Vladimir Kolesnichenko, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Telephone Number: 504-520-5430
Room Number: NCF - Room 301F
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General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry.


Short Professional Biography

Graduated from the National Taras Shevchenko University (Kiev, Ukraine) in 1979 with MS degree in chemistry.  Worked at the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences from 1979 to 1993 as a Research Associate initially, and as a Senior Scientist for the last five years.  Defended PhD degree in inorganic chemistry in 1986.  From 1993 to 1995 worked as a Research Associate at the University of Kansas; from 1996 to 1998 at the University of Iowa as a Postdoctoral Associate.  In 1998-1999 worked as a Research Scientist at BlackLightPower Inc. (Cranbury, NJ).  In 1999-2003 worked as a Research Specialist at the Advanced Materials Research Institute (New Orleans, LA).  In 2004 became a full-time faculty at Xavier University.


Research Interest

The objective of current research project is to study all aspects of experimental chemistry of magnetic metal oxide particles and clusters, namely the mechanism of nucleation and growth, surface and colloid chemistry, redox chemistry and the structure and magnetism relationship.   These studies can help to develop novel materials for biomedical application (as MRI contrast agents and cell tracking labels), and will be useful for the development of molecular electronics, high-density information storage and catalysis.


Current Grant Support

NSF EPSCoR multi-institutional grant “Louisiana Alliance for Simulation Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA)”, 2010-2015.

NIH RCMI Pilot Project “Nanoparticles of Magnetic Iron Oxides as Prospective Diagnostic Agents”, 2009-2014.

NSF Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program (NSF).   Five faculty (XU) team proposal for establishing strong materials science-oriented program at Xavier University and collaboration in materials research with New York University (NYU).


Recent Publications
  1. D. Caruntu, Y. Remond, N. Hawn Chou, J. Moo-Jin, G. Caruntu, J. He, G. Goloverda, C. O'Connor and V. Kolesnichenko, “Reactivity of 3d transition metal cations in diethylene glycol solutions.  Synthesis of transition metal ferrites with the structure of discrete nanoparticles complexed with long-chain carboxylate anions”.  Inorg. Chem., 2002, 41, 6137.
  2. D. Caruntu, G. Caruntu, Y. Chen, C. O’Connor, G. Goloverda and V. Kolesnichenko, “Synthesis of variable-sized nanocrystals of Fe3O4 with high surface reactivity”, Chem. Mater., 2004, 16 (25) 5527.
  3. B. Cushing, V. Kolesnichenko, C.J. O’Connor, “Recent advances in the liquid-phase synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles”, Chemical Reviews, 2004, 104, 3893-3946.
  4. V. Kolesnichenko, V. Vu and G. Goloverda, “Preparation of Colloidal Metals of Iron Group With Uncapped Surface in Polar Aprotic Medium”, Ukrainian Chemistry Journal, 2005, 69(11-12), 65-70.
  5. G.Z. Goloverda, B. Jackson, C. Kidd and V.L. Kolesnichenko, “Synthesis of the ultrasmall nanoparticles of magnetic iron oxides and study of their colloid and surface chemistry”, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 2009, 321, 1372.
  6. Vladimir Kolesnichenko “Synthesis of Nanoparticulate Magnetic Materials”, in: Magnetic Nanoparticles, S.P. Gubin (Editor), Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, 2009, 25-58.
  7. T. Zheng, J. Zhan, J. He, B. Sunkara, Y. Lu, G. McPherson, G. Piringer, V. Kolesnichenko and V. John, “Nanostructured Multifunctional Materials for Environmental Remediation of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons”, the invited chapter: ACS Symp. Ser. 1027, Editors: C.L. Geiger and K.M. Carvahlo-Kninghton, 2009, 163-179
  8. V. Kolesnichenko, D. Hay, D. Swenson and L. Messerle, “W3Cl10(Hg2Cl2)2, a reactive one-dimensional polymer of triangular clusters with terminal and intercluster-bridging mercurous chloride ligands: main-group metal halide by-products as versatile ligands in reductive synthesis of early transition metal halide clusters”. Journal of Cluster Science, 2010, 21, 515-523.
  9. I. V. Vasylenko, K. S. Gavrylenko, V. G. Il’yin, V. Golub, G. Goloverda, V. Kolesnichenko,
    A. W. Addison, V. V. Pavlishchuk, “The metamorphosis of heterometallic trinuclear antiferromagnetic complexes into nano-sized superparamagnetic spinels”, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2010, 121, 1-2, 47-52.
  10. P. Kucheryavy, J. He, V.T. John, P. Maharjan, L. Spinu, G. Goloverda and V. Kolesnichenko, “Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles with Variable Size and an Iron Oxidation State as Prospective Imaging Agents”. Langmuir, 2013, 29, 710-716.


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