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Vitaly Kotov

  • Dean:Faculty of Chemistry
  • Professor:Joint Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Material Science with the RAS Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Member of the HSE Academic Council
  • Vitaly Kotov has been at HSE University since 2018.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2005
  • 2002

    Doctor of Sciences*

  • 1998
    Associate Professor
  • 1986

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 1982

    Degree in Chemistry
    Zhdanov Leningrad State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2023, 2022

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)


Employment history

1996-2002, 2015-2023  N.S. Kurnakov Institute of general and inorganic chemistry RAS: 

                                       Researcher, Leading researcher, Principal researcher

2002-2015                      Moscow city university:

                                       Professor, Head of the department, Dean, Director of the institute                   

1996-2018                      D.I. Mendeleev University of chemical technology of Russia:

                                       Associate professor, Professor

1991-1996                      M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University:


Timetable for today

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‘Everything Suggests That Our Experiment Was a Success, and We Will Continue’: First Graduation of HSE University’s Bachelor’s Programme in Chemistry

On July 5th, at HSE University’s Centre of Cultures, the first graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in Chemistry were awarded their diplomas. The programme was created in 2019 with the support of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Studying at the new faculty, the young researchers have achieved impressive scientific results, with 21 graduates publishing 46 co-authored articles in international scientific journals.

RAS Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics Launches Joint Department with HSE Faculty of Chemistry

The new Department will prepare students for careers in cutting edge research and engineering, as well as entrepreneurial and commercial development. They will be able to promote their own innovative projects and projects developed by their colleagues. The Department is headed by Professor Sergey Aldoshin, full member of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Nearly 2,000 Papers, 23 Nominations, and 165 Winners in 2020 Student Research Paper Competition

The annual awards ceremony of the Student Research Paper Competition (NIRS) was held on February 8, Russian Science Day. This year, 165 people received awards, including not only HSE students but also contestants from Saint Petersburg State University, Moscow State University, Far Eastern Federal University, Mount Holyoke College (USA), and other universities. Another 160 participants became laureates of the competition, with 1,924 papers submitted in total.

‘Conducting Research Is an Opportunity to Change the World for the Better’

Fedor Kluev, a student first-year student in the Bachelor’s programme in Chemistry at HSE University, was the only first-year undergraduate student to win a prize in this year’s Student Research Paper Competition (SRPC). He began working with his academic supervisor, Denis Chusov, when he was still in high school. In an interview with the HSE News Service, Fedor talked about his research, the role of science in human life, and the importance of popularising science.

Student Research Paper Competition 2020 Accepting Submissions

Any student or 2020 graduate of a Russian or international university is eligible to take part in the Student Research Paper Competition. Papers can be submitted from September 1 to October 15. The competition has been held at HSE University since 2003.

HSE and RAS Institutes to Produce Future Generations of Scientists

On February 12 at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, HSE and five institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) signed agreements to collaborate in the field of scientific education. The institutions have pledged to contribute to the development of new faculties of chemistry as well as biology and biotechnology at HSE.

‘HSE Is in a Class by Itself.’ Annual HSE International Advisory Committee Meeting Commences

New faculties, personnel development, internationalisation, and much more – these are all things on the agenda of the annual International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting currently taking place in Moscow.

HSE Opens Two New Faculties

In 2019, HSE will begin enrolling students in undergraduate programmes at two new faculties: the Faculty of Chemistry, and the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology. These faculties will work in partnership with leading RAS institutions where students will be carrying out research.