Project SCAMT Workshop Week Makes It to Shortlist of QS Reimagine Education
On December 8-10, 2019, London hosted the QS Reimagine Education international conference, which brought together representatives of universities, research institutions, technological companies, startups, and nonprofit organizations, who gathered to discuss the prospects for the development of higher education and its evolution. As part of the conference, a competition of innovative projects in the field of education was also organized. This year, ITMO University’s SCAMT International Research Center’s project SCAMT Workshop Week became the only representative of Russia in the competition’s shortlist.


New Laboratory to Appear at ITMO University as Part of a Russian Government Megagrant
SCAMT Laboratory has received a megagrant from the Russian government.


SCAMT ITMO Researchers’ Project Named Top Innovative Product by St. Petersburg Committee for Science and Higher Education
The winning project, First Aid, is an innovative treatment for post-surgery scarring, stretch marks, cuts, and burns for patients of all ages. The project is being developed by the Master’s and PhD students of ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster.


Exceptional XX International Sol-Gel Conference held in St.Petersburg
The leading sol-gel materials science and technology conference held in Russia, August 2019


Researchers Propose New Model For Catalytic Reactions For Oil Industry
An international research team has shown that the conversion process of natural gas into methanol depends not only on the permanent characteristics of the catalysts used but also on the properties that these catalysts exhibit in the course of the reaction. This discovery can revolutionize the oil and wood industries by introducing modern technologies, which will allow manufacturers to process waste into valuable chemical products. The article was published in ACS Catalysis.


XX International Sol-Gel Conference: Statistics
Thank you for joining us on the XX International Sol-Gel Conference. We hope the event was useful and enjoyable for you. We also believe, that the spirit of the Next Sol-Gel Generation was caught and will be continued during the next meetings. We would like to share the results and some major statistics of the event


Prawns and Aerogels: Sol-Gel Science Slam
On August 29, ITMO University hosted a Science Slam competition as part of the Sol-Gel Conference. The event brought together PhD students and junior research associates from Switzerland, Israel, France and Russia, who shared about their research in an unusual format. In line with the rules of Science Slam, the winner was chosen by the audience-applause meter.


Science Conference for New Generation: International Sol-Gel Conference Starts at ITMO University
August 26 marked the start of the XX International Sol-Gel Conference. Taking place at ITMO University, it is dedicated to research in the field of solution chemistry. This is the first time that the prestigious event is being held in Russia. More than 500 participants from China, France, Germany and other countries gathered in St. Petersburg to discuss the future of the field, share about their experience, explore promising developments, and talk about their own research topics in the format of stand-up presentations as part of the Science Slam project. The main topic of the anniversary conference was supporting young researchers.


Russian and Swedish Scientists Work Together on New Biomedical Product
ITMO University scientists in collaboration with their colleagues from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU University), Uppsala, Sweden, have developed biocomposites made of proteins based on natural spider silk and optically active nanoparticles. What is remarkable about the new material is that it combines the properties of natural silk fiber and synthetic particles. The biocomposite has unique mechanical characteristics and can give a detectable optical response when exposed to infrared radiation, which makes it a potential candidate for biomedical applications.


60,000 Steps a Day: ITMO Students on Organizing Mendeleev-150 Conference
What’s it like to take part in organizing a major international conference as a first-year student? How do you communicate with scientists from the world over and solve an avalanche of issues in mere hours? This July, ITMO University was home to the 4th International Conference on the Periodic Table, which brought together renowned chemists, physicists, educators, and historians of chemistry from Russia, the US, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Israel, China, and other countries. The event’s organizing committee was comprised, in part, of students of ITMO’s School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems.


New Luminescent Aerogel Production Method Opens Up Possibilities for Unique Materials
Researchers from ITMO University have developed a new all-purpose method for the production of metal-oxide-based upconversion aerogels doped with rare-earth elements erbium and ytterbium. The use of this method has resulted in the production of a material with an improved structure and unique luminescent properties that has potential applications in various fields from optics to medicine, including biodiagnostics. This research has been published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s "Chemical Communications"


ChemBio Cluster Master’s Students on Their International Internship Experience
Each year SCAMT students discover the world as part of academic exchanges and research internships at a wide range of international universities. This year, several Master’s students of ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster worked on projects in state-of-the-art laboratories at universities in Belgium, Germany, and Israel.


Magnetically controlled protein nanocontainers as a drug depot for the hemostatic agent
SCAMT researchers Vladimir Vinogradov and Arthur Prilepsky, together with first-year MCs Alexandra Shchekina, published an article in the journal Nanotechnology, Science and Applications: Dove press.


ITMO University Begins Partnership With Italian Embassy’s Trade Promotion Office
This June, SCAMT Laboratory staff member Elizaveta Anastasova and Faculty of Physics and Engineering specialists Ivan Iorsh and Mikhail Mukhin took part in the NanoInnovation 2019 scientific conference in Rome, Italy. Their visit was made possible thanks to ITMO University’s collaboration with the Trade Promotion Office of the Italian Embassy (ICE). In the future, the two parties plan to develop more joint projects.