Meet New Faculty: Valentin Rodionov

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Assistant Professor Valentin Rodionov brings his expertise in catalysis and nanoscale systems to Case Western Reserve University from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Get to know one of our newest faculty members:

What is the focus of your research?

The research interests of my group are broadly focused on catalysis with soft materials and nanoscale systems capable of emergent behavior.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering? Why polymers?

Nature uses polymers (and rather elaborate ones!) for most of the functions of living organisms. I dream of achieving a similar degree of complexity and functional diversity in a completely artificial system. Thus, even though I am a pure organic chemist by training, I find myself drawn to polymer science. My group tries to approximate some of the more useful features of biomolecules to enable “impossible” chemical reactions.

What drew you to the Case School of Engineering?

The Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering is a unique match for the research interests of our group. There are multiple amazing colleagues to collaborate with, and extensive and dedicated polymer instrumentation.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching and conducting research at the Case School of Engineering?

The students! Case Western Reserve students are amazing.

What are your hobbies outside the classroom and lab?

Visual arts: I have been formally trained as a painter, and I do a fair bit of photography as well.

What’s your favorite spot in Cleveland or on campus—or both?

I love the Rising Star coffee shop!