The SUSU Department of Materials Science, Physical and Chemical Properties of Materials offers a Bachelor's degree programme in Materials Science and Technologies (20 state-funded spots) and a Master’s degree programme in “Materials Science and Technologies: Structure and Properties of Materials (10 state-funded spots).
Students are engaged in research work in their second year of study (the most active students even start in their first year!), share their achievements in scientific publications, increasing their chance to enrol in a Master’s degree programme, and then continue their professional growth in postgraduate programmes under the guidance of leading researchers at SUSU. Lessons are taught by 7 doctors of sciences and 19 candidates of sciences, as well as by competent and experienced lecturers. The department’s academic partners include Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland; the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the University of Stuttgart; Lomonosov Moscow State University; Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; MISIS; SPbSU; ETU “LETI”; the SB RAS Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, the RAS Institute of Theoretical and Applied Electrodynamics, and other world-class research and education centres.
“Our students have the unique chance to earn practical work skills in new, world-class laboratories and become a part of a team of scientists, lecturers, and research staff who work on projects for industrial partners,” Doctor of Sciences (Chemistry), Professor, Head of the Department of Materials Science, Physical and Chemical Properties of Science Denis Vinnik.
Photo: Doctor of Sciences (Chemistry), Professor, Head of the Department of Materials Science, Physical and Chemical Properties of Science Denis Vinnik
The departments’ 5 laboratories are part of the breakthrough Nanotechnology Research and Education Centre, which has a wide range of equipment for various tasks related to the study of materials. Industrial partners of the department include the regions’ leading companies: Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant, ZINCO Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, MECHEL industrial holding, LLC "Holding Company "Pigment", and OOO M-Profil.
The department actively carries out its own research, obtaining financing from federal funds: the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Russian Science Foundation.
In their work, the researchers from the Department of Materials Science, Physical and Chemical Properties of Materials of the SUSU Institute of Engineering and Technology use high-entropy materials to “tune” the physical properties of substances based on the purpose of their application. For example, they can create materials that can withstand high temperatures for temperature sensors. A project to create high-entropy crystal structures based on magnetoplumbite (a highly magnetic mineral, a complex oxide of iron 3+ and lead) received support from the Russian Science Foundation.
Graduates obtain a universal set of theoretical knowledge and practical skills of working on modern equipment, what ensures their successful employment in production sites and scientific departments of metallurgical, chemical, engineering, and mining enterprises, and gives them the opportunity to pursue a career in research.
Highly qualified specialists with in-depth knowledge will always be in demand at industrial enterprises in Russia and around the world.
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