Organic chemistry

Team Leaders

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Mikhail A. Kuznetsov
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor, Head of Department of Organic Chemistry
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Research areas:
-hydrazine derivatives and polynitrogen compounds
-aminonitrenes
-aminoaziridines
- 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azomethine ylides
- five and six membered nitrogen heterocycles
Group members and contact information

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Irina A. Balova
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
Director of Institute of Chemistry
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Research areas:
- chemistry of acetylene and diacetylenic compounds, synthesis of heterocycles
- new catalytic systems based on palladium complexes

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Anna A. Kartsova
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
application of gas and liquid chromatography, capillary electrochromatography, and the capillary electrophoresis for analysis of mixtures of natural compounds (steroids, vitamins, sugars) and biological fluids (urine, blood, brain structure)

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Alexander F. Khlebnikov
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
- chemistry of strained small rings
- new active intermediates as an effective tool of organic synthesis
- directed synthesis of molecules with useful properties based on strained molecules
- quantum-chemical calculations for the understanding of reaction mechanisms

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Rafael R. Kostikov
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
- development of a model of the transition state of the process of addition of dihalokarbenes to carbon-carbon multiple bond
- studies of the reactions of carbenes with ordinal and multiple bonds «carbon-heteroatom»
- development of new ways of transforming of cyclopropane, methylenecyclopropane, aziridine and diaziridine derivatives in heterocyclic molecules

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Alexander P. Molchanov
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
- three-membered carbocycles and heterocycles (cyclopropanes cyclopropenes, alkyliden cyclopropanes, diaziridines)
- reaction mechanisms
- carbenes, nitrones, carbonyl ylides, diazo compounds, azomethine imines

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Valerii A. Nikolaev
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
-study of reactions with retention or elimination of nitrogen of diazogroup of previously unknown fluoroalkyl-containing diazodiketones.
-new catalytic reaction (Rh, Cu, Ru, H+, etc.) of diazocompounds with poly-functional amines, imides and other substrates accompanied by formation of ylides, carbocations or other intermediates

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Mikhail S. Novikov
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
- chemistry of strained small rings
- new active intermediates as an effective tool of organic synthesis
- directed synthesis of molecules with useful properties based on strained molecules
- quantum-chemical calculations for the understanding of reaction mechanisms

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Ludmila L. Rodina
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
- chemistry of excited states of diazocompounds; diazirines, carbenes, ketenes, ylides
- reaction of diazocarbonyl compounds and their isoelectronic analogues i.e. ketonitrones, stable azomethine imines, aromatic N-oxides with unsaturated systems
- photochemical Z/E-isomerization
- photochromic transformations

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Alexander V. Vasilyev
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
- chemistry of acetylenic compounds;
- activation of the electrophilic organic substances by Bronsted and Lewis superacids, zeolites. NMR and quantum chemical study of carbocations and their reactions;
cation-radicals of organic compounds: study of their reactions by electron paramagnetic resonance, cyclic voltammetry;
- chemistry of renewable raw materials: polysaccharides, lignins, hydroxymethyl furfural

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Igor G. Zenkevich
Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Professor
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Research areas:
- chromatographic and spectral chromatographic identification of organic compounds
- calculation of physico-chemical properties and analytical parameters
- new methods of quantitative chromatographic analysis
- chemometrics

Head of the Department

Prof. Mikhail A. Kuznetsov

Room 4075

Phone: (812) 428-67-79

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The teaching staff of our department includes 11 full professors, 13 dozents (associated professors), 3 assistant professors and 2 assistants; At the department there are 14 Doctors of Science and 25 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 is proceeding along with a number of practical works (general methods of synthetic organic chemistry, organometallics, analytical organic chemistry, physical methods of identification). Bachelors, specialists and masters can choose one of three trajectories to learn at: general and synthetic organic chemistry, analytical organic chemistry or spectrochemistry. Every year about 20 bachelors, specialists and masters graduate from our 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 years.

