The Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit is underway in Boston, Massachusetts, and Skoltech team won the best poster award! We send our warm congratulations to Prof. Albert Nasibulin and his team – Vsevolod Iakovlev, Anastasia Goldt, Daria Kopylova, Alexandra Vyatskikh and Evgenia Gilshtein – from our Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials.


Scientists elaborated novel approach for uniform coating of single-walled carbon nanotubes with zinc oxide

Researchers from Skoltech, Aalto University, and Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University successfully demonstrated the technique for zinc oxide deposition on the surface of single-walled carbon nanotubes. The results of this collaboration have been recently published in Nanotechnology.

Big future starts with nanomaterials – Skoltech lab of nanomaterials was officially opened

A festive spirit filled Skoltech today, for the occasion of the official opening of the Laboratory of Nanomaterials at the Center of Photonics and Quantum Materials. Well-dressed and with big smiles on their faces, the lab team, headed by Professor Albert Nasibulin, welcomed the hundred chemists, physicists, scientific entrepreneurs, students and Skolkovo Foundation executives, who came to take part in the event.

Transparent, flexible supercapacitors pave the way for a multitude of applications

(—The standard appearance of today’s electronic devices as solid, black objects could one day change completely as researchers make electronic components that are transparent and flexible. Working toward this goal, researchers in a new study have developed transparent, flexible supercapacitors made of carbon nanotube films. The high-performance devices could one day be used to store energy for everything from wearable electronics to photovoltaics. The researchers, Kanninen et al., from institutions in Finland and Russia, have published a paper on the new supercapacitors in a recent issue of Nanotechnology. In general, supercapacitors can store several times more charge in a given volume or mass than traditional capacitors, have faster charge and discharge rates, and are very stable. Over the past few years, researchers have begun working on making supercapacitors that are transparent and flexible due to their potential use in a wide variety of applications. “Potential applications can be roughly divided into two categories: high-aesthetic-value products, such as activity bands and smart clothes, and inherently transparent end-uses, such as displays and windows,” coauthor Tanja Kallio, an associate professor at Aalto University who is currently a visiting professor at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, told “The latter include, for example, such future applications as smart windows for automobiles and aerospace vehicles, self-powered rolled-up displays, self-powered wearable optoelectronics, and electronic skin.” The type of supercapacitor developed here, called an electrochemical double-layer capacitor, is based on high-surface-area carbon. One prime candidate for this material is single-walled carbon nanotubes due to their combination of many appealing properties, including a large surface area, high strength, high elasticity, and the ability to withstand extremely high currents, which is essential for fast charging and discharging. The problem so far, however, has been that the carbon nanotubes must be prepared as thin films in order to be used as electrodes in supercapacitors. Current techniques for preparing single-walled carbon nanotube thin films have drawbacks, often resulting in defected nanotubes, limited conductivity, and other performance limitations. In the new study, the researchers demonstrated a new method to fabricate thin films made of single-walled carbon nanotubes using a one-step aerosol synthesis method. When incorporated into a supercapacitor, the thin films exhibit the highest transparency to date (92%), the highest mass specific capacitance (178 F/g), and one of the highest area specific capacitances (552 µF/cm2) compared to other carbon-based, flexible, transparent supercapacitors. The films also have a high stability, as demonstrated by the fact that their capacitance does not degrade after 10,000 charging cycles. With these advantages, the new device illustrates the continued improvement in the development of transparent, flexible supercapacitors. In the future, the researchers plan to further improve the energy density, flexibility, and durability, and also make the supercapacitors stretchable. “One more important characteristic to be realized and urgently expected in future electronics is the stretchability of the conductive materials and assembled electronic components,” said coauthor Albert Nasibulin, a professor at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and an adjunct professor at Aalto University. “Together with Tanja, we are currently working on a new type of stretchable and transparent single-walled carbon nanotube supercapacitor. We are confident that one can create prototypes based on carbon nanotubes that might withstand 100% elongation with no performance degradation.” Explore further: Researchers develop stretchable wire-shaped supercapacitor More information: Kanninen et al. “Transparent and flexible high-performance supercapacitors based on single-walled carbon nanotube films.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/27/23/235403 Journal reference: Nanotechnology Read more at:

Россия Профессор Сколтеха о новом гибридном наноматериале .

Профессор Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Альберт Насибулин рассказал о новом гибридном наноматериале, разр… Опубліковано Фонд “Сколково” 1 березень 2016 р. Профессор Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Альберт Насибулин рассказал о новом гибридном наноматериале, разработанном группой ученых Сколтеха. Разработка может заменить дорогостоящие прозрачные проводники в сенсорных экранах.

«Первый блин не получился комом» О перспективах, открывающихся студентам магистратуры Сколтеха

О том, каково работать с Нобелевским лауреатом по физике Андреем Геймом и о последних достижениях физики, в интервью «Газете.Ru» рассказали Анастасия Тюрнина, победительница программы ScienceDrive, организованной Фондом «Сколково», Открытым университетом Сколково и Сколковским институтом науки и технологий, и Альберт Насибулин, профессор Сколтеха.​

Ученые Сколтеха сделали новый наноматериал для сенсорных экранов

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Исследователи из лаборатории наноматериалов Сколтеха под руководством профессора Альберта Насибулина разработали гибридный наноматериал на основе углеродных нанотрубок (ОУНТ) и графена, материал может найти применение в сенсорных панелях и других электронных устройствах, сообщает пресс-служба Сколковского Института науки и технологий. Работа ученых опубликована в журнале Carbon. “Характеристики разработанного наногибридного материала превосходят ранее опубликованные в литературе”, – говорится в пресс-релизе. В современных сенсорных панелях, солнечных батареях, органических светодиодах и жидкокристаллических дисплеях часто используют прозрачные проводящие пленки. Наиболее распространенными материалами для них являются оксиды редких металлов, например, оксид индия, легированный оловом (indium-tin oxide, ITO). Он показывает отличную проводимость при высоком светопропускании, но одновременно отличается высокой стоимостью. Поэтому сегодня активно исследуют соединения, которые могли бы заменить ITO в прозрачных проводящих пленках, а наиболее перспективными среди них считают различные углеродные материалы на базе графена или углеродных нанотрубок. Ученые из Сколтеха делали своё гибрид в несколько этапов. Сначала поверх пленки ОУНТ напылялся оксид графена. Потом он термически восстанавливался, а последним шагом было легирование наногибрида хлоридом золота. Дальнейшие эксперименты показали, что полученный материал обладает хорошими оптоэлектрическими свойствами. Его поверхностное сопротивление сравнимо с сопротивлением ITO на гибких подложках при таком же светопропускании.