Team Leader – Prof. Vadim Yu. Kukushkin

Vadim Yurievich Kukushkin was born in 1956 in Leningrad (now St.Petersburg), the
Russian Federation. He studied chemistry at the Lensovet Technological Institute
(Technical University), where he obtained his Diploma in 1979 and doctoral degree
in 1982. After two years at industrially oriented Mekhanobr Institute (Leningrad),
he joined the faculty at the Saint Petersburg State University (1984) as Research
Associate.
 
He was obtained his DSc degree (habilitation) in 1992, promoted to Senior Research
Fellow in 1994, to Full Professor in 1997. In 2007, Professor Kukushkin was elected
Head of Department of Physical Organic Chemistry. For excellence in teaching he
was awarded the Soros Professorship in (2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004), and Saint
Petersburg State University Prize as "Teacher of the Year" (2004) and Grand Prix for
"The Best Series of Research Works" (2007).
 
In 2006, he was elected as a Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of
Sciences
. He is the Executive Secretary (1999-2007) and Chairman (since 2007) of the
General and Inorganic Chemistry Section of the Russian Chemical Society;
Member of the Scientific Board on Inorganic Chemistry (section "Coordination
Chemistry") of the Russian Academy of Sciences, since 1999; Member of the
Scientific Board on awarding PhD degrees, Saint Petersburg State Technological
Institute, 2000; Member of the Scientific Board on awarding DSc degrees, Saint
Petersburg State University, since 2001; Member of the Scientific Board on
awarding DSc degrees, Saint Petersburg State Technological Institute, since 2001;
Member of the Scientific Board of Department of Chemistry, Saint Petersburg State
University (2002, and since 2006); Member of the Editorial Boards of Inorganica
Chimica Acta
and Trends in Inorganic Chemistry, since 2003; Russian Journal of General
Chemistry, since 2004; Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry, since 2006; Open
Inorganic Chemistry Journal
, since 2007; Letters in Organic Chemistry, since 2007;
Macroheterocycles, since 2008.
 
Professor Kukushkin was Visiting Professor at the Institute for Molecular Science
(1992) and the JSPS Visiting Professor at the Osaka City University (1996), Japan,
Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toledo (1994), USA, and Guest
Professor at the University of Vienna (1999), Austria. In 2007, he was appointed a
Visiting Chair Professor of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
He was awarded a grant for International Authors by the Royal Society of Chemistry,
UK, 2001. He delivered lecture courses "Aspects of Modern Synthetic Coordination
Chemistry" for undergraduate students, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal
(February 1999) and "Komplexchemie" for graduate students, University of Vienna,
Austria (March–April 1999). Professor Kukushkin gave invited lectures at the
Academies: Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti, Italy (November 1993), the
National Academy of Sciences, Portugal, (May 1999) and ca. 40 invited lectures at
various Universities in Europe, USA, and Asia.
 
His research interests include platinum group metal chemistry, ligand reactivity,
organic synthesis involving metal complexes, and catalysis. He is author of more
than 230 original papers, patents, reviews and also five books including
"Synthetic Coordination Chemistry: Principles and Practice" (written as a joint
Russian–American project) and three chapters in the second edition of
"Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry".