Laboratory of chemical design of new multifunctional oxide materials

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.

Bernard Raveau Vladimir Cherepanov
International head
Dr. Bernard Raveau
Professor Emeritus University of Caen
UrFU head
Dr. Vladimir Cherepanov
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The main aims of the laboratory are:

— formation of the strategy for the synthesis of new multifunctional complex oxides with a set of required target properties;

— determination of the interconnections such as chemical composition – real (crystal and defect) structure – functional properties;

— elaboration of theoretical approaches for the description of functional properties of complex oxides, like conductivity, chemical expansion, oxygen permeability based on the chemical composition and structural characteristics.

chem disIn 2014 new nanoscale ordered quintuple perovskite phase was discovered and characterized with respect to its fine structure, defect structure and electrical and magnetic properties. Two papers in highly ranked international journals have already been published with the results of our research.

In 2015-2016 we are planning to explore the discovered family of oxides, expand our collaboration and exchange visits especially for young researchers.

“There are several reasons why I decided to become the Head of this Laboratory. The first one is the great potential of the young chemists, researchers in Ekaterinburg who are working under the supervision of V.A. Cherepanov. The second reason is related to the excellent scientific results obtained by this staff in the field of solid state chemistry for which they have been recognized by the international community. The third point concerns the complementarity between their scientific competence and our own knowledge in the field of solid state chemistry and physics, making it a big challenge to set up new directions of research. This collaboration has revealed to be very fruitful this last year with the publication of two papers in high impact international journals (index>6) in common between Ekaterinburg and Caen.”

— Dr. Bernard Raveau

“Cherepanov’s group has a great experience of solid state chemistry synthesis and investigation of phase diagrams in oxides. This knowledge is absolutely necessary for the discovery of new materials. Their ability to control the oxygen stoichiometry in oxides with high accuracy and to characterize these materials simultaneously by X-ray diffraction techniques is of capital importance for understanding their structure and physical properties. Our complementary competence in electron microscopy and physical measurements opens the road to the discovery of new materials with new physical properties.”

— Dr. Bernard Raveau