Eugene Pinkhassik

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry


  • 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

Richter, A.G.; Dergunov, S.A.; Kim, M.D.; Shmakov, S.N.; Pingali, S.V.; Urban, V.S.; Liu, Y.; Pinkhassik, E. Unraveling the Single-Nanometer Thickness of Shells of Vesicle-Templated Polymer Nanocapsules, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2017, 8, 3630-3636.

Kim, M.D.; Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E. Controlling the Encapsulation of Charged Molecules in Vesicle-Templated Nanocontainers Through Electrostatic Interactions with the Bilayer Scaffold, Langmuir, 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01706.

Dergunov, S.A.; Khabiyev, A.T.; Shmakov, S.N.; Kim, M.D.; Ehterami, N.; Weiss, M.C.; Birman, V.B.; Pinkhassik, E. Encapsulation of Homogeneous Catalysts in Porous Polymer Nanocapsules Produces Fast-Acting Selective Nanoreactors, ACS Nano, 2016, 10, 11397-11406.

Dergunov, S.A.; Ehterami, N.; Pinkhassik, E. Rotaxane-Like Structures Threaded Through the Pores of Hollow Polymer Nanocapsules, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2016, 22, 14137-14140; featured on the cover.

Jia, Y.; Shmakov, S.N.; Pinkhassik, E. Controlled Permeability in Porous Polymer Nanocapsules Enabling Size- and Charge-Selective SERS Nanoprobes, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8, 19755-19763; featured on the cover.

Dergunov, S.A.; Kim, M.D.; Shmakov, S.N.; Richter, A.G.; Weigand, S.; Pinkhassik, E. Tuning Optical Properties of Encapsulated Clusters of Gold Nanoparticles through Stimuli-Triggered Controlled Aggregation, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2016, 22, 7702-7705; featured on the cover.

Jia, Y.; Shmakov, S.N.; Register, P.; Pinkhassik, E. Size-Selective Yolk-Shell Nanoreactors With Nanometer-Thin Porous Polymer Shells, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2015, 21, 12709-12714; featured on the cover, selected as a Hot Paper; featured in ChemistryViews.

Dergunov, S.A.; Bowles, E.A.; Gordon, W.; Green, M.; Bierman, A.; Ellsworth, M.L.; Pinkhassik, E.; Sprague, R.S. Liposomal delivery of a phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor rescues low oxygen-induced ATP release from erythrocytes of humans with type 2 diabetes, Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports, 2015, 2, 137-142.

Kim, M.D.; Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E. Directed Assembly of Vesicle-Templated Polymer Nanocapsules under Near-Physiological Conditions, Langmuir, 2015, 31, 2561-2568, featured on the cover, selected as ACS Editor’s Choice, featured in Nano Today.

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, 27, 733-744, invited article.

Eugene Pinkhassik
Contact Information
Mailing Address55 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269
Office LocationChemistry Building - CHEM A-412