The teaching staff of the department includes 8 full professors, 10 associated professors, 3 assistant professors and 2 assistants; at the department, there are 9 Doctors of Science and 16 PhD’s. Undergraduate students attend lectures on general organic chemistry, synthetic (including chemistry of heterocyclic compounds and organometallics) and analytical organic chemistry. Almost every theoretical course proceeds along with a number of practical works (general methods of synthetic organic chemistry, organometallics, analytical organic chemistry, physical methods of identification, spectroscopy). Bachelors, masters and post-graduate students can choose one of two trajectories to learn at: «general and synthetic organic chemistry» and «analytical organic chemistry». Every year about 20 students graduate from the department. Every year 3 to 8 post-graduate students begin their PhD works at the department of organic chemistry; most of them successfully defend their PhD theses in three to four years.
The modern research areas of the department are based on a strong fundament of the classical works of the great Russian chemists of the 19th and 20th century. Firstly, the researches in chemistry of functionalized acetylenes and diacetylenes should be mentioned. These studies were started by A.E. Favorsky, and nowadays they are continued in professor I.A. Balova’s and professor A.V. Vasilyev’s research groups. I.A. Dyakonov’s pioneering works in chemistry of diazo compounds, carbenes and strained cycles found continuation and development in works of professors A.P. Molchanov, M.S. Novikov, A.F. Khlebnikov and in works of their followers. Professor B.V. Ioffe’s legacy in chemistry of hydrazines and heterocyclic compounds is elaborated in research groups of professor M.A. Kuznetsov and assoc. prof. V.V. Sokolov, and his achievements in the area of analytical organic chemistry are broadened by the work of professors I.G. Zenkevich and L.A. Kartsova.
- Acetylenic and diacetylenic compounds in organic synthesis
- Synthesis of heterocycles and ethynylheterocycles
- Synthesis of acyclic and cyclic enediynes
- New catalysts for the synthesis of acetylenic compounds
- Flow chemistry and microreactor synthesis
- Development of new protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B inhibitors based on 4-oxo-1,4-dihydrocinnoline derivatives
- Synthesis and transformations of nitrogen heterocycles.
- Chemistry of organic derivatives of hydrazine.
- Cycloaddition reactions as a method for construction of new heterocyclic systems.
- Chemistry of nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds.
- Synthesis of molecules with useful properties from strained molecules.
- Quantum-chemical calculations for understanding mechanisms of reactions, reactivity of intermediates, and rational search for reaction partners.
- Synthesis and application of aziridines as effective sources of active intermediates for the construction of complex molecular systems.
- Development of new fullerene- and porphyrin-containing molecules for photovoltaics and artificial photosynthetic systems, as well as porphyrin-containing macromolecules with nonlinear optical properties.
- Synthesis and synthetic applications of highly functionalized azapolyene compounds in a heterocyclic design.
- Synthesis of new photo-, thermo-, and vapochromic systems from N,O- and N,N-heterocycles.
- New synthetic methods based on the reactions of rhodium and copper carbenoids and nitrenoids.
- The study of pericyclic and pseudopericyclic reactions of nitrogen-containing systems.
- Electrophilic activation of organic compounds by strong Lewis or Bronsted acids, and zeolites.
- Synthesis of organofluorine compounds and the study of their electrophilic transformations for obtaining new fluorine-containing substances with useful properties.
- Superelectrophilic activation in the synthesis and chemical transformations of heterocyclic derivatives.
- Development of selective chromatographic processes (HPLC, VETSH, HILIC) and electrophoretic (KZE, KEH, MEKH) determination of biologically active analytes in complex matrices on the basis of organized media.
- Modifiers of chromatographic and electrophoretic systems.
- Chromatographic and chromato-mass spectrometric determination of biomarkers of various diseases and express diagnostics by characteristic analyte profiles.
- On-line and off-line concentration methods.
- Improving the chromato-spectral methods for the identification of organic compounds
- Improving the accuracy of quantitative chromatographic determinations, including in complex matrices.
- The use of recurrence relations for assessing the physicochemical properties of organic compounds
- The use of 1,2,3-triazoles as sources of carbenoids.
- Development of new heterocyclic compounds with antibacterial properties.
- Synthesis based on photoactivation of organic compounds.