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Materials Research Centre

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Materials Research Centre is a company founded in 1995 by researchers from several institutes of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences with the purpose to staunch the flow of young talented people from research to jobs that have nothing to do with science. MRC carries out research in the fields of chemistry, physics and technology of materials. Scientists from the Institute for Problems of Strength, Institute of Superhard Materials, Institute for Problems of Materials Science, Kiev Polytechnic Institute and other organizations participate in the research projects on the basis of short- and long-term contracts. Many of them worked on military-oriented projects and now try to use their knowledge for the needs of peaceful industries.

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Distinctive excellence of Materials Research Centre is not only its strong scientific potential but also presence of own engineering design group and metal-working manufacturing. This makes possible to provide complete cycle of product manufacturing from its conceiving and engineering design to production and service. For example, due to these factors MRC successfully completed project on construction of laboratory attrition mill for milling nanoscale powders for Drexel University, US. MRC also supports investigation of brittle ceramics at the Institute for Problems of Strength of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

MRC has been specializing in the research and development of porous carbonaceous nanomaterials. Additionally, the company has been engaged in the research into the properties and applications of nano powders of transition metal oxides for solar panels and self-cleaning surfaces. At present the company manufactures electrolytic solar cells from its own materials on the laboratory scale, their voltage and current characteristics being continuously improved. Most of the equipment, employed in the production, namely the furnaces for high temperature treatment of non-organic materials, was designed and manufactured by the company specialists. MRC team comprises highly-qualified experts in different fields of science (chemistry, physics, and material study) and competent designers which allows to achieve significant results both in research and development of alternative energy resources at the world level.

One of the major goals of MRC is to promote integration of Ukrainian science in the European and world-wide scientific networks, as well as stabilization of MRC team’s potential, safeguarding highly qualified specialists and maintaining research and technological capacities. MRC participated in several NATO Advanced Study Institutes and Advanced Research Workshops in Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. The main specialization areas of the company are: development, design, manufacturing and assembly of non-standard metal arrangements, power equipment, automation systems and multi-purpose power furnaces. MRC has its own manufacturing premises, which is equipped with all the necessary power carriers and comprises:
- Several metal treatment, plumbing, welding-assembling and large-scale assembling workshops.
- Metal treatment - turning, milling, grinding, fettling, polishing, drilling and other press equipment.
- Welding stands enabling to test welding of sophisticated constructions made of carbonaceous, stainless steels and non-ferrous alloys, plasma welding inclusive.
- Casting workshop, wood treatment workshop.
The company comprises the following departments: design bureau, production complex, marketing department, R&D group and laboratory.

03680, St. Ak. Krzhizhanovskogo, 3 Kiev, Ukraine
Tel +38(044)233-24-43, +38(044)237-14-41
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News from MRC.ORG.UA

Capacitance of coarse-grained carbon electrodes with thickness up to 800 μm

Schematic of the cell configuration when the thickness of the electrode increases from 200 mm to 800mmMRC team (Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine) and research groups from Jilin University (Changchun, Cnina) and Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA) presented breakthrough research on increasing the specific capacity for high-power supercapacitors with coarse-grained carbon electrodes and thickness up to 800 μm, recently published in Electrochimica Acta. In this work, they reported on the trends in capacitance change for coarse-grained CDC and AC electrodes with the thickness from 200 to 800 mm.

 
NANOGUARD2AR Project Workshop: 29-30 January, 2019 Lisbon, Portugal Safety and Regulation of the Engineering Nanomaterials, 29-30 January, 2019 Lisbon, Portugal

altThe aim of the NANOGUARD2AR project 3rd Workshop is to discuss current the state-of-the-art on Safety of the Nanomaterials Application to the Indoor Air Quality Control, including green building concept and overall progress with Engineering Nanomaterials Regulation in EU and worldwide

 
Congratulations to Professor Yury Gogotsi with being elected as Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences!

professor Yury Gogotsi, Drexel UniversityIn January 2019 Professor Yury Gogotsi was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC).

Professor Yury Gogotsi is a leading Ukrainian and American scientist in the field of material chemistry, professor at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA since the year 2000 in the fields of Materials Science and Engineering and Nanotechnology.

 
ADVANCED SCIENCE NEWS: Yury Gogotsi was a chemist from the very beginning. He feels the excitement of scientific discovery, and cannot imagine doing anything else

Professor Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

Yury Gogotsi was a chemist from the very beginning. He feels the excitement of scientific discovery, and cannot imagine doing anything else. It was love at first sight for Yury Gogotsi. 

Gogotsi feels that the greatest recent step in the field of materials science was the discovery of new 2D materials, the “building blocks of the future”. He is very enthusiastic about the use of nanotechnology to generate “new artificial materials, structures and devices from nanoscale building blocks” and the increased application of “modeling, simulation, and machine learning for solving materials science problems”, though he admits concern regarding the unknown effects that artificial intelligence will have on our future lives. He is also conscious of the energy required for computation and the importance of exploiting renewable resources to develop new technologies – ones that reduce energy consumption. “We need revolutionary discoveries here,” he says. “Evolutionary development won’t be enough.”

