In the last years, Voronezh Region has become one of the leaders in the sphere of innovations in Russia, and Voronezh State University plays a great role helping the Region to keep its position.
From 2nd to 5th April, a delegation from Voronezh State University took part in the Moscow International Inventions and Innovative Technology Salon "ARCHIMEDES–2015" held at Convention and Exhibition Centre "Sokolniki". Among the co-organisers and partners of the Salon are the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, and the Government of the city of Moscow. Salon was attended by over 500 representatives of 42 regions of the Russian Federation as well as inventors from 16 countries: Great Britain, Taiwan, Germany, Malaysia, Korea, Venezuela, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Qatar, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. About 1000 projects in various spheres of science and technology were presented.
VSU delegates – Alexander Khvan, the Director of the VSU Business Incubator, and Oleg Serbin, the Director of the VSU Science Park – managed to hold several business meetings with prospective partners and clients. Several meetings were held with the representatives of various enterprises from Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tomsk and other regions. During the meeting with the representatives of the partner university Russian Air Force Military Educational and Scientific Centre “Air Force Academy named after Professor N.E. Zhukovsky and Y.A. Gagarin”, the further development of the innovation infrastructure of the Voronezh Region was discussed.
VSU presented over 35 innovation technologies, projects and programmes at the exhibition, including the Wi-Fi beam antennas system based on 802.11n standard, ultrareliable power supply SEP5001T for the railway rolling equipment facilities, membranes for extracting high-purity hydrogen from hydrogen-containing gases, and the innovative technologies of preliminary thermomechanical treatment aimed at hardening cutting and measuring tools.
The participants and visitors to the exhibition were particularly interested in the following technologies invented and projects conducted by the University researchers: "Chitosan-based wound healing gel" by Pavel Fedosov, a postgraduate student, "Independent device for determination of the extent of blood loss" by Olga Dobrynina, senior research fellow, "Innovative material for moisture absorption and retention" by Professor Vladimir Selemenev, as well as "Magnesian Materials" project conducted by OOO Magnesian Materials Plant, and "Innovative petroleum sorbents" project conducted by OOO Greensorb Oil.
The University representatives also took part in workshops and round table discussions, held by the organisers. At the closing ceremony Voronezh State University was awarded with a special Diploma, and VSU's young scholar Alexander Maximenko was awarded with a silver medal for his project "Membrane units for extracting high-purity hydrogen from ultrathin Pd alloy foil-based gas mixtures". Among the companies most interested in the project were such enterprises as OAO Novolipetsk Steel and OOO Kosmos-Neft-Gaz. The University is now discussing the possibility of R&D projects conducted on the contract basis.