Dr. Anastasia V. Penkova

ah Penkova AVProfessor at Department of Analytical Chemistry
Member of American Nano Society

WoS ResearcherID: J-3228-2013

Scopus AuthorID: 14062446100

SPIN-code: 2251-4079

ORCID: 0000-0001-8443-951X

Area of Present Research

  • Polymer membranes and nanocomposites: preparation, structure, transport properties
  • Membrane processes: pervaporation, ultrafiltration, gas separation
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of nonequilibrium processes

Scholarships and Grants

A.V. Penkova has been the head of the 25 grants. Some of them are listed below:

  1. Grant #03-03-32379 of Russian Foundation for Basic Research “Liquid-vapor phase transitions in non-equilibrium systems: membrane and reactive processes” 2003-2005.
  2. Grant #06-03-32493 of Russian Foundation for Basic Research “Modeling of process of evaporation through a membrane: methods of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and topological analysis” 2006-2008.
  3. Grant #09-03-00812 of Russian Foundation for Basic Research “Processes of evaporation in reactive and membrane systems under solution stratification” 2009-2011.
  4. UNESCO/IUPAC grant (scholarship) to study Polymer Science in Prague (Czech republic) at Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry. October 2007- July 2008 (postgraduate course in polymer science).
  5. Swedish Institute’s Visby program. The project “Hydration of nanostructured and biological materials” № 01145/2008. 2008-2011.
  6. 2009–2010. Scholarship of Government of Russian Federation for the best PhD students.
  7. 2010 – Grant of Government of Saint-Petersburg for young scientists to study membrane processes.
  8. 2010–2012 – Research Grant «Participant of science innovative competition”
  9. 2011–2013 – Grant of Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation.
  10. 2011 – Grant of Government of Saint-Petersburg for young scientists to study membrane processes.
  11. 2011 – Travel Grant for training A. Penkova in group of Nobel laureate H.Kroto. (Florida State University).

Main Results of Applied Work

  1. In the framework of the collaboration with the group of Nobel laureate Harold Walter Kroto (Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA) the novel composites based on polyvinyl alcohol were developed. These composites contain polyhydroxy fullerenes with different degrees of hydroxylation that are C60(OH)22-24 and C60(OH)12. The method of composite preparation was developed. Composites characterization was carried out. It was shown that nonporous (diffusion) membranes based on polyvinyl alcohol had high retention capacity (selectivity) for water and high permeability. Two patents were obtained on a method of these diffusion membranes preparation and devices for their obtaining. Also, articles were published in highly rated journals on this research topic.
  2. In the framework of the collaboration with the membrane group of Denis Roizard (University of Lorraine, Nancy, France), composite membranes with a thin selective layer based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and PVA/fullerenol composites were developed and studied using various cross-linking methods during the pervaporation dehydration of industrially significant solvents (tetrahydrofuran and acetic acid).
  3. In the framework of the collaboration with the membrane group of Denis Roizard (University of Lorraine, Nancy, France) and the Christian Serre group (Lavoisier Institute, Versailles, France), dense and composite PVA membranes modified with MOF ZIF-8 functionalized by chains of polyethylene glycol (PEG) for better dispersion of particles in the polymer matrix. It was shown that the creation of the composite PVA membrane and the introduction of ZIF-8-PEG into its matrix leads to an increase in the permeation flux in 11 times while maintaining a high separation factor compared to an unmodified PVA membrane.
  4. Transport characteristics and physico-chemical properties of the novel membranes based on polyphenylene isophtalamide were studied. These membranes were modified by fullerene C60 and carbon nanotubes. It was shown that inclusion of carbon nanoparticles into polymer matrices increases the selectivity and permeability of membranes for the separation of binary methanol containing mixtures in pervaporation.
  5. Novel supported membrane was created with selectivity layer based on poly (2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) that was cast on industrial porous Teflon support. This membrane was modified by 2% fullerene. It was found that efficiency of pervaporation removal of ester from esterification mixture increases by more than an order of magnitude with using this composite membrane. This is indicated the actuality of use of these membranes for the combined processes such as "reaction + pervaporation".
  6. A new method was developed for the preparation of pervaporation and ultrafiltration membranes based on polyphenylene isophthalamide and polysulfone modified with Pluronic F127. The properties of membranes and casting solutions were studied. It was shown that the introduction of Pluronic F127 into the polymer matrix leads to an increase in pore size for ultrafiltration membranes and to an increase in the free volume for pervaporation membranes, as well as to an increase in permeation flux and surface hydrophilization for two membrane types.
  7. The possibility of thermodynamic description of pervaporation process and approximation of experimental data in binary systems with the use of non-equilibrium thermodynamics relations was shown and confirmed based on experimental data and literature data. Prognosis of membrane selectivity in the process of pervaporation was developed.
  8. A new composite based on polyvinyl alcohol modified with carboxyfullerene was developed. A method for its preparation was developed and characterization was carried out. It has been shown that non-porous membranes based on polyvinyl alcohol have high selectivity with respect to water, high permeability and stability during ethanol dehydration.
  9. A method for modifying polysulfone with fullerene was developed and the transport characteristics of the obtained composites were studied during the pervaporation of an ethyl acetate-water mixture. It was shown that the modification of polysulfone by fullerene leads to surface and inner modification of the membrane and, as a result, to an improvement in permeability.
  10. New composite membranes based on polyvinyl alcohol were developed using bulk modification (introduction of fullerenol , сhitosan and polyaalylamine hydrochloride) and surface (Layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolytes: sodium polystyrenesulfonate, chitosan, polyallylamine hydrochloride, polyacrylic acid) modification. It was found that the combined use of bulk and surface modifications led to a significant increase in the permeation flux with a high water content in permeate. The permeation flux of the developed membrane exceeded 8.5 times the permeation flux of the commercially available analogue Sulzer PervapTM 1201 membrane with comparable selectivity.
  11. In collaboration with the membrane laboratory (the head is professor I.V. Vorotyntcev) of Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University R.E. Alekseeva were synthesized copolymers of chitosan with acrylonitrile and styrene to improve chemical and mechanical stability. Composite membranes with a selective layer based on chitosan copolymers deposited on a commercial UPM-20 substrate were developed. The developed membranes were studied by various physicochemical methods of analysis. Transport properties were studied during dehydration of tetrahydrofuran. It was shown that the membrane with a selective layer based on the copolymer chitosan-polyacrylonitrile had the optimal transport characteristics.

