Molecular Electronics International Laboratory

South Ural State University
Office 435, University Building №3
87, Prospect Lenina
Tel.: + 7 351 267 93 27

Deputy Head of the Laboratory

Fedor Podgornov

D.Sc., Associate Professor
South Ural State University


The Molecular Electronics International Laboratory was established at South Ural State University under Project 5-100. Its primary focus is on the research and development of components and devices based on mesophase materials with high symmetry. Currently, the laboratory is developing the components of the flexible solar cells.

Modern electronics is based on the use of micro- and nanostructured semiconductors. However, the scope of their applications is reaching their theoretical limit, which raises the question of the alternative ways of development in electronics and miniaturisation of devices. One of the emerging trends in the field of electronics is the utilization of molecules as the basic electronic components (diodes, transistors, induction coils). This approach allows to create miniaturised smart microchips that can be implanted in the human body.


The laboratory conducts research in the fields of mesophase materials, optoelectronics (displays, spatial light modulators), electrokinetic motion of micro- and nanoparticles in liquid crystals, solar cells, and electrical methods of analysis of organic materials.

The research team is involved in a broad range of research activity thanks to the available modern equipment:

  • thermal evaporation and electron-beam film deposition system;
  • impedance spectrometer;
  • potentiostat;
  • polarising microscope;
  • thermally stabilised cell;
  • differential calorimeter;
  • optical spectrometer.


The laboratory has made several significant discoveries in the field of molecular electronics:

  • the mechanism of electrooptic switching time enhancement in ferroelectric liquid crystal/gold nanoparticles dispersion (the discovered effect allows to design new-generation spatial light modulators);
  • the interaction of metal nanoparticles and chiral liquid crystals that could disclose the nature of the chiroptical properties of nanodispersions as well as open the way to the identification of the nanoparticle spatial distribution and concentration  (this discovery might be applied for the design of nano-sized induction coils with the tunable figure-of-merit);
  • nonlinear motion of dielectric microparticles in nematic liquid crystal under strong electric field (the effect might be used for size-selective separation of nanoparticles and self-assembly of nanostructures)


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