Dr. Tolibjon Omonov

Research Associate (PhD-Chem. Eng., MS-Phys (honors))

Office: 3-60B SAB
Tel. Lab.: (780) 492-6878


Research Interest

  • Lipid derived chemicals, reactive intermediates and materials.
  • Biobased epoxides and polyols; biobased polymers and composites; natural fiber composites.
  • Polymer physics and chemistry.
  • Phase morphology development and stabilization in immiscible polymer blends.
  • In-situ, reactive and physical compatibilization of immiscible binary and ternary polymer blends.
  • Polymeric materials structure-properties relationship; crystallization behavior, thermal-mechanical properties of polymers and composites.



Selected Publications

Book Chapters:

T.S. Omonov and J.M. Curtis 
Chapter 7. Plant Oil-Based Epoxy Intermediates for Polymers, pp. 99-125. in: Bio-Based Plant Oil Polymers and Composites, Eds: M.R. Kessler, C. Zhang, S. Madbouly; Elsevier (2016)

P.B.E. McVetty, E. Mietkiewska, T.S. Omonov, J.M. Curtis, D. Taylor, R. Weselake 
Chapter 5. Brassica spp. Oils, pp 113-156. in: Industrial Oil Crops, 1st Edition. Eds:  T. McKeon, D. Hildebrand, R. Weselake, D. Hayes; Academic Press/AOCS (2016)



J.M. Curtis, T.S. Omonov, E. Kharraz, X. Kong, M.H. Tavassoli-Kafrani
“Method for Polyol Synthesis from Triacylglyceride Oils”. U.S. Patent 10,189,761 B2 Jan 29, 2019

J.M. Curtis, T.S. Omonov, E. Kharraz
“Synthesis of Polyols Suitable for Castor Oil Replacement”. U.S. Patent 10,301,239 B2, May 28, 2019

T.S. Omonov, J.M. Curtis. 
“Aldehyde Free Thermoset Bioresins and Biocomposites”. U.S. Patent Application 2016/0215088 A1, Jul. 28, 2016

J.M. Curtis, G. Liu, T.S. Omonov, E. Kharraz,
“Polyol Synthesis from Fatty Acids and Oils”. U.S. Patent US 9,216,940 B2, Dec 22, 2015


Selected Peer Reviewed Manuscripts:

Bruni-Bossio B., Ayranci C., Carey J.P., Omonov T.S., Curtis J.M. 
“Experimental testing of the tensile elastic properties of cellulose braided composites”. Composites Part B, 166, 542–548 (2019)

Omonov T.S., Kharraz E., Curtis, J.M. 
“Camelina (Camelina Sativa) oil polyols as an alternative to Castor oil”. Industrial Crops & Products, 107, 378-385 (2017)

Omonov T.S., Kharraz E., Curtis, J.M. 
“The Epoxidation of Canola Oil and its Derivatives”. RSC Advances, 6, 92874 – 92886 (2016)

Omonov T.S., Kharraz E., Foley P., Curtis J.M.
“The production of biobased nonanal by ozonolysis of fatty acids”. RSC Advances, 4(96), 53617–53627 (2014)

Omonov T.S., Curtis J.M.
“Biobased epoxy resin from canola oil”. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 131(8), 40142, (2014

Bouzidi L., Omonov T.S., Garti N., Narine S.S.
“Relationships between molecular structure and kinetic and thermodynamic controls in lipid systems. Part I: Propensity for oil loss of saturated triacylglycerols”. Food & Function 4(1), 130-143 (2013)

Kong X., Omonov T.S., Curtis J.M.
“The Development of Canola Oil Based Bio-Resins”. Lipid Technology 24(1) 7-10 (2012)

Omonov T.S., Kharraz E., Curtis J.M.
“Ozonolysis of Canola Oil: A Study of Product Yields and Ozonolysis Kinetics in Different Solvent Systems”. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc. 88(5), 689-705 (2011

Omonov T.S., Bouzidi L, Narine S.S.
“Quantification of oil binding capacity of structuring fats: A novel method and its application” Chem. Phys. Lipids, 163(7), 728-740 (2010)

Omonov T.S., Harrats C., Moldenaers P., Groeninckx G. 
“Phase continuity detection and phase inversion phenomena in immiscible polypropylene/polystyrene blends with different viscosity ratios”. Polymer, 48(20), 5917-5927 (2007). 

Omonov T.S., Harrats C., Groeninckx G., Moldenaers P. 
“Anizotropy and instability of co-continuous phase morphology in uncompatibilized and reactively compatibilized polypropylene/polystyrene blends”. Polymer 48(18), 5289-5302 (2007

Thomas R., Durix S., Sinturel C., Omonov T.S., Goossens S., Groeninckx G., Moldenaers P., Thomas S. 
“Cure kinetics, morphology and miscibility of modified DGEBA-based epoxy resin: Effects of a liquid rubber inclusion”. Polymer 48(6), 1695-1710 (2007

Omonov T.S., Harrats C., Groeninckx G. 
“Co-continuous and encapsulated three phase morphologies in uncompatibilized and reactively compatibilized polyamide 6/polypropylene/ polystyrene ternary blends using two reactive precursors”. Polymer 46(26), 12322-12336 (2005

Harrats C., Omonov T.S., Groeninckx G., Moldenaers P. 
“Phase morphology development and stabilization in polycyclohexylmethacrylate/polypropylene blends: uncompatibilized and reactively compatibilized blends using two reactive precursors”. Polymer 45(24), 8115-8126 (2004

Omonov T.S., Harrats C., Moussaif N., Groeninckx G., Sadykov Sh.G., Ashurov N.R. 
“Polyamide 6/ethylene-butylene elastomer blends generated via anionic polymerization of ∑-caprolactam. Phase morphology and dynamic mechanical behaviour”. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 94 (6), 2538-2544 (2004