Svetlana A. Sukhishvili


Director, Soft Matter Facility

Sukhisvili Svetlana

Office: RDMC 219
Phone: 979.458.9840
Fax: 979.845.3081

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Research Interests

  • Stimuli-responsive all-polymer and polymer nanocomposite assemblies for sensing, separation and biomedical applications
  • Structure and dynamics of polyelectrolyte assemblies
  • Materials with controllable optical, swelling and drug-release responses
  • Remote manipulation of material shape
  • Smart antibacterial materials
  • Surface modification for controlling wettability, adhesion and adsorption

Awards & Honors

  • Provost’s Entrepreneurship Award, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2013
  • NSF Special Creativity Award, 2012
  • Davis Award for Research Excellence, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2011
  • Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievement, American Coatings Association, IN, 2009
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2007
  • Research Recognition Award, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2004
  • SOROS International Science Foundation Research Award, 1994 – 1995
  • Editorial Advisory Board for Particle & Particle Systems Characterization and Macromolecules, 2012-present


  • Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry, Moscow State University, Russia, 1989
  • B.S. in Polymer Science with award for excellence, Moscow State University, Russia, 1984

Selected Publications

A. Zhuk, V. Selin, I. Zhuk, B. Belov, J.F. Ankner and S.A. Sukhishvili “Chain Conformation and Dynamics in Spin-Assisted Weak Polyelectrolyte Multilayers”, Langmuir 2015, 31, 3889–3896.

Y. Lu, Y. Wu, J. Liang, M. R. Libera “Self-defensive Antibacterial Layer-by-Layer Hydrogel Coatings with pH-Triggered Hydrophobicity”, Biomaterials 2015, 45, 64-71.

I. Zhuk, F. Jariwala, A.B. Attygalle, Y. Wu, M. Libera and S.A. Sukhishvili “Self-Defensive Layer-by-Layer Films with Bacteria-Triggered Antibiotic Release,” ACS Nano 2014, 8, 7733–7745 (featured in Science 2014, №6201, Vol. 345, 1133).

Y. Lu, M. Sarshar, K. Du, T. Chou, Ch.-H. Choi, S.A. Sukhishvili "Large-Amplitude, Reversible, pH-Triggered Wetting Transitions Enabled by Layer-by-Layer Films", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013, 5, 12617–12623.

L. Xu, V. Selin, A. Zhuk, J.F. Ankner, S.A. Sukhishvili "Molecular Weight Dependence of Polymer Chain Mobility within Multilayer Films", ACS Macro Letters 2013, 2, 865-868.

Zh. Zhu, N. Gao, H. Wang and S.A. Sukhishvili “Temperature-triggered On-demand Drug Release Enabled by Hydrogen-Bonded Multilayers of Block Copolymer Micelles”, J. Controlled Release 2013, 171, 73–80.

P. Pinkhasova, T. Chou, B. Puccio, S. Sukhishvili, H. Du “Noble Metal Nanostructure as both SERS Nanotag and Analyte Probe”, ChemComm 2012, 48, 9750–9752.

Zh. Zhu, E. Senses, P. Akcora and S.A. Sukhishvili “Programmable Light-Controlled Shape Changes in Layered Polymer Nanocomposites”, ACS Nano 2012, 6, 3152–3162.

A. Zhuk, R. Mirza and S. Sukhishvili ”Multiresponsive Clay-Containing Layer-by-Layer Films,” ACS Nano 2011, 5, 8790–8799.

Y. Han, S. Tan, M. K. Kh. Oo, D. Pristinski, S. Sukhishvili, and H. Du “Towards Full-Length Accumulative SERS-active Photonic Crystal Fiber”, Advanced Materials 2010, 22, 1-5.

M. Erol, Y. Han, S. K. Stanley, Ch. M. Stafford, H. Du and S. Sukhishvili “SERS Not To Be Taken for Granted in the Presence of Oxygen”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 7480–7481.