Vasenkov Selected for Prestigious Mercator Fellowship

Sergey Vasenkov, Ph.D.

Sergey Vasenkov, Ph.D., a professor in the UF Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a Mercator Fellowship from the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The DFG is the leading independent research funding organization in Germany, with members from more than 100 universities and research institutions.

As a Mercator Fellow, Vasenkov is part of an intensive and ongoing collaboration with several research labs at Bremen University in Bremen, Germany.

“I feel very privileged to have an opportunity to collaborate with excellent scientists at Bremen University, and to present results of my research in a Fellow Lecture at Bremen University where I was introduced as a Mercator Fellowship awardee,” says Vasenkov.

The recognition is awarded for his research contribution to the fundamental understanding of microscopic transport in porous materials. He is participating in the research training group “Micro-, meso- and macroporous nonmetallic Materials: Fundamentals and Applications” (MIMENIMA). MIMENIMA is focused on fundamental research related to tailoring of novel porous ceramic structures and their surfaces for applications in important fields of energy, environmental, chemical processing, and space technology.

Mercator Fellowships enable intensive exchange with researchers from Germany and bring additional expertise to a project, increasing its visibility.

Fellows are integrated to a greater extent than visiting researchers. They are associated with the project over the long term and work on site at the host institution. They remain in contact even after their stay and carry the designation “Mercator Fellows.”