Karina V. Valihura Doctor of Philosophy, Junior Research Scientist
   Karina V. Valihura

   Doctor of Philosophy, Junior Research Scientist

  Department of Catalytic Oxidative-Reductive Processes

  Ukraine, 03028 Кyiv, prosp. Nauky, 31

  Telephone: 38 (044) 525-62-22

  E-mail: karina.valigura@ukr.net


Research interests

  • Processes of conversion of С2,4 bio-alcohols to obtain industrially important chemical products; acid-base catalysts for the implementation of such processes.


Professional experience

2016–2020 Postgraduate
2018–2020 1st degree Engineer
2020–2021 Leading Engineer
2021– at present Junior Research Scientist



– National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Faculty of Chemical Technology (2016);

– Postgraduate study at L.V. Pisarzhevskii Institute of Physical Chemistry of NASU (2020);

– Doctor of Philosophy in the specialty 102 Chemistry, Ph.D. thesis “Effect of the composition of Mg(II), Al(III), Zr(IV) oxide systems on their catalytic properties in the processes of gas-phase conversion of ethanol and 1-butanol with doubling of the carbon chain”, supervisor – Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Prof. S.O. Soloviev (2021).



Grants of the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC) for research at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic, 2020), National Institute of Chemistry (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2020), National Institute of Materials Physics (Magurele, Romania, 2020).

Total number of publications: articles – 9, patents – 2.

Identification codes in scientometric databases: Scopus – 57208752199, ResearcherID – AAQ-4120-2021, ORCID – 0000-0002-1712-5008.



1. Larina, O.V.; Valihura, K.V.; Kyriienko, P.I.; Vlasenko, N.V.; Balakin, D.Y.; Khalakhan, I.; Veltruská, K.; Čendak, T.; Soloviev, S.O.; Orlyk, S.M. Catalytic performance of ternary Mg-Al-Ce oxides for ethanol conversion into 1-butanol in a flow reactor. J. Fuel Chem. Technol. 2021, 49(3), 347–358. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1872-5813(21)60028-2 

2. Larina, O.V.; Valihura, K.V.; Čendak, T. Effect of the cerium modification on acid–base properties of Mg–Al hydrotalcite-derived oxide system and catalytic performance in ethanol conversion. React. Kinet. Mech. Catal. 2021, 132(1), 359–378. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11144-020-01907-4

3. Valihura, K.V.; Larina, O.V.; Kyriienko, P.I.; Balakin, D.Y.; Soloviev, S.O. Influence of Modifying Additives of Lanthanum and Cerium Oxides on Acid–Base Characteristics and Catalytic Properties of MgO-Al2O3 Systems in the Process of Gas-Phase Conversion of Ethanol to 1-Butanol. Theor. Exp. Chem. 2020, 56(6), 373–380. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11237-021-09669-3

4. Valihura, K.V.; Soloviev, S.O. Catalysts for vapor phase condensation of С14 alcohols with carbon chain elongation. Catalysis and petrochemistry. 2020, 29, 32–51. https://doi.org/10.15407/kataliz2020.29.032 

5. Vlasenko, N.V.; Kyriienko, P.I.; Yanushevska, O.I.; Valihura, K.V.; Soloviev, S.O.; Strizhak, P.E. The Effect of Ceria Content on the Acid–Base and Catalytic Characteristics of ZrO2–CeO2 Oxide Compositions in the Process of Ethanol to n-Butanol Condensation. Catal. Lett. 2019, 55(1), 43–49. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10562-019-02937-x 

6. Vlasenko, N.V.; Kyriienko, P.I.; Yanushevska, O.I.; Valihura, K.V.; Soloviev, S.O.; Strizhak, P.E. Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia as a High-Performance Catalyst for Ethanol to n-Butanol Guerbet Coupling. ACS Omega. 2019, 4(25), 21469–21476. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b03170 

7. Larina, O.V.; Valihura, K.V.; Kyriienko, P.I.; Vlasenko, N.V.; Balakin, D.Y.; Khalakhan, I.; Čendak, T.; Soloviev, S.O.; Orlyk, S.M. Successive Vapour Phase Guerbet Condensation of Ethanol and 1-Butanol over Mg-Al Oxide Catalysts in a Flow Reactor. Appl. Catal. A Gen. 2019, 588, 117265. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2019.117265

8. Valihura, K.V.; Larina, O.V.; Kyriienko, P.I.; Vlasenko, N.V.; Soloviev, S.O. Effect of Composition of Mg-Al-Oxide Systems on their Catalytic Properties in the Production of 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol in Vapor-Phase Condensation of 1-Butanol in a Flow System. Theor. Exp. Chem. 2019, 55(5), 309–315. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11237-019-09626-1 

9. Vlasenko, N.V.; Kyriienko, P.I.; Valihura, K.V.; Yanushevska, O.I.; Soloviev, S.O.; Strizhak, P.E. Effect of Modifying Additives on the Catalytic Properties of Zirconium Dioxide in the Conversion of Ethanol Into 1-Butanol. Theor. Exp. Chem. 2019, 55(1), 43–49. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11237-019-09594-6

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