Prof. Vasadze noted: ‘I can say that this is an important event for MSU and its Faculty of Chemistry. For new management of the Faculty it is the first experience in concluding such kind of agreements, and it is exceptional that we began to establish relationships with Siberia, Tomsk, and TPU in particular. I would like everything that was elaborated to be implemented. The agreement will enable us to further expand the existing relationships in the field of chemistry, biomedicine and chemical technology in a more clear, certain and detailed way.’
These days TPU hosts the symposium where 17 leading scientists from France, Spain, Germany, Romania, the Czech Republic, China, India, and the USA give lectures to students, PhD students, young researchers from universities and scientific organizations of Russian regions and CIS countries.
The Director of the Research School of Chemistry & Biomedical Applied Sciences Mekhman Yusubov said: ‘We are glad that the agreement was initiated by MSU. We have long-lasting relationships with the metropolitan university, in particular with its chemist scientists.’ Historically MSU greatly contributed into the destiny of Tomsk Polytechnic University. An MSU alumnus, Prof. Nikolay Kizhner was the first organic chemist who crossed the Urals. He worked at TPU over 10 years. Here in Tomsk the Kizhner reduction (ed. - the Wolff-Kizhner reduction, internationally) was discovered, and it is a ‘hall mark’ of our chemical community.’
In the framework of the agreement the scientists are going to develop promising research directions, to facilitate the introduction of science and technology advances and to provide R&D assistance, qualified training of specialists in the field of chemistry, biomedicine and chemical technology. Students and PhD students will be more involved in scientific research in relevant areas of knowledge. In addition, within the agreement in 2020 MSU and TPU will jointly organize the 7th International Conference on Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry to be held at MSU. Previous conferences were held in the USA, France, Japan, Switzerland, and Great Britain. In 2020, Russia will host the conference for the first time.
TPU Vice-Rector for External Affairs Liliya Kiriyanova said: ‘Chemistry has always been one of the main forces for development and progress. We are delighted that the cooperation with MSU begins with such promising and powerful initiatives. There are new discoveries ahead, and I believe that joint research will yield results no less famous and important than the Kizhner reduction.’