Member of the Romanian Academy since 1990, Mr. Victor Sahini was a student at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bucharest, where he graduated in 1950.
He began his teaching and scientific career as an assistant in the newly created Department of Physical Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor I.G. Murgulescu, member of the Romanian Academy. This was the beginning of a nearly 60 years of teaching activity in the same laboratory, being successively lecturer (1955), assistant professor (1962) and full professor (1968).
In 1977, Mr. Sahini was appointed head of the Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemical Technology at Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, a position he held until 1980.
Due to his remarkable scientific activity, Professor Sahini was elected full member of the Romanian Academy in 1990 (having been a corresponding member since 1963).
He is the president of the Spectroscopy Commission and of the Commission of Quantum Chemistry of the Romanian Academy; he was the director of the Romanian Academy Library (1980-1994) and editor of the "Revue Roumaine de Chimie" (1964-1990).
Also, Professor Sahini is a member of the Academy of Scientists in Romania and Honorary Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry "I. G. Murgulescu "of the Romanian Academy. In 2000, the academician Victor Emanuel Sahini was awarded the National Order "Steaua Romaniei" Officer rank, and in 2002, the West University of Timisoara has conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa.
The scientific activity of Professor Sahini is oriented in the same direction as his educational activity, namely structure, molecular spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry. His rich research activity is characterized by the diversity of subjects and techniques, by the rigorousness of the experimental methods employed, and of the theoretical interpretations of the results.
This fruitful scientific activity is illustrated by three books and about 150 papers published in prestigious international journals, frequently cited in the physical chemistry literature.
The main directions of research in which Professor Sahini has important creative contributions are the followings:
1. Molecular structure and spectral properties of different classes of compounds, in connection with their electronic structure calculations using quantum chemistry methods;
2. Biophysical Chemistry research, the field where, together with Prof. Tatiana Oncescu, he initiated these studies within the Department of Physical Chemistry;
3. Applicable aspects of physical chemistry, specifically targeted to the pharmaceutical industry and environmental protection.