This is Alexander Shilov

By Gwylym Owen

Alexander E. Shilov (Russian: Шилов, Александр Евгеньевич) (January 1, 1930 – June 6, 2014) was a Russian chemist.

Shilov was born in Ivanovo, Russia, studied Chemistry in Kiev and acknowledged his diploma degree in 1952 from Kiev State University. In 1952-1955 he began full of life with Nobel Laureate Nikolay Semyonov toward his Ph.D. at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. After postdoctoral studies with Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood at Oxford University in London, he returned to the Institute of Biochemical Physics (Moscow), where he became Director and Professor at Moscow State University. In 1952 he moved to Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences in Chernogolovka (Moscow district), where he became the Head of Laboratory.

In the late 1960s and in the future 1970s, he discovered what are considered to be the first reported examples of alkane reactions catalyzed by a homogeneous (solution-phase) system, the Pt-catalyzed CH activation of alkanes, now known as the Shilov system. Shilov and co-workers conducted extensive mechanistic investigations of this chemistry based on kinetic analysis. In 1990 he customary the Academian of Scienсes. In complement to his pioneering be in in the activation and functionalization of hydrocarbons, his interests encompassed dinitrogen dwindling to ammonia in aqueous media similar to the use of organometallic complexes.

His accomplish has been published in beyond 300 papers which lid research in chemical kinetics and catalysis, mechanisms of chemical reactions, and chemical modeling of enzyme systems.

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