Alexander Sidorenko PhD

Alexander Sidorenko, PhD

Alexander Sidorenko PhD

Professor of Chemistry


BS/MS (Franco National University of Lviv)

PhD (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

Research Interests

Synthesis of polymers and biopolymers

Design and modification of thin films

Nanostructured and hybrid (""smart"") materials


The physico-chemical phenomena at interphases and nnanostructured materials that govern macroscopic properties of matter are in the focus of my research and classes that I teach.

Research Interests

We perform interdisciplinary and application oriented fundamental research in the directions of modern materials science. Our focus is on the fabrication and study of novel artiofical “smart” materials with prospective applications that spun from molecular electronics to bioengineering. We utilize the approaches of supramolecular chemistry which typically take advantage of Supramolecular Assembly on 2D and 3D levels.

Our research in bio-benign molecular brushes and polymer CORALs (Co-Ordinated Responsive Arrays of surface Linked islands) is performed in collaboration with the scientists from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, West Center for Computational Chemistry and Drug Design, and researchers from other universities.


Selected Scholarly Activity

out of 59 total, h-index 29

• Davydovich, O.; Chu, E.; Friar, Z.; Smilgies, D.M.; Moore, P.; Sidorenko, A. Coordinated Responsive Arrays of Surface-Linked Polymer Islands –CORALs. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 10, 7459−7468 (2018)

Hall-Edgefield, D.L.; Shi, T.; Nguyen, K.; Sidorenko, A. Hybrid Molecular Brushes with Chitosan Backbone: Facile Synthesis and Surface Grafting. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 6, 22026−22033 (2014)

Chu, E.; Sidorenko, A. Surface Reconstruction by a “Grafting Through” Approach: Polyacrylamide Grafted onto Chitosan Film. Langmuir 29, 12585−12592 (2013)

Waknis, V.; Chu, E.; Schlam, R.; Sidorenko, A.; Badawy, S.; Yin, S.; Narang, A.S. Molecular Basis of Crystal Morphology-Dependent Adhesion Behavior of Mefenamic Acid During Tableting. Pharmaceutical Research 31, 160-172 (2014)

Hagaman, D.; Gredzik, J.; Peart, P.A.; McCaffery, J.M.; Tovar, J.D.; Sidorenko, A. Block copolymer supramolecular assembly using a precursor to a novel conjugated polymer. Polym. Chem. 4, 1482-1490 (2013)

Hagaman, D.; Enright, T.P.; Sidorenko, A. Block Copolymer Supramolecular Assembly beyond Hydrogen Bonding. Macromolecules 45, 275−282 (2012)

Enright, T.P.; Hagaman, D.; Kokoruz, M.; Coleman, N.; Sidorenko, A. Gradient and Patterned Polymer Brushes by Photoinitiated “Grafting Through” Approach. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys 48(14), 1616-1622 (2010)

Sidorenko, A.; Krupenkin, T.; Taylor, A.; Fratzl, P.; Aizenberg, J., Reversible switching of hydrogel-actuated nanostructures into complex micropatterns. Science 315, 487-49 (2007) [Highlighted in: Materials Today 10(3), 13 (2007), March 2007 issue, and in Chemical & Engineering News 85(5), 10 (2007), January 29, 2007 issue.]

Zhitenev, N.B.; Sidorenko, A.; Tennant, D.M.; Cirelli, R.A., Electronic conducting states and memory in polymer nanodevices, Nature Nanotechnology 2(4), 237-242 (2007)

Luchnikov, V.; Sydorenko, O.; Stamm, M. Self-rolled polymer and composite polymer/metal micro- and nanotubes with patterned inner walls,Advanced Materials 17, 1177 (2005)

Tokarev, I.; Krenek, R.; Burkov, Y.; Schmeisser, D.; Sidorenko, A.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Microphase separation in thin films of poly(styrene-block-4-vinylpyridine) copolymer-2-(4 '-hydroxybenzeneazo)benzoic acid assembly. Macromolecules 38, 507-516 (2005)

Sidorenko, A.; Tokarev, I.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M., Ordered reactive nanomembranes/ nanotemplates from thin films of block copolymer supramolecular assembly. Journal of the American Chemical Society 125, 12211-12216 (2003)

Sidorenko, A.; Zhai, X.W.; Greco, A.; Tsukruk, V.V., Hyperbranched polymer layers as multifunctional interfaces. Langmuir 18, 3408-3412 (2002)

Sidorenko, A.; Houphouet-Boigny, C.; Villavicencio, O.; Hashemzadeh, M.; McGrath, D.V.; Tsukruk, V.V. Photoresponsive Langmuir monolayers from azobenzene-containing dendrons. Langmuir 16, 10569-10572 (2000)

Sidorenko, A.; Minko, S.; Schenk-Meuser, K.; Duschner, H.; Stamm, M. Switching of polymer brushes. Langmuir 15, 8349-8355 (1999)

Smirnov, B.R.; Minko, S.S.; Lusinov, I.A.; Sidorenko, A.A.; Stegno, E.V.; Ivanov, V.V. Frontal radical polymerization in the presence of a polymeric inhibitor. Vysokomolekulyarnye Soedineniya Seriya A & Seriya B 35, B161 (1993)

Contact Information

Office location: Griffith Hall Room 320
Mailing address: Box 48
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-8836

a [dot] sidorenko [at] usciences [dot] edu