Open online lectures on Environmental Chemistry (February -November 2022, language – English)

Lecture 1. Catalysis for biomass valorization: challenges and opportunities

Dr. Irina Delidovich

25 February 2022

Time: 12.00 (Moscow time)



Nowadays, chemical industry mainly relies on gas-phase transformations of low-polar hydrocarbons, whereas catalytic reactions in biorefineries take place in polar solvents. This poses a number of challenges including transformation of catalysts under reaction conditions or leaching of the active component. In many cases, questions on the nature of catalytically active species remain open.

Irina Delidovich was born and grew up in Kazakhstan. She studied chemistry at the Novosibirsk State University in Russia, where she obtained a diploma with honors in 2008. Irina Delidovich completed her PhD on catalytic oxidation of saccharides at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS in Novosibirsk in 2011. In 2012, she moved to Aachen, Germany. Irina Delidovich worked as a postdoc in the Institute für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie of the RWTH Aachen University in 2012-2016. In 2013, she was awarded by a scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Bayer Foundation. In 2016, Irina Delidovich was promoted to a group leader. Her research was supported by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft /German Research Foundation), as well as scholarships of the Max Buchner Research Foundation and Fonds der Chemischen Industrie. Research of Irina Delidovich mainly focuses on chemo-catalytic isomerization of saccharides to obtain highly valuable and/or rare sugars. In addition, she works on development of downstream techniques for selective separation of saccharides, diols, and polyols based on their reversible esterification with phenylboronates. In 2021, Irina Delidovich joined the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering of the TU Wien as a tenure-track assistant professor. 

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