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Hulnik Maxim


PhD (Chemistry)

Department: Laboratory of catalysis of polymerization processes
Phone: +375 (17) 343-49-43

  • h-index (Scopus) – 2
  • h-index (Web of Science) – 2
  • h-index (Google Scholar) – 2

Subject and Class of Degrees

  • 2012-2017 – Faculty of Chemistry, Belarusian State University;
  • 2017-2018 – Master Courses, Belarusian State University;
  • 2018 – Master Degree of natural sciences, Belarusian State University;
  • 2022 – PhD (in chemistry, thesis title: «Cationic polymerization of naturally occurring olefin monomers»).


  • 2016-2017 – Trainee of Junior Researcher, Research Institute for Physical Chemical Problems, Belarusian State University (RI PCP BSU);
  • 2017-2022 – Junior Researcher, Research Institute for Physical Chemical Problems, Belarusian State University;
  • Since 2022 – Researcher, Research Institute for Physical Chemical Problems, Belarusian State University.

Current research activity

  • - сatalytic systems for controlled and conventional chain polymerization;
  • - targeted synthesis of polymers with a given structure and properties;
  • - photocontrolled/photoinitiated cationic polymerization, synthesis of polymers from renewable natural raw materials.

List of Selected Publications:

  1. Timofeev G.V., Hulnik M.I., Vasilenko I.V., Ganachaud F., Guy J., Kostjuk S.V. Living/Controlled Cationic Ring-Opening Polymerization of Epichlorohydrin Using BF3OEt2 as Co-initiator: Toward Fast and Scalable Synthesis of Polyepichlorohydrin Diols. // ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2023, 5(8), 6549-6561.
  2. Hulnik M., Trofimuk D., Nikishau P.A., Kiliclar H.C., Kiskan B., Kostjuk S.V.    Visible Light-Induced Cationic Polymerization of Isobutylene: A New Route toward Synthesis of End-Functional Polyisobutylene. // AСS Macro Lett. 2023, 12(8), 1125-1131.
  3. Hulnik M.I., Kuharenko O.V., Timashev P., Vasilenko I.V., Kostjuk S.V. AlCl3×OPh2-co-initiated cationic polymerization of anethole: facile access to high molecular weight polymers under mild conditions // Eur. Polym. J. 2022. Vol. 165. P. 110983–110990.
  4. Hulnik M.I., Kuharenko O.V., Vasilenko I.V., Timashev P., Kostjuk S.V. Quasiliving cationic polymerization of anethole: accessing high-performance plastic from the biomass-derived monomer // ASC Sustain. Chem. Eng. 2021. Vol. 9(19). P. 6841–6854.
  5. Hulnik M.I., Vasilenko I.V., Radchenko A.V., Peruch F., Ganachaud F., Kostjuk S.V. Aqueous cationic homo- and co-polymerizations of β-myrcene and styrene: a green route toward terpene-based rubbery polymers // Polymer Chemistry. 2018. Vol. 9. P. 5690–5700.