Laboratory of magnetic sensors

The Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is a subdivision of Ural Federal University, which engages in educational, scientific, innovative, social and educational activities. The fundamental nature, a lot of practical tasks, involvement of scientists, and the students’ participation in scientific activities are the keys elements of our education.


The integration of education and research ensures the competitiveness of graduates in employment market in the field of natural science and related applied areas. An important task of the Institute is to attract talented young people to form a community of teachers, students and graduates.


Our student community includes winners and prize-winners of National Olympiads and competitions in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, and prize-winners of world championships in programming and information security.


Our graduates are experts in such fields as high technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, space, military defence, clinical diagnostics and genetics. They work in institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, research and expert laboratories, industrial corporations, leading computer companies and universities in Russia and abroad.


The Institute conducts fundamental and applied research, carries out expertise in different areas, including education. It integrates specialists in the international academic community, initiates and implements international research projects. The Institute provides work centres for collective use and popularizes scientific knowledge among the population. The main research areas of the Institute are:


• Mathematical and computer modelling of physicochemical processes in multiphase media;

• Mathematical modelling in physiology and medicine;

• Theory of automata and formal languages;

• Advanced materials, nanotechnology and physical instrument making;

• Bioresources, biotechnologies, physiology and fundamental medicine, bioinformatics;

• Information and telecommunication systems;

• Information processing and analysis technologies;

• Space physics.


The research work is based in the departments, laboratories, Research Institute of Physics and Applied Mathematics, research and educational centres, collective use centres, Kourovka Astronomical Observatory, Botanical Garden, Biological Station, Centre for Fundamental Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

Manuel Vazquez Villalabeitia Vladimir Vaskovskiy
International head
Dr. Manuel Vazquez Villalabeitia
Professor of Research at the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid
from the Spanish National Council for Research
UrFU head
Dr. Vladimir Vaskovskii
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The aim of the Laboratory is to become a world-class center for the development of new magnetic materials and effective functional transducers on their basis.

Under the supervision of Professor Vazquez, research is conducted on the following topics:

— Development of physical and chemical basis of synthesis technologies of new composite and film materials for sensor technologies;

— Magnetodynamics of nanostructured materials with high magnetic permeability: giant magnetoimpedance, ferromagnetic resonance , non-resonant magnetoabsorption;

— Functional polymer/magnetic nanoparticles composites (in collaboration with the Institute of Electrophysics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences);

— Flexible magnetoelectronics;

— Magnetic nanoparticles for biological applications and magnetic biosensing;

— Film structure with exchange bias;

— Anodic alumina membranes with ordered pores.

sensorThe laboratory is well equipped, including specific sample preparation equipment and different magnetometry characterization techniques. A big effort is being made to renovate some of the experimental facilities, including a new Kerr effect magnetometer or microwaves techniques.

Some of the research results obtained in the Laboratory have already been published in journals from the Web of Science and Scopus databases.

In 2015 you will have the chance to meet the members of the Laboratory at the following conferences:

International Conference on Magnetism 2015 in Barcelona

International Baltic Conference on Magnetism 2015 in Kaliningrad

XXV Russian Young Scientists Conference "Problems of Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry 2015 Ekaterinburg

22nd International Symposium on Metastable, Amorphous and Nanostructured Materials in Paris

“The reason for my agreement to become the head of the Laboratory relates on the one hand to the outstanding basic formation in Magnetism of the staff and scientific personnel at URFU, part of which is the long history of magnetism in Yekaterinburg. The second point is the extraordinary interest of the young scientists that I could appreciate first-hand during my presentations and discussions with students in my recent visits. I also have to mention the kindest hospitality shown by everyone during such visits.”

Dr. Manuel Vazquez Villalabeitia