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316 authors from 6 countries became participants of the XI International School of Physical Materials Science (SFM-2023) and celebrated the double scientific anniversary of Togliatti State University (TSU)

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316 authors from 6 countries became participants of the XI International School of Physical Materials Science (SFM-2023) and celebrated the double scientific anniversary of Togliatti State University (TSU).

The International School “Physical Materials Science” is held at TSU every two years. SHFM-2023 is dedicated to the double anniversary – the 50th anniversary of the scientific school “Physical Materials Science” at TSU (formerly Togliatti Polytechnic Institute, TPI) and the 10th anniversary of the Research Institute of Progressive Technologies (NIIPT) TSU. This time, like all previous schools, the main organizer and ideological inspirer of the SMF-2023 was Dmitry Merson, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor, Director of the TSU NIIPT (co-chairman of the program Committee of the SHFM). Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexey Makarov and Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor, Rector of TSU acted as chairmen of the school Mikhail Kryshtal.

The school was organized with the financial support of TSU (primarily TSU NIIPT) and a number of university partners – EVRAZ ZSMK (Novokuznetsk), LLC “SEC” (Yekaterinburg), LLC “Medical Trading Company” (MTK, St. Petersburg), LLC “LAES” (Togliatti). It should be noted that MTK LLC recently joined the Magnesium Technologies consortium, created by TSU during the implementation of the Development Program until 2030 within the framework of the federal Academic strategic Leadership Program “Priority 2030″.

Of the 316 authors, more than 150 made reports in person, the rest participated in absentia, sending reports to the organizing committee.

The reports of the conference co-chairs set the tone for the entire conference Alexey Makarov and Mikhail Kryshtal. In the first speech, a generalization of the progressive technologies born in Russia in materials science and metalworking was made. Secondly, there is a review of the research of TSU scientists and their place on the general map of research on the topic of plasma-electrolytic oxidation. Two more lectures on ultrasound technologies (due to the active development of this direction at TSU and the creation of pilot production on the basis of the university’s technopark already in 2023) were given by the corresponding member. National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Head of the Laboratory of Metal Physics of the Institute of Technical Acoustics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (Vitebsk) Vasily Rubanik and Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Deputy. Director of the Institute of Problems of Superplasticity of Metals of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Ufa) Airat Nazarov.

In total, from September 11 to 15, Russian and foreign experts gave 9 lectures, presented 3 plenary, 35 oral and 80 poster presentations. The results of their research were presented by 44 finalists of the competition of scientific papers – young scientists from Togliatti, Ufa, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Tomsk, Vitebsk and other cities.

– Only two years have passed since the anniversary school, and today we have even more guests at TSU than we had two years ago, – said the rector of TSU, Professor Mikhail Kryshtal, opening the school. – Despite the fact that scientific events are being held in parallel in two other cities, including St. Petersburg, we have proved to be a powerful attractor of the attention of various scientific schools in the field of materials science. I am incredibly glad about this, we have something to show.

Today, 60 full–time employees work at the TSU Research Institute, the average age of scientists is 36 years. Every year they perform research and technical services in excess of 80 million rubles a year, publish more than 40 articles, including about half of them in highly rated international journals.

The qualitative and quantitative level of scientific results is achieved due to the applied nature of research. The participants of the school were convinced of the continuity of theory and practice at TSU by visiting the new innovation and technology park of Togliatti State University, where full-fledged production and technological chains will be deployed this fall. In particular, the production of bioresorbable magnesium implants will be launched at the technopark site. Magnesium topics for TSU are one of the key ones. The University has developed a bioresorbable magnesium-based alloy that surpasses the best foreign analogues in strength and bioresorption (harmless solubility of the material in the body). The products created by TSU together with Medical Trading Company LLC will not just occupy a niche of German products that have left the market, but will be able to be competitive on the international market.

In addition, the technopark will have a serial production of ultrasonic complexes with unified modules and a well-developed serial manufacturing and assembly technology (for welding polymers, for surface treatment, for medical instruments, for ultrasonic cleaning, etc.). Togliatti State University has already developed, manufactured and implemented more than 30 ultrasonic complexes at automotive industry enterprises instead of imported ones, including for welding polymer parts of the Vesta FL car door upholstery. Currently, AVTOVAZ is testing ultrasonic systems for Vesta door upholstery in mass production conditions.

The high level of cooperation between university and academic science at TSU was noted by Yuri Kolobov, Head of the Laboratory of Physico-Chemical Engineering of Composite Materials at the Federal Research Center for Problems of Chemical Physics and Medical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

– We – all metallophysicists of Russia and the Union republics – have known each other for a long time. But for many decades I have not seen such a school where such a large number of eminent scientists and young people gathered at the same time,” the professor shared his impressions. – Now more than ever it is important that the forces that are developing in our metal science community unite, and it’s great that TSU contributes to this.

The materials of the reports of the participants of the SFM-2023 were included in the electronic collection “Physical Materials Science” and will be indexed in Elibrary, and the competitive works of young scientists, prepared in the form of full-fledged articles, will be published in the next issues of the journal Frontier Materials & Technologies, which is published by TSU. The peer-reviewed scientific journal of category K1 (according to the version of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation) is included in the core of the RSCI, indexed in the international database Scopus, the largest Chinese database of scientific publications CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

In addition, all participants of the SFM-2023 received as a gift the 10th anniversary volume of the textbook “Perspective Materials”. By tradition, it includes materials of lectures delivered by leading scientists-metallophysicists during the previous international schools. Recall that schools have been held at TSU since 2004. During this time, hundreds of young scientists have become their participants.

Vasily Rubanik, corresponding member. National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Head of the Laboratory of Metal Physics of the Institute of Technical Acoustics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Vitebsk:

– Like-minded people, friends meet at the School of Physical Materials Science, share new developments. The word “school” in the name is not for nothing, it is really an educational platform for young people, there are so many young people here, it is very pleasant. I myself came along with young graduate students to learn from experience. Your university has a very good research base, which to some extent we lack.

Dmitry Panov, Head of the Research Laboratory of Growth Technologies of Advanced Materials at ITMO University:

– I really liked the place where the school is held – it’s beautiful outside the city, and the close-knit team of various scientists that was formed at our event. For us biologists, of course, not everything was as clear as for materials scientists. We are far from metals and the more we deal with semiconductors, the more amazing it was to see how developed and how seriously this topic has been studied at TSU. I was pleased that the reports included a lot of practice-oriented, applied research, for example, the use of titanium in aircraft engines. The only fly in the ointment is that I would like more time to be devoted to poster presentations at the next school.

Anton Polunin, Leading Researcher at the TSU Research Institute:

– The School of Physical Materials Science is a unique place. Representatives of the older generation of scientists, who are happy to share their experience, and young guys who, thanks to the school, discover new aspects and subtleties of the topic being studied, gather on one platform. It’s especially great that the event is very dynamic: it takes place at different venues, and in addition to reports and discussion of research results, there are excursions and a concert program. A lot of communication with colleagues from different cities and even countries, including informal. As long as I talked, everyone praised the organization of the SFM: they say the event is well done, both from a meaningful, scientific point of view, and from the point of view of solving everyday issues, food, accommodation. For this, many thanks to Dmitry Lvovich Merson and the whole team.


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