21 Oct '11
The international award Rusnanoprize, founded by RUSNANO, in 2011 was given to Gennady Sakovich, the scientific leader of the Institute of Problems of Chemical and Energy Technologies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Lenta.ru reports.
Mr. Sakovich received the award for “developing a technology of production of functionally nano-sized synthetic diamonds from carbon atoms of molecules of explosive substances during their detonation”. The money component of the award is $100,000.
The award ceremony is reportedly to be held at the International Forum of Nanotechnologies to be held in Moscow.
Notably, the technology of production of diamonds was created in mid-1980-ies. According to Mr. Sakovich, the start of the project was marked by the discovery that in the epicenter of explosions conditions form for crystallizing carbon atoms, which are a part of explosive substances, into the diamond phase.
The first attempts of synthesizing nano-sized diamonds using this method were made in 1982 in the science and production firm Altay. In 1984 is was clear that the technology had perspectives, and the project became close of publicity, and in 1985 the first production line was launched, annually making up to 2 tons of diamonds.
Rusnanoprize is awarded for science and technology inventions and projects. In 2010 the award was given to Lev Feigin and Dmitry Svergun for their method of X-Ray small-angle diffusion for studying nano-particles and their systems. The award was also given to the German company Hecus X-ray Systems, making equipment for practical application of this method.