MPRI is an academic scientific and engineering center consisting of 5 research departments, Special Design Bureau with a pilot plant “Metallopolimer” and Editorial Boards of scientific journals “Friction and Wear” and “Polymer Materials and Technologies”. There are about 240 employees, among which one Academician and one Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, about 40 researchers with D.Sci. and Ph.D. degrees.
The Institute is engaged in fundamental and applied investigations within the scope of two main assigned trends:
- interfacial phenomenon in polymer systems, physico-chemical bases of developing composite materials on the base of organic and inorganic polymers;
- physics, chemistry and mechanics of surface, analysis of contact interactions, friction, wear and lubrication in engineering and biological systems.
The results of fundamental and applied investigations carried out in research departments of the Institute have been generalized in more than 100 nonographs, 30 doctoral and 160 Ph.D's dissertations. Institute's developments have been confirmed by more than 2000 author's certificates on iventions and patents.
MPRI NASB has long-term cooperative links with more than a hundred industrial enterprises and scientific centers in Belarus. Dozens of brands of import-substituting, export-oriented polymer composite materials have been created for the leading fields of economy. Their batch production is underway at the enterprises of the concern “Belneftekhim”. Special instruments have been exported in Russia, USA, Switzerland, France, and South Korea.
THE INSTITUTE RUNS:
Post-graduate and senior doctorate courses, a Council on granting Doctor and Candidate (Ph.D) of Sciences degrees in specialities:
- physics of condensed state;
- materials science (engineering);
Section “Polymer materials” of the Scientific Council on new materials of the International Association of Academies of Sciences.
THE INSTITUTE PUBLISHES TWO JOURNALS
- International journal “Friction and Wear” (6 issues/year) in Russian, its English translation is published by Pleiades Publishing, Inc. and by Springer in electron version
the editor-in-chief is Academician A.I. Sviridenok
- International scientific and technical journal “Polymer Materials and Technologies” in Russian (4 issues/year), |
the editor-in-chief is corresponding member S.S. Pesetskiy.
MPRI NASB HAS A UNIQUE SCIENTIFIC MEASUREMENT, INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT AT ITS DISPOSAL:
- Atomic-force microscopes nanotop-207 and SOLVER P47H, contact adhesiometer ADM-03 with a chamber of controllable medium
- Scanning electron microscope TESCAN with an attachment for microanalysis INCA Energy
- Differential scanning microcalorimeter, derivatographs, IR spectrophotometer with Fourier transformation
- A module of dynamic mechanical and thermal analysis DMA 8999 Perkin Elmer
- Modern equipment for studying mechanical properties of polymer materials (test benches for mechanical and static testing INSTRON 5567 and Comten 94C, IMPULSE-IR setup for investigations by the dynamic contact indentation and other).
- -90 C. Thermocryochamber for thermostatic treatment of polymer samples at temperatures between -100 C and +50 C
- X-ray multifunctional diffractometer GNR APD-2000 PRD
- Weatherometer Q-SUN XEROX Xe3-HS
- Relaxometer (reverse torsion pendulum) for studying relaxation properties of materials under temperatures from -150 C to +300 C
- A set of instruments for determining vibroacoustic characteristics of structures and materials (Doppler's laser vibrometer for analyzing vibroacoustic spectra Ometron VII-1000-D, acoustic interferometer)
NIKOLAI K. MYSHKIN
Director of the Institute since 2002. Academician of NASB, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Laureate of the Premium of Lenin's Komsomol, Premium of the Government of Russian Federation in science and engineering and Premiums of Academy of Sciences of Belarus
- 15 to 20 contracts are carried out at the Institute yearly with CIS states (former Soviet Union) and other countries (Russia, Ukraine, USA, France, Korea, Switzerland, Poland, and etc.) on design and delivery of research equipment, and novel technologies.
- The international scientific and technical conference “Polycomtrib” is held at the Institute biannually