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Nicolay V. Tsarevsky

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
nvt@andrew.cmu.edu, nvt@atrpsolutions.com
(412) 268-1872

Education

Ph.D., Chemistry, 2005
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
Advisor: Professor Kris Matyjaszewski
Thesis: Synthesis of Well-Defined Polymeric Materials with Polar Functional Groups by ATRP

M.S. Chemical Physics and Theoretical Chemistry, 1999
University of Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria

Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

1. Polymerization techniques, especially controlled radical polymerization
2. Synthesis of functional polymers
3. Transition metal catalyzed polymerization reactions
4. Structure and chemistry of hypervalent iodine compounds
5. Science education

Awards

2008 National Starch and Chemical Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry (ACS, Division of Polymer Chemistry and Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering)
2004 Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research (ACS)

2004-2005

Harrison Legacy Dissertation Fellowship (Carnegie Mellon University)

2004

Pittsburgh Section's Polymer Group Student Award (ACS)

2003

Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry (ACS)

1998

A. Wessels' Award (Stiftung Bulgarische Hochschulforderung)

1996

Rector's Prize For Best Student (University of Sofia)

1994-1999

Evrika Foundation "Talents" Scholarship

1994

26th International Chemistry Olympiad (Oslo, Norway)

1994

27th National Chemistry Olympiad (Varna, Bulgaria), third place

Affiliation

American Chemical Society
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
History of Science Society

Experience

2009 Chair, Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society
2008 Chair-elect, Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society
2007-Present Chief Science Officer, ATRP Solutions, Inc.

2007

Associate Director, Controlled Radical Polymerization Consortium, Carnegie Mellon University

2006

Chair, Polymer Group, Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society

2005-2006

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

2005

Secretary, Polymer Group, Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society

2001-2005

Member of Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

2001-2007

Supervised 11 undergaduate students. One of them won the Pfizer award for 2002. Six of them won Undergaduate Research Awards and/or grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

2000-2005

Graduate Research Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University

2000

Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University. Taught Organic Chemistry II, Introduction to Modern Chemistry, and Organic Lab III

Productivity

Author or coauthor of 85 publications (49 in peer-reviewed journals), 7 book chapters, 1 textbook, 7 patents or patent applications, and 84 scientific talks or poster presentations

