surfaces", Journ. of Math. Phys. 1995, 37, 1287

"From de Gennes Hairpins to Dirac Monopole and Beyond", Phys. Rev. E 1995, 52, 3973.

"On Electrostatic Rigidity of Polyelectrolytes: An Analogy with Quantum Electrodynamics", Physica A 1995, 21, 389.

"Painleve III and Manning's Connection Condensation", Phys, Rev. Lett. 1995, 74, 4679.

"Classical Dynamics of Rigid String from Willmore Functional", Journ. of Geometry and Physics 1995, 16, 15.

"Generalized Stokes-Einstein Equation for Spherical Particle Suspensions", Phys. Rev. E, 1995, 51, 1081.

"Elastic Properties of Dirac Chains", Phys. Rev. E, 1994, 50, 1257.

"Topological Theory of Reptation and Quantum Hall Effect", J. de Physique 1994, 4, 863.

"Influence of Surface Interactions and Chain Stiffness on Entropic Casimir Forces and Dimensions of Confined Polymers", Phys. Rev. E, 1994, 49, 2206.

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