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). A related project started in 1997 after a catastrophic flood occurred in Grand Forks, ND. Studies, in collaboration with engineering faculty, have been conducted on using bioremediation (as well as chemical and physical remediation methods) as a means of removing hydrocarbon contaminants from common building materials, such as wood and concrete. Dr. Kozliak is interested in bioremediation and related projects as a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A.
Dr. Kozliak’s main 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 a colleague in analytical chemistry, Dr. A. Kubatova and a chemical engineering faculty, Dr. W. Seames.
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 a colleague in analytical chemistry, Dr. D. Pierce and chemical engineering faculty, Drs. W. Seames and S. Benson.
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
Baglayeva, G.; Popova, I.E.; Kozliak, E.I. Efficient Extraction of Fuel Oil Hydrocarbons from Concrete, Sep. Sci. Technol., 2011, in print.
Paca, J., Halecky, M., Vanek, T., Kozliak, E., Jones, K..Removal of Saturated Aliphatic Hydrocarbons (Gasoline Components) from Air via Bacterial Biofiltration, J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part A, 2010, 45, 1037-1047.
Seames, W., Luo, Y., Ahmed, I., Aulich, T., Kubatova, A., Stavova, J., Kozliak, E. The Thermal Cracking of Canola and Soybean Methyl Esters: Improvement of Cold Flow Properties. Biomass and Bioenergy, 2010, 34, 939-946.
Liang, S.; Hartvickson, S.; Kozliak, E.; Zhao, J.X. Effect of Amorphous Silica Nanomatrix on Kinetics of Metallation of Encapsulated Porphyrin Molecules. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2009, 113(44), 19046-19054.
Kozliak, E.I. Overcoming Misconceptions about Configurational Entropy in Condensed Phases, J. Chem. Educ., 2009, 86, 1063-1068.