Nanoscale ferroelectrics laboratory


Kholkin International Head

Dr. Andrei Kholkin

Head of Functional Imaging and Nanomaterials Laboratory of CICECO

University of Aveiro


ShurUrFU Head

Dr. Vladimir Shur

Principal researcher and Professor

Director of Ural Center for Shared Use “Modern Nanotechnologies”

Institute of Natural Sciences

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The NANOFER laboratory is a subdivision of the UrFU Institute of Natural Sciences. It interacts with the ferroelectrics laboratory and the Ural Center for Shared Use "Modern Nanotechnologies" at UrFU. The international head of the laboratory Andrei Kholkin is also the head of the Functional Imaging and Nanomaterials Laboratory at the University of Aveiro, Portugal (number of publications - 400, citation index - more than 4000, h-index - 37). The aim of NANOFER activity is the creation and study of advanced nanostructured ferroelectric and related materials, ion conductors and bio materials and development of the methods for visualization of their functional properties.

nanoThe following major results have been achieved:

The International Conference “Piezoresponse Forсe Microscopy and Nanoscale Phenomena in Polar Materials” (PFM-2014) and the International Youth Conference “Functional Imaging of Nanomaterials” were held in Ekaterinburg with the participation of leading international scientists from 18 countries.   

UrFU was included as an associate partner in the international project NANOMOTION (Nanoelectromechanical motion in functional materials), funded by the EU under the European Framework Program FP7.   

The NANOFER members have won grants of the Russian Science Foundation, OPTEK, and the President of the Russian Federation.   

Scientists from the University of Minho (Portugal), University College Dublin (Ireland), and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) have visited the laboratory.   

In turn, NANOFER members underwent training at the University of Washington (USA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA), University of Aveiro (Portugal), and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany).   

A set of electronic educational courses "Functional imaging using scanning probe microscopy" was developed.     

“I was very much impressed with the technical skills of UrFU staff such as deep mathematical background, excellent programming capabilities, and general understanding of ferroelectric phenomena. Not to mention the state-of-art equipment, such as lithography, focused ion beam etching, etc. The technical staff is always nice and extremely efficient in solving any problems.”

Dr. Andrei Kholkin