- Structural Chemistry:
molecular and crystal structure of the coordination and organic compounds, chemical bondings, electronic structure of coordination and organometallic compounds, structure of bioorganic and bioinorganic compounds. Structure and cooperative effects in the spin-crossover systems. Theoretical analysis of the chemical bondings by the quantum topological methods.
- Chemistry and Reactivity of Coordination Compounds:
synthesis, structure and thermodynamics of coordination and organometallic compounds, correlation between structure and physicochemical properties and reactivity of coordination and organometallic compounds, metal–ligand, metal–metal and metal–macromolecule interactions, inorganic supramolecular chemistry. Mechanisms of spin transitions.
- Chemistry and Physics of lanthanides:
synthesis, structure and physicochemical properties of the f element compounds. Coordination compounds, polymeric and nanostructural hybrids. Mechanisms of photoluminescence.
- Chemistry and Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds:
synthesis, reactivity and molecular structure of porphyrins and porphyrinoids, aromatic and heterocyclic compounds, peptides and proteins. Synthesis and analysis of peptidomimetics and bioconjugates, polyynes and halogenopolyynes, bis- and polyazoles. Solid phase organic synthesis. Mechanisms of organic compounds fragmentation in vacuum.
- Intermolecular Interactions:
theoretical and experimental determination of molecular structure and physicochemical properties of the systems with hydrogen bond (molecules and molecular complexes), halogen bond and charge transfer, systems with the blue-shifting hydrogen bonds. Molecular recognition and racemic distribution. Proton and electron dynamics in hydrogen bondings in the ground and excited states, molecular dynamics in liquids. Relaxation from excited state (electronically or oscillatory) in donor-acceptor complexes. The binary liquid structure and the micro-heterogeneity phenomenon.
- Molecular Catalysis and Reaction Mechanisms:
homogeneous, heterogenized and nanosize catalysts, structure – reactivity correlations, transition metal complexes and metal nanoparticles as catalysts precursors, relations between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Role of catalytic reaction media: ionic liquids, molten salts. Activation and fixation of small molecules. Photocatalysis and photochemical synthesis. Photochemical reactions in the low temperature matrices. Theoretical analysis of the reaction mechanisms.
- Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics:
biological inorganic chemistry, structure versus activity of peptides, proteins and metalloenzymes. Design, theoretical calculations and synthesis of biologically active compounds, peptides, amino-sugars and their derivatives. Model compounds. Role of metal ions in biological systems, interactions between metal ions and humic substances. Metal complexes as the potential therapeutics. Thermodynamics of biological systems. Free radical processes of biological significance. The post-translational and chemical modifications of proteins, proteomics and metabolomics. Structure and physicochemical properties of the lipid membranes as well as their interactions with the biologically active compounds. Chemometric analysis of pharmaceutics, food products and plant materials.
electrode processes, chemically modified electrodes, molecular and ionic liquids, surfactants. Electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry of the conducting polymers. Synthesis and properties of the novel chemical materials for electrochemical cells and capacitors as well as analytical sensors.
- Chemistry and Physics of Novel Materials:
synthesis and properties of novel luminophores and spin-crossover materials. Structure, phase transitions and dielectric relaxation processes in ferroelectrics, molecular crystals, molecular-ionic and liquid crystals. Semiconductors for the photovoltaic cells. Synthesis and properties of macroporous hybrid materials and surfactants. Magnetochemistry of coordination and inorganic compounds; ferro-, ferri- and molecular metamagnetics of the d- and f-blocks. Nanosize catalysts for organic synthesis. Theoretical modeling of structure and activity of model nanomaterials.