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American Physical Society names Dobrynin as fellow

by Cindy Weiss - December 11, 2006

Andrey Dobrynin, an associate professor of physics, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

The APS, the main society of physical scientists, limits fellowships to one half of one percent of its members.

Dobrynin was elected "for his contributions to the theory of charged polymers."

He has studied charged polymers for the past 10 years.

The best known example of a charged polymer is a DNA molecule.

Charged polymers are widely used in industry.

For example, they are used in proton exchange membranes for fuel cells.

Similarly, many biomaterial applications, such as implantable glucose sensors, rely on the unique properties of ion selective membranes made of charged polymers.

These polymers are also used in new generations of electronic materials for nanoelectronic devices.

"It is particularly nice that Andrey was awarded this early in his career. It speaks to the quality of his work in the polymer field," says William Stwalley, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Physics and department head.

Andrey Dobrynin, associate professor of physics.
Andrey Dobrynin, associate professor of physics, joins a select group of fellows of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to the theory of charged polymers.
Photo by Jordan Bender

"It is very prestigious."

Harris Marcus, professor of materials science and director of the Institute of Materials Science, says "Andrey is a superior theorist in polymers and the way polymers behave."

Dobrynin is a member of the Polymer Program in the Institute of Materials Science.

Dobrynin came to UConn in 2001 from the University of North Carolina, where he was a research associate.

He was also a researcher for the Ecole Supérieure Physique Chimie Industrielles in Paris, France; a visiting scientist at the University of Rochester and Eastman Kodak Co.; and a senior research scientist at the Institute of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Crystal Chemistry of Rare Elements in Moscow, Russia.

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