On April 18th of 2019, Prof. Alexander A. Trifonov,
director of the Institute of Organoelement Compounds of the Russian Academy of
Sciences, paid visit to the SKLEOC by invitation of Prof. Chunming Cui,
director of the SKLEOC. In addition to academic communications with different
faculties, he gave a talk entitled “Lanthanide Alkyl Complexes: How to Gain
Thermal Stability Maintaining Reactivity”.
During the speech,
Prof. Trifonov first introduced the history and properties of rare earth
metals. He then went on to demonstrate his group’s studies on the synthesis and
reactivities of low coordinated rare earth metal complexes, and highly
efficient hydrophosphoration of alkenes catalyzed by NHC-stabilized rare earth
metal amido complexes. The lecture was inspiring, and ended by an enthusiastic
discussion on the details of the presented chemistry.
Trifonov received his bachelor’s degree in 1984 from Gorky State University
(USSR), and obtained his Ph.D. at the Institute of Organoelement Compounds of
Russian Academy of Sciences in 1989. He then conducted postdoctoral studies at
the Technical University of Berlin and Université
de Paris-Sud. From 1999-2000 he was an A. von Humboldt fellow in the research
group of Prof. J. Okuda. In 2005 he became head of the laboratory of
coordination chemistry and in the same year was also appointed professor at the Nizhny
Novgorod State University. Since 2018 he has become director of the Institute
of Organoelement Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Institute of Organoelement Compounds of the
Russian Academy of Sciences was established in 1954. This institute is a
national research center devoted towards elemento-organic chemistry. Research
directions of the institute include the syntheses and applications of
organoelement compounds and polymers such as organosilanes, organoboranes,
organophosphoranes and reaction mechanisms.