recognized with KSU Provost's International Scholar Award
April 9, 2008
Dr. Yuriy Nastyshyn, currently a visiting scientist with Dr. Oleg
Lavrentovich, is the 2008 recipient of the Kent State University
Provost International Scholar Award. He accepted the award at the
21st Annual International Awards and Induction Ceremony presented
by the Kent State University Beta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta.
Nastyshyn is the head of the research sector on Biological Optics
and Optics of Liquid Crystals at the Institute of Physical Optics
of Ukraine. This is his fourth visit to the Liquid Crystal Institute
at Kent State University.
“This time, Dr. Nastyshyn brought his expertise to help
us in the studies of the so-called chromonic lyotropic liquid crystal,” Lavrentovich
said. These materials can be used in a number of applications,
from sensors of harmful bacteria such as anthrax and E. Coli to
thin films with unique optical properties, such as polarizers.
His studies are focused at the optical and elastic properties of
these materials; he collaborates with researchers at the LCI and
at the Department of Physics (Prof. Sam Sprunt's group).
Besides his expertise in chromonic lyotropic liquid crystals,
he has extensive contributions in the areas of optics, defects,
and rheology of liquid crystals, anchoring in nematic liquid crystals,
phase transitions in surfactant lyotropic liquid crystals and the
growth and optical studies of biocrystals.