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Name of the project: Inorganic nanotubes and graphenes

Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development Priority Level: а, в

Goals and objectives

Research directions:

- Synthesis of BN nanostructures and coatings using methods of high temperature chemical precipitation from the gas phase.

- Functionalization of surfaces of BN nanostructures using chemical and plasmochemical processing

- Synthesis of hybrid BN/(Ag, Au, Al) nanoparticles

- Desining, synthesizing and optimization of structure of ultra-strong composite materials based on light metallic matrices and boron nitride nanostructures

- Morphological and structural analysis of nanomaterials, composite and hybrid materials using modern analytical methods: scanning and    transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, combinatory light scattering spectroscopy

- Study of mechanical qualities of nanomaterials and composite materials based on them under impact of deformation and temperature

- Developing new nanosystems based on boron nitride nanostructures for delivery of anti-tumor drugs

- Theoretical modeling of nanostructures, including expanding scientific knowledge in non-carbon nanomaterials, predominantly two dimensional, search for new stable nanostructures, research of conditions of their stability, electronic and magnetic qualities as well as study of heterostructures based on them

Project objective: Producing nanotubes and BN nanoparticles and their applications for reinforcing metallic and ceramic composite materials and coatings for structural and medical uses

The practical value of the study

  • We have developed new type of light and durable composite materials.
  • The Laboratory has shown possibility of increasing tensile strength of aluminum by 135% at room temperature and by 185% at 500С by simultaneous consolidation by boron nitrides, aluminum nitride and aluminum diboride.
  • Our researchers have developed nanoparticles based on particles of boron nitride for delivering drugs to tumor cells. We have shown efficiency of nanocarriers against tumor cells having multiple drug resistance.
  • New types of of catalysts based on BN/Ag has been created that can be used for methanol reforming.
  • We have shown prospectivity of plasmonic polymerization of polycaprolactone nanofibers from mixture of argon, carbon dioxide and ethylene Ar/CO2/C2H4 to create polymer film containing carboxyl groups increasing their biological activity.
  • Our Laboratory has produced hybrid materials based on biodegradable polycaprolactone nanofibers with bioactive and bactericidal surface.
  • For the first time we have measured and theoretically describe the effect of formation of spin polarization in graphene laying on yttrium iron garnet base.
  • The Laboratory has predicted and experimentally justified that electronic qualities of h-BN monoatom films can alternate within a wide range by doping with oxygen and/or functionalizers. For the first time we have demonstrated possibility of alternating magnetic qualities of h BN by functionalization with oxygen.
  • We have studied mechanisms of growth of boron nitride nanostructures in the process of their synthesis using chemical precipitation from the gas phase.
  • We have conducted theoretical modeling of durability of interfaces in composite materials BN/Al, BN/Mg.

Implemented results of research:

  • We have invented a way to produce heterogeneous BN/Cu nanoparticles in a microwave plasma device and designed equipment for implementing the method.
  • The laboratory has invented a method to produce BN/Ag nanohybrid catalysts.
  • Our researchers have invented a method to produce a composite material based on Al strengthened by BN particles.
  • We have invented a way to produce a porous material based on Mg by using infiltration.
  • Our researchers have invented a method to synthesize spherical boron nitride nanoparticles by chemical precipitation from the gas phase.

Education and career development:

1 doctoral dissertation and 4 candidate dissertations have been defended.

Other results:

Innovative achievement «A method of synthesizing boron nitride nanoparticles for anti-tumor drug delivery» received the gold medal at the International salon «Idea-invention-new products» Germany) and the International inventions salon in Hong Kong (China PR).


  • National Institute for Materials Science (Japan), Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Caen-Normandy University (France), Aalto University (Finland), Fudan University (China PR), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali Punjab (India), Central European Institute of Technology (Czech Republic), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center(Russia), State Research Center for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (Russia), Central Research Institute for Machinery (Russia), Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer of the National Academy of Sciences (Belarus), G. I. Budker Institute for Nuclear Physics of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), A. V. Topchiev Institute of Petroleum Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), Research Institute for Clinical and Experimental Lymphology of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia): joint research
  • National Institute for Materials Science (Japan), Caen-Normandy University (France): student exchanges

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Zhitnyak I.Y., Bychkov I.N., Sukhorukova I.V., Kovalskii A.M., Firestein K.L., Golberg D., Gloushankova N.A., Shtansky D.V
Effect of BN nanoparticles loaded with doxorubicin on tumor cells with multiple drug resistance. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9: 32498–32508 (2017).
Firestein K.L., Kvashnin D.G., Kovalskii A.M., Popov Z.I., Sorokin P.B., Golberg D., Shtansky D.V.
Compressive properties of hollow BN nanoparticles: Theoretical modeling and testing in a high-resolution transmission electron microscope. Nanoscale 10: 8099–8105 (2018).
Konopatsky A.S., Firestein K.L., Leybo D.V., Popov Z.I., Larionov K.V., Steinman A.E., Kovalskii A.M., Matveev A.T., Manakhov A., Sorokin P.B., Golberg D., Shtansky D.V.
BN nanoparticle/Ag hybrids with enhanced catalytic activity: theory and experiments. Catalysis Science and Technology 8: 1652–1662 (2018).
Steinman A.E., Shakti C., Firestein K.L., Kvashnin D.G., Kovalskii A.M., Matveev A.T., Sorokin P.B., Golberg D., Shtansky D.V.
Al-based composites reinforced with AlB2, AlN and BN phases: experimental and theoretical studies. Materials & Design 141: 88–98 (2018).
Matveev A.T., Firestein K.L., Steinman A.E., Kovalskii A.M., Sukhorukova I.V., Lebedev O.I., Shtansky D.V., Golberg D.
Synthesis of BN-nanostructures from borates of alkali and alkaline earth metals. Journal of Materials Chemistry 3(41): 20749–20757 (2015).
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