The department’s modern spheres of scientific interest are based on a strong fundament of the classical works of great Russian chemists of the 19th and 20th century. First of all, among these the researches in chemistry of functionalized acetylenes and diacetylenes should be mentioned. These investigations were started by A.E. Favorsky, and nowadays they are continued in professor I.A. Balova’s research group. I.A. Dyakonov’s pioneering works in chemistry of diazocompounds, carbenes and strained cycles have found continuation and development in researches of professors R.R. Kostikov, A.P. Molchanov, V.A. Nikolaev, M.S. Novikov, L.L. Rodina, A.F. Khlebnikov and in works of their students. Professor B.V. Ioffe’s legacy in chemistry of hydrazines and heterocyclic compounds is elaborated in research groups of prof. M.A. Kuznetsov and of dozents P.S. Lobanov and V.V. Sokolov, and his achievements in the sphere of organic analytical chemistry are broadened by the work of professors I.G. Zenkevich and L.A. Kartsova.

Organic Synthesis and General Organic Chemistry.

Full prof. R.R. Kostikov, full prof. A.P. Molchanov, full prof. M.S. Novikov, full prof. A.F. Khlebnikov; PhD, doz. Y.B. Koptelov, PhD, doz. E.M. Kharicheva; PhD, asst. prof. A.S. Konev, PhD, asst. prof. V.V. Pakal’nis; PhD, senior researcher A.V. Stepakov, PhD T.A. Kornilova. Carbenes, diazocompounds, strained cycles (azirines, aziridines, cyclopropanes, cyclopropenes, triangulanes), polycyclic and spiro compounds, 1,3-dipoles, cycloaddition reactions.

Full prof. I.A. Balova, full prof. A.V. Vasilyev; PhD, doz. V.N. Sorokoumov; PhD, asst. prof. N.A. Danilkina. Chemistry of acetylenes. Synthesis and transformations of functionalized diacetylenes, enediynes and their application for synthesis of novel condensed heterocycles. Metallocomplex catalysis.

Full prof. M.A. Kuznetsov; PhD, doz. A.S. Pankova; PhD, asst. V.V. Voronin. Hydrazines and polynitrogen compounds. Aminoaziridines. Aminonitrenes, azomethine ylides and reactions of 1,3‑dipolar cycloaddition. Three-, five- and six-membered nitrogen heterocycles. Transition-metals mediated reactions.

Full prof. L.L. Rodina; asst. prof., dr. V.A. Nikolaev. Diazocarbonyl and diazodicarbonyl compounds. Photochemistry.

PhD, doz. P.S. Lobanov, PhD, doz. V.V. Sokolov, PhD, doz. D.V. Daryin. Aziridines, oxiranes, thiiranes, thietanes, sulfonamides and sultames. Nitrogen, sulfur and oxygen-containing aromatic and non-aromatic heterocycles.

Doz. dr. S.I. Yakimovich; PhD I.V. Zerova. Molecular design of tautomeric systems. Ring‑chain tautomerism of nitrogen derivatives of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds.

Laboratory of Gas Chromatography.

Full prof. I.G. Zenkevich, full prof. L.A. Kartsova; PhD, doz. E.A. Bessonova, PhD, doz. A.N. Marinichev; PhD, asst. A.A. Makarov.

Gas and liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, GC(LC)-MS analysis of complex mixtures of organic compounds, including investigation of natural and biological objects and pharmaceuticals.

Development of new ways of chromatographical and chromato-spectral identification of organic compounds, compilation of analytical parameters databases, chemometrics. Head-space GC analysis, physicochemical constants calculation. Application of HPLC, TLC, capillary zone electrophoresis, micellar electrokinetical chromatography for analysis and separation of biologically active compounds. Elaboration of new application of organic analysis for medical diagnostics purposes.

Laboratory of Spectrochemistry.

Full prof. G.V. Saydov; PhD (physics & mathematics), doz. S.H. Akopyan, PhD, doz. I.A. Boyarskaya, PhD (physics & mathematics), doz. O.V. Sverdlova; PhD, senior researcher D.N. Glebovskiy.

Spectrochemistry of organic molecules and complexes in solutions of electrolytes and nonelectrolytes. Development of novel spectrochemical approaches to quantitative estimation of properties and structure of liquid molecular systems by IR and UV spectroscopy; spectrochemical and quantum-chemical investigation of composition and structure of solvate shells of organic dyes in individual or binary solvents; investigation of ions in binary organic solvents.