Using light–matter interaction to control chemical reactions: LNBE & LPNM researchers get another patent

Rospatent, the RF Federal Intellectual Property Service, has informed about the decision to issue a patent on A Flow Cell for Conducting Chemical Reactions, a utility model developed by P.M. Sokolov, D.S. Dovzhenko, P.S. Samokhvalov, and I.R. Nabiev, of the cluster of international laboratories of Nano-Bioengineering (LNBE) and Hybrid Photonic Nanomaterials.

The new development is a practical application of research in interactions between matter and electromagnetic field that is carried out in the two laboratories. In the given case, this phenomenon is used for catalysis. The cell is a cavity resonator whose electromagnetic eigenmode coincides with an electron or vibrational transition of the substrate or the catalyst, the resultant resonance increasing the efficiency of the catalyzed chemical reaction. The flow cell can be used to run chemical reactions in both liquid and gaseous phases, catalyzed by both inorganic substances (noble metals, semiconductors, etc.) and organic ones (e.g., enzymes).


The implementation of this development into practice will allow a wide range of chemical reactions to be run much more efficiently.


Pavel M. Sokolov, Ph.D., engineer (

Dmitry S. Dovzhenko, Ph.D., researcher (

Pavel S. Samokhvalov, Ph.D., leading researcher, head of Nanochemistry Group, LNBE (

Maria G. Korenkova, director of public relations, LNBE (

Alexandra V. Razgulina, engineer, LPNM (

Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering (LNBE),

Laboratory of Hybrid Photonic Nanomaterials (LPNM),

National Research Nuclear University MEPhI,
31 Kashirskoe shosse, 115409 Moscow, Russian Federation

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