17.05.2012 [News]

Academician V.A. Koptyug Prize for 2011 awarded

By the decision of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), Academician V.A.Koptyug’s Prize for 2011 has been awarded to a Belarusian-Russian research team for the series of research works on "Developing the scientific basis for creating the composite and nanostructured materials for advanced hydrogen energy systems, and also investigation of devices based on them". The Prize is named after V.Koptyug, Belarusian by his nationality who chaired the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS) in 1980-1997. It is awarded annually, in turn by NASB and SB RAS for the best joint research project or series of joint research projects within the areas of common interest defined in the agreement between the NASB and SB RAS.

The group of 6 winners includes Alexander Ilyushchenko, Director, Institute of Powder Metallurgy, NASB and Oleg Smorygo, Head, Laboratory of highly porous materials of the same institute -  from Belarusian side and Vladimir Sobyanin, Head, Laboratory of catalytic processes in fuel cells, Institute of Catalysis named after G.Boreskov, SB RAS, Rector of Novosibirsk State University; Vladislav Sadykov, Head, Laboratory of the catalysts of deep oxidation of the same institute;  Nikolai Uvarov, Head, Laboratory of nonequilibrium solid-phase processes, Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry; Oleg Bobrenok, Researcher, Institute of Thermophysics named after S.Kutateladze – from Russian side.

A series of works nominated in 2012 has been prepared within the framework of the integrating project "Fundamental principles of design of medium-temperature solid oxide fuel cells on porous metal substrates" completed in 2011. It includes 27 works united by a common theme - articles in leading international journals, chapters in collective international monographs and reports presented at international scientific conferences.

In the works submitted to the competition, various scientific aspects of designing the new materials for advanced processes and devices for hydrogen energy have been considered. The authors have developed a new promising type of materials - a functionally structured composite materials consisting of layers with the gradient of the composition and porosity inflicted on macro-porous metal media (tubular, planar), providing the necessary thermo-mechanical stability and structural adaptability. They have successfully solved the main challenges in developing of such materials, including design of media, synthesis and optimization of the composition of nanocomposite active materials, development of processes of applying them in the form of functionally structured layers on the media, as well as testing of the materials obtained in a variety of devices.

No doubt that the fruitful cooperation of the partner institutions will continue to ensure the forefront of the two countries in the described area. 

Source: National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences provided by Olga Meerovskaya, BelIsa