Dr. Andrey Khalimon received his Dipl. Chem. Degree (Diploma with Excellence) from M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) in 2004 and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Brock University (Canada) in 2010. His doctorate work with Prof. Georgii I Nikonov was focused on the investigation of new catalytic methods and design of novel early transition metal catalysts for chemoselective reduction of challenging substrates. This included detailed mechanistic studies of catalytic reactions in order to make even better system with desired properties.
After his Ph.D., he joined the group of Prof. Warren E. Piers at the University of Calgary (Canada) as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, where he continued to work in the field of transition metal catalysis (photoinduced olefin metathesis) and materials chemistry (the development of Photo Lewis Acid Generators and their applications in advanced photolithography) in collaboration with the Intel Corporation (USA).
In 2013, Dr. Khalimon moved to Heidelberg in Germany and joined CaRLa (Catalysis Research Laboratory, BASF SE) as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Working as a part of the team of industrial and fundamental chemists, he was involved in the development of the first catalytic system for direct synthesis of acrylates from CO2 and olefins – a highly attractive process for chemical industry.