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Dmytro Nykypanchuk

Staff Scientist | Soft and Bio Nanomaterials


  • Interactions in Colloidal Systems
  • Self-Assembly of Soft-Matter
  • Dynamics of Macromolecules under Confinement and at Interfaces
  • Biopolymers
  • Scattering Methods in Soft-Matter
  • Single Molecule Microscopy

CFN Research Activities

Our main research directions are focused on the use of specific interactions between biological molecules for self-assembly of nanostructured materials. The questions we are addressing span from how different types of interactions define the structure in the hybrid bio-molecular/inorganic nanomaterials, to more practical aspects of the how the structure affects the properties of the assembled systems, in particular optical properties. 


  • Diploma: Ivan Franko University, Lviv, Ukraine
  • Major: Chemistry/Physical Chemistry and Colloids
  • PhD: University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Polymer Science and Engineering
    • Dissertation Title: A single molecule visualization of DNA diffusion and partitioning in model porous materials

Professional Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Research: Brookhaven National Laboratory
    • Center for Functional Nanomaterials
    • Project: DNA mediated self-assembly

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

M. M. Maye, K. Mudalidge, D. Nykypanchuk, W. Sherman, and O. Gang, Molecularly Switchable Nanoparticle Superlattices and Clusters with Binary States NatureNanotechnology 2, 116, 2010.

M.M. Maye, D. Nykypanchuk, M. Cuisinier, D. van der Lelie, O. Gang Stepwise Surface Encoding for High-Throughput Assembly of Nanoclusters Nature Materials 8, 388, 2009.

D. Nykypanchuk, M. M. Maye, D. van der Lelie, O. Gang DNA-Guided Crystallization of Colloidal Nanoparticles Nature 451, 549, 2008

D. Nykypanchuk, M. M. Maye, D. van der Lelie, O. Gang DNA-Based Approach for Interparticle Interaction Control Langmuir 23, 6405, 2007.

D. Nykypanchuk, H.H. Strey, D.A. Hoagland, Brownian Motion of DNA Confined within a Two-Dimensional Array Science 297, 987, 2002.