Coordinator

Prof. DrSc, PhD Andriy Grafov, FRSC

is a Principal Investigator and Visiting professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland. He is the Coordinator of the international collaborative project H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016-734759 acronym VAHVISTUS (03.2017-02.2021). In 2013-2016, he coordinated the multidisciplinary international project FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-2011-295262, acronym VAIKUTUS, involving research groups from Finland, Italy, Brazil, South Africa, and Ukraine.

Prof. Grafov started his scientific career in Ukraine. His PhD thesis was devoted to complexes of Ru, Rh, and Pd with chlorides of chalcogenes and their application in metallurgy. During the 1990s, his interest turned towards group 4 metallocene compounds with bridged alicyclic ligands and their application in olefin polymerization catalysis and CVD. He realized a number of international full-time visiting fellowships and professorships at the research and academic institutions of Italy, Switzerland, France, Japan, and Brazil. In 2002, he was admitted as Fellow to the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2006, he is working in Finland at the Materials Chemistry section of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Helsinki. His scientific interests relate to knowledge-based biocompatible and biodegradable inorganic and hybrid nanomatrices; nanocomposites for in-vitro diagnostics and targeted adaptive drug delivery; inorgano-bioorganic hydrogels for topical drug delivery; nanotechnological approaches for treatment of neglected tropical diseases (leishmaniasis and malaria); natural biopolymers, and ethnomedical natural bioactive compounds for nanocomposite development.

He obtained financial support from the Academy of Finland, CNR (Italy), SNSF (Switzerland), French Government, NATO, JSPS (Japan), CNPq and FAPERJ (Brazil).

He speaks fluently 7 European languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Finnish, Russian and Ukrainian.