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Scientific Adviser, Academician Valentin N. Parmon

Valentin PARMON was elected Corresponding Member of RAS in 1991 and Academician of RAS in 1997. In 1985 he became Doctor of Sciences (chemistry), in 1989, Professor. He is a member of Academia Europaea (2010), Academician of the International Association of Academies of Sciences (IAAS, 2020).

Valentin PARMON is an expert in the field of catalysis and photocatalysis, chemical kinetics in condensed phases, chemical radiospectroscopy, chemical methods of energy conversion, unconventional and renewable energy sources, non-equilibrium thermodynamics; he is the author and co-author of more than 950 scientific works, including eight monographs, 33 reviews, nine textbooks for universities, more than 150 inventor’s certificates and patents. His number of citations by WoS (without self-references) exceeds 6300, Hirsch index is above 40.

Valentin Nikolaevich PARMON was born on April 18, 1948, in Brandenburg (Germany) in the family of a military man. In 1972 he graduated from the Department of molecular and chemical physics of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), in 1972-1975 he was post-graduate there and in 1975 defended the PhD thesis in physics and mathematics. In 1975-1977 he worked as a junior researcher in the Institute of Chemical Physics (Moscow).

Since 1977, when Valentin PARMON joined the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, he occupied the positions of senior researcher and head of laboratory (1977-1985). In 1985 he became Deputy Director for science in the Institute of Catalysis (now Federal Research Center Boreskov Institute of Catalysis), in 1995-2015, Director of the Institute, and since 2015, Academic Adviser. At the same time (1986-1992) he worked as Deputy Director General and Director General of MNTK “Katalizator” (Cross-Sectoral Research and Technology Center of Catalysts). In 2017 he was elected the Chair of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Valentin PARMON is Professor and head of Chair of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Natural Sciences in Novosibirsk State University.

The scope of Valentin PARMON’s research embraces the development and investigation of catalysts and catalytic processes for all kinds of applications, in particular, for conversion and accumulation of various kinds of energy, catalysis and photocatalysis in nature and in the use of renewable and unconventional energy sources, as well as clarifying the role of abiogenic catalytic and photocatalytic processes in the forming of the Earth atmosphere composition and biosphere origin.

Valentin PARMON contributed significantly into the development of theory of influence of electronic exchanges over the EPR spectra, developed a theory of the EPR spectra of stable biradicals. He was the first to derive a now classic equation of kinetics with the tunneling of electrons in solid phase with uniform spatial propagation of reagents. He headed the works on revealing the reactions of tunneling of electrons over the solid surface and kinetic isotope effects for the processes of the tunneling of electrons.

He has developed:

  • Scientific foundation for photocatalytic methods of solar energy conversion into chemical energy, with a big choice of heterogeneous, homogeneous, and molecular catalysts and photocatalysts necessary for photocatalytic decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen;
  • Theoretical and experimental foundation for thermochemical conversion of solar energy, a new direction of radiation catalysis – radiation-thermal catalysis;
  • Approaches to the selective oxidation of light hydrocarbons into low- and high-temperature gas-phase electrocatalytic plants as well as in the systems with gas-diffusion electrodes;
  • Application of methods of non-equilibrium thermodynamics to analysis of the course of chemical transformations and catalytic processes far from thermodynamic equilibrium.

In the field of theory of heterogeneous catalysis he gave a qualitative and quantitative explanation to the phenomenon of fluidization of active components of a number of metal catalysts in the course of catalytic processes with carbon deposits forming.

He supervised the works on the methods of non-contact measuring of temperature of nanoparticles of active component of the supported metal catalysts in the moment of their functioning; methods of NMR-tomography in situ adapted to the studying of the state of catalysts in the course of a real catalytic process; revolutionary centrifugal reactors for thermal-shock processing of powdered solid substrates along with the technology for using these reactors to obtain the powders of active alumina; new composition materials for reversible accumulation of low-grade heat; new approaches to the use of microwave radiation in stimulating endothermic catalytic processes; technology of catalytic burning of wet silts and low-quality carbons in fluidized layer of catalysts; genetically modified microorganisms for obtaining the renewable energy source.

The works by Valentin PARMON are related with a number of important studies of practical development of catalytic technologies for deep processing of the fossil raw hydrocarbons and structural reorganization of the raw materials base of chemical industry and energetics, including those based on engaging the renewable sources of energy and materials. As a result of the execution of the projects headed by Parmon a number of domestic catalysts of the latest generations has been developed and introduced into industry, which added up more than 10 bln rubles directly to the Russian GDP. New technologies and plants using the unconventional energy sources have been developed, tested and in some cases used on an industrial scale.

Valentin PARMON takes active part in training the researchers: he has been teaching in Novosibirsk State University for more than 40 years heading the Chair of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Natural Sciences. He is the chair of the Council of the Center of Material and Technology Research of Tomsk State University, Honorary Professor of Saint-Petersburg State Institute of Technology and University of Heilongjiang (Harbin, China). There are 12 Doctors of Sciences and 24 PhD among his students.

Experience in science administrating and expert work:

Chair of United Scientific Council SB RAS on Chemistry, member of SB RAS Presidium (since 1995), member of RAS Presidium and Bureau of RAS Department of Chemistry and Materials Science (since 1998), chair of Scientific Council on Catalysis of RAS Department of Chemistry and Materials Science (since 1996), member of Science & Technology Council of PAO “GAZPROM” and section of Science & Technology Council of Military Industrial Commission (since 2008), member of Cross-Agency Commission on Technological Development of Presidium of the Presidential Council for modernizing economics and innovation development of the Russian Federation (since 2010), member of Consulting scientific council of “Skolkovo” Foundation (since 2010), member of bureau of Scientific Coordination Council of Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations, chair of chemical section and two working groups (2014-2019), member of Supervisory Board of Novosibirsk State University (since 2014), member of Supervisory Board of Tomsk State University (since 2018), member of Supervisory Board of Novosibirsk State Technology University (since 2018), member of Supervisory Board of Tomsk Polytechnic University (since 2018).


The Order of Honor (No.7033) for great contribution into the development of the Russian science and in honor of 275th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1999); the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” (2007); EFCATS Award for Innovations in Catalysis (2005); the Francysk Skaryna Medal of Belarus Republic for personal contribution to the scientific collaboration and development of joint Russian-Belarus knowledge-intensive industries (2009); the State Prize of the Russian Federation in science and technology of 2009 for contribution into the development of theory and practice of catalytic methods of deep processing of raw hydrocarbons and use of renewable resources; Honorary citizen of Novosibirsk oblast (Governor’s Decree No. 164, 26.09.2012); the medal “In the Memory of Academician Nikolay Emanuel” for achievements in the field of chemical and biochemical physics (2013); the Global Energy Prize of 2016 for a breakthrough development of new catalysts in the area of petroleum refining and the renewable sources of energy as a principal contribution into the energy of the future; the medal in honor of the 80th anniversary of Novosibirsk oblast (2017); the Friendship Award of China Government (2018); the Ordre national du Mérite of France (2019).

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