REC Functional Nanomaterials brings together a unique set of scientific and laboratory equipment for the nanomaterials synthesis and studying their critical properties (physical and chemical parameters, structural, magnetic, optical, etc. properties). This enables the REC FN to develop a wide variety of nanotechnology-based products: from novel materials for nanoelectronics and spintronics which is a material science problem to R&D work on hardening coatings for construction, metal, pharmaceutical, and other industries. The research team works in an interdisciplinary science and technology field studying the properties of materials and development the devices with basic building blocks of only a few tens of nanometres in size.
Areas of interest:
- research and development of biosimilar nanoscale memristor-based memory elements;
- design and production of multilayer reflectors for visible light, x-ray, and neutron optics.
- design and fabrication of functional materials and surface structures for biomolecular research;
- nano-modification of materials and structures addressing the challenges in applied material science (including aerospace, nuclear, and energy industries);
- development of technological framework for nano-modified structures formation;
- a range of studies on structural properties, phase and chemical composition of objects with a nanometre resolution.
The research results have allowed the Centre to develop a solid scientific and technical base giving it a leading position in modern oxide electronics. The Centre occupies the growth niche for novel inorganic memristors, neural networks and functional oxides. The materials created by the team are in demand by modern nanoelectronics industry. The Centre aims to enter the global biosimilar electronics market.
Functional Nanomaterials REC staff members cooperate with international synchrotron radiation facilities (ESRF, DESY) and with the Kurchatov Institute.
The REC actively develops and manufactures scientific equipment tailored to address the above stated challenges. A part of this process is the launch of a modified Van der Graaf accelerator in 2018. This unique scientific object can be used not only to study nanomaterials and structures, but also to carry out their controlled modifications by light and heavy ions implantation.