D.I. Mendeleev A.M.Butlerov


119899 Moscow, Leninskie Gori 1/3

MSU, Chemistry Department
Room 133, 134 (right)
Tel: 7(495)939-5442

Laboratory on Low Temperature Chemistry was founded in 1974 by initiative of Nobel Prize Winner Academician  N.N.Semenov

The Head of the Laboratory  - Professor, Lomonosov Prize Winner (1976), Honored Scientist of Russian Federation (1997) Gleb Borisovich Sergeev

Laboratory Staff:

Dr.Shabatina Tatyana Igorevna – Leading Scientist, Laboratory Acting Manager
Dr. Sergeev Boris Michailovich - Senior Scientist
Dr. Zagorskii Vyacheslav Victorovich - Senior Scientist
Dr. Komarov Valerii Sergeevich – Senior  Scientist
Dr. Shabatin Vladimir Petrovich – Senior  Scientist
Dr. Morosov Yurii Nikolaevich  - Research Chemist
Dr.Bochenkov Vladimir Evgen’evich - Research Chemist
Dr. Vlasov Alexei Victorovich - Research Chemist
M.Sci. Timoshenko Vadim Alexandrovich - Research Chemist
M.Sci. Bazulin Alexander Feliksovich - Jr. Research Chemist
M.Sci. Shmanova Elena Vladimirovna– Jr. Research Chemist
M.Sci. Mukhin Maxim Sergeevich – Jr. Research Chemist


Belyaev Anatolii, Bogdanov Alexei, Kaplii Grigorii, Mitrofanov Alexander


Main Research Directions:

•Cryonanochemistry and production of new materials.
•New compounds, reactions and mechanisms for metal atoms, clusters and nanoparticles in temperature range 6-300 K.
• The development of new sensor materials based on cryoformed nanosystems.
• Production and investigation of physical and chemical properties of cryomodified  drugs. 


INTAS 2000-00911, 2 Russian Foundation of Basic Research grants, grant of Russian Federal Programme “Universities of Russia”, grant of Education and Science Ministry of Russian Federation

Research methods:

• Cryo-condensation of reagent vapors
• Low temperature UV-, IR-, ESR-spectroscopy
• Gas chromatography
• Low temperature calorymetry
• Potentiometry and electrical conductivity measurements of thin film samples
• Molecular  modeling in co-operation with the Laboratory on Chemical Cybernetics (Head of the laboratory Prof.A.V.Nemukhin)
• Electron  microscopy in  co-operation with the Electron Microscopy Division of Moscow State University

The laboratory members participate in  Collective Scientific Center “ Technology of new nanostructured materials and their complex  investigation”.

Laboratory  has  close scientific cooperation with  Center  of nanostructured materials and nanotechnologies of Belgorod  State University;  Institute of Metal Physics Ural Branch of  Russian Academy of Sciences,  Petrochemical Institute of  Siberian Branch of  Russian Academy of Sciences of  Russian Academy of Sciences,  Curortology Research Center of Russian Federation, Faculti of Fundamental Medicine of Moscow State University.


Special courses on Low Temperature Chemistry was founded on the base of the Laboratory on Low Temperature Chemistry, The Head – Professor Gleb B.Sergeev
At present time,  this division includes the works in the field of nanochemistry and nanotechnology.

Prof.Gleb B.Sergeev  holds lectures “ The Bases of Cryonanochemistry” for graduate students, Ph D students and audience of Special courses on Low Temperature Chemistry. The lectures include following parts: basic methods and technique; molecular, radical and chain radical reactions at low temperatures; nanochemistry of metal atoms, clusters and nanoparticles; spontaneous reactions through complex formation; reactions in frozen solutions and organized media; cryobiochemical reactions; low temperature applications in science and industry.

Three doctors of  science, 33 doctors and more than 50 graduates have been prepared in the laboratory.

International Collaboration:

University of Southampton (UK), Institute on Low Temperature Physics National Academy of Ukraine ( Kharkov, Ukraine), Armenian Institute for Technical Chemistry (Erevan, Armenia)

Main publications:


  1. nano100.jpg (4493 bytes)G.B.Sergeev. Nanochemnistry. Elsevier, 2006, 249 pp
  2. G.B.Sergeev. Nanochemnistry. Textbook, Moscow State Univ. Publ., Moscow, 2006, 336 pp.
  3. V.A.Batyuk, T.I.Shabatina, T.N.Boronina ,G.B.Sergeev. Reactions in Liquid Crystals, Ser. Kinetics and Catalysis, VINITI Publ., Moscow 1990, P.95.
  4. G.B.Sergeev, V.A.Batyuk “Cryochemistry”, Mir Publ., Moscow, 1986, P.321
  5. G.B.Sergeev, V.V.Smirnov “ Molecular halogenation of olefines” , MSU Publ., Moscow, 1985, P.240.


