Oksana Nadzhafova

Address in Kyiv:
Analytical Chemistry Department,
Taras Shevchenko University,
Volodymyrska St., 64,
Kyiv, Ukraine,  03033
Phone: 221 0211 (work)
           245-5784 (home).
Hi, my name is Oksana Nadzhafova. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry of Taras Shevchenko University, Kiev, Ukraine. My specialization is Environmental Analytical Chemistry. My field of interest is water quality control, determination of heavy metal ions and trace amounts of organic pollutants in natural and tap water using chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques. For these purposes we develop optical sensor systems, based on modified sorbents and thin films; indicator test kits and cellulose papers for express water analysis. We study chemical  processes that take place at solid-liquid interface such as molecular adsorption and complex formation. Beside scientific work  I teach courses in Kiev University for the graduate students specialized in environmental analytical chemistry: Environmental Chemistry; Methods of Investigation of Complexes in Solutions; labs on Water Quality Control.

I am spending 1999/2000  academic year at Yale Graduate School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as a visiting fellow on the exchange program between the US Universities and Universities of Newly Independent States ( Junior Faculty Development Program) which is supported by American Councils for International Education, ACTR/ACCELS. The main goals of my project are:

  • to learn more about the US educational system especially University education;
  • to familiarize myself with academic and scientific activity of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies;
  • to enrich and modify the courses on Environmental Chemistry which I will teach in Kiev University;
  • to develop new teaching skills and techniques, especially computer methods of studying;
  • to expand the information base in the field of Environmental Chemistry and
  • to develop scientific contacts between Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies  and Kiev Taras Shevchenko University.
  • I enjoy the year I am apending at Yale University. It gives me a lot of new information about  different studying styles, courses which could be developed in Kiev University, important scientific contacts in my field of interest. I made acquaintance with the modern environmental analytical labs at Yale University and in Connecticut. I also met wonderful people here. I plan to continue our scientific collaboration in future.
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