The Department of Quantum Electronics and Radiospectroscopy research group has obtained 2 patents for their inventions.
Despite the fact that theoretical and practical application fields of the patents are absolutely different, what unites them is the application of electronic paramagnetic resonance (EPR) methods to investigate properties of materials and substances.
Scientific activity results of the Department of Quantum Electronics and Radiospectroscopy and S.A. Altshuler Radiospectroscopy and Quantum Electronics research lab are well known abroad thanks to active participation in Russian and global academic grounds. Researchers initiated some unique interdisciplinary projects on Tatarstan, Russia and world-wide level. Activity results of publications about EPR can be compared to the ones of a small R&D institute. Only last year there were 25 articles published in magazines cited by Scopus and WoS, and since the beginning of 2015 the number is already equal to 4.
Electronic paramagnetic resonance lab of KFU has technology infrastructure and well-qualified specialists which bring it to the same level with the world's leading radiospectroscopy centres. It is also one of the best in Russia.
Modern Kazan scientists formulate their success in the following way: it is the combination of traditions and innovations. In the 21st century ideas of Kazan Physics School established by Y. Zavoisky and S. Altshuler received a financial support impulse from the creation and development of the Centre of Shared Facilities for physical and chemical research.
Today our physicists work closely with chemists, biologists, doctors, petroleum experts and geologists. Sergey Orlinskii, Associate Professor of the Department of Quantum Electronics and Radiospectroscopy, told us that the Department develops new directions in the implementation of electronic paramagnetic resonance to biotic and abiotic structures from supermolecules and proteins to nanoparticles, searching for pathology changes markers in human and animal's tissues.
One of the most important investigations is conducted in cooperation with Interregional Clinical Diagnostic Center and Kazan State Medical University. Topic under the scope of analysis is hydroxyapatite nanoparticles which serve as a "construction material" in human's body and compose teeth and bones.
We also carry out studies using EPR-spectrometers. For instance, we are interested in how nanodiamonds can be used for targeted drug delivery in medical industry. Moscow State University colleagues synthesize new model objects so we have an opportunity to assemble nanocrystalls with given sizes and doping materials. One of our Ph.D's, Timur Biktagirov, is going to defend his thesis on EPR-spectroscopy of biocompatible materials based on nanosized hydroxyapatite this June, where some of our findings are presented.
At the end of May, another Ph.D. student Mikhail Volodin will present his "Study of the complex hydrocarbon systems using high frequency EPR-methods". The thesis is dedicated to the research in the field of high-viscosity oil and bitumen, especially to the aggregation and sedimentation of asphaltene-tarry substances in the course of oil extraction and processing. Together with KFU geologists last year we published an article in Energy and Fuels, and we are proud to be the first group of Tatarstan researchers dealing with that problem, whose achievements were noted by this highly-rated international journal.
To develop every aforementioned direction we need staff and to prepare a good one you need 5 to 6 years. Besides being our alumna of both our Institute and Department one should be very original, have a mind-setting of a researcher, explorer.