Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering won the competition of projects to be implemented in collaboration with research institutions and universities of European Community countries

A project proposal from the Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering (LNBE) of the NRNU MEPhI on the Development of an Experimental Method for High-Resolution Multiparametric Correlation Analysis of Optical and Morphological Properties in Bulk Nanomaterials has become a winner of the RF Ministry of Education and Science competition "Researches in Priority Fields in Collaboration with Research Institutions and Universities of EC Countries in the Framework of Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation with EC Countries." A total of 26 out of 163 projects proposed will receive federal funding.

The project will be a continuation of the development of new methods and instruments in the context of an innovative approach to the analysis of the characteristics of nanomaterials that is underway in the Biophysics Group of LNBE. Background research and developments in this field have been publicized by RIA Novosti; preliminary results have been reported in the high-rating journal ACS Nano.

The goal of the winning project is to design an integrated instrument for analyzing 3D morphology and the spatial distribution of physico-chemical parameters of a material in a single area of its sample at a nanometer resolution. The new instrument will make it possible to perform scanning probe microscopic (SPM) and near-field optical microscopic (NOM) measurements in the same spatial area. The 3D distribution of the parameters studied is reconstructed by combining a series of sequential SPM and NOM measurements on the surface of ultrathin slices made with an ultramicrotome.

When implemented in nanotechnological and material-science research, the technology to be developed in this project will allow substantial improvement of the usability of new nanostructured materials. This is ensured by unique information on the structural characteristics of the materials provided by the new method, which will lead to a substantial increase in the quality of the materials developed. Since "smart" nanostructured materials are increasingly widely used in modern industrial technologies, this project has important practical implications.


Konstantin E. Mochalov, Ph.D., senior research assistant (

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