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Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry, Vol. 74, No. 12, 2001, pp. 2128!2129. Translated from Zhurnal Prikladnoi Khimii, Vol. 74, No. 12, 2001,
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Mikhail Grigor’evich Voronkov
(To the 80th of his anniversary birthday)
On December 6, 2001, Academician Mikhail Gri-
gor’evich Voronkov was 80. In the same year of 2001,
50 years elapsed since his first paper appeared in Zhur-
nal Prikladnoi Khimii (Russian Journal of Applied
Chemistry) (Zh. Prikl. Khim., 1951, vol. 24, no. 1,
p. 93). During the last 50 years he has published in
this journal exactly 100 papers.
Mikhail Grigor’evich Voronkov is a well-known
scientist, a specialist in chemistry of organoelement
compounds, organic, and physical organic chemistry.
From 1970 till 1994, Voronkov headed the Irkutsk
Institute of Organic Chemistry, Siberian Division,
Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 1995, he has
been an advisor of the Russian Academy of Sciences
and headed the Laboratory of organoelement com-
pounds of the same institute.
Voronkov’s scientific life has been very successful.
A disciple of three prominent chemical schools headed
by academicians A.E. Favorsky, N.D. Zelinsky, and
V.N. Ipatyev, Mikhail Grigor’evich has carried out
fundamental investigations in the field of chemistry of
organosilicon and other organoelement compounds,
organic derivatives of sulfur (one of reactions involv-
ing these compounds is named after him), and un-
saturated and heteroatomic organic compounds. He
has created a new field of the chemistry of silicon-
Voronkov’s basic research in the field of chem-
istry, physical chemistry, biology and pharmacology
of silatranes, and other compounds of hypervalent
silicon has received particularly wide recognition in
the USSR and abroad. Silatranes proved to be a new
class of physiologically active substances and have
already found wide use in agriculture and medicine.
In 1997, Voronkov was awarded the State Prize of
the Russian Federation for the creation and develop-
ment of the chemistry of pentacoordinated silicon.
Voronkov was the first in the USSR to commence
extensive studies of hydrophobization of various ma-
terials with organosilicon monomers and oligomers.
In 195231958, he developed methods for hydropho-
bization of building materials, metals, glass, paper,
woven fabrics, leather, and Circulite. In 1952, as a res-
ult of these investigations, the facade of the Mar-
ble Palace, the sculptural frieze of the Russian Mu-
seum, and a number of other sculptures and architectu-
ral decorations, and, later, facades of many other
buildings in Leningrad, were treated with water-proof-
ing agents. This was the beginning of water-proofing
organosilicon coatings in building practice.
Voronkov developed methods for paper sizing with
organosilicon compounds (Goznak factory, Leningrad,
1957); proposed an original organosilicon water-
repellent agent and developed effective water-proofing
agents MN and EN, which were manufactured at
the pilot plant of the Institute of Organic Synthesis,
Academy of Sciences of the Latvian SSR. He studied
the stability of water-proofing organosilicon coatings
against aggressive media, hydrothermal treatment, and
In 1981, Voronkov was awarded State Prize of
the USSR for the development and introduction of
polymolecular organosilicon coatings.
Voronkov and his co-workers were the first to
create dirt-repellent organosilicon coatings.
Organosilicon sorbents and ion-exchange resins
were for the first time synthesized on the basis
of carbofunctional organosilicon monomers of the
type. Some of these sorbents are
used to recover from strongly diluted solutions and