Laboratory of advanced low dimensional materials and nanostructures

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.


Hultman Dr. Lars Gustav Hultman

Professor of Thin Film Physics

Head of the Division of Thin Film Physics

Linköping University;

CEO of The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research;

Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences


UrFU HeadKolosov

Dr. Vladimir Kolosov

Professor of Low Temperature Physics

Head of Electron Microscopy Laboratory

Institute of Natural Sciences

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The Research Laboratory of Advanced Low-Dimensional Materials and Nanostructures (NANOCRYSTAL) has been recently formed at the UrFU Institute of Natural Sciences.

The scientific Leader of the new Laboratory Lars Hultman is the Head of the Division of Thin Film Physics at Linköping University, and also CEO of The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. Lars Hultman is ISI most cited researcher in Materials Science (600+ scientific publications, 15000+ citations; h-index 63).

low dimThe new Laboratory aims to significantly expand the materials and nano science research at the UrFU Institute of Natural Sciences with capabilities to fabricate and characterize advanced materials with designed unique structures for nanotechnology and different applications. In addition to the spectrum of microscopy techniques that we will make available, we shall focus our research studies on advanced nano scale materials and processes where we have leading expertise, including thin film/layers, self-organizing materials, fullerene-like solid structures, transrotational thin crystals (see electron micrograph) and bent-lattice nanostructures. We aim to generate synergy of materials studied and specialists involved at UrFU that represent physics, materials science, chemistry, and nanotechnology. Target classes of materials are phase-change materials, functional materials, oxides and chalcogenides, molecular crystals, rapidly quenched alloys, intercalation materials, magnetic films, thin catalytic layers, nano-belts/rods/filaments and more.

The initial activity is focused on the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our research results have been presented at 6 conferences and 5 papers have already been published.

“A big common denominator between our research interests is to explore complex microstructures for realizing new materials processing, analysis techniques/methods and functionality (properties) of strategic relevance. This includes gradient materials, bent lattice, rotating lattices, interface-rich structures. I was professionally impressed from seeing the research ambitions and both the standard and the potential of the Lab.”

Dr. Lars Gustav Hultman