Recent Papers:

Sergeev G.B. Nanochemistry of metals, Russ.Chem.Rev., 2001. 70, pp.915-931.

Sergeev G.B., Shabatina T.I., Low temperature. Surface chemistry and nanostructures, Surf. Sci. 2002, 500, p. 628-655

Shabatina T.I., Sergeev G.B. Reactions at low temperatures in chemistry of nanosystems Russ.Chem.Rev , 2003; 72, pp. 643-663.

Sergeev G.B.; Cryochemistry of metal nanoparticles. J.Nanoparticle Research, 2003,.5, pp.415.

Bochenkov V.E., Sergeev G.B., Gas-sensitive nanosystems,  Nanotechnics, 2005, 3, pp.101-106. (in Russian)

V.E. Bochenkov, G.B. Sergeev  Preparation and chemiresistive properties of nanostructured materials Adv. Coll. Int. Sci., 245-254, 116, 2005

V.A.Timoshenko, A.A.Belyaev, Yu.N.Morosov, T.I.Shabatina, G.B.Sergeev. Copper atom interaction with mesogenic cyanobiphenyls in solid co-condensates. Mol.Cryst.Liq.Cryst., 2005, v.440, pp.79-83.

T.I.Shabatina, Yu.N.Morosov, V.A.Timoshenko, G.B.Sergeev. The ESR-study of Chemical Interactions in triple solid ‘Ag-CCl4-5CB’ co-condensate mesogenic system. Mol.Cryst.Liq.Cryst., 2005, v.440, pp. 325-333.

T.I.Shabatina, A.V.Vlasov, S.V.Konyuhov, A.Yu.Ermilov, A.V.Nemukhin, G.B.Sergeev. Methastable lanthanide complexes formation and their thermal behavior in the solid phase of alkylcyanobiphenyls. Mol.Cryst.Liq.Cryst., 2005, v.440, pp.317-324.

A.V.Vlasov, T.I.Shabatina, A.Yu.Ivanov, G.G.Sheina, A.V.Nemukhin, G.B.Sergeev. Interaction of lanthanide atoms with 4-pentyl-4’-cyanobiphenyl in low temperature co-condensates. Mendeleev Commun., 2005, N1, pp. 10-11.

G.B.Sergeev. Reactions in low temperature solid co-condensates and size effects. Mol.Cryst.Liq.Cryst., 2005, v.440, pp.85-92.

G.B. Sergeev, V.S. Komarov. Cryomodification of drugs. Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. V. 456 (2006). P. 107-115

V.A.Timoshenko, T.I.Shabatina, Yu.N.Morosov, G.B.Sergeev. Complexation and chemical interactions in triple system “silver-CCl4-mesogenic cyanobiphenyl”, J.of Struct.Chemistry, 2006,  .47, pp.139-145.

B.M.Sergeev, L.I.Lopatina, G.B.Sergeev. Influence of  Ag+ ions on formation of silver nanoclusters in water solutions of polyacrylate. Colloid Journal, 2006, 68, pp. 833-838 (in Russian).

Laboratory has obtained 6 patents of Russian Federation during last 6 years.  

Main results:

  • Matrix isolation method has been developed and cryochemical reactions of atoms and clusters of magnesium and samarium with some small molecules were studied. The higher activity of metal clusters in comparison with their atoms was shown. Spectral data were confirmed by the results of quantum chemistry calculations.

  • The methods of formation and stabilisation of metal nanoparticles of 5-10 nm in size have been developed using polyxylylene monomers polymerized at low temperatures and  acrylic monomers. The inclusion of silver nanoparticles, obtained by cryosynthesis and by chemical reduction in reversed micelles was made. 

  • The cryoformation of silver and copper nanoparticles including in liquid crystalline matrix has been performed. It was shown the possibility of unusual chemical transformations of metal nanoparticles at low temperatures and of new sensor systems obtaining.

  • The main problem for developing  investigations is the connection between the reactive specie size and their reactivity. The new research directions have been established during last 5 years– cryonanochemistry and metal  nanochemistry.

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