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Valentin Novikov
Distinguished Researcher (Beatriz Galindo Senior Fellow)
Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Universitat de Barcelona


Valentin Novikov is a physical and analytical chemist with 17 years of research experience. He obtained the Chemistry Degree in 2006 from Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia, where he researched myosin dynamics interactions through molecular dynamic simulations and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and Organoelement Chemistry from Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Yan Voloshin, focusing his thesis on the NMR and EPR study of conformational and spin transitions in various paramagnetic labels. Further, he acquired his Habilitation Degree in Physical Chemistry in 2018 from the Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry RAS, Moscow, analysing the molecular magnetism of cage cobalt complexes.

He has a solid background in several analytical techniques, including magnetic resonance spectroscopy, both NMR and EPR. His professional journey includes roles such as the former Head of the Department of Physical Methods and Deputy Director at the Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, where he was responsible for managing research, finance, and strategy for the institution encompassing over 600 employees. Additionally, he holds an MBA in Digital Economics, which has supplemented his roles in managerial and strategic capacities at various institutes. He has been instrumental in creating and maintaining an analytical center and implementing a quality control system in Moscow.

His extensive research has made him a principal investigator of multiple independent grants, and he has authored over a hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has also been a part of international collaborations and has had teaching and mentoring experience at several universities.

Valentin Novikov’s present role is at the University of Barcelona as an Investigador Distinguido, where he continues his research endeavors in the field of molecular magnetism.

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