The RUSNANO’s FIEP Anti-Icing Coating Has Successfully Passed the First Phase of Testing by the International Waste Management Operator

26 April 2021

The FORS anti-icing coating, developed by the ZhNF technology startup, has successfully passed the first phase of testing at Remondis Logistics (the organization of the Remondis International waste management operator). ZhNF is part of the Center for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials of the Republic of Mordovia, an investment network of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) (VEB.RF Group).

Tests of the innovative FORS coating began in March 2021, when alternating positive and negative temperatures contributed to the buildup and freezing of the waste in containers. The ZhNF coating facilitated complete cleaning of the transport containers when emptying them, as required by regulations, and obviated the need to manually beat away the frozen waste, which was labor-intensive, time-consuming, and led to container deterioration. The developers are convinced that FORS is also capable of solving the problem of debris buildup in summer when it gets wet.

“The first tests showed that there was no sticking or icing of waste on the inner surface of the container. Our startup now plans to get the results of the innovative coating from the summer and winter tests. This will make it possible to use FORS on the rest of the waste management operator’s fleet of containers,” said Maxim Chepezubov, Director General of Mordovian Nanocenter.

This is not the first successful application of an anti-icing innovation from the ZhNF startup. In March this year, the FORS coating completed control tests at RZD, where it confidently coped with icing on undercarriages throughout the winter season, thus preventing many operational problems. For the second year now, the coating has also been effective against ice on the eaves of buildings in Moscow, Saransk, and other cities.


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.

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The Republic of Mordovia Centre for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials is a member of the investment network established by the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which is engaged in establishing and then selling of production start-ups in material-based industries. The network-based approach to the organization of nanocentres makes it possible to concentrate developments and infrastructure in the single most appropriate location, so that it can be accessed a number of the region’s ecosystems simultaneously. It specializes mainly in such areas as power electronics, lighting technology, instrument engineering and nanotechnology products for the construction industry.

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