Academic and Professional Awards

  1. Winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship "For Women in Science" (2018)
  2. Laureate of the National Competition of Innovation Projects, 1st place in the rating "Top 100 Young Innovative Leaders of Russia", in the nomination "Chemical Industry". Diploma of the absolute winner (2011).
  3. Laureate of the Generation Foundation contest, award in the nomination “The Best Scientist in the Field of the Study of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies” (2011).
  4. Laureate of the XXIII competition of the European Academy for young scientists of Russia in the section "Chemistry" (2017).
  5. Prize of the St. Petersburg State University for scientific works “for contribution to the science of young researchers” (2017).
  6. Laureate of the VI All-Russian Internet Olympiad in Nanotechnology (intellectual forum “Nanotechnology - a breakthrough into the future!”), Winner diploma (2012).
  7. Diploma of the 4th All-Russian Internet Olympiad in nanotechnology "Nanotechnology - a breakthrough into the future" - the winner of the creative competition "Academic Approach"
  8. Scholarship of the President of the Russian Federation for young scientists (2015).
  9. Scholarship of the President of the Russian Federation (2009-2010).
  10. Winner diploma of the Government of St. Petersburg for young scientists without a degree (2010).
  11. A diploma of the winner of the competition of the Government of St. Petersburg for young scientists, the implementation of scientific research in the field of membrane processes (2012).
  12. Winner diploma of the competition of the Government of St. Petersburg for young scientists with a degree of candidate of sciences (2012).
  13. The diploma of the winner of the competition of the Government of St. Petersburg for young scientists, young candidates of science, universities, industry and academic institutions (2014).
  14. Winner diploma of the competition of the Government of St. Petersburg for young scientists with a Ph.D. (2015).
  15. Winner diploma of the competition of the Government of St. Petersburg for young scientists with a Ph.D. degree (2016).
  16. Prize of the Government of St. Petersburg in the field of scientific and pedagogical activity (2016).
  17. Prize of the Government of St. Petersburg in the field of scientific and pedagogical activity (2017).
  18. Diploma of the II international competition of scientific works of young scientists in the field of nanotechnology (2009).
  19. Diploma of the XVI International Conference "Lomonosov-2009" for the best report (2009).
  20. Diploma at the International Symposium "Fullerenes and Atomic Clusters" (IWFAC 2009) for the best report (2009).
  21. Laureate diploma for the best report at the 13th International Youth School-Conference "Magnetic resonance and its applications - Spinus-2016" (2016).


