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Self-Assembly of Nanoporous Silica Colloids: from Fundamentals to Applications

Igor Sokolov

Igor Sokolov

Professor, Department of Physics
Director, NanoBio Laboratory (NABLAB)
Clarkson University

Dr. Igor Sokolov’s research focuses on developing methods for controlling the architecture of self-assembled materials with structural features on the 1-100 nm length scale, and utilizing such materials for physical, chemical, and biological sensing, drug delivery, optics, development of composite materials with improved properties, etc.

Sokolov received his undergraduate training at St.Petersburg State University, Russia (B.S., 1984) and his graduate training in the Soviet Bureau of Standards (Russian NIST), Ph.D.  at 1991. At 1994 he immigrated in Canada, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. Sokolov joined the faculty at Clarkson University in 2000 as an Assistant Professor in Physics. His current positions are Professor of Physics, Professor of Chemistry and Bimolecular Science, NY Center for Advanced Material Processing (CAMP) Professor, and the Director of NanoBio Laboratory (NABLAB).

Major focus areas of this research are on the mechanics of human cells, self-assembly of nanostructured functional colloids,  nanophotonics,  and self-healing materials.  His work on aging cells was highlighted on the front page of the May 2004 issue of APS News magazine, the monthly news periodical of the American Physical Society. It has also been included in newspapers throughout the USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Brazil, India, Portugal, and South Africa, and in a variety of popular magazines like Skin & Aging, Advance News, BBC Health News, etc. An overview of his research appeared in the New Scientist in March of 2005.  In 2005 he received Simon Greenberg Foundation Scholarship for human skin related studies. In 2006 two his presentations were chosen by the American Institute of Physics along with 50 others (out of 6500+) to be featured presentations in the Annual 2006 American Physics Society meeting. At the same year he received the Graham Research Award. His research on human skin was overviewed in “Chemical and Engineering News” magazine as one of 3 most interesting  results presented at 2006 APS annual meeting. His synthesis of the brightest ever synthesized fluorescent particles was highlighted in MRS News, APSNews.Org, Science Daily, United Press Intern.; the image of the particles was selected as LiveScience’s Image of the Day, and was chosen as one of the finalists for by Materials Today, a popular international material journal.  He has four papers that were distinguished as the most accessed papers published in Small (2007), JPC (2007), Chemistry of Materials (2006), and Ultramiscroscopy (2005). During his career, he was distinguished by a number of awards, including   E.L.Ginzton International Fellowship Award from Stanford University, two Awards from Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japanese Government, Soros Research Awards, three awards as the best young researcher of the year from Soviet Bureau of Standards.

Sokolov has pioneered many methods in atomic force microscopy, including the highest resolution imaging methods on bacteria and inorganic crystals, “nanosurgery” on a single bacterium, direct force measurements for a single nanoparticle, advanced methods for studying rigidity of soft matter, from protein molecules to human cells.

Professor Sokolov is the author or coauthor of ~100 refereed publications and 14 patent filed, 67 invited lectures, seminars, conference presentations; participation in 54 conferences with contributed presentations. He is an active consultant with several major pharmaceutical and chemical companies.

Speaking in the special symposia on Nanoparticles in Soft Materials - Colloidal Systems.

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