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March 25, 2011
Cheryl Reitan, Director, UMD Public Relations and Marketing 218 726-8996
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Viktor Zhdankin, Professor, UMD Chemistry and Biochemistry 218 726-6902

UMD Professor Officially Presented the ACS Award
For Creative Research and Applications of Iodine Chemistry
On March 28 and 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

Seminar Scheduled for April 1 at 3 p.m.
On the UMD Campus in Chemistry Room 200

Dr. Viktor Zhdankin, UMD professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will be honored for his research on Iodine Chemistry on March 28 at the Award Symposium of the 241st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in Anaheim, Calif.

On March 29 at the ACS General Meeting and National Awards Ceremony, the ACS Award will be officially presented to Dr. Zhdankin.

Zhdankin will present the award address before the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry.

Dr. Zhdankin will conduct a seminar on Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m. on the UMD campus in Chemistry Room 200. Dr. James P. Riehl, Dean of the UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering, will host a private reception in Dr. Zhdankin's honor. The seminar is free and open to the public.

As one of the world's leading experts in the organic chemistry of hypervalent main group elements, Dr. Zhdankin's research has led directly to the development of several important reagents currently used in chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories around the world.

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Zhdankin's doctoral research in Moscow was conducted in the laboratory of Nikolay S. Zefirov. After finishing his degree, Zhdankin stayed at Moscow State as a research fellow. He came to the U.S. in 1987 as an exchange scholar to work at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His postdoctoral research continued with Peter J. Stang at the University of Utah. Zhdankin returned to Duluth as a professor in 1993 where he is continuing his research into iodine reagents for organic synthesis.

Zhdankin is one of the few U.S. scientists elected to the Japanese Society of Iodine Science. He has received a Camille & Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and several University of Minnesota awards for teaching and research.

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