Elena Dormidontova

Associate Professor

Department of Physics


  • Ph.D., Physics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, Moscow, 1994
  • M.Sc., Physics, Moscow State University, Moscow, 1991

Research Focus

  • Theoretical and computational soft matter physics with emphasis on the thermodynamics and kinetics of macromolecular self-assembly
  • Polymer modified nanoparticles and their interactions with cell surfaces via ligand-receptor recognition
  • Macromolecular and surfactant micelles
  • Self-assembling macromolecules and networks
  • Macromolecular adsorption and phase behavior


  • Climo Professorship for Case Western University School of Engineering, 2007-2010
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2004-2010


Prhashanna Ammu, Elena E. Dormidontova “Micelle Self-Assembly and Chain Exchange Kinetics of Tadpole Block Copolymers with a Cyclic Corona Block”, Macromolecules 53, 3, 982-991, 2020.

Hari Sharma, Elena E. Dormidontova “Polymer-Threaded and Polymer-Wrapped Wormlike Micelle Solutions: Molecular Dynamics Simulations” Macromolecules, 52, 7016−7027, 2019.

Prhashanna Ammu, Udaya R. Dahal, Elena E. Dormidontova “Comparative properties and hydration of PB-PEO, PCL-PEO and pTHF-PEO spherical micelles,” J. Chem. Phys. 150, 184908, 2019.

R. Dahal, P. Ammu, E. E. Dormidontova, Hydration of diblock copolymer micelles: Effects of hydrophobicity and co-solvent, J. Chem. Phys, 150, 184908, 2019.

Dahal, Z. Wang, E. E. Dormidontova, Hydration of Spherical PEO-Grafted Gold Nanoparticles: Curvature and Grafting Density Effect,Macromolecules, 51(15), pp 5950–5961, 2018.

L. Kwiatkowski, V. S. Molchanov, H. Sharma, A. I. Kuklin, E. E. Dormidontova, O. E. Philippova, Growth of wormlike micelles of surfactant induced by embedded polymer: role of polymer chain length, Soft Matter, 14, 4792-4804, 2018.

L. Kwiatkowski, H. Sharma, V. S. Molchanov, A. S. Orekhov, A. L. Vasiliev, E. E. Dormidontova, O. E. Philippova, Wormlike Surfactant Micelles with Embedded Polymer Chains, Macromolecules,50(18), pp 7299–7308, 2017.

Sharma, E. E. Dormidontova, Lipid Nanodisc-Templated Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles into Strings and Rings, ACS Nano, 11(4), pp 3651-3661, 2017.

R. Dahal, E. E. Dormidontova, Polyethylene oxide hydration and hydrogen bonding in aqueous and isobutyric acid pure and binary solutions, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 19, 9823-9832, 2017.

Ammu, E. E. Dormidontova, Tadpole and Mixed Linear/Tadpole Micelles of Diblock Copolymers: Thermodynamics and Chain Exchange Kinetics, Macromolecules, 50(4), pp 1740-1748, 2017.

R. Dahal, E. E. Dormidontova, Spontaneous insertion, helix formation and hydration of polyethylene oxide in carbon nanotubes, Physical Review Letters, chosen as “Editor’s suggestion”, 117, 027801, 2016.

M. Feldstein, K. A. Bovaldinova, E. V. Bermesheva, A. P. Moscalets, E. E. Dormidontova, V. Y. Grinberg, A. R. Khokhlov, Thermo-Switchable Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives Based on Poly(N-vinyl caprolactam) Non-Covalently Crosslinked by Poly(ethylene glycol), Macromolecules,47 (16), 5759-5767, 2014.

Elena Dormidontova
Contact Information
Mailing Address97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136, Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office LocationGant Complex