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Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry, Vol. 75, No. 7, 2002, p. 1206. Translated from Zhurnal Prikladnoi Khimii, Vol. 75, No. 7,
2002, p. 1228.
Original Russian Text Copyright + 2002 by Zaikov.
X Korshak Symposium
X Korshak Symposium was held on February 13,
2002 at the Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement
Compounds (INEOS), Russian Academy of Sciences
(RAS) (Moscow). The symposium was organized by
the Russian Academy of Science (Scientific Council
on Macromolecular Compounds at the Department of
General and Technical Chemistry), INEOS, and the
Mendeleev Russian University of Chemical Engineer-
The symposium was opened by Yu.N. Bubnov
(Moscow) who outlined that Academician V.V. Kor-
shak (190931988) was one of the pioneers in the
polymer chemistry of the XX century, and that his
school is one of the largest in the world.
The symposium participants were 150 scientists
from 25 institutions of RAS, universities of the Minis-
try of Higher Education of the Russian Federation,
and applied research institutions.
The symposium program included five plenary lec-
tures under the general topic The Korshak’s Concepts
are Alive and Flourishing. The lectures emphasized
that the Korshak’s concepts are developed at present,
being realized in new scientific lines and significant
The first lecture given by E.M. Sul’man (Tver) was
devoted to nano-scale metal3polymer catalysts in
hydrogenation and oxidation. The reported results
were obtained by INEOS in cooperation with some
German research centers.
The second lecture on polymerization with atom
transfer and also on synthesis of amphiphilic block
copolymers was given by Yu.A. Kabachii (Moscow).
The background of this line was founded by Cristoff
Matisevski (Poland). Then his works were successful-
ly developed by Korshak’s disciples.
V.I. Sidorenko and I.I. Ponomareva (Moscow) in
their lecture reported on a new generation of poly-
heteroarylene-based binders for highly heat-resistant
composite materials. The authors obtained unique
polymeric materials for aircraft industry, which are
stable to 4003450oC. Such materials are used, in
particular, in construction of skin of extrasupersonic
airplanes and in manufacture of engines (e.g., turbine
blades). Note that the preparation procedure of the
binder proposed by the authors is very simple.
The lecture given by A.P. Petrova and P.M. Valet-
skii (Moscow) was devoted to development of special
polymeric materials based on carborane derivatives,
suitable for exploitation at temperatures of up to
1000oC. Under such conditions, polymers based on
carborane-containing compounds degrade with forma-
tion of a coke with good mechanical characteristics.
The authors successfully used novolac resins as
binders for composites with good mechanical proper-
ties. Phenol3rubber and polyurethane adhesives found
wide application as binders also. The resulting ma-
terials can be exploited not only at very high, but also
at very low temperatures (to 3200oC).
The composites proposed can operate without
deterioration of their performance characteristics for
10000 h at 600oC (for example, they were used to
seal joints on the skin of the Soviet shuttle Buran).
The last lecture entitled The Lessons of V.V. Kor-
shak was given by P.M. Valetskii. He outlined the
Korshak’s scientific activities. A special emphasis
was made on the fact that he easily entrusted young
researchers with important pieces of theoretical and
practical works, including those by request of the
USSR Defense Ministry.
All the lectures were followed by lively discus-
sions. Particularly, Academician N.A. Plate, vice-
president of RAS, and Academician V.A. Kabanov,
the Secretary of the Department of General and Tech-
nical Chemistry of RAS, participated in the discus-
The next XI Korshak Symposium will be held at
INEOS RAS in 2004.
E. G. Zaikov