Scientists from the Faculty of Chemistry of Voronezh State University have been developing innovative corrosion inhibitors for the construction and heat power industries, mainly to be used at nuclear power stations. The name of the joint project, implemented in cooperation with the Nafta EKO engineering company, is “Development of new corrosion inhibitors for copper and its functionally-substituted triazole alloys to be used in heat-exchange equipment”. The head of the project is the head of the Department of Organic Chemistry, Professor Khidmet Shikhaliev. Among other participants are staff members of the Department of Physical Chemistry headed by Professor Ilia Zartsyn. The duration of the project is 3 years. The project was initiated by the scientists from VSU who had carried out some preliminary studies in the field.
‘We found an industrial partner and in August 2016, submitted an application for the competition in the framework of the state task by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. It was a competition among research projects implemented by research centres and university research laboratories. And we won the competition. The total financing of the project is 42.9 million roubles, including 12.9 million co-financing from the industrial partner that is interested in the project, and 30 million provided by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Applied research conducted in cooperation with industrial partners is a pilot project for the department. As a result, we are planning to set up the production of a new generation of corrosion inhibitors which will be able to form nanodimensional layers on the surface of metals. It will use new classes of chemical compounds and the end products will be more efficient than existing similar products,’ says Khidmet Shikhaliev.
Corrosion inhibitors are substances that are used to protect metals from atmospheric and other types of corrosion. It should be noted that there are no similar home-grown products and the technology developed by the VSU scientists is going to offer a number of competitive advantageous, an thus an import substitution solution.