Baiting of Valentin Kochnev: discreditation of science and authorities

The creators of a pseudo science theory and an adviser to the Committee of the State Duma of Russia take part in the baiting of a physical chemist Valentin Kochnev.

Alchemist. Image: free sources on the Web
Alchemist. Image: free sources on the Web

The Director of the N.S. Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Member of RAS V.K. Ivanov, who signed a fictitious order of Valentin Kochnev’ dismissal,  is also a member of the expert council on the observance of rights and social protection of educational and research workers at the Committee on Education and Science of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. As the saying: Like master, like man!

The man of the “expert council on the observance of rights and social protection of educational and research workers” Mr. Ivanov is very interesting. In particular, the Deputy Director at the IGIC RAS for science  K. Yu. Zhizhin.

In brief, K. Yu. Zhizhin is a forger who dishonestly became a doctor of chemical sciences and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Pseudoscientific activity of K. Yu. Zhizhin was revealed by Valentin Kochnev.

In 2015-2016 the articles of V. Kochnev were published in the American scientific journal Computational and Theoretical Chemistry:

1. «Theoretical study of protonation of the B 12 H 12 2− anion and subsequent hydrogen loss from the B 12 H 13 −: effect of the medium» (DOI: 10.1016/j.comptc.2014.05.002)

2. «Theoretical study of protonation of the B 10 H 10 2− anion and subsequent hydrogen removal due to substitution reaction in acidic medium»
(DOI: 10.1016/j.comptc.2015.11.014).

In these articles the unscientific nature was shown for the so-called theory of the mechanism of substitution in the B 10 H 10 2– and B 12 H 12 2– anions, authored by the deputy director of IGIC RAS, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences K. Yu. Zhizhin.

K. Yu. Zhizhin
Corresponding Member of RAS, K. Yu. Zhizhin, image: igic.ras.ru

K. Yu. Zhizhin, under supervision of Academician of RAS N.T. Kuznetsov, who was a member of the Higher Attestation Commission and Expert Councils, «defended» his doctoral dissertation in 2008 as “Reactions of exo-polyhedral substitution in boron cluster anions [B10H10]2– and [B12H12]2−» (synopsis: pdf).

In his doctoral dissertation K. Yu. Zhizhin has wrote that in an acidic medium undissociated acid molecules participates in the substitution reactions. And this «conclusion» is contrary to even the school curriculum (school chemistry course for the 9th grade, the topic “Electrolytic dissociation”). The conclusion was never tested experimentally or at least theoretically justified.

Thus essentially, the “hydride nature” was falsified of hydrogen atoms in [B10H10]2– and [B12H12]2– anions, which were of interest initially because of its use in the military industry.

Quote from the Conclusions section of K.Yu. Zhizhin doctoral degree thesis:

4. A generalized scheme is proposed of the main stages of the nucleophilic substitution of hydrogen atoms induced by electrophiles in [B10H10]2– and [B12H12]2– cluster anions, including the formation of complexes of closo borates [BnHn]2– with various electrophilic reagents and the subsequent nucleophilic attack of the solvent molecule with the formation of substituted derivatives during the removing of the electrophile complex with the hydride ion [EH-].

This transformation of non-scientific speculation with a formal oxidation state or charge on the atom into the falsification became the basis for numerous reports on research and development on “hydrogen energy”, “hydride materials”, “anti-cancer drugs” and “new methods of synthesis” of boron-containing derivatives.

The K. Yu. Zhizhin and N.T. Kuznetsov articles on the “hydride nature” were published, as a rule, in the Russian Journal of General and Inorganic Chemistry, the editor-in-chief of which is Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences N.T. Kuznetsov himself, or in other journals not having a high impact factor.

Quote from the Publications section of K.Yu. Zhizhin doctoral degree thesis:

The main results of the work are presented in 22 publications in refereed domestic periodicals.

Attention should be paid to the difference between refereed and peer-reviewed publications. Mr. Zhizhin was clearly picky about the choice of suitable journals.

And the quote from the Acknowledgement section…

Author is sincerely grateful to his teacher, Academician N.T. Kuznetsov, for the permanent attention and support of this work.

The content of these articles, as well as the content of K. Yu. Zhizhin’ doctoral thesis, was mainly reduced to the substitution reactions in [B10H10] 2− and [B12H12]2− anions and its regioselectivity, that was practically completed in the western peer-reviewed journals in the middle of the last century.

The most expressive falsification of the “hydride nature” by K. Yu. Zhizhin is in the statement that during substitution reactions in cluster boron compounds, literally “apparently, the carbocation cleaves the hydride ion from the boron cluster” i.e. the formation of aromatic and other hydrocarbons occurs. This is stated, for example, in the publication:

NUCLEOPHILIC SUBSTITUTION IN CLOSO-DECABORATE [B 10 H 10 ] 2− IN THE PRESENCE OF CARBOCATIONS. Retivov V.M., Matveev E.Yu., Lisovskiy M.V., Razgonyaeva G.A., Ochertyanova L.I., Zhizhin K.Y., Kuznetsov N.T. Russian Chemical Bulletin. 2010. V. 59. No 3. С. 550-555.

It was proved by V.K. Kochnev that the formation of aromatic and other hydrocarbons does not take a place in these reactions, but the formation of gaseous hydrogen or protons occurs, depending on the medium used — that was previously well known.

In other words: V.K. Kochnev proved that the «theory» of K.Yu. Zhizhin was falsified; if the chemist actually had been conducted the experimental study, he would not confused gaseous hydrogen with liquid aromatic hydrocarbons.

With the help of falsiffication K.Yu. Zhizhin has become a doctor of chemical sciences and then a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and received a lot of money for his obviously fruitless «research».

Luoksa Blog’ sincere opinion is that Valentin Kochnev has signed his sentence when he debunked the «theory» of the two «great scientists», K.Yu. Zhizhin and N.T. Kuznetsov. When V.Kochnev has completed the doctoral studies, the «great scientists» revenged on Valentine, robbing him by fictitious dismissal  and looted him.

This story does not add the authority either to the Russian Academy of Sciences, or to the N.S. Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and specifically to the Director of IGIC RAS, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Expert Council on the observance of rights and social protection of educational and scientific workers under the Committee on Education and Science of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, V.K. Ivanov.

These people sneeze not only on V. Kochnev, but also on the  interests of Russia.

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