Siberian Federal University to focus on bio, nano and ‘smart’ energy
8 Feb '13
Siberian Federal University (SFU) in Krasnoyarsk has outlined its priority areas for research; these are innovation projects in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and ‘smart’ energy, Alliance-Media National Business Partnership reports citing Andrei Romanov, the vice-provost for science at SFU.
Mr. Romanov named SFU’s deep oil refining project and its newly opened lab for research into bioluminescence as the university’s most successful efforts last year.
According to him, the deep oil refining and petrochemical project is expected to significantly improve the refining of petroleum products in this Siberian region and, longer term, help modernize processing to the Euro-4 and Euro-5 standards.
“Also, our new bioluminescence study laboratory has been developing rapidly; it is headed by Osamu Shimomura, the 2008 Nobel Prize winning chemist from Japan and an SFU professor emeritus. They are focusing on analytical medicine, developing technologies to improve diagnostics of a range of diseases, including cancers,” the vice-provost said.
In addition, SFU pushes some projects aimed at studying the problems of global climate change (specifically, researching in to the Yenisei River ecosystem) and communications systems (GLONASS satellite navigation and satellite data transfer antennas), as well as at improving geological survey methods.
Later this year the university is expected to undertake a new task of recovering waste from large-scale industrial corporations such as RusAl, a major aluminum producer, and Norilsk Nickel.
The regional Science and Engineering Support Fund provided $3.8m worth of financial backing for a reported 250 projects last year.