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Rolande R. HodelIllya Nayshevsky is newly graduated doctoral student in polymer chemistry working in the lab of Professor Alan M. Lyons at College of Staten Island. He joined the Doctoral Program in Chemistry in 2015 shortly after graduating from College of Staten Island with a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a major in chemistry and a minor in biochemistry.

Illya, an innovative and creative researcher, is the first author of 3 peer-reviewed publications and a recipient of numerous research awards from international scientific organizations. As an undergraduate, Illya was actively engaged in his classes, while also developing successful independent business acumen and data analyst skills.  However, his undergraduate project, which involved bacterial deactivation using TiO2 functionalized hydrophobic surfaces, inspired him to pursue a Ph.D. degree in research. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, Illya  joined Professor Alan Lyons’ lab to apply nanotechnology to solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, bringing his afore-mentioned skillset to bear to solve important, energy-saving challenges. Illya’s graduate project focused on the development and characterization of anti-reflective and anti-soiling fluoropolymer surface nano-coatings, using a fabrication method patented by Professor Lyons and his research group. This research was aimed at reducing energy losses from PV modules caused by PV cover-glass reflections, environmental contamination and dust, which are exacerbated in arid regions especially in the presence of dew. Illya developed methods to analyze and reduce these negative effects by reducing surface-side reflections (anti-reflectivity) and chemically modifying surface properties of PV cover-glass to eliminate adhesion of contaminates to the surface (anti-soiling) as well as promote cleaning of glass surface utilizing dew as a source of “free water” (self-cleaning). Illya’s contributions to the project include: discovery of the novel “dust herding effect” on hydrophobic surfaces, design and fabrication of laboratory accelerated weathering equipment, creation of hybrid hydrophobic-hydrophilic self-cleaning surfaces, and various analytical and computational tools for analyzing Atomic Force Microscopy and Optical Microscopy data using modern computer vision methods.

Illya’s collaborations with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) contributed to advances of international surface abrasion test standards, while his work has been recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with two Best Student Paper Awards presented at the 44th Photovoltaics Specialist Conference (PVSC) in Washington, DC and 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion in Waikoloa, HI for discovery of the novel “dust herding” anti-soiling mechanism and contributions to self-cleaning glass field.

While obtaining his Doctoral Degree in Chemistry, Illya continued to develop his skills as a software developer and data scientist at the LiRo Group where he worked on developing Autodesk 3D visualization software for the engineering/architectural industry. Illya also completed an internship at NBC/Universal, working on machine learning data analytics of human behavior within mobile applications.

Along with his achievements in research and data analytics, Illya has mentored and trained many undergraduate researchers and high school students working in Professor Lyons’ lab. Illya has taught undergraduate chemistry laboratories and tutored many undergraduate students in physical chemistry. Illya has successfully defended and deposited his Doctoral Thesis in January of 2020 and is currently pursuing a career in data analytics, machine learning and finance.

List of Publications:

1.    I. Nayshevsky, Q. Xu, G. Barahman, A. Lyons, "Anti-reflective and anti-soiling properties of KleanBoost, a superhydrophobic nano-textured coating for solar glass," Proc. IEEE PVSC, 2017, 18220853, DOI: 10.1109/PVSC.2017.8366777

2.    I. Nayshevsky, Q.F. Xu, A.M. Lyons, "Literature survey of dust particle dimensions on soiled solar panel modules," Proc. Intl Soiling Work., Mendeley Data, 2019, DOI: 10.17632/gt2h83ssb5.3

3.    I. Nayshevsky, Q.F. Xu, A.M. Lyons, "Literature survey of dust particle dimensions on soiled solar panel modules," Proc. Intl Soiling Work., Mendeley Data, 2019, DOI: 10.17632/gt2h83ssb5.3

4.    I. Nayshevsky, Q. F. Xu, G. Barahman, and A. M. Lyons, “Fluoropolymer coatings for solar cover glass: Anti-soiling mechanisms in the presence of dew,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 206, p. 110281, 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2019.110281

5.    I. Nayshevsky, Q. Xu, J.M. Newkirk, D. Furhang, D.C. Miller, A. Lyons, “Self-Cleaning Hybrid Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Surfaces: Durability and Effect of Artificial Soilant Particles,” IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 10, issue 2, p. 577-584, 2020, DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2019.2955559

6.    I. Nayshevsky, Q. Xu, A. Lyons, “Hydrophobic–Hydrophilic Surfaces Exhibiting Dropwise Condensation for Anti-Soiling Applications,” IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 9, issue 1, p. 302-307, 2019, DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2018.2882636

7.    J.M. Newkirk,  I. Nayshevsky, A. Sinha, A. Law, Q. Xu, B. To, P.F. Ndione, L.T. Schelhas, J.M. Walls, A.M. Lyons, D.C. Miller, “Artificial Linear Brush Abrasion of Coatings for Photovoltaic Module First Surfaces,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 2020, In review