Alexander E. Shilov (Russian: Шилов, Александр Евгеньевич) (January 1, 1930 – June 6, 2014) was a Russian chemist.
Shilov was born in Ivanovo, Russia, studied Chemistry in Kiev and received his diploma degee in 1952 from Kiev State University. In 1952-1955 he was working with Nobel Laureate Nikolay Semyonov toward his Ph.D. at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. After postdoctoral studies with Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood at Oxford University in London, he returned to the Institute of Biochemical Physics (Moscow), where he is now Director and currently Professor at Moscow State University. In the late 60, he first discovered Pt-catalyzed CH activation of alkanes and first provided mechanism supported by kinetic analysis. Since 1952 he is in Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences in Chernogolovka (Moscow district), where he is now the Head of Laboratory. In 1969 he discovered the Shilov system. In 1990 he received the Academian of Scienсes. Academian Shilov is the author of the famous book Activation and Catalytic Reactions of Saturated Hydrocarbons in the Presence of Metal Complexes together with Georgiy B. Shul'pin. In addition to his achievements, he first proposed dinitrogen reduction to ammonia in aqueous media by using organometallic complexes.
His scientific interests have been published in more than 300 papers and cover research in chemical kinetics and catalysis, mechanisms of chemical reactions, chemical modeling of enzyme systems.
^A. E. Shilov, G. B. Shul’pin, “Activation and Catalytic Reactions of Saturated Hydrocarbons in the Presence of Metal Complexes”, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/London, 2000 (552 p) (Springer, ISBN 978-0-7923-6101-5).