 
NANO2DAY project: Dr. Vitalis Leisis, Kaunas Unniversity of Technology (Kaunas, Lithuania), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on November -December 2018

altDue to the NANO2DAY project under european scientific  research program HORIZON 2020 Dr. Vitalis Leisis, Kaunas Unniversity of Technology (Kaunas, Lithuania), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on November -December 2018. 

 
Horizon 2020 NANO2DAY project participants from the Materials Research Center (MRC), Kiev, Ukraine, Alexey Gogotsi and Veronika Zahorodna visited the partner organization Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, on September-October 2018

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NANO2DAY project participants from the Materials Research Center (MRC), Kiev, Ukraine, Alexey Gogotsi (MRC project leader) and Veronika Zahorodna (early-staged researcher, in the framework of international scientific cooperation on the Horizon 2020 program, visited the partner organization Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, on September-October 2018 in accordance with the travel plan on the project to perform planned project activities.

 
MRC director Oleksiy Gogotsi at the work meeting in Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, made a presentation of the company and its activitties in international r&d projects

altDirector of Materials Research Centre (Kiev, Ukraine) Oleksiy Gogotsi  at the work meeting in Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, made a  presentation of the company and its activitties in international research and development projects. Also Oleksiy Gogotsi presented HORIZON 2020 MSCA RISE Project №777810 NANO2DAY: MULTIFUNCTIONAL POLYMER COMPOSITES DOPED WITH NOVEL 2D NANOPARTICLES FOR ADVANCED APPLICATIONS.

 
Seminar on 2D Materials Beyond Graphene by prof. Zdenek Sofer University of Chemistry and Technology (Prague) at Drexel University, USA, on October 18, 2018

altDuring NANO2DAY project visit  to Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA), director of Materials Research Centre (kiev, Ukraine) Oleksiy Gogotsi met with Assoc. Prof. Zdeněk Sofer from University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (Chech Republic) and attended his seminar on nanomaterials. Prof. Zdenek Sofer in Drexel University gave an excellent seminar on 2D Materials Beyond Graphene.

 
NANO2DAY project: research scientist Maksym Plakhothyuk, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on September-November 2018

NANO2DAY project Maksym Plakhotnyuk, DTU visited MRC, November 2018Due to the NANO2DAY project under european scientific  research program HORIZON 2020 research scientist  Maksym Plakhothyuk, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on September-November 2018. 

 
Congratulations to Professor Yury Gogotsi who received prestigious Chineese Government Friendship Award, Beijing, Great Hall of the People, September 29, 2018

Yury Gogotsi recevide Friendship Award from Chinas GovernmentChina"s Government Friendship Award ceremony was held in Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on September 29, 2018, the award to the winners were presented by the Vice Premier of China Liu He. The People's Republic of China Government Friendship Award is China's highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress.

 
Spray-On Antennas Could Be the Tech Connector of the Future

Invisibly thin MXene antennas can be applied to a variety of substrates and perform better than antenna materials currently used in mobile devices.

Now, researchers at Drexel University have developed a method for creating nearly invisible antennas on almost any surface by literally spraying them on like paint. The antennas are made from a special two-dimensional metallic material called MXene. MXene powder can be dissolved in water to create a paint that is then airbrushed on. In tests, even a layer as thin as just 62 nanometers – thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper – could communicate effectively. Performance maxed out at just 8 microns, a point at which the spray-on antennas worked just as well as those currently used in mobile devices and wireless routers.

 
Congratulations to professor Yury Gogotsi, professor Rodney S. Ruoff and professor Patrice Simon with being named by Clarivate Analythics among of the 17 most cited and influenced world-class scientists in 2018!

Professor Yury GogotsiThis designation celebrates researchers whose influence is comparable to that of Nobel Prize recipients, as attested by exceptionally high citation records within the Web of Science. 

 
15th YES Annual Meeting: “The Next Generation of Everything” September 13 – 15, 2018

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Yalta European Strategy (YES)  introduced nightcap events for the participants of the 15th YES Annual Meeting to wind down at the end of the first conference day and discuss interesting topics in an informal atmosphere. YES invited leading politicians, opinion makers and business leaders to present their views on modern trends that define the world and Ukraine. The nightcaps were organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and America House, International Renaissance Foundation, Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter and the Atlantic Council, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, Western NIS Enterprise Fund and Embassy of the Republic of Estonia.

 
2018 IEEE 8th International Conference on Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties, September 09-14, 2018

2018 IEEE International Conference on “Nanomaterials Applications & Properties”At the poster session of the conference Oleksiy Gogotsi presented two poster presentations on advanced nanomaterials for different applications, prepared with colleagues from Drexel University, USA, and Jilin University, China

 
NANO2DAY project participants Oleksiy Gogotsi and Veronika Zahorodna visited Polymer Institute SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia, July-September 2018

altNANO2DAY project participants from Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, MRC director and project leader Oleksiy Gogotsi and ESR Veronika Zahorodna are working in Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia under the project secondments plan.