Attraction of the leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning, research organizations of the governmental academies of sciences, and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation

Laboratory for Multiscale Experimental Research and Modeling of Polymer Composites Based on Advanced Thermoplastic Materials for Industrial Applications

About the Laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.:

Name of the institution of higher learning:
The Institute of Macromolecular Compounds Russian Academy of Sciences

Fields of scientific research:
Materials Sciences and Technology

Project Goal:

Basic research on new polymer composites for industrial production.

Project Objectives: 

To conduct systematic experimental and theoretical research of how the chemical structure and production of nanostructured, i.e. capable of self-ordering, e.g. crystallization, filler affect the structure of nanocomposites (i.e. materials using nanoparticles, such as nanotubes and graphene, as fillers).

Anticipated Results:

Joint activities of theoreticians and practitioners will focus on developing new phenomenological models for polymer composites with improved exploitation parameters based on the most recent achievements in the theory and computer-assisted modeling of multicomponent polymer systems supported with comprehensive experimental research, and testing the achieved results.
Nanocomposite materials can be used matrixes for fabrication of regular composite materials utilizing larger particles or fibers as fillers. This will make it possible to control the properties of the end material at various organization levels: from nano- to macro-level. To that end, multiscale computer modelling will be used. It investigates quantum-chemical properties of matter, as well as macroscopic parameters of materials.

Leading scientist


Full Name: Kenny Jose Maria

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Academic degree and title:
PhD. in Chemical Engineering, Professor

Job title:

Director of Materials Science and Technology Lab at University of Perugia (Italy)

Fields of scientific interests:

Polymer composites and nanocomposites for aviation, space and automotive industries, biomaterials and packaging materials for food, flexible elements for the electronic industry. Synthesis and fabrication of polymers and block-copolymers using renewable natural sources. Development of hybrid organic-inorganic systems used as biomaterials and packaging materials for food.

Scientific Recognition: 

The leading scientist has designed mathematical models describing production processes of fibrous polymer materials based on epoxy binders for the aerospace industry. The models were used to develop a production technology that was patented in collaboration with Alenia Aeronautica – the principal Italian manufacturer of composite materials for commercial aviation.
The leading scientist conducted research as part of the collaborative Alenia Aeronautica - Boeing project designed to optimize the process of production of composite materials for the aerospace industry.
He has founded a new laboratory and a new research group at University of Perugia focusing on production and utilization of composite materials for the automotive industry in close cooperation with the FIAT corporate research center.
He is implementing a project on PLA-based packaging film sponsored by SAMSUNG.

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