Scientists from 12 countries discuss global chemical trends at TPU

The 20th Kulev International Conference of Students and Young Scientists Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century started on Monday at Tomsk Polytechnic University. The event brings together about 488 participants from 12 countries and 53 cities. They discuss global trends of modern chemistry ranging from its fundamental sections to practical applications. The participants report on their research on organic and inorganic chemistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, and fuel production. 

The conference has been held for the 20th time. This year, the representatives of 50 higher education institutions, 21 foreign research and educational organizations, 19 institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 16 companies and specialized research institutes, 17 general education institutions make presentations within 10 sections of the conference.

Director of TPU School of Earth Sciences & Engineering Artem Boev opened the conference by welcoming the participants: 

‘2019 is the International Year of the Periodical Table of Chemical Elements. We all know that it would not appear without Dmitri Mendeleev. He was directly related to Tomsk Polytechnic University: he was supposed to become the first rector of the School but for some health reasons he refused. TTI was headed by his student Efim Zubashev.

I am sure that potential heads of industrial enterprises and university rectors to successfully follow their brilliant forerunners are here today.’


Photo: Chairman of Program Committee of the conference, Professor at University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague Bohumil Kratochvíl

The participants deliver their papers to cover various fields of chemistry. However, according to the organizers, this year, a great number of reports are devoted to research in organic chemistry, the synthesis and structure of organic molecules as well as pharmacy, in particular, different means and techniques for the detection and treatment of cancer. Each section starts with key reports delivered by the representatives of industrial companies such as OOO Ophar, OAO TomskNIPIneft, and outstanding scientists.

At the plenary meeting, Professor Sergey Vatsadze from Lomonosov Moscow State University, postdoc Rene Pfeifer from the Charles University of Prague, and the supervisor of the group of spin-labeled and acetylene compounds Sergey Vasilevsky from the Voevodsky Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion SB RAS presented their reports.

Traditionally, a section for the youngest chemists is run as part of the conference at TPU. 36 schoolchildren from Tomsk and Tomsk Oblast, Novosibirsk and Chelyabinsk presented their reports.

In the framework of the conference, Professor Thomas Wirth from School of Chemistry of Cardiff University (UK) will give an open lecture Synthesis and Analysis Using Advanced Flow Chemistry in English. It will be devoted to flow chemistry, in which a chemical reaction is controlled in a continuous smooth flow rather than in mass production. The lecture is to be held in the Small Chemical Lecture Hall of the 2nd TPU building (43a, Lenin Ave.).