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42nd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Bureau

Oleg Nefedov (Russia)

Oleg Nefedov

Prof. Nefedov is a well-known organic chemist with special interests in physical organic chemistry, small-ring chemistry, organic synthesis, and organometallic chemistry. He is one of the founders of the modern chemistry of carbenes and their Group 14 element analogs. His first review published in this area in Angewandte Chemie in 1966 actually initiated the development of this new field of organometallic chemistry. Another area of his research activities is related to the chemistry of diazocompounds, cyclopropanes, and cyclopropenes. Prof. Nefedov has also developed a new approach to the introduction of fluorine into aromatic rings.

Education and Career
Nefedov pursued his graduate studies at the Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology, Moscow. In 1967 he received a Doctor of Sciences (Organic Chemistry) from the N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Moscow. From 1957 to 1968, he was a research scientist at the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Moscow. Between 1959 and 1960, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Heidelburg University, Germany and from 1965 to 1966 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Free University in Brussels, Belgium. In 1968 he became professor of chemistry and head of the Laboratory of Carbene and Small-Ring Chemistry at the Zelinsky Institute. In 1987, Nefedov was made a full member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, subsequently the Russian Academy of Sciences. He later became vice president of the Academy and academician-secretary of its Division of General and Technical Chemistry. Since 1990, he has been chairman of the Russian Academy of Sciences Higher Chemical College, and since 1996 he has been chairman of the National Committee of Russian Chemists. He has also been a visiting professor in the USA, Japan, France, and Germany.

IUPAC Involvement
Currently Prof. Nefedov is an elected member of the IUPAC Bureau (2000—2003) and its Executive Committee (2001—2003). He serves as a member of the Evaluation Committee for IUPAC projects as well. Since 1996 he has been the chairman of the National Committee of Russian Chemists for IUPAC. He was also a titular (1981—91) and associate (1991—93) member of the Commission on Physical Organic Chemistry. Since 1981 he has regularly participated in all IUPAC General Assemblies and in many IUPAC and other international conferences.

Related Professional Activities
Nefedov is editor-in-chief of a number of journals, namely, Mendeleev Communications, Russian Chemical Bulletin (Izvestiya Akademii Nauk. Seriya Khimicheskaya, and the Russian Chemical Reviews (Uspekhi khimii). He has authored numerous scientific papers and books on organic and physical chemistry, chemical aspects of ecology, and social problems of science.

Among the many honors that Nefedov has received are the USSR State Prize, Moscow, 1983 and 1990; Zelinsky Prize, Moscow, 1987; Prize of the USSR and Hungarian Academies of Sciences, Moscow, 1988; Semenov Prize, Moscow, 1991; Karpinsky Hamburg, 1993; and D. I. Mendeleev Gold Medal, Moscow, 1998; and the Russian State Prize in Science and Technology, 2002.


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