The International Research and Educational Center for Physics of Nanostructures was established in 2006. As part of the two state mega grants led by Yuri Gunko (Trinity College, Dublin) and Andrey Rogach (City University of Hong Kong), the center’s fields of interest and laboratories were expanded. It now includes 13 laboratories with around 70 employees, including 7 DSc and 18 PhD holders, who implement over 10 research projects supported by the Russian Science Foundation.
The center's setup includes the most modern equipment, including high-power laser systems, traditional optical, atomic force, and electron microscopes, spectrum analyzers, and numerous optical research facilities, to conduct world-class research and applied studies on a wide range of problems in modern optics, spectroscopy, condensed matter physics and the effect of light on nano-sized objects.
The center’s programs are headed by Prof. Anna Orlova, DSc in Physics and Mathematics.
Starting in 2008, the center has been developing one-of-a-kind programs in Russia for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students that meet the needs of modern nanotechnology and adjacent fields such as energy-efficient technologies, quantum nanotechnologies, and biomedicine, where next-gen materials, be it nanoparticles or hybrid structures, are in demand.
This Bachelor’s program combines elements of classical training in physics and mathematics with a project-oriented approach to study next-gen materials, including nanoparticles and hybrid structures based on them. The program aims to train top-tier specialists with unique competencies at the intersection of physics, chemistry, and engineering of nanostructured materials and their applications in photovoltaics, sensorics, levitated optomechanics, and biomedicine.
The ability to shape their learning tracks makes it possible for students to focus on the theoretical/experimental study of physics of nanostructures or investigation of physics of hybrid nanostructures from the point of view of their functional properties.
Graduates of the program are uniquely trained in multiple fields, which include:
spectral and microscopic analysis of polyatomic systems;
numerical methods of modeling of physical processes;
theoretical and experimental investigation of the physical properties of nanomaterials.
This kind of training allows students to start building their careers in high-tech sectors with minimum time needed to adapt to a new workspace.
The Master’s program trains interdisciplinary specialists at the intersection of physics, chemistry, and engineering of nanostructured materials, and their applications in photovoltaics, sensorics, levitated optomechanics, and biomedicine.
Over two years, students will be actively involved in theoretical and experimental research at the International Research and Educational Center for Physics of Nanostructures within grant programs. The center’s fields of interest include the physical properties of advanced nanostructured materials and the development of various hybrid structures that are in demand in energy-saving, environmental, and biomedical technologies. Upon graduation, students will be able to pursue their careers at leading Russian and international research centers and universities, as well as research laboratories of high-tech enterprises.