Conference Humboldt-Kolleg "Chemistry and Life". Poltava, Ukraine, 16-19th May, 2013

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Humboldt-Conference “Chemistry and Life” devoted to 150-th jubilee of Volodymyr Vernadsky (16th-19th May 2013).

National pedagogical Korolenko University, PoltavaHumboldt-Kolleg, Poltava, May 2013

The conference is devoted to 150-th Birthday of the world famous Ukrainian scientist Volodymyr Vernadsky.

Chemistry is a scientific area where Ukrainian scientists, despite the world economic crisis and poor financing from the state, still keep the high competitive ability.

The proposed Kolleg is forethought in format of a scientific conference and will arouse by these potential young scientists an interest to researches in chemistry and other fields of science in order to prompt them continuing their education in the scientific centers as aspirants (post-graduate). On the other hand, their participation in the conference could help them finding the future supervisors in the field of their interests among the Humboldt-fellows and guests of the action. This is an educational goal of the Kolleg.

In order to provide the highest scientific level for the Humboldt-Kolleg, the students and post-graduates will be accepted as participants of the conference only after a close inspection of their conference theses. Then their reports and posters will be heard by famous German, Ukrainian and foreign experts in chemical sciences.Professor Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University, USA, at Humboldt-Kolleg On the other side, the young chemists become a unique chance to become acquainted at the highest level from the first hands with scientific achievements in chemistry, to better imagine their future in research.

This is the scientific goal of the Kolleg. In this connection provides AvHumboldt-Foundation for young scientists a good chance for continuing in Germany at the higher level their scientific investigations in chemistry.After arriving home, as teachers, they could impart the modern chemistry knowledge to the next generation of students.

Excursion to the Museum of Poltava Battle history and to the Pottery Museum in the village Opishnya. The second day of Humboldt-Kolleg, PoltavaAdditionally, chemistry is the scientific field where Ukrainian Humboldt-fellows are well presented, that is why the Kolleg’s organizers consider the popularization of the activity and research programs of the AvHumboldt-Foundation as one of the aspect deserving a special attention. It is especially important in the regions of Ukraine, where the Ukrainian Humbold-Club is not presented yet and the activity of the AvH-Foundation is less known.

The Kolleg’s motto “Chemistry and Life” has a concern in many areas of human life such as foodstuffs, extraction of minerals and production of raw materials, environmental protection and pharmacology.

As chemistry in the former soviet states, due to pollution of environment, still has a rather bad reputation, the proposed conference will serve the aim of popularization of the modern “green” chemistry, chemistry of the future.

This concept fully agrees with the global humanitarian ideas of Alexander von Humboldt and the scientific heritage of the famous Ukrainian and Russian scientist Volodymyr Vernadsky, whose jubilee we will celebrate in 2013.

Participants of the Conference Humboldt-Kolleg "Chemistry and Life". Poltava, Ukraine, 16-19th May, 2013

The following main subjects are foreseen as four separate sections of the proposed conference:

Organic chemistry and biochemistry
Physical, structural and theoretical chemistry
Inorganic chemistry and geochemistry

Program of the Humboldt-Conference “Chemistry and Life”

Thursday, May 16

09:00 – 12:00 Arrival of participants.

10:00 – 15:00 Registration of participants of the Kolleg.


Prof. Dr. Sergei Popel

Institute of Geosphere Dynamics of Russian Academy of Sciences (IDG RAS), Moscow, Russia

"Atmospheric Brown Clouds over Central Asia: Chemical, Mineralogical, and Environmental Aspects”

Prof. Dr. Werner Kunz

Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

“Green solutions for chemical Products and in chemical Processes“

Prof. Dr. Kari Rissanen

Department of Chemistry, Nanoscience Center, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

“Supramolecular Crystallography”

18:00 – 19:30 OPENING CEREMONY

Welcome Addresses:

Olexandr Vasylyovych Udovichenko

Head of the regional administration of Poltava’s region

Dr. Christof Weil,

Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine

Representative of scientific Committee of the conference “Chemistry and Life”

Olexandr Fedorovych Mamai,

Head of regional administration of city Poltava

Prof. Mykola Ivanovych Stepanenko,

Rector of National pedagogical Korolenko University, Poltava


Reception at the National pedagogical Korolenko University.

Friday, May_17

Morning session (Physical and Theoretical Chemistry)

9:00 – 12:30 PLENARY LECTURES (approx. 45 min.)

