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Office: Abbott Hall 312
Lab: Abbott Hall 313
University of North Dakota
Department of Chemistry
Abbott Hall 236
151 Cornell Street Stop 9024
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9024
Dr. Evguenii Kozliak
ProfessorB.S., 1983, Moscow State University, USSR; Ph.D., 1987, Moscow State University; Research Associate, 1987-1989, Bakh Institute of Biochemistry, Moscow Academy of Sciences of USSR; Senior Research Associate, 1990-1991, Bakh Institute of Biochemistry; Visiting Research Associate, 1991-1995, University of Minnesota at Duluth, School of Medicine.
Dr. Kozliak’s group's focus is on application of physical chemistry to both applied microbiology/biotechnology and complex chemical processes. Complex problems are addressed, those requiring more than just organic/inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, microbiology or engineering but, rather, an integrated combination of some or all of them. Applied physical chemistry helps link these very different areas thus enabling us to solve some difficult real-world problems. Analytical chemistry is another key to solving these problems; this is why most of the projects addressed by Dr. Kozliak’s group are conducted in partnership with analytical chemists. Chemical engineering faculty are also Dr. Kozliak’s natural collaborators who enable the practical implementation of the molecular approaches developed.
One focus area is the application of bacteria in gas phase, liquid and solid waste cleanup processes. The project is conducted in collaboration with Prof. Jan Paca, Institute of Chemical Technology, Technical University, Prague (Czech Republic). Dr. Kozliak is interested in projects on physico-chemical aspects of biodegradation, bioremediation and related projects. A new project in this area is conducted in collaboration with a colleague in analytical chemistry, Dr. A. Kubatova, and Dr. Y. Ji (UND, Chem. E.) on chemical and biochemical pretreatments of lignocellulosic biomass. Dr. Kozliak is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A.
Dr. Kozliak’s other current projects, conducted with graduate students, are focusing on several applications of physical chemistry to complex chemical processes. One of them is the mechanistic study of triacylglyceride (TG) thermal and cracking as a way of production of competitive biofuels. Comprehensive speciation, isomer and homology profiles of products, along with other mechanistic methods, are investigated in strategic collaboration with Dr. A. Kubatova and a chemical engineering faculty, Dr. W. Seames.
A similar new project is a study of lignin degradation in subcritical water conducted by the same team within a larger ND-SD consortium DakotaBioCon.
The other large current project is in partitioning and speciation of inorganic elements during coal combustion. Accurate methods are sought and developed for direct measurement of kinetic parameters under conditions that simulate the vaporization of inorganic materials during coal combustion on a molecular scale. This is done in collaboration with Dr. Seames and a colleague in analytical chemistry, Dr. D. Pierce.
Dr. Kozliak is also interested in developing new pedagogies in teaching physical chemistry on all levels, in particular, teaching entropy and its versatile physical significance.
REPRESENTATIVE RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Kubatova, A.; Geetla, A.; Casey, J.; Linnen, M. J.; Seames, W. S.; Smoliakova, I. P.; Kozliak, E. I. Cleavage of carboxylic acid moieties in triacylglycerides during non-catalytic pyrolysis. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc. 2015, 92(5), 755-767.
Halecky, M.; Rousova, M.; Paca, J.; Kozliak, E.; Seames, W.; Jones, K. Biofiltration of gasoline and diesel aliphatic hydrocarbons. J. Air & Waste Manage. Assoc., 2015, 65(2), 133–144.
Brzonova, I., Kozliak, E., Kubatova, A., Chebeir, M., Qin, W., Christopher, L., Ji, Y. Kenaf biomass biodecomposition by Basidiomycetes and Actinobacteria in submerged fermentation for production of carbohydrates and phenolic compounds. Bioresource Technology, 2014, 173, 352-360.
Kozliak, E.I. Entropy of mixing of distinguishable particles. J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91(6), 834-838.
Raeva, A.A., Dongari, N. R., Artemyeva, A.A., Kozliak, E., Pierce, D., Seames, W. Experimental simulation of trace element evolution from the excluded mineral fraction during coal combustion using GFAAS and TGA–DSC. Fuel 2014 , 124, 28-40.