The main focus of venture collaboration at ITMO University is to fuel innovations of our industrial partners. It keeps our researchers aware of current industry challenges and provides industrial partners access to our cutting-edge technology.
Venture collaboration is intended to
- identify and validate pathways to impact collaborative research with industrial partners for mutual benefit;
- fulfil the R&D needs of University’s industrial partners in order to seize innovative opportunities as they arise;
- stimulate and enrich research at ITMO University;
- support the application and implementation of R&D results;
- deliver contract research fully funded by an external partner;
- combine academic expertise with commercial knowledge from the external partner.
In 2015, ITMO University completed 78 research contracts with Russian and foreign partners for a total of over $1 million. Some of the partners include:
- Oxford Instruments Analytical (Germany)
- Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design (Germany)
- The Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Technical University of Lund (Sweden)
- LOMO PLC
Main contract research projects in 2015
New Materials for Photonics
Dr. Nikonorov’s team developed a series of new materials for photonics, including a new glass, doped by molecular clusters, quantum dots, nanoparticles, and nanocrystals, intended for optical, telecommunication and laser systems; fiber-optic luminescent sensors, plasmonic sensors, and down-converters, for use in solar cells; optofluidic structures and filters for enhancing the spectral brightness of a semiconductor. The team also developed and produced high-aperture reflective diffraction gratings for spectroscopic research instruments, commissioned by Oxford Instruments Analytical GmbH (Germany).
Laser Light Source for Lunar Laser Rangefinder
The laser light source is designed for precise ephemeris-time support for the GLONASS navigation system and used to measure the duplex distance to retroreflectors mounted on the surface of the Moon. It should be noted that there are no analogues of this product in the world.
Telemedicine Complex for Luminescent Diagnostics and Optical Coherent Tomography
ITMO University in collaboration with LOMO Plc. developed the next generation telemedicine platform intended for early clinical and laboratory diagnostics of a wide spectrum of pathologies. It also allows for the carrying out of remote diagnostics through microscopy and endovideoscopy. Mass production of such devices is planned.
New Original Method of Enantioselection of Semiconductor Quantum Dots
Dr. Fedorov’s team developed a new method that makes it possible to carry out phase separation of semiconductor nanocrystals by virtue of their own chiral enantiomers using chiral stabilizers. Such separation can be used for the selection of enantiomers of various chiral quantum nanostructures such as quantum dots, rods and nanotetrapods.
The discovery of the existence of chiral nanoparticles (without any chiral stabilizers) that form a racemic mixture is important for such significant areas as nanotoxicology, medical diagnostics and targeted delivery of drugs.
Analytical Robotic System for Clinical Laboratory Using Nano Reagents
ITMO University in collaboration with "Company Alcor Bio" developed a system for medium and large commercial and government diagnostic centers. It is expected that it will be executed in a "closed" format - only for verified reagents. This will help achieve a high accuracy of test results.
Hardening Foams for Preventing Fires and Explosions
Dr. Vinogradov’s team developed fire and explosion prevention technology that involves the use of rapid-hardening sol-gel foams with different dispersion and multiplicity, which possess new properties and unique characteristics, in particular, thermal stability and mechanical strength, while meeting the standard requirements for modern fire-extinguishing agents.