The MSU Supported by FIEP Has Begun Training Specialists in Composite Asbestos-Free Seals for Extreme Conditions

02 April 2021

The RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) has supported the creation of an advanced training course in chemical technology for the production of next-generation composite sealing materials. The training was conducted by staff from the Department of Chemistry at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). A pilot group of specialists is trained for a new sealing material plant in the Tula region.

Highly qualified specialists were needed at Tensograph due to the launch in the special economic zone “Uzlovaya” of the Tula region of a plant for the production of composite sealing materials using fundamentally new Russian technology developed by scientists of the Unihimtek Group and the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In its field, it is the largest manufacturer of such products in the world.

“The composite sealing materials program allows engineers to be trained to set up processes in the new plant. With this educational project, we have supported the transition of advanced scientific development into mass production. In general, this is one of the main missions of the Fund: to help scientists and designers to implement the technology they have developed into production and to make knowledge-intensive products accessible to the masses,” said Stanislav Nisimov, Director of the Department of Education Programs and Professional Skills at FIEP.

The quality of the gaskets at the joints in the pipelines defines the frequency of downtime due to leaks, the amount of wasted resources, and the degree of impact on the environment. Sealing materials and products must be resistant to a wide range of aggressive media, temperatures, and pressures. Worldwide manufacturers are therefore investigating the use of various high-tech sealing materials to increase resistance thereof. Recently there has been a growing demand for seals containing modern fibers (aramid and carbon) and those made from expanded graphite. They offer better performance than traditional materials on the global market.

The educational program duration amounted to 360 hours. Approximately 70% of the training took place in the laboratory, some of which was carried out directly at Tensograph. The entire theoretical part is put into a remote electronic module.

The new recruits, who have combined their basic training with targeted, in-house training, will start work in September of this year.


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.