A research team from Voronezh State University is among the winners of the competition by the Russian Research Foundation. They are entitled to grants for the event “Research Conducted via the Existing World-Class Research Infrastructure” within the presidential programme of research projects.
The project “Compatibility and Transformation of Functional Inorganic Nanoparticles with Cell Cultures in Hybrid Material Produced in Vitro According to Synchrotron Studies of the Reconstruction of Atomic and Electronic Structure” will be conducted in the Kurchatov Centre for Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology. The duration of the project is four years.
“The results of the competition prove the efficiency of many years’ work by our research team using megascience facilities in synchrotron radiation centres,” says the Head of the project, Associate Professor at the Department of Solid-State Physics and Nanostructures of the Faculty of Physics, Sergey Turistchev. “The studies using modern equipment of similar class were launched in Berlin in autumn 2001 by Professor Evelina Domashevskaya.
Since then, the research team has been conducting research in the area of atomic and electron structure of solids and nanostructures, including hybrid systems combining organic matrix of a living system and a functional nanomaterial of inorganic origin.
At the same time, megascience studies are being successfully conducted in Russia and their infrastructure is actively developing. In late 2013, VSU and 16 other Russian universities became members of the association “Megascience Research Facilities” (founded by the Kurchatov Center for Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology). In summer 2018, VSU and the Kurchatov Center for Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology signed a cooperation agreement.
Vice Rector for Research and Innovations, Oleg Kozaderov, pointed out that thanks to the grant the scope of research by VSU research team is considerably expanding:
“The project makes it possible to conduct complicated experiments with synchrotron radiation of high intensity using the only megascience facilities in Russia, i.e. the source of synchrotron radiation in the Kurchatov Center for Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology. I would also like to pay special attention to the contribution by VSU’s young researchers who constitute half of the team and whose energy and capacities will favour the success of the project.