Competition Finalists among Nanotechnology Engineers Announced

28 October 2015

On October 28, the semifinal of the All-Russian Nanotechnology Engineering Competition organized by the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP RUSNANO) took place as the part of the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow. The jury selected the six best out of 15 semifinalists to participate in the final.

The Nanotechnology Engineering Competition is held for the first time this year. It is the part of the All-Russian Engineering Competition organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation under the order of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The acceptance of applications started on September, 7. The expert commission has selected the semifinalists after examining the applications and talking to them via video-conferencing.

The students and postgraduates from 10 Russian cities came to Moscow to introduce their projects. All of them are scientifically active in nanotechnology research, and now they will present the commercialization perspectives of their inventions to the representatives of FIEP.

Following the results of pitch sessions, the jury announced the finalists. They are:

Finalists All-Russian Nanotechnology Engineering Competition

Finalists All-Russian Nanotechnology Engineering Competition

Svyatoslav Gusev, a postgraduate from Saint Petersburg (ITMO University). Mr. Gusev introduced a concept of a non-invasive glucose monitor. This is a unique technology that completely excludes pain during analysis for sugar. It has a great social meaning, since number of diabetic patients is growing every year and according to specialists’ estimates it will reach 460 mln by 2025. The non-invasive glucose monitor operates based on the principle of laser spectrometry and eventually it will become a portable device for individual use.

Yekaterina Voylinenko from the Samara State Agricultural University introduced a 3D-printing technology for decorative panel paintings. The products are currently made of plastic; however, it is planned to use ecological materials. The participant noted a high demand for this technology among designers and architects, as well as substantiated its commercial benefit.

Kseniya Kraynova, a master’s student at the Penza State University. Ms. Kraynova studies and develops pressure transducers based on thin film heterogeneous structures of a nanometric size. These transducers are used in aviation and space industry. The basis is a modern nanomaterial named lead zirconate titanate.

Stepan Lisovsky, a postgraduate from MIPT. Mr. Lisovsky introduced a project of a UV antibacterial cathodoluminescent lamp based on nanomaterials. Modern antibacterial devices contain mercury and have a number of disadvantages. The proposed technology does not employ harmful materials. The cathodoluminescent lamp based on a unique luminophor is highly efficient and has a long service life (as opposed to UV LEDs). Based on this invention, portable disinfecting devices may be developed.

Nikita Toropkov, a master’s student at the Tomsk Polytechnic University. Mr. Toropkov studies apparently porous hydroxyapatite synthesis and develops a technology of its application in composite materials creation. These materials are supposed to be used in 3D-printing of hi-tech biodegradable bone implants. The featured product is a consumable material for a 3D-printer, polycarbonate fiber based on hydroxyapatite.

Maria Bolotova, a postgraduate from the D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia (Moscow). Ms. Bolotova introduced a project on the development of Nano modified PAN precursor for carbon fibers. The participant presented an import substitution technology of polyacryl production. Polyacryl is used as a raw material for nanomaterials. The technology is based on equal nanotubes distribution due to inoculation of functional groups. The declared prime cost of the precursor is USD 4.5 per kg. The project is being dynamically developed at the Techno Park under the mentoring support of David M. Service, Director for Technologies at Composite Holding Company.

The final of the All-Russian Nanotechnology Engineering Competition is to be held on November 25 at Troitsk nanocenter. Three winners will be decided during the selection in praesentia. They will get a two-week opportunity to do fieldwork at the nanocenters, use the local equipment to check the research results, and consult with leading experts in their area.

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The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.