Sergei I. Nazarenko



2015-presentProfessor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi
2009-2015Associate Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi
2004-2009Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi  
1997-2003Assistant Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University.


Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, USSR Academy of Sciences, N.N. Semenov's Institute of Chemical Physics


Ph.D., Physics and Mathematics (Polymer Physics), USSR Academy of Sciences, N.N. Semenov's Institute of Chemical Physics


B.S., Molecular and Chemical Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University)

Editorial Appointments

2008- presentExecutive Editor, Journal of Applied Polymer Science

 Awards and Honors

USM Innovation Award (for Basic Research) 2015

The People's Republic of China; Ministry of Education Distinguished Overseas Scholar Award, 2013

3M NTFG Award, 1998



Transport phenomena: gas diffusion and permeation, chain interdiffusion, thermal and electrical conductivity; Glassy state: steady state and relaxation; Probing and modeling of free volume: high pressure dilatometry and positron annihilation life-time spectroscopy (PALS); Flammability of polymers; Development of new polymer based materials and structures: gas barrier films and coatings, gas separation membranes, composite and nanocomposite structures, multilayer films, halogen-free fire retardant additives and coatings.


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Yu, X.; Jia, J.; Xu, S.; Lao, K. U.; Sanford, M. J.; Ramakrishnan, R. K.; Nazarenko, S. I.; Hoye, T. R.; Coates, G. W.; DiStasio, R. A., Unraveling substituent effects on the glass transition temperatures of biorenewable polyesters. Nature Communications 2018, 9 (1), 2880

Meyers, K. P.; Decker, J. J.; Olson, B. G.; Lin, J.; Jamieson, A. M.; Nazarenko, S., Probing the confining effect of clay particles on an amorphous intercalated dendritic polyester. Polymer 2017, 112, 76-86.

Guan, Y.; Meyers, K. P.; Mendon, S. K.; Hao, G.; Douglas, J. R.; Trigwell, S.; Nazarenko, S. I.; Patton, D. L.; Rawlins, J. W., Ecofriendly fabrication of modified graphene oxide latex nanocomposites with high oxygen barrier performance. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016, 8 (48), 33210-33220

Decker, J. J.; Meyers, K. P.; Paul, D. R.; Schiraldi, D. A.; Hiltner, A.; Nazarenko, S., Polyethylene-based nanocomposites containing organoclay: A new approach to enhance gas barrier via multilayer coextrusion and interdiffusion. Polymer 2015, 61, 42-54

Cho, J. H.; Vasagar, V.; Shanmuganathan, K.; Jones, A. R.; Nazarenko, S.; Ellison, C. J., Bioinspired Catecholic Flame Retardant Nanocoating for Flexible Polyurethane Foams. Chemistry of Materials 2015, 27 (19), 6784-6790

Kwisnek, L.; Goetz, J.; Meyers, K. P.; Heinz, S. R.; Wiggins, J. S.; Nazarenko, S., PEG Containing Thiol–Ene Network Membranes for CO2 Separation: Effect of Cross-Linking on Thermal, Mechanical, and Gas Transport Properties. Macromolecules 2014, 47 (10), 3243-3253

Wu, Y.; Yudin, V. E.; Otaigbe, J. U.; Korytkova, E. N.; Nazarenko, S., Gas barrier behavior of polyimide films filled with synthetic chrysotile nanotubes. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 2013, 51 (15), 1184-1193

Kwisnek, L.; Heinz, S.; Wiggins, J. S.; Nazarenko, S., Multifunctional thiols as additives in UV-cured PEG-diacrylate membranes for CO 2 separation. Journal of Membrane Science 2011, 369 (1), 429-436

Kwisnek, L.; Kaushik, M.; Hoyle, C. E.; Nazarenko, S., Free Volume, Transport, and Physical Properties of n-Alkyl Derivatized Thiol−Ene Networks: Chain Length Effect. Macromolecules 2010, 43 (8), 3859-3867

Shin, J.; Nazarenko, S.; Hoyle, C. E., Effects of chemical modification of thiol− ene networks on enthalpy relaxation. Macromolecules 2009, 42 (17), 6549-6557

Olson, B. G.; Decker, J. J.; Nazarenko, S.; Yudin, V. E.; Otaigbe, J. U.; Korytkova, E. N.; Gusarov, V. V., Aggregation of Synthetic Chrysotile Nanotubes in the Bulk and in Solution Probed by Nitrogen Adsorption and Viscosity Measurements. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2008, 112 (33), 12943-12950

Nazarenko, S.; Meneghetti, P.; Julmon, P.; Olson, B. G.; Qutubuddin, S., Gas barrier of polystyrene montmorillonite clay nanocomposites: Effect of mineral layer aggregation. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 2007, 45 (13), 1733-1753

Senyurt, A. F.; Wei, H.; Phillips, B.; Cole, M.; Nazarenko, S.; Hoyle, C. E.; Piland, S. G.; Gould, T. E., Physical and Mechanical Properties of Photopolymerized Thiol−Ene/Acrylates. Macromolecules 2006, 39 (19), 6315-6317

Zhao, Y.; Dong, S.; Jamieson, A. M.; Hu, X.; Lal, J.; Nazarenko, S.; Rowan, S. J., Rheological Properties and Conformation of a Side-Chain Liquid Crystal Polysiloxane Dissolved in a Nematic Solvent. Macromolecules 2005, 38 (12), 5205-5213

Yu, J.; Liu, R. Y. F.; Poon, B.; Nazarenko, S.; Koloski, T.; Vargo, T.; Hiltner, A.; Baer, E., Polymers with palladium nanoparticles as active membrane materials. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2004, 92 (2), 749-756

Olson, B. G.; Lin, J.; Nazarenko, S.; Jamieson, A. M., Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy of Poly(ethylene terephthalate):  Contributions from Rigid and Mobile Amorphous Fractions. Macromolecules 2003, 36 (20), 7618-7623

Lin, J.; Shenogin, S.; Nazarenko, S., Oxygen solubility and specific volume of rigid amorphous fraction in semicrystalline poly(ethylene terephthalate). Polymer 2002, 43 (17), 4733-4743.

Hodge, K.; Prodpran, T.; Shenogina, N. B.; Nazarenko, S., Diffusion of oxygen and carbon dioxide in thermally crystallized syndiotactic polystyrene. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 2001, 39 (20), 2519-2538