|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
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
to expand the information base in the field of Environmental Chemistry
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.