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.