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Zoia Voitenko

Full Professor of organic chemistry (2006-current), Faculty of Chemistry, Taras Shevchenko National University. Deputy Dean of Science (2007-2015). Deputy Dean of Faculty of Chemistry in international relations (2008-2016). Responsible for international cooperation of the Faculty of Chemistry (2016 - by present time). Coordinator of France-Ukraine Chemistry Association (GRDI «Groupement Franco-Ukrainien en Chimie Moléculaire») (2008-2011, 2012-2015), Editor-in-Chief of the journal French-Ukrainian Journal of Chemistry (English-language Journal, cited in Chemical Abstracts and Web of Science).
Biographical information:
Born in Kiev on July 22, 1959. In 1976 graduated from a high school (specialized in French) and entered Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. In 1981 graduated from organic chemistry department of faculty of chemistry, Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University with specialist degree.
After graduating from the university became a graduate student (dept of organic chemistry). In 1986 obtained Ph.D. in organic chemistry and became a junior scientific researcher. In 1987 went through a contest for a position of researcher in organic chemistry department and have been working at this position for 7 years. Visiting scientist: Paris-Sud University (Orsay, France) in 1990-1991, Institute of Organic Chemistry (Warsaw, Poland) in 1996, and Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France) in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004. Since 1994 - Assistant Professor of organic chemistry, Kiev Shevchenko University. Prepared doctoral dissertation in period 2001-2004. After obtaining Doctor of Sciences degree (October 25, 2005) went through a contest for a position of Full Professor.
Teaching and Mentoring
Devised and taught lecture courses for undergraduate, master and graduate students of organic chemistry department, including “Introduction to asymmetric synthesis”, “Mechanisms of organic reactions”, “Stereochemistry”, ”Asymmetric synthesis”, “Chosen chapters of organic chemistry: synchronous and radical reactions”. Taught laboratory classes and seminars on “Organic chemistry” (for students of I and II years) and “Physical methods of investigation of organic compounds”, “Quantum organic chemistry”, “Stereochemistry”, ”Asymmetric synthesis”, scientific seminars for masters. Taught classes “Stereochemistry”, ”Asymmetric synthesis”, ”Electronic spectroscopy” as parts of general courses “Physical methods of investigation”; “Mechanisms of organic reactions”; and “Identification of organic compounds”. Directed bachelors and masters thesis work. Nine graduate students successfully defended Ph.D. dissertations (Samoylenko V.P.; Pokholenko O.A.; Yegorova T.V.; Kisil A.I.; Levkov I.V.; Baglai Y. ; Matviuk T.V. ; Kulai I.V. ; Karpus A.O.). Four recent thesis research was conducted in collaboration with Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France).
Scientific interests
Chemistry of heterocyclic compounds. Isoindoles, tautomeric and atropoisomeric compounds, cyanine dyes, and bioactive substances. Diels-Alder and Michael reactions, rearrangements, and spectral and computational methods of investigation, The use of synthetic organic chemistry for new approaches in the field of medicine, supramolecular chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, green chemistry, and other interdisciplinary studies.
Scientific achievements
During work on the PhD Dissertation synthesized the series of isomeric endo- and exo- Diels-Alder adducts and developed a simple method of configuration identification of Diels-Alder adducts. Basing on quantum-chemical calculations, proposed a new concept of electron structure of isoindole and series of condensed isoindoles. The concept was later confirmed by X-ray and mass-spectrometry analysis.
During work on the Doctor Dissertation (Habilitation) researched [4+2]cycloaddition in isoindoles annelated by side a. This work resulted in three newly discovered rearrangements. The mechanisms of the rearrangements were proposed and investigated in detail. New compounds of different classes were identified including intermediates, Diels-Alder, and Michael adducts. A new class of atropoisomeric systems was discovered. A new method of synthesis of substituted cyanine dyes in azoloisoindole row was developed.
Services, statuses, publications
In 1996 received status “Soirées assistant professor” (France). Soros Award – 1997. In 2001 was awarded the status of the Best Professor of Chemistry Faculty (Ukraine). In 2009 was conferred an Order of the Academic Palms (Ordre des Palmes Académiques, France). In 2010 was conferred an Order of Princess Olga (Ukraine). Author of more than 105 publications (SciFinder®), 3 textbooks, 5 patents, and articles in foreign and national journals (e.g., “Tetrahedron”, “European Journal of Organic Chemistry”, ”Journal of Molecular Structure”, ”Dyes and Pigments”, “Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements”, ”Russian Chemical Reviews”, “Comptes Rendus Chimie”, “Russian Journal of Coordination Chemistry”, “Chemistry of heterocyclic compounds”, “Polymer Degradation and Stability”, “Acta Crystallographica”, “Synthesis”, etc.); more than 180 thesis on foreign and national scientific conferences.


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