Professor Viktor Zhdankin
- Profile Dr. Viktor Zhdankin is currently working as a Professor at University of Minnesota, Duluth (USA) and holds the status of an Adjunct Professor at Tomsk Polytechnic University (RUSSIA). Prof. Zhdankin is well known for his discovery of azidoiodinane reagent (Zhdankin reagent), an azide radical source, which is a versatile azidation reagent. The discovery of Zhdankin reagent inspired many to develop other cyclic hypervalent iodine reagents, among them, noteworthy is the Togni reagent, a widely used trifluoromethylating reagent. For the last four decades, Prof. Zhdankin’s research contributions in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry of Hypervalent Main-Group Elements, Synthesis of Heterocycles and Synthetic Organic Chemistry of Fluorine led him to publish more than 290 publications in leading international journals and 15 patents. He wrote several books, including: Handbook of Heterocyclic Chemistry, 3rd Edition (Elsevier, 2010), Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry: Preparation, Structure and Synthetic Applications of Polyvalent Iodine Compounds (Wiley, 2014), Organic Chemistry: A Two-Semester Course of Essential Organic Chemistry (Cognella, 2018). Prof. Zhdankin has been serving as an industrial consultant for several companies in USA and he is a member of Scientific Advisory Board of World Iodine Association. He won many academic honors and awards over the years. In 2011, he was the recipient of National Award of the American Chemical Society for Creative Research & Applications of Iodine Chemistry. He received Markovnikov Medal for outstanding achievements in organic chemistry in 2019 from Moscow State University, Russia.