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Eugene Pinkhassik

Eugene PinkhassikEugene Pinkhassik
Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry
55 North Eagleville Road Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-3214






  • Postdoc: University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, 1997-2000
  • Ph.D.: Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, 1997
  • Dipl.Chem.: University of Kazan, Russia, 1991


Research Focus

We are making nanomaterials and nanodevices with new and superior properties to address current problems in energy-related technologies, medical imaging and treatment, and environmental sensing..



  • First Tennessee Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fellow, 2010
  • Top 40 Under 40, Memphis Business Journal, 2006
  • Grand Prize, 1st MidSouth Business Plan Competition, 2006
  • FedEx Institute of Technology Innovation Award, 2005
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2004
  • New Faculty Research Initiation Award, University of Memphis, 2001


Current Publications

Kim, M.D.; Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E. Directed Assembly of Vesicle-Templated Polymer Nanocapsules under Near-Physiological Conditions, Langmuir, 2015, in press, DOI: 10.1021/la5046095, selected for ACS Editor’s Choice.

Maclin, A.Q.; Kim, M.D.; Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E.; Lindner, E. Small-Volume pH Sensing with a Capillary Optode Utilizing Dye-Loaded Porous Nanocapsules in a Hydrogel Matrix, Electroanalysis, 2015, in press, DOI: 10.1002/elan.201400545, invited article.

Cho, H.; Pinkhassik, E.; David, V.; Stuart, J.; Hasty, K. Detection of Early Cartilage Damage using Targeted Nanosomes in a Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis Mouse Model, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, 2015, in press.

Zhegalova, N.G.; Dergunov, S.A.; Wang, S.T.; Pinkhassik, E.; Berezin, M.Y. Design of fluorescent nanocapsules as ratiometric nanothermometers, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2014, 20, 10292-10297, featured on the cover.

Dergunov, S.A.; Durbin, J.; Pattanaik, S.; Pinkhassik, E. pH-Mediated Catch and Release of Charged Molecules with Porous Hollow Nanocapsules, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014, 136, 2212-2215.

Shmakov, S.N.; Jia, Y.; Pinkhassik, E. Selectively Initiated Ship-In-A-Bottle Assembly of Yolk-Shell Nanostructures, Chemistry of Materials, 2014, 26, 1126-1132.

Kim, M.D.; Dergunov, S.A.; Richter, A.G.; Durbin, J.; Shmakov, S.N.; Jia, Y.; Kenbeilova, S.; Orazbekuly, Y.; Kengpeiil, A.; Lindner, E.; Pingali, S.V.; Urban, V.S.; Weigand, S.; Pinkhassik, E. Facile Directed Assembly of Hollow Polymer Nanocapsules Within Spontaneously Formed Catanionic Surfactant Vesicles, Langmuir, 2014, 30, 7061-7069, featured on the cover.

Ehterami, N.; Dergunov, S.A.; Ussypbekova, Y.; Birman, V.; Pinkhassik, E. Catalytic Ship-In-A-Bottle Assembly within Hollow Porous Nanocapsules, New Journal of Chemistry, 2014, 38, 481-485, featured on the cover.

Cho, H.; Magid, R.; Danila, D.C.; Hunsaker, T.; Pinkhassik, E.; Hasty, K.A. Theranostic Immunoliposomes for Arthritis, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, 2014, 10, 619-627.

Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E. Hollow Nanocapsules in Biomedical Imaging Applications, in Nanotechnology in Biomedical Imaging and Diagnostics: From Nanoparticle Design to Clinical Applications, M.Y. Berezin, Ed., Wiley, 2014, invited book chapter.