  1. Polotskaya G.A., Penkova A.V, Toikka A.M., Fullerene-containing polyphenylene oxide membranes for pervaporation. // Desalination (2006), V. 200, No. 1-3, p. 400-402.
  2. Polotskaya G.A., Penkova A.V., Toikka A.M., Pientka Z., Brozova L., Bleha M., Transport of small molecules through polyphenylene oxide membranes modified by fullerene. // Separation Science and Technology (2007), V. 42, No. 2, p. 333-347.
  3. Penkova A., Toikka A., Kostereva T., Sudareva N., Polotskaya G., Structure and transport properties of fullerene – polyamide membranes. // Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures (2008), V. 16, No. 5-6, p. 666-669.
  4. Polotskaya G.A., Pen'kova A.V., Sudareva N.N., Polotskii A.E., Toikka A.M., Polyamide ultrafiltration membranes modified with nanocarbon additives. // Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry (2008), V.81, № 2, p. 236-240.
  5. Penkova A.V., Polotskaya G.A., Toikka A.M., Trchova M., Slouf M., Urbanova M., Brus J., Brozova L., Pientka Z., Structure and Pervaporation Properties of Poly(phenylene-iso-phtalamide) Membranes Modified by Fullerene C60. // Macromolecular Materials and Engineering (2009), V. 294, p. 432-440.
  6. Penkova A.V., Polotskaya G.A., Gavrilova V.A., Toikka A.M., J.-C. Liu, Trchova M., Slouf M., Pientka Z. Polyamide Membranes Modified by Carbon Nanotubes: Application for Pervaporation. // Separation Science and Technology (2010), V. 45, p. 35–41.
  7. Polotskaya G.A., Penkova A.V., Pientka Z., Toikka A.M., Polymer membranes modified by fullerene C60 for pervaporation of organic mixtures. // Desalination and Water Treatment (2010), V. 14. p. 83–88.
  8. Penkova A.V., Pientka Z., Polotskaya G.A., MWCNT/poly(phenylene-iso-phtalamide) Nanocomposite Membranes for Pervaporation of Organic Mixture. // Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures (2011), V. 19, P. 137-140.
  9. Penkova A.V., Polotskaya G.A., Toikka A.M., Kocherbitov V.V. Effect of Residual Solvent on Physicochemical Properties of Poly(Phenylene Isophtalamide) Membrane. // Drying Technology (2011), V. 29, P. 633–641.
  10. Sudareva N.N., Penkova A.V., Kostereva T.A., Polotskii A.E., Polotskaya G.A., Properties of casting solutions and ultrafiltration membranes based on fullerene-polyamide nanocomposites. // eXPRESS Polymer Letters (2012), V. 6, No.3, P. 178–188A.
  11. Penkova A.V., Polotskaya G.A.,Toikka A.M. Separation of acetic acid–methanol–methyl acetate–water reactive mixture. // Chemical Engineering Science (2013), V.101, Pages 586–592.
  12. Toikka A.M, Penkova A.V., Markelov D.A., Description and approximation of mass-transfer in pervaporation process on the base of nonequilibrium thermodynamics approach. // International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2014), V.72, P. 423–429.
  13. Penkova A. V., Acquah S. F. A., Dmitrenko M. E., Chen B., Semenov K. N., Kroto Harold W., Transport Properties of Cross-Linked Fullerenol-PVA Membranes. // Carbon (2014), V. 76, P. 446 –450.
  14. Penkova A., Polotskaya G., Toikka A., Pervaporation Сomposite Membranes for Ethyl Acetate Production. // Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification (2015), V. 87, P. 81–87.
  15. Penkova A.V., Acquah S.F.A., Sokolova M.P., Dmitrenko M.E., Toikka A.M., Polyvinyl alcohol lmembranes modified by low-hydroxylated fullerenol C60(OH)12. // Journal of Membrane Science (2015), V.49, P. 122–27.
  16. Toikka A., Naumkin P., Penkova A., Approximation and analysis of pervaporation of binary mixtures using nonequilibrium thermodynamics approach. // Chemical Engineering Research and Design (2015), V. 104, P. 669–680.
  17. 17.  Shishov A., Penkova A., Zabrodin A., Nikolaev K., Dmitrenko M., Ermakov S., Bulatov A., Vapor permeation-stepwise injection simultaneous determination of methanol and ethanol in biodiesel with voltammetric detection. // Talanta (2016), V. 148, P. 666–672.
