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Лекция доцента М. А. Кинжалова 14.05.2019

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Совет молодых учёных и студенческий совет Института химии СПбГУ приглашают 14 мая в 17:10 всех желающих на лекцию доцента, к.х.н., Михаила Андреевича Кинжалова: «Современные применения комплексов платиновых металлов с диаминокарбеновыми лигандами».

Место проведения: Петергоф, Университетский проспект, дом 26, ауд. 315.

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