Molecular Complexity

Organic chemistry is an area of modern science, which is in highest demand today, as it helps to improve the quality of human life and to design new generations of drugs including those to prevent and treat the socially important diseases. Most of the current industrial processes are based on the synthesis and processing of organic substances. Definitely, organic molecules are and will remain among the top priorities in the long-term development of chemical industry, including energy and fuel sectors.

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Invisible Chemistry

How do molecules live and how do chemical reactions occur? Mechanistic studies open fantastic opportunity to find answers for these challenging questions. A combination of three analytic methods - NMR spectroscopy, Mass spectrometry and Electron microscopy - gives a powerful tool to gain insight into this fascinating area. How will chemistry of the 21st century look like? Will we discover complex phenomena that remain invisible today? It is a mechanistic research that will lead to real fundamental discoveries.

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3D Printing in Chemistry

3D printing can significantly speed up the experimental chemical research, as it makes possible to manufacture even complex multi-component chemical equipment directly in the laboratory without a manufacturing delay. This applies both to the fundamental chemical research, as well as to research and engineering projects. We believe that this innovation can be a valuable tool in the creation of research equipment in chemical sciences.

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New Life of Old Molecules

A joint project of scientists from St. Petersburg State University and Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry investigated chemical applications of calcium carbide. The project advances the idea of diverse acetylene chemistry on the basis of carbide technology. Using the proposed approach, cheap and available carbide raw material has been effectively transformed into valuable products that are in demand in material science and organic synthesis.

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06 December 2018

In situ transformations of Pd/NHC complexes

The article «In situ transformations of Pd/NHC complexes to colloidal Pd nanoparticles studied for N-heterocyclic carbene ligands of different nature» by A. Yu. Kostyukovich, A. M. Tsedilin, E. D. Sushchenko, D. B. Eremin, A. S. Kashin, M. A. Topchiy, A. F. Asachenko, M. S. Nechaev and V. P. Ananikov was published in Inorg. Chem. Front. (RSC)

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13 October 2018

Towards Improved Biorefinery Technologies

The article «Towards Improved Biorefinery Technologies: 5‐Methylfurfural as a Versatile C6‐Platform for Biofuels Development» by K. I. Galkin and V. P. Ananikov was published in ChemSusChem (Wiley)

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03 October 2018

Switching the nature of catalytic centers in Pd/NHC

The article «Switching the nature of catalytic centers in Pd/NHC systems by solvent effect driven non‐classical R‐NHC Coupling» by E. G. Gordeev and V. P. Ananikov was published in J. Comput. Chem. (Wiley)

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06 September 2018

​On importance of ionic interactions in the liquid phase​

The article «Fundamental importance of ionic interactions in the liquid phase: A review of recent studies of ionic liquids in biomedical and pharmaceutical applications» by K. S. Egorova and V. P. Ananikov was published in J. Mol. Liq. (Elsevier)

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31 August 2018

Utilization of biomass refinery wastes

The article «Sustainable utilization of biomass refinery wastes for accessing activated carbons and supercapacitor electrode materials» by D. V. Chernysheva, Yu. A. Chus, V. A. Klushin, T. A. Lastovina, L. S. Pudova, N. V. Smirnova, O. A. Kravchenko, V. M. Chernyshev and V. P. Ananikov was published in ChemSusChem (Wiley)

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Welcome to our lab!

What do we know about the life cycle of molecules and pathways of chemical reactions?

Laboratory of Elected Member of the Russian Academy of Science Valentine Ananikov introduces an interdisciplinary research project "Molecular complexity and transformation".

The main research areas of the laboratory: catalysis, organic synthesis, nanotechnology, carbon materials, photochemistry, molecular modeling, organic and physical chemistry.

The aim of the laboratory is to create an integrated methodology for experimental and theoretical study of the catalytic functionalization of organic molecules and the development of new methods in organic chemistry.

The application of the studied processes is linked to organic synthesis, an area that made a remarkable impact on the history of Russian chemistry. The contribution of Russian science to this bracnch is widely recognized in the world, because of the works of the prominent Russian scientists like Alexander Butlerov, Vladimir Favorsky, Nikolay Zelinsky, Mikhail Kucherov, Ivan Nazarov, Alexey Balandin.