  18. Penkova A.V., Acquah S.F.A., Dmitrenko M.E., Sokolova M.P., Mikhailova M.Е., Polyakov E.S., Ermakov S.S., Markelov D.A., Roizard D., Improvement of pervaporation PVA membranes by the controlled incorporation of fullerenol nanoparticles. // Materials & Design (2016), V. 96, P. 416–423.
  19. Markelov D.A., Matveev V.V., Ingman P., Nikolaeva M.N., Penkova A.V., Lahderanta E., Boiko N.I., Chizhik V.I., Unexpected Temperature Behavior of Polyethylene Glycol Spacers in Copolymer Dendrimers in Chloroform. // Scientific Reports (2016), | 6:24270 |
  20. Penkova A.V., Dmitrenko M.E., Sokolova M.P., Chen B., Plisko T.V., Markelov D.A., Ermakov S.S., Impact of fullerene loading on the structure and transport properties of polysulfone mixed-matrix membranes. // Journal of Materials Science (2016), 51(16), P. 7652-7659.
  21. Markelov D.A., Shishkin A.N., Matveev V.V., Penkova A.V., Lähderanta E., Chizhik V.I., Orientational Mobility in Dendrimer Melts: Molecular Dynamics Simulations. // Macromolecules (2016), V. 49, P. 9247−9257.
  22. Acquah S.F.A, Penkova A.V., Markelov D.A., Semisalova A.S., Leonhardt B.E., Magi J.M., Review - The Beautiful Molecule: 30 Years of C60 and its Derivatives. // ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology (2017), V. 6 (6), M1-M8.
  23. Penkova A.V., Dmitrenko M. E., Ermakov S.S., Toikka A.M., Roizard D., Novel green PVA-fullerenol mixed matrix supported membranes for separating water-THF mixtures by pervaporation. // Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2017), P. 1–9.
  24. Пенькова А.В., Acquah S.F., Пиотровский Л.Б., Маркелов Д.А., Семисалова А.С., Kroto H.W., Производные фуллерена как нанодобавки для полимерных композитов. // Успехи Химии (2017), T. 86 (6), C. 530–566.
  25. Dmitrenko M.E., Penkova A.V., Missyul A.B., Kuzminova A.I., Markelov D.A., Ermakov S.S., Roizard D., Development and investigation of mixed-matrix PVA-fullerenol membranes for acetic acid dehydration by pervaporation. // Separation and Purification Technology (2017), V. 187, P. 285–293.
  26. Dmitrenko M.E., Penkova A.V., Kuzminova A.I., Ermakov S.S., Roizard D., Investigation of polymer membranes modified by fullerenol for dehydration of organic mixtures. // IOP Conf. Series: Journal of Physics: Conf. Series (2017), 879 012010.
  27. Semenov K.N., Andrusenko E.V., Charykov N.A., Litasova E.V., Panova G.G., Penkova A.V., Murin I.V., Piotrovskiy L.B., Carboxylated fullerenes: Physico-chemical properties and potential applications. // Progress in Solid State Chemistry (2017), V. 47–48, P. 19–36.
  28. Matveev V.V., Markelov D.A., Dvinskikh S.V., Shishkin A.N., Tyutyukin K.V., Penkova A.V., Tatarinova E.A., Ignat'eva G.M., Milenin S.A., Investigation of Melts of Polybutylcarbosilane Dendrimers by 1H NMR Spectroscopy. // Scientific Reports (2017), Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 13710.
  29. Plisko T.V., Liubimova A.S., Bildyukevich A.V., Penkova A.V., Dmitrenko M.E., Mikhailovskii V.Y., Melnikova G.B., Semenov K.N., Doroshkevich N.V., Kuzminova A.I., Fabrication and characterization of polyamide-fullerenol thin film nanocomposite hollow fiber membranes with enhanced antifouling performance. // Journal of Membrane Science (2018), V. 551, P. 20–36.
  30. Penkova A.V., Dmitrenko M.E., Savon N.A., Missyul A.B., Mazur A.S., Kuzminova A.I., Zolotarev A.A., Mikhailovskii V., Lahderanta E., Markelov D.A., Semenov K.N., Ermakov S.S., Novel mixed-matrix membranes based on polyvinyl alcohol modified by carboxyfullerenes for pervaporation dehydration. // Separation and Purification Technology (2018), V. 204, P. 1–12.
  31. Dmitrenko M.E., Penkova A.V., Kuzminova A.I., Morshed M., Larionov M.I., Alem H., Zolotarev A.A., Ermakov S.S., Roizard D., Investigation of new modification strategies for PVA membranes to improve their dehydration properties by pervaporation. // Applied Surface Science (2018), V. 450, P. 527-537.
  32. Dmitrenko M., Penkova A., Kuzminova A., Missyul A., Ermakov S., Roizard D., Development and Characterization of New Pervaporation PVA Membranes for the Dehydration Using Bulk and Surface Modifications. // Polymers (2018), 10, 571.
