Faculty Profile

Svetlana Sukhishvili

Building: McLean Building
Room: 301
Phone: 201.216.5544
Fax: 201.216.8240
Email: [email protected]

June 1989: Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry, Moscow State University, Russia
June 1984: B.S. in Polymer Science with award for excellence, Moscow State University, Russia



Physical chemistry of polymers, polymers and biopolymers at interfaces, surface spectroscopies, soft materials.

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Honors & Awards


NSF Special Creativity Award, 2012

Davis Award for Research Excellence, 2011

Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievement, American Coatings Association, IN, April 2009

Fellow, American Physical Society, 2007- present

Research Recognition Award, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2004

SOROS International Science Foundation Research Award, 1994 – 1995

Featured in Chemical & Engineering News (newsletter of the American Chemical Society), August 31, p. 9, 1992

Excellence Fellowship (for top 5% of graduate students), Moscow State University, Russia, 1984 – 1989

Selected Publications
  1. A. Zhuk, L. Xu, J.F. Ankner and S.A. Sukhishvili. (2013). "Selective Water Uptake within Micelle-Containing Layer-by-Layer Films of Various Architectures: a Neutron Reflectometry Study", Soft Matter. 9 410-417.
  2. F. Tian, J. Kanka, S.A. Sukhishvili and H. Du. (2012). "Photonic Crystal Fiber for Layer-by-layer Assembly and Measurements of Polyelectrolyte Thin Films", Optics Letters. accepted.
  3. S.V. Pavlukhina, J.B. Kaplan, L. Xu, W. Chang, X. Yu, S. Madhyastha, N. Yakandawala, A. Mentbayeva, B. Khan, and S.A. Sukhishvili. (2012). "Non-eluting Enzymatic Antibiofilm Coatings", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 4 4708-4716.
  4. P. Pinkhasova, T. Chou, B. Puccio, S. Sukhishvili, H. Du. (2012). "Noble Metal Nanostructure as both SERS Nanotag and Analyte Probe", ChemComm. 48 9750-9752.
  5. A. Mentbayeva, A. Ospanova, Zh. Tashmuhambetova, V. Sokolova, and S. Sukhishvili. (2012). "Polymer-Metal Complexes in Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films as Catalysts for Oxidation of Toluene", Langmuir. ASAP.
  6. L. Xu, D. Pristinski, A. Zhuk, Ch. Stoddart, J. F. Ankner, and S.A. Sukhishvili. (2012). "Linear versus Exponential Growth of Weak Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: Correlation with Polyelectrolyte Complexes", Macromolecules. 45 3892-3901.
  7. Zh. Zhu, E. Senses, P. Akcora and S.A. Sukhishvili. (2012). "Programmable Light-Controlled Shape Changes in Layered Polymer Nanocomposites", ACS Nano. 6 3152-3162.
  8. Zh. Zhu and S.A. Sukhishvili. (2012). "Layer-by-layer Films of Stimuli-responsive Block Copolymer Micelles", J. Mater. Chem. 22 7667-7671.
  9. P. Pinkhasova, L. Yang, Y. Zhang, S. Sukhishvili and H. Du. (2012). "Differential SERS Activity of Au and Ag Nanostructures Enabled by Adsorbed Poly(vinyl Pyrrolidone)", Langmuir. 28 2529-2535.
  10. L. Xu, V. Kozlovskaya, E. Kharlampieva, J. Ankner and S. Sukhishvili. (2012). "Anisotropic Diffusion of Polyelectrolyte Chains within Multilayer Films", ACS Macro Letters. 1 127-130.
  11. A. Zhuk, R. Mirza and S. Sukhishvili. (2011). "Multiresponsive Clay-Containing Layer-by-Layer Films", ACS Nano. 5 8790-8799.
