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ITMO Researchers Develop First-Ever Online Platform For Nanozyme Modeling
Nanozymes are artificial enzymes made up of various nanoparticles. In contrast to natural enzymes, nanozymes demonstrate all the same properties while being easier to produce and work with. However, the hardest step in developing nanozyme-based drugs and diagnostic systems is modeling the necessary properties of their particles before synthesis. Researchers from ITMO’s SCAMT Institute have solved this task by developing DiZyme, the first platform in the world that predicts the catalytic activity of nanozymes.  

09.05.2022

ITMO’s Female Scientists on Their Research Projects
In 2015, the UN General Assembly declared February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This way, the global community strives to provide them with full and equal access to science and highlights the fact that women play an important role in science and technology. In today’s ITMO.NEWS article, we’ll talk about five research projects by female scientists from ITMO University.

09.05.2022

Chemistry and Artificial Intelligence Master’s Program: Opportunities, Scholarships, and Admissions Requirements
This year, ITMO University will welcome the first students of the new Master’s program in chemistry and artificial intelligence. Within two years, students will learn how to deal with unconventional tasks in chemistry, materials science, and biology using the advances of data science and AI. What other opportunities to expect? And how will the training be organized? Keep reading to get more details

09.05.2022

How 3D Printing and Chemistry Can Help Fight Forgery
The number of counterfeit goods on the global market continues to grow and the ongoing pandemic has only made the situation worse. As estimated by Euromonitor International, the global economy has lost as much as $2.2 trillion from sales of fake products in 2020. What does the world do to overcome the crisis? Can science save the day? The answer is, in fact, yes. ITMO scientists have recently proposed a highly promising anti-counterfeiting technology – a special gel ink based on 3D printing. In this article, Egor Ryabchenko, a Master’s student at ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster, answers the most frequently asked questions about this novel method and others.

09.05.2022

ITMO Scientists Develop Method to Easily Synthesize Materials With Set Properties
Researchers from ITMO’s SCAMT Institute have demonstrated the possibility of using the sol-gel method to produce various porous monolithic structures from magnetite nanoparticles. The new method can produce multifunctional materials with complex hierarchical structures, such as the xero-, cryo-, and aerogel of magnetite. Thanks to this approach, it is possible to control the composition of the resulting porous materials through the relation of their compounds’ concentrations. One of the method’s most promising applications is biomedicine – the new aerogel can be used to stop bleeding and xerogel can serve as a repository for drug transportation.

09.05.2022

Finding Nanoparticles: ITMO Scientists Propose New Method for Discovering Nanomaterials With Desired Properties
Researchers from ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster have devised an algorithm that can automatically detect the properties of nanoparticles, including their size, shape, and surface structure, based on their images and even sketches and find similar particles in its database. The novel system also works the other way around by informing users how to produce substances with the desired properties. Read on to learn how AI helps accomplish the challenges of materials science and what the scientists want to achieve with their research.

09.05.2022

Geneticist Bayazit Yunusbayev On How Genetics Can Help Fight Autoimmune Diseases
For several years Bayazit Yunusbayev had been studying the mechanisms behind the autoimmune and allergic diseases at the University of Tartu (Estonia), and last year he joined ITMO’s SCAMT Institute , where he heads the Evolutionary Biomedicine group, to continue with his research. Bayazit Yunusbayev came to the university as part of the ITMO Fellowship and Professorship program that allows researchers to work at the university for several years. Read on to learn more about gene mutations responsible for immune system adaptation and discover other areas studied by the lab.

09.05.2022

ITMO Researchers Developing Alternative to PCR Testing
A joint research team from ITMO University and the University of Central Florida are working on a new type of nanosensors – the so-called DNA nanomachines (nanorobots) – that can unfold RNA and DNA structures to identify pathogen-specific sequences. Unlike PCR tests, the new testing method does not require expensive equipment and special conditions and can thus be performed outside laboratories. Here is what you need to know about the novel diagnostics method.

09.05.2022

ITMO Students Will Be Able to Defend their Theses as Scientific Papers
ITMO University is adding more options for thesis defense. In addition to the Startup as Thesis and Art Project as Thesis initiatives, students will soon be able to defend their thesis as a scientific article.

09.05.2022

Fundamental Holography: ITMO Researchers Develop Method for Printing Holograms in Color
Scientists from ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster developed a method for printing holograms in color in a project supported by the Russian Science Foundation. At the core of the method are volume Bragg gratings, special films with reflecting properties. The proposed technology is extremely simple and doesn’t require any costly equipment. At the same time it has the potential to help produce full color holograms even on a regular printer. This project is a result of collaboration with Krypten, a scientific production organization specializing in optical protection for banknotes, documents, and trademarks.

09.05.2022

ITMO Researchers Develop New Method of Magnetite Nanoparticle Synthesis
Scientists from SCAMT Institute have devised a way to produce nanoparticles of iron oxides (magnetite, hematite, maghemite) using water-alcohol synthesis, as well as modify their color, size, and functional properties. The synthesized substances are used in production of memristor devices. In the future, magnetite nanoparticles could potentially be used in the treatment of neurocognitive diseases.

09.05.2022

Scientists Propose an Inkjet Printing Technology for Battery Elements to Make Them Compact and Flexible
A group of St. Petersburg scientists has proposed a new method of manufacturing electrodes for lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, smartphones and tablets. The researchers have shown that these elements can be printed on an inkjet printer, which will reduce the electrodes’ thickness by 10–20 times and open up new opportunities for manufacturers of compact electronics. Their article has been published in the journal Energy Technology.

09.05.2022

ITMO University Scientists Create Cancer Treatment Nanomachines
Scientists from ITMO in collaboration with their international colleagues proposed new DNA-based nanomachines that can be used for gene therapy of cancer. This new invention can greatly contribute to making the treatment of oncological diseases more effective and selective. The results were published in Angewandte Chemie.

09.05.2022

How the Pandemic Is Causing a Technological Revolution in Medicine and Biotechnologies
During a recent popular science lecture, Anton Gopka, dean of ITMO University’s Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations and venture investor, discussed the drastic change in the field of life sciences in 2020, whereas Ekaterina Skorb, head of the Infochemistry Scientific Center, and Elena Koshel, an associate professor at ITMO University’s SCAMT Lab, talked about the promising solutions developed at ITMO to fight the pandemic. ITMO.NEWS summarized their presentations.

09.05.2022