  33. M.E.Dmitrenko, A.V.Penkova, R.R.Atta, A.A. Zolotarev, T.V.Plisko, A.S.Mazur, N.D.Solovyev, S.S.Ermakov. The development and study of novel membrane materials based on polyphenylene isophthalamide - Pluronic F127 composite// Materials & Design (2019), V. 165, 107596.
  34. Ksenia Otvagina , Anastasia Penkova, Maria Dmitrenko, Anna Kuzminova, Tatyana Sazanova, Andrey Vorotyntsev, Ilya Vorotyntsev. Novel composite membranes based on chitosan copolymers with polyacrylonitrile and polystyrene: physicochemical properties and application for pervaporation dehydration of tetrahydrofuran// Membranes (2019). 9, 38; doi:10.3390/membranes9030038.
  35. Benzaqui M., Semino R., Carn F., Tavares S.R., Menguy N., Giménez-Marques M., Bellido E., Horcajada P., Berthelot T., Kuzminova A.I., Dmitrenko M.E., Penkova A.V., Roizard D., Serre C., Maurin G., Steunou N., Covalent and Selective Grafting of Polyethylene Glycol Brushes at the Surface of ZIF‑8 for the Processing of Membranes for Pervaporation. // ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2019), V. 7, I. 7, P. 6629-6639.
  36. T.V. Plisko, A.V. Penkova, K.S. Burts, A.V. Bildyukevich, M.E. Dmitrenko, G.B. Melnikova, R.R. Atta, A.S. Mazur, A.A. Zolotarev, A.B. Missyul, Effect of Pluronic F127 on porous and dense membrane structure formation via non-solvent induced and evaporation induced phase separation. // Journal of Membrane Science (2019), V. 580, p. 336–349
  37. Dmitrenko M.E., Penkova A.V., Kuzminova A.I., Atta R.R., Zolotarev A.A., Mazur A.S., Vezo O.S., Lahderanta E., Markelov D.A., Ermakov S.S., Development and investigation of novel polyphenylene isophthalamide pervaporation membranes modified with various fullerene derivatives. // Separation and Purification Technology (2019), V. 226, P. 241-251.
  38. Pochkaeva E.I., Podolsky N.E., Zakusilo D.N., Petrov A.V., Charykov N.A., Vlasov T.D., Penkova A.V., Vasina L.V., Murin I.V., Sharoyko V.V., Semenov K.N., Fullerene derivatives with amino acids, peptides and proteins: From synthesis to biomedical application(Review), Progress in Solid State Chemistry (2020), V. 57, 100255.
  39. M. Dmitrenko, A. Kuzminova, A. Zolotarev, S. Ermakov, D. Roizard, A. Penkova, Enhanced pervaporation properties of PVA-based membranes modified with polyelectrolytes. application to IPA dehydration, Polymers (Basel). 12 (2020).
  40. Mariia Dmitrenko, Vladislav Liamin, Anna Kuzminova, Anton Mazur, Erkki Lahderanta, Sergey Ermakov, Anastasia Penkova, Novel mixed matrix sodium alginate–fullerenol membranes: development, characterization, and study in pervaporation dehydration of isopropanol, Polymers (2020), V.12, 864.
  41. Plisko T.V., Bildyukevich A.V., Burts K. S., Ermakov S.S., Penkova A.V., Kuzminova A.I., Dmitrenko M.E., Hliavitskaya T.A. and Ulbricht M., One-Step Preparation of Antifouling Polysulfone Ultrafiltration Membranes via Modification by a Cationic Polyelectrolyte Based on Polyacrylamide // Polymers, 12, 1017 (2020). doi:10.3390/polym12051017
  42. Dmitrenko M., Zolotarev A., Plisko T., Burts K., Liamin V., Bildyukevich A., Ermakov S., Penkova A., Effect of the Formation of Ultrathin Selective Layers on the Structure and Performance of Thin-Film Composite Chitosan/PAN Membranes for Pervaporation Dehydration // Membranes, 10, 153 (2020). doi:10.3390/membranes10070153.

Books Chapters

  1. A. Penkova, G. Polotskaya. Chapter:How to improve the properties of polymer membranes: modification of membrane materials by carbon nanoparticles. (2012). In: Handbook on Fullerene: Synthesis, Properties and Applications ISBN  978-1-62100-429-5. Editor: R. F. Verner, C. Benvegnu, pp. 335-362. © 2012 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  2. A. Penkova. D. Roizard. Chapter 11:  Potential interests of carbon nanoparticles for pervaporation polymeric membranes. (2016). In book: Nanostructured Polymer Membranes, Volume 2, Applications. 1 Edition. 500 Pages, Hardcover. ISBN 978-1-118-83178-6. Wiley & Sons Ltd. Р 413-441.

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