List of Publications

Selected peer-reviewed papers

1. Braunecker, W. A., Tsarevsky, N. V., Gennaro, A., Matyjaszewski, K., “Thermodynamic Components of the Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Equilibrium: Quantifying Solvent Effects”, Macromolecules, 2009, ASAP
2. Matyjaszewski, K., Tsarevsky, N. V., “Nanostructured Functional Materials Prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Nature Chemistry, 2009, 1, 276-88
3. Tang, W., Kwak, Y., Braunecker, W., Tsarevsky, N. V., Coote, M. L., Matyjaszewski, K., “Understanding Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Effect of Ligand and Initiator Structures on the Equilibrium Constants”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 10702-13
4. Golas, P. L., Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Structure-Reactivity Correlation in “Click” Chemistry: Substituent Effect on Azide Reactivity”, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2008, 29, 1167-71
5. Jakubowski, W., Tsarevsky, N. V., Higashihara, T., Faust, R., Matyjaszewski, K., “Allyl Halide (Macro)Initiators in ATRP: Synthesis of Block Copolymers with Polyisobutylene Segments”, Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 2318-23
6. Gil, R. R., Gayathri, C., Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Stretched Poly(methyl methacrylate) Gel Aligns Small Organic Molecules in Chloroform. Stereochemical Analysis and Diasterotopic Proton NMR Assignment in Ludartin Using Residual Dipolar Couplings and 3J Coupling Constant Analysis”, J. Org. Chem., 2008, 73, 840-8
7. Wu, W., Tsarevsky, N. V., Hudson, J. L., Tour, J. M., Matyjaszewski, K., Kowalewski, T., ““Hairy” Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Small, 2007, 3, 1803-10
8. Matyjaszewski, K., Tsarevsky, N. V., Braunecker, W. A., Dong, H., Huang, J., Jakubowski, W., Kwak, Y., Nicolay, R., Tang, W., Yoon, J. A., “Role of Cu0 in Controlled / “Living” Radical Polymerization”, Macromolecules, 2007, 40, 7795-806
9. Tsarevsky, N. V., Bencherif, S. A., Matyjaszewski, K., “Graft Copolymers by a Combination of ATRP and Two Different Consecutive Click Reactions”, Macromolecules, 2007, 40, 4439-45
10. Golas, P. L., Tsarevsky, N. V., Sumerlin, B. S., Walker, L. M., Matyjaszewski, K., “Multisegmented Block Copolymers by “Click” Coupling of Polymers Prepared by ATRP”, Austral. J. Chem., 2007, 60, 400-4
11. Tsarevsky, N. V., Braunecker, W. A., Matyjaszewski, K., “Electron Transfer Reactions Relevant to Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, J. Organometal. Chem., 2007, 692, 3212-22
12. Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., ““Green” Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: From Process Design to Preparation of Well-Defined Environmentally-Friendly Polymeric Materials”, Chem. Rev., 2007, 107, 2270-99
13. McCarthy, P., Chattopadhyay, M., Millhauser, G. L., Tsarevsky, N. V., Bombalski, L., Matyjaszewski, K., Shimmin, D., Avdalovic, N., Pohl, C., “Nanoengineered Analytical Immobilized Metal Affinity Chromatography Stationary Phase by ATRP: Separation Prion Peptides”, Anal. Biochem., 2007, 366, 1-8
14. Tsarevsky, N. V., Braunecker, W. A., Vacca, A., Gans, P., Matyjaszewski, K., “Competitive Equilibria in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Macromol. Symp., 2007, 248, 60-70
15. Tang, H., Arulsamy, N., Radosz, M., Shen, Y., Tsarevsky, N. V., Braunecker, W. A., Tang, W., Matyjaszewski, K., “Highly Active Copper-Based Catalyst for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 16277-85
16. Matyjaszewski, K., Jakubowski, W., Min, K., Tang, W., Huang, J., Braunecker, W. A., Tsarevsky, N. V., “Diminishing Catalyst Concentration in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Reducing Agents”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA, 2006, 103, 15309-14
17. Tsarevsky, N. V., Braunecker, W. A., Tang, W., Brooks, S. J., Matyjaszewski, K., Weisman, G. R., Wong, E. H., “Copper-Based ATRP Catalysts of Very High Activity Derived from Dimethyl Cross-Bridged Cyclam”, J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem., 2006, 257, 132-40
18. Tsarevsky, N. V., Braunecker, W. A., Brooks, S. J., Matyjaszewski, K., “Rational Selection of Initiating/Catalytic Systems for the Copper-Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Basic Monomers in Protic Media: ATRP of 4-Vinylpyridine”, Macromolecules, 2006, 39, 6817-24
19. Golas, P. L., Tsarevsky, N. V., Sumerlin, B. S., Matyjaszewski, K., “Catalyst Performance in “Click” Coupling Reactions of Polymers Prepared by ATRP: Ligand and Metal Effects”, Macromolecules, 2006, 39, 6451-7
20. Shach-Caplan, M., Silverstein, M. S., Bianco-Peled, H., Tsarevsky, N. V., Cooper, B. M., Matyjaszewski, K., “Nanoscale Structure of SAN-PEO-SAN Triblock Copolymers Synthesized by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Polymer, 2006, 47, 6673-83
21. Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Environmentally Benign Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Towards “Green” Processes and Materials”, J. Polym. Chem.: Part A: Polym. Chem., 2006, 44, 5098-112
22. Oh, J. K., Tang, C., Gao, H., Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Inverse Miniemulsion ATRP: A New Method for Synthesis and Functionalization of Well-Defined Water-Soluble Cross-Linked Polymeric Particles”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 5578-84
23. Tang, W., Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Determination of Equilibrium Constants for ATRP”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 1598-1604
24. Sumerlin, B. S., Tsarevsky, N. V., Louche, G., Lee, R. Y., Matyjaszewski, K., “Highly Efficient “Click” Functionalization of Poly(3-azidopropyl methacrylate) Prepared by ATRP”, Macromolecules, 2005, 38(18), 7540-5
25. Gao, H., Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Synthesis of Degradable Miktoarm Star Copolymers via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Macromolecules, 2005, 38(14), 5995-6004
26. Braunecker, W. A., Tsarevsky, N. V., Pintauer, T., Gil, R. R., Matyjaszewski, K., “Quantifying Vinyl Monomer Coordination to CuI in Solution and the Effect of Coordination on Monomer Reactivity in Radical Copolymerization”, Macromolecules, 2005, 38(10), 4081-8
27. Tsarevsky, N. V., Sumerlin, B. S., Matyjaszewski, K.,“Step Growth “Click” Coupling of Telechelic Polymers Prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Macromolecules, 2005, 38(9), 3558-61
28. Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Combining Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization and Disulfide / Thiol Redox Chemistry: A Route to Well-Defined (Bio)degradable Polymeric Materials”, Macromolecules, 2005, 38(8), 3087-92
29. Braunecker, W. A., Pintauer, T., Tsarevsky, N. V., Kickelbick, G., Matyjaszewski, K., “Towards Understanding Monomer Coordination in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Synthesis of [CuI(PMDETA)(pi-M)][BPh4] (M = Methyl Acrylate, Styrene, 1-Octene, and Methyl Methacrylate) and Structural Studies by FT-IR and 1H NMR Spectroscopy and X-ray Crystallography”, J. Organometal. Chem., 2005, 690, 916-24
30. Tsarevsky, N. V., Pintauer, T., Matyjaszewski, K., “Deactivation Efficiency and Degree of Control Over Polymerization in ATRP in Protic Solvents”, Macromolecules, 2004, 37(26), 9768-78
31. Tsarevsky, N. V., Bernaerts, K. V., Dufour, B., Du Prez, F. E., Matyjaszewski, K., “Well-defined (Co)polymers with 5-Vinyltetrazole Units via Combination of Atom Transfer Radical (Co)polymerization of Acrylonitrile and “Click Chemistry”-Type Postpolymerization Modification”, Macromolecules, 2004, 37(25), 9308-13
32. Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Reversible Redox Cleavage/Coupling of Polystyrene with Disulfide or Thiol Groups Prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Macromolecules, 2002, 35(24), 9009-14
33. Kowalewski, T., Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Nanostructured Carbon Arrays from Block Copolymers of Polyacrylonitrile”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124(36), 10632-3
34. Tsarevsky, N. V., Sarbu, T., Goebelt, B., Matyjaszewski, K., “Synthesis of Styrene-Acrylonitrile Copolymers and Related Block Copolymers by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Macromolecules, 2002, 35(16), 6142-8
35. Georgiev, G. S., Kamenska, E. B., Tsarevsky, N. V., Christov, L. K., “Radical Thermo- and Sonopolymerization of Methyl Methacrylate Initiated by Iodobenzene I,I-diacetate”, Polymer International, 2001, 50, 313-8
36. Matyjaszewski, K., Qiu, J., Tsarevsky, N. V., Charleux, B., “Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of n-Butyl Methacrylate in an Aqueous Dispersed System: A Miniemulsion Approach”, J. Polym. Sci.: Part A: Polym. Chem., 2000, 38, 4724-34
37. Tsarevsky, N. V., Slaveykova, V., Manev, S., Lazarov, D., “The Onium Compounds”, J. Chem. Educ., 1997, 74(6), 734-6

