Konstantin S. Kiprijanov

Konstantin S. Kiprijanov


My PhD thesis outlines the communication practices through which structural formulae were established as the default symbolic language of chemistry during the last third of the nineteenth century.My PhD thesis investigates how practices of teaching, editing, and publishing were driving the circulation of chemical knowledge between Britain, France, and Germany; and how these various practices had ultimately contributed to the positive reception and appropriation of the new graphic notation in Europe. In doing so, I intend to achieve a more detailed and historically accurate understanding of the evolution of epistemic and iconographic aspects of structural formulae during the last third of the nineteenth century. I argue that chemical representations must not be understood as being secondary to chemical theories, but were in fact situated in the very midst of knowledge-making processes. I illustrate the contribution of structural formulae to the production of chemical knowledge by way of scrutinising how the representations promoted the distribution and appropriation of the structure theory; how the new notation encouraged metaphysical debates; and how it gave rise to new experimental and theoretical research problems in chemistry. The thesis is supervised by Dr Jonathan Topham and Prof Graeme Gooday.

I am fluent in English, German, and Russian, and I have a good knowledge of French. I tweet as KKiprijanov@ChemicalReader.

Research interests

I have also a strong interest in integrated history and philosophy of science. My current side project investigates the history of the so-called Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. Focusing on the period between 1961 and 1975, the project aims to identify those processes through which the reaction became a model for nonlinear phenomena in chemical and biological systems. My publication on the early history of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky was published in Annalen der Physik and is available online.