Chemical & Engineering News
December 22, 1997
Copyright © 1997 by the American Chemical Society

250 Years of Chemistry Research in Russia

The 16th Mendeleyev Congress on General & Applied Chemistry, "Chemistry on the Threshold of the 21st Century" will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25-29 next year.

The congress is timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the first chemical laboratory in Russia. The laboratory was built in St. Petersburg in 1748 and headed by Russian scientist Mikhail V. Lomonosov, who also founded Moscow State University in 1755. St. Petersburg, capital of Russia until 1918, is also the birthplace of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which was established 24 years earlier under the patronage of Peter the Great, czar and first emperor of Russia.

The Mendeleyev congresses, named after Russian chemist Dmitri I. Mendeleyev of periodic table fame, are held every four or five years to determine the future directions of the development of chemistry and chemical technology in Russia. Next year's congress will cover a wide range of topics including materials for the future, chemical sources of energy, and chemical education. A congress workshop on "The History and Achievements of Chemistry in Russia" will be held in the D. I. Mendeleyev Memorial Museum and Archives. Another workshop, "Chemistry and Environmental Protection," is being jointly organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Chemical Society, and the American Chemical Society.

The congress will take place during the "white nights" when the sun does not dip below the horizon. Congress languages will be Russian and English. Further information and application forms for the congress can be obtained from Professor N. N. Kulov, Kurnakov Institute of General & Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 31 Leninsky Prospect, 117907 Moscow, Russia; phone +7 095 954 71 38; fax: +7 095 954 12 79; e-mail: or