Books

1. Dimitrova, V., Tsarevsky, N., Manev, S., “Problems in Chemistry: Methods, Practice, Examples”, Neofit Rilsky University Press, Blagoevgrad, 2000, ISBN 954-680-162-3

Book Chapters

1. Tsarevsky, N. V., Braunecker, W. A., Tang, W., Matyjaszewski, K., “The Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Equilibrium: Structural and Medium Effects”, in Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization: Progress in ATRP (ACS Symposium Series 1023), Matyjaszewski, K., Ed., Washington, D.C., 2009, 85-96
2. Jakubowski, W., Tsarevsky, N. V., McCarthy, P., “Systematic Polymeric Libraries via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, in Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization: Progress in ATRP (ACS Symposium Series 1023), Matyjaszewski, K., Ed., Washington, D.C., 2009, 343-56
3. Tsarevsky, N. V., Tang, W., Brooks, S. J., Matyjaszewski, K., “Factors Determining the Performance of Copper-Based ATRP Catalysts”, in Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization: From Synthesis to Materials (ACS Symposium Series 944), Matyjaszewski, K., Ed., Washington, D.C., 2006, 56-70
4. Sumerlin, B. S., Tsarevsky, N. V., Louche, G., Gao, H., Golas, P. L., Matyjaszewski, K., “Click Chemistry Functionalization of Polymers Prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, in Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization: From Synthesis to Materials (ACS Symposium Series 944), Matyjaszewski, K., Ed., Washington, D.C., 2006, 140-52
5. McCarthy, P., Tsarevsky, N. V., Bombalski, L., Matyjaszewski, K., Pohl, C., “Grafting Chromatographic Stationary Phase Substrates by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, in Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization: From Synthesis to Materials (ACS Symposium Series 944), Matyjaszewski, K., Ed., Washington, D.C., 2006, 252-68
6. Tsarevsky, N. V., Min, K., Jahed, N. M., Gao, H., Matyjaszewski, K., “Functional Degradable Polymeric Materials Prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, in Degradable Polymers and Materials: Principles and Practice (ACS Symposium Series 939), Khemani, K., Scholz, C., Eds., Washington, D.C., 2006, 184-200
7. Tsarevsky, N. V., Matyjaszewski, K., “Controlled Synthesis of Polymers with Ionic or Ionizable Groups Using Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, in Polyelectrolytes and Polyzwitterions: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications (ACS Symposium Series 937), McCormick, C. L., Lowe, A. B., Eds., Washington, D.C., 2006, 79-94

Chair of Sessions at Conferences

1. 235th ACS National Meeting, April 6-10, 2008, New Orleans, LA, POLY Session on “Efficient Chemical Transformations in Polymer Chemistry: Click Chemistry and Beyond”
2. 1st Young Polymer Scientists Conference and 5th Short Course on Block Copolymer-Based Nanomaterials, March 25-29, 2007, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
3. 1st European Chemistry Congress, August 27-31, 2006, Budapest, Hungary
4. Meetings of the Polymer Group, Pittsburgh Section of ACS, during 2005-2006

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