Graduated from the D. I. Mendeleev Moscow Institute of Chemical Engineering, 1961.
PhD degree in polymer chemistry (1967), Dr. of Sciences (Prof. in polymer chemistry) (1980), Full Professor (1990).
Studies of polycondensation reactions;
Investigation of polyheteroarylenes (mainly polyimides and polyamides);
Synthesis and application of task specific and functionalized polymers and copolymers of carbochain polymers with heterochain polymers.
Synthesis of polymers in novel reaction media –ionic liquids and supercritical fluids
Junior researcher, then Senior researcher, Institute of Organoelement Compounds, USSR Academy of Sciences
Leading researcher, Head of research group, A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, USSR Academy of Sciences
Head of laboratory for condensation polymers (LCP), A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences (INEOS RAS)
Head of laboratory of High-Molecular Compounds (LHMC), A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences (INEOS RAS)
Yakov S. Vygodskii is an author of over 300 articles and reviews in Russian and international peer reviewed scientific journals, numerous posters and oral lectures (included invited and plenary talks) on Russian and international conferences. He is an author of over 80 of Russian (RU) and foreign patents.
Member of the D.I. Mendeleev Russian Chemical Society.
Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Member of the Scientific Council on High-Molecular Compounds at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Council of High-Molecular Compounds Division of INEOS RAS.
Member of the Scientific Councils of High-Molecular Compounds at Moscow State University (Department of Chemistry) and at N.S. Enikolopov Institute of Synthetic Polymeric Materials Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPM RAS).