KAZAN, September 19 (Itar-Tass) — The International Congress consecrated to the 155th anniversary of founding the theory of the chemical structure of organic compounds by famous Russian chemist Alexander Butlerov opens in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan, on Monday.
“Born in Tatarstan Alexander Butlerov studied and worked at Kazan University. Here he founded the Kazan school of organic chemists. His great invention of the theory of the chemical structure of organic compounds created the groundwork for launching a new area of science – the organic chemistry, while in economy also a new area – petrochemistry – emerged,” the prorector of Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University , Denis Nurgaliyev, told Itar-Tass.
One of Russia’s oldest universities is co-organizer of the International Congress on Organic Chemistry.
Research schools of organic chemistry were opened in many countries of Europe, Asia and America.
Taking part in the forum will be Japan’s chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate (2010) Akira Suzuki.
The forum in Kazan brought together leading researchers from over 30 countries, including Russia, the CIS, Belgium, Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Israel, France and Estonia.
“The Butlerov Congress is one of the biggest forums conducted in the International Year of Chemistry marked in 2011,” Nurgaliyev said.
The congress will last until September 21.
Within the forum’s framework a brick-laying ceremony for a new building of the Alexander Butlerov Chemical Institute of Kazan Federal University will take place.