  12. W.S. Tan, Zh. Zhu, S.A. Sukhishvili, M.F. Rubner, R.E. Cohen. (2011). "Temperature Swellable Micelle Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: The Effect of Block Copolymer Architecture", Macromolecules. 44 7767-7774.
  13. L. Xu, J. Ankner and S. Sukhishvili. (2011). "Steric Effects in Ionic Pairing and Polyelectrolyte Interdiffusion within Multilayered Films: A Neutron Reflectometry Study", Macromolecules. 44 6518-6524.
  14. Y. Han, R. Lupitskyy, T.-M. Chou, Ch. M. Stafford, H. Du and S. Sukhishvili. (2011). "Effect of oxidation on SERS activity of silver nanoparticles: a quantitative correlation", Analytical Chemistry. 83 5873-5880.
  15. S. Pavlukhina and S. Sukhishvili. (2011). "Polymer Assemblies for Controlled Delivery of Bioactive Molecules from Surfaces", Adv. Drug Del. Rev. 63 822-836.
  16. I. Erel, Zh. Zhu, A. Zhuk, S. Sukhishvili. (2011). "Hydrogen-Bonded Layer-by-Layer Films of Block Copolymer Micelles with pH-Responsive Cores", J. Coll. Int. Sci. 355 61-69.
  17. L. Xu, Zh. Zhu and S. Sukhishvili. (2011). "Polyelectrolyte Multilayers of Diblock Copolymer Micelles with Temperature-Responsive Cores", Langmuir. (27), 409-415.
  18. S. Pavlukhina, Y. Lu, A. Patimetha, M. Libera, S. Sukhishvili. "Polymer Multilayers with pH-Triggered Release of Antibacterial Agents", Biomacromolecules 2010, 11 3448-3456.
  19. Y. Han, S. Tan, M. K. Kh. Oo, D. Pristinski, S. Sukhishvili, and H. Du. "Towards Full-Length Accumulative SERS-active Photonic Crystal Fiber", Advanced Materials 2010, 22 1-5.
  20. L. Xu, Z. Zhu, O. Borisov, E. Zhulina and S. A. Sukhishvili. "pH-Triggered Block Copolymer Micelle-to-Micelle Phase Transition", Phys. Rev. Lett. 2009, 103 118301.
  21. Zh. Zhu and S. A. Sukhihsvili. (2009). "Temperature-induced Swelling and Small Molecule Release with Hydrogen-Bonded Multilayers of Block Copolymer Micelles", ACS Nano , 3 3595-3605.
  22. M. Erol, Y. Han, S. K. Stanley, C. M. Stafford, H. Du and S. Sukhishvili. (2009). "SERS Not To Be Taken for Granted in the Presence of Oxygen", J. Am. Chem. Soc, 131 7480-7481.
  23. E. Kharlampieva, J. F. Ankner, M. Rubinstein and S.A. Sukhishvili. (2008). "pH-Induced Release of Polyanions from Multilayer Films", Phys. Rev. Letters , 100 128303.
  24. E. Kharlampieva, V. Kozlovskaya, and S. A. Sukhishvili. (2009). "Layer-by-Layer Hydrogen-Bonded Polymer Films: From Fundamentals to Applications", Advanced Materials, 21 1-13.
  25. I. Erel-Unal and S. A. Sukhishvili. (2008). "Hydrogen-bonded Multilayers of a Neutral Polymer and a Polyphenol", Macromolecules, 41 3962-3970.
  26. V. Kozlovskaya and S. A. Sukhishvili. (2006). "Amphoteric Hydrogel Capsules: Multiple Encapsulation and Release Routes", Macromolecules , 39 6191-6199.
  27. S.A. Sukhishvili, E. Kharlampieva and V. Izumrudov. (2006). "Where Polyelectrolyte Multilayers and Polyelectrolyte Complexes Meet", Macromolecules, 39 8873-8881.
  28. V. Kozlovskaya, E. Kharlampieva, M. L. Mansfield and S. A. Sukhishvili. (2006). "Poly(methacrylic acid) Hydrogel Films and Capsules: Response to pH and Ionic Strength, and Encapsulation of Macromolecules", Chem. Materials , 18 328-336.
  • CH 362 Instrumental Analysis I - Spectroscopy and Chromatography
  • CH 671 Physical Chemistry of Polymers
  • CH 672 Macromolecules in Modern Technology
  • CH 673 Special Topics in Polymer Chemistry
  • CH/NANO 525 Techniques of Surface Analysis
  • NANO 600 Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • NANO 672 Polymers at Solid-Liquid Interfaces