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Ukrainian Professor visits Abertay

24 May 2013

A Ukrainian Professor has been visiting Abertay University under the auspices of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science.

Professor Oleg Kalugin – Dean of the School of Chemistry at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University – has been working here with Professor Ashok Adya.

Professor Adya is Professor of Nanotechnology here at Abertay, and he has been working collaboratively with Professor Kalugin over the past 15 years.

Their research is focused on the microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic behaviour of a new class of purely ionic, salt-like materials known as “ionic liquids”.

These are liquid at room temperature, and can be used to dissolve organic compounds, so are highly desirable in the field of commercial chemical development.

They can also be used as drug delivery systems and are being developed for this purpose by the pharmaceuticals industry.

New uses for ionic liquids are being discovered all the time, and Professors Adya and Kalugin have published their findings in numerous peer-reviewed international journals and presented their work at many international conferences.

The link between Kharkiv National University and Abertay has been instrumental in furthering this important area of research.

Professor Steve Olivier, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Principal at Abertay University, said:

“The link between Abertay and Kharkiv National University is an important one, and has been instrumental in furthering the work that Professor Adya and Professor Kalugin have carried out over the past 15 years.

“One of the key elements of our Strategic Plan is to develop local, regional, national and international collaborations in order to enhance learning and teaching, research, and professional practice, and Professors Adya and Kalugin have made a significant contribution to this.

“It has been wonderful to welcome Professor Kalugin to Abertay for this, his fourth visit, and we hope to see him back many times in the future.”

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