Research and Educational Center «Chemical Material Science» at the IChHPS of RAS

Goals and tasks of the educational process at the IChHPS of RAS

The development of the chemistry of high-purity substances and materials, being one of priority branches of science and engineering, requires specialists with a profound training in the field of chemistry and technology of new materials for micro-electronics, quantum and nuclear physics, optical materials used for the visible and IR-range of spectrum. Specialists of this profile are required at the Institutes of RAS, universities, branch research institutes and industrial enterprises.
Throughout all the period of its existence the IChHPS of RAS works in close collaboration with N.I. Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University (NNSU). The goal of collaboration is to support and develop the fundamental education in the chemistry technology of high-purity substances and materials, physics and chemistry of solids, joint scientific-research work, development of the system for continuing education.
The achievements of the IChHPS of RAS are well known in the field of production of different classes of high-purity substances and materials, investigations of their properties and development of high-sensitive methods for analysis are well known. The Institute has a highly developed infrastructure with laboratories which are equipped with unique modern analytical and technological instruments. The leading specialists of the Institute have authority in foreign countries. Fifteen Doctors of Sciences and more than thirty Doctors of Philosophy are working at the Institute on modern priority directions of science.
Jointly with N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU the scholar schedules for training senior students, masters and postgraduates are compiled at the IChHPS of RAS. Joint scientific investigations are carried out on the unique instrumental and analytical base with the participation of students, postgraduates and masters in accordance with the utilities of the IChHPS of RAS,. They are involved in research work on solving problems connected with advancing the system and material and technical basis for training students, postgraduates and masters on physics and chemistry of solids, inorganic chemistry and chemistry of high-purity substances.
To improve the level of the fundamental scientific and professional education in the field of chemistry of high-purity substances at the NNSU, the Research and Educational Center (REC) was founded at the IChHPS of RAS in 2005. It comprises the affiliation of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the Chemical Faculty of N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU (acting from 1988) and the inter-faculty basic department of N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU “Chemistry of High-Purity Substances” established in 2005.
In 2009 on the basis of the Chemical Faculty of N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU, the IChHPS of RAS and IOMC of RAS have organized the Research and Education Center «Chemical Material Science». The Department of Chemistry of High-Purity Substances and the affiliation of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry entered the REC as structural divisions.
The Research and Educational Center at the IChHPS of RAS provides the training of students, masters and postgraduates of the Chemical and Physical Faculties of N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU, the Physical and Technical Faculty of R.E. Alekseev of Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (NNSTU) interested in chemistry and technology of high-purity substances and materials and the investigation of their properties.
This way of education made it possible to substantially increase the academic level of training students and masters as well as to reduce their time of adaptation while starting work at the IChHPS of RAS and other institutions of the corresponding profile.

System of continuing education at the IChHPS of RAS

The step-by-step education system has been practiced for a long time and is now being used at the Institute:
- work in laboratories of the Institute as an optional group on chemistry and technology of high-purity substances for juniors (1-3 terms);
- work on term papers;
- work on diploma papers and magister theses;
- postgraduate education at the IChHPS of RAS or at the N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU.
Annually 70-100 students and masters of N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU and R.E. Alekseev NNSTU as well as 10-15 postgraduates of the IChHPS of RAS and of N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU are educated at the IChHPS of RAS.
The Institute organizes academic classes for 3-5 term students of the Chemical Department of N.I. Lobachevsky NNSU 
- in course 020100 «Chemistry», specialty 020101.65 «Chemistry», specialization «Inorganic Chemistry»;
- in course 240300 «Chemical Technology of Inorganic Substances and Materials», specialty 240306.65 «Chemical Technology of Single Crystals, Materials and Products of Electronic Engineering».
For masters: 
- in course 240100 «Chemical Technology and Biotechnology», program for training masters 240104.68 «Chemistry and Technology of Inorganic Substances and Materials»;
- in course 020100 «Chemistry», program for training masters 020101.68 «Inorganic Chemistry».
The Institute also provides the laboratories and the equipment for students’ laboratory assignments in a special laboratory course compiled for educational purposes.
The students, educated at laboratories, participate in scientific-research and contracts as laboratory research assistants on a part-time basis. For this purpose the means for the target programs by the Presidium of RAS «Support of Young Scientists» as well as by contracts are provided.