The Scientific and Practical Materials Research Center has been established under the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus of 01.11.2007 №554 by force of corporate reconstruction of the state research institution “The Institute of Solid State and Semiconductor Physics of NAS of Belarus”. The Research, Development and Production Facility consists of the following institutions: the state research institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus – the V.A. Biely Metal-Polymer Research Institute, the Institute of Applied Physics, the Institute of Technical Acoustics, the Institute of Metal Technology , the Institute of Chemistry of New Materials, the Institute of Physics and Technology , as well as republican unitary enterprises – «Ferrit», RUF SKTB «Metal Polymer» The main objective of «The Scientific and Practical Materials Research Center» is organization and realization of research and experimental work in the sphere of material physics and physicochemical material engineering, development and exploitation of novel competitive products in production. In accordance with the main objective priority directions of fundamental and applied researches, priority directions of scientific and technological activities of the Republic of Belarus of the Centre solves the following issues: the creation of new magnetic, ferroelectric, semiconducting, metallic, superconducting, ultrahard, optical materials in the form of crystals, ceramics, disordered systems, nanomaterials and nanostructures; the development of methods and technologies for the production of organic and inorganic materials, including composite material and products on their basis; the development of methods and equipment for nondestructive control and technical diagnostics of materials and products; the development of recommendations for use of scientific findings in practical terms, their support during the development in production; the ensuring of competitive ability of created technological solutions and of its commercial exploitation organization, including foreign market; trainings of academic staff members of top-qualification.
The Centre performs and coordinates research activities within the state complex target scientific and technical programme SSTP “Materials and technologies” in 2011 – 2015, which includes the state scientific research programme SSRP “Functional and composite materials, nanomaterials” , SSRP “Electronic engineering and photonics”, the state scientific and technical programme SSTP “Cost-effective use of resources, advanced materials and new technologies – 2015” , SSTP «Optic-Tech». The Centre also participates in a number of tasks included in SSRP and SSTP “Material s and Technology”, research and development programs of the Union state, projects funded by the Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research and other international funds. In 2016 – 2020 of the Centre will be the head implementing organization in the forming SSTP “Material physics, novel materials and innovative technologies”.
The Centre provides a full innovative and production cycle: starting from the production of materials with the predetermined properties to the development and manufacturing of products for specific practical needs. Research and development projects are carried out not only in the interest of a number of ministries and departments of the Republic of Belarus (for example, in the interest of the Department of Industry , the Department of Housing, Building and Architecture, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ministry of Healthcare, the Ministry for Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance), but also within the confines of extensive international cooperation with the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the European Union, the USA, China, South Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Mongolia, Israel , the Republic of South Africa and etc.
Approximately 1300 people are employees of the “The Scientific and Practical Materials Research Center”. Annual total volume of work performed by its institutions is equal to $US 30 MLN.
Dr. Oleg Ignatenko
Dr. Oleg Ignatenko is Deputy General Director of State Scientific and Production Association “Scientific and Practical Materials Research Centre of National Academy of Science of Belarus”. He is also Head of Laboratory of High Pressure Physics and Superhard Materials. Author of over 100 papers and 13 patents. Awarded with Scholarship of the President of Belarus to talented young scientists and Honorary Diploma of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. He successfully commercialized 27 technologies and implemented 3 production lines. His area of scientific activity includes material sciences, condensed matter physics, high pressure technology and superhard material (diamond, cubic boron nitride etc.). Dr. Ignatenko actively cooperates with scientific Institutions form Russia, Poland, Portugal, Germany and China. He is involved in three EU projects.
Dr. Dzmitry Karpinski
Dr. Dzmitry Karpinski is head of laboratory in Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre of National Academy of Science of Belarus. Author of over 119 papers with more than 1000 citations and h index of 17. His scientific specialization cover magnetic and transport properties of solids, polarization and magnetoelectric phenomena, diffraction techniques/data treatment (XRD, NPD, SPD), atomic force microscopy (PFM, MFM, SRI etc.), preparative chemistry of solids.