Prof. Dr. Joachim Sauer

Humboldt-University of Berlin, Institute of Chemistry, Berlin, Germany

"Quantum-mechanical modeling - Insight into the atomic details of chemical systems".

Prof. Dr. Lorenz S. Cederbaum

Department of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

“Intermolecular Coulombic Decay and ultrafast energy transfer”

Prof. Dr. Eugene Kryachko

Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics of National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

"On the Origin of Molecules"

Prof. Dr. Oleg V. Shishkin

SSI “Institute for Single Crystals” of National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kharkiv, Ukraine

“Unusual Properties of well-known molecules”

12:00 – 12:30 PLENARY TALK (approx. 30 min)

Prof. Dr. Viktor Umansky

German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

“Tumor-induced immunosuppression and its neutralization in cancer therapy”

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 18:30 Bus excursion: “Poltava and Outskirts”

14:00 – 15:00 Excursion to the Museum of Poltava battle history

16:00 – 17:00 Visiting the National museum of Ukrainian pottery (village Opishnya)

18:00 Return to hotels, free time.

19:00 – Academic dinner.

Saturday, May 18

Morning session (Inorganic and Coordination Chemistry)

9:00 – 11:30 PLENARY LECTURES (approx. 45 min.)

Prof. Dr. Alois Haas

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

“Curiosity: Leitmotif for Scientific Basic Research”

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Gudat

University of Stuttgard, Germany

“Ditopic Catecholphosphines as versatile Building Blocks for Template-centered Chelate Ligands and Complexes”

Prof. Dr. Blanca Martin Vaca

Laboratoire d'Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée. Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

“2-Indenylidene pincer complexes from non-innocent character to cooperative catalysis”

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break, Poster Session and Networking

Afternoon session (Supramolecular Chemistry)

12:00 – 12:45 PLENARY LECTURE (approx. 45 min)

Prof. Dr. Jochen Mattay

Fakultät für Chemie der Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

"Photoswitches in Supramolecular Chemistry and Fluorescence Microscopy"

12:45 – 13:45 PLENARY TALKS (approx. 30 min)

Prof. Dr. Yury Gogotsi,

A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

“Chemistry of Carbon Nanoparticles”

Prof. Dr. Vladimir V. Tsukruk

Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

“Synthetic and natural microcapsules”

13:45 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 -18:00 Poster Session

18:00 – 20:00 Evening session

PLENARY TALKS (approx. 30 min)

Representative of AvH foundation.

“About international programs for support of scientific projects and individual research”.

Prof. Dr. Volodymyr O. Abaschnik

"Chemie und die Klassische Deutsche Philosophie"

Kharkiv University of Economy and Law (HEPU), Kharkiv, Ukraine

Igor F. Perepichka

School of Chemistry, Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom.

“Conjugated Polymers and Oligomers for Optoelectronics and Photonics”

Dr. Vyacheslav Dudnyk

Covalon Technologies Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

“Bioactive Medical Devices from the Laboratory to Product”

Sunday, May 19

(Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry)

9:30 – 11:00 PLENARY LECTUREs

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang W. Schoeller

Fakultät für Chemie der Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

“The Neutral Aluminum Analogue of the N-Heterocyclic Carbene,

a Comparison of Chemical Reactivity”

Prof. Dr. Jean-Philippe Bouillon

Université de Rouen, Chimie Organique Bioorganique Réactivité et Analyses (COBRA), IRCOF, UMR CNRS 6014, 76821 Mont Saint Aignan Cedex, France

“Novel mixed 3-(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl) aminoquinoline у-lactams: design, synthesis and first biological evaluation as antimalarial agents”

11:00 – 13:00 PLENARY TALKS (approx. 30 min)

Prof. Dr. Igor V. Komarov

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine

“Photoswitchable Antimicrobial and Membrane-Active Peptides”

Prof. Dr. Andriy Fokin

National Technical University of Ukraine 'Kyiv Polytechnic Institute’, Kyiv, Ukraine.

"Ultralong alkane CC bonds"

Prof. Dr. Roman A. Volkov

Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Yuri Fed’kovich University of Chernivtsy, Chernivtsy, Ukraine

“Abiotic stress response in catalase deficient mutants of Arabidopsis”

13:00 – 13:30 General Discussion

13:30 – 14:00 Awarding for the best posters and Closing Ceremony

14:00-17:00 – Departure of participants



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