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Over the course of the “Big Challenges” summer camp organized by the Sirius education center, ITMO University’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering lecturers trained promising school students in nanotechnologies research methods. Under the tutors’ helpful guidance, camp participants developed two high-level scientific projects: they created ordered nanostructures arrays for new generation devices and designed a highly sensitive graphene-based gas sensor. By doing that, the young inventors learned to not only follow complex and extremely convoluted scientific instructions, but also to work in teams, be independent in their search for problem solutions, and commercialize their research results.
SCAMT Workshop Week is a summer school in a unique new format. Over the course of a week, its participants work on one of the six research projects and hone their practical skills. This year’s students have synthesized a nanopharmaceutical drug and magnetic bacteria, printed an optical sensor, built a nanobot and worked on other hi-tech inventions. 40 students were selected from among 200 applicants from Russia and neighboring countries. ITMO.NEWS met with the students to learn more about their projects.
In early 2018, ITMO’s resident NT-SPb finished equipping five regional quantoriums with their products. These new “High School Laboratories for Nanotechnology” will become a space for high school students to study a new field of science, as well as conduct interdisciplinary projects that stem from real nanoindustry tasks. Aleksander Golubok, Professor at the Department of Nano-Photonics and Metamaterials, and Ivan Mukhin, Research Fellow at the Metamaterials Laboratory, talk about high-tech equipment that is safe for children, the new School Laboratories for Nanotechnologies and the prospects of this new undertaking.
Tatiana Itina, PhD, of the Laboratoire Hubert Curien at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), recently worked with ITMO’s International Laboratory "Laser Micro-and Nanotechnologies” on a project titled “Mechanisms Involved in Ultrashort Laser Interactions Used for Ultra-precise Nano-structuring of Optical Materials”. Ms. Itina shared with us her insights on building an international career, succeeding as a female researcher, and on what’s next in science.
ITMO University scientists have developed a new approach to nanoobject construction, one that provides the opportunity to study and predict how deformations and defects in the crystal lattice affect the optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals. This model allows them to calculate both the linear and non-linear optical properties of various nanoobjects such as: nanorolls, nanorods, nanoplates and others. The method can be used to create optical materials and devices with new functionalities with uses in drug delivery, chiral exciton-based devices and chiral catalysis devices, and areas such as biosensing and spintronics. Results of this research were published in Nano Letters and used in the writing of other articles in ACS Nano.
When the European X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) was inaugurated on September 1, a whole range of opportunities became available to the world's scientists - opportunities they could only dream of before. Soon, the new facility will contribute to new advances that seemed impossible due to the lack of equipment this powerful. Dmitrii Potorochin, a PhD student at ITMO University, will become the first to go study at a joint educational program by ITMO University and Freiberg University of Mining and Technology to work on new projects for XFEL. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, he spoke with us about his expectations, his scientific career and what one has to do to participate in major scientific research projects
This summer, the Sirius educational center for talented children in Sochi has held its usual session on project work, followed by the Nanograd summer school. ITMO University’s team, including specialists and postgraduate students from the Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials and staff of Technopark resident, company NT-SPb, took part.
Some of ITMO University’s staff has become a federal tutor in a childrens’ extracurricular education program organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. The university and the agency have paired up to create the ITMO Nanoquantum program. The university will train tutors who will teach at “Quantoriums” – children’s technoparks that will soon open all over the country. They are intended to serve as a modern version of the “Palaces of the Pioneers” from the olden days where children were brought up as future engineers and inventors. The students at “Quantoriums” will be able to choose among 13 fields of study that correspond to Russia’s scientific and technological priorities of the next 20 to 30 years.
In the next ten years the Russian nanoindustry will be expanded with five new technological clusters. These are: windpower, solid-waste recycling, flexible electronics, industrial energy storage and nanomodified material. They will join the six clusters that have already been established in Russia since 2007. Anatoly Chubais, head of “Rusnano”, spoke about this at an open lecture in ITMO University. During the talk he analyzed the development of the Russian nanoindustry over the last ten years and gave his forecast on the industry for the upcoming 10 years.
On May 30, during a special ceremony, 53 young scientists from St. Petersburg's universities and institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg were given presidential grants. ITMO University was represented by five researchers who received grants in the Physics and Astronomy category. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the researchers shared about their research.