Struchkov Prize awarded to Robert R. Fayzullin


Robert R. Fayzullin (Laboratory of Diffraction Research Methods, Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry, FRC Kazan Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kazan, Russia) has won the 2023 Struchkov Prize for his work on real-space interpretation of chemical bonding by combining one-electron potentials and associated force fields derived from high-resolution X-ray diffraction data.

Dr Fayzullin is a specialist in the field of high-resolution X-ray diffraction crystal structure determination, and experimental and theoretical charge-density studies, co-author of about 100 publications. He managed to successfully describe chemical bonding, interatomic charge transfer, electron exchange effects in crystals using novel physically grounded descriptors based on electronic potentials and corresponding vector fields measurable by diffraction techniques. The selection committee appreciated his quite general scientific contribution and its novelty.

The Struchkov Prize was established in 1997 to commemorate the life achievements of Professor Yuri T. Struchkov (1926–1995), an outstanding Russian crystallographer who made substantial contributions to the structural chemistry of organic and organometallic compounds. Now administered by the IUCr, the Prize is awarded every triennium at the IUCr Congress to up to three winners (under 35 years of age at the time of the submission deadline) for outstanding achievements in small-molecule X-ray diffraction methods application in the fields of chemistry, crystal chemistry or materials science.

1 April 2023

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