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Institute of Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (FMSAC)

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Institute of Applied Chemistry (IAC)

Institute of Design Technologies (IDT)

Institute of General Chemical Engineering (IGCE)

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (IIC)

Institute of Polymer Materials (IPM)

Institute of Silicate Materials (ISM)

Institute of Technical Physics (ITP)

Institute of Technology of Organic Chemistry (ITOC)

Biomaterials research laboratory (BRL)

 

 

 

THE RESEARCH FACULTY OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY – FACTS AND FIGURES

 

Academic work and research work have been closely mutually connected since the founding of the Faculty. The Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry has kept both as a priority right from the start and thus can boast several renown scientists, such as Wilhelm Ostwald, Pauls Valdens, Lidija Liepiņa and Gustavs Vanags. The structure and research directions of have changed during this time, but the Faculty was able to maintain a high standards for academic work and research. Today the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry has the highest research potential, external funding, developed research infrastructure and is among the best at Riga Technical University (RTU). In total, the Faculty received 28,65 % of core funding allocated to RTU in 2015.

 

MAIN RESEARCH AREAS

 

 Synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles, nanofibers and catalysts, development of nanocomposites and nanocoatings production technologies from polymer and inorganic nanomaterials, products application

 Synthesis of components and materials for electronics, photonics, optoelectronics and information technologies, smart materials

 Innovative biomaterials, materials/biomaterials technology

 Synthesis of topical organic substances, structure research, technology solutions for pharmaceutical, medical and bioorganic chemistry needs

 Control of interfacial and boundary processes for design of micro-, submicro- and nano- scale heterogeneous polymer and inorganic composites to obtain materials with a target-oriented functionality

 Development, research and quality assurance of alternative, renewable and mixed fuels, lubricants and their components

 Modification of natural and chemical fibres and optimization their properties, smart textiles and clothing

 Synthesis, modification, investigation and use of inorganic materials and composites for special objectives and the economy

 Ecological solutions in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and allied branches

 Conversion of biomass, renewable and mixed fuels

 

INSTITUTES OF THE FACULTY – AMONG 42 INSTITUTES OF RTU IN 2014 AND 2015

Rank in RTU/year   Science capacity*, %
2014 2015 Institutes 2014 2015
2 3 Institute of General Chemical Engineering with Rūdolfs Cimdiņš Riga Biomaterials Innovations and Development Centre 6.27 6,12
6 18 Institute of Applied Chemistry 3.97 2,47
10 19 Institute of Design Technology 3.50 2,21
14 7 Institute of Silicate Materials 3.20 3,94
11 9 Institute of Polymer Materials 3.38 3,79
15 6 Institute of Technology of Organic Chemistry 3.17 4,51
7 13 Institute of Technical Physics 3.95 2,81
18 Institute of Biomaterials and Biotechnology 2.66
31 Biomaterials Research Laboratory 0,99

*Science capacity –an index characterizing number of publications and patents, attracted external funding and effectiveness of defended Doctoral theses.

 

INSTITUTES OF THE FACULTY IN NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTRES (NRC)

 

NRC of Technologies of Acquisition and Sustainable Use of Energy and Environmental Resources. Leading institute – Riga Technical University (RTU)

Faculty institutes: ISM, IAC

Partners – University of Latvia (UL), Agency of UL Institute of Biology and Institute of Physical Energetics

NRC of Pharmacy and Biomedicine. Leading institute – Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS).

Faculty institute: ITOC

Partners – LIOS, UL, AUL Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre

NRC of Nanostructured and Multifunctional Materials, Structures and Technologies. Leading institute – AUL Institute of Solid State Physics (ISSP).

Faculty institutes: IAC, IPM, ITP, IDT, IGCE

Partners – AUL ISSP, UL, AUL Institute of Physics, AUL Institute of Polymer Mechanics, ARTU Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (IIC)

NRC of Information, Communication and Signal Processing Technology. Leading institute – VUC Engineering Institute “Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre”

Faculty institute: IAC

Partners – UL, RTU, UL Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, AUL Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science

 

Total funding – 5.17 million EUR, including: for purchase of research equipment during 4 years – 4.97 million EUR, for renovation of premises – 200 000 EUR (475 m2).

Units or complexes of purchased research equipment – 40.

 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE 10 TOP SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS IN LATVIA

 

 New catalytic processes for conversion of biomass in fuels (IAC, 2015).

 Synthesis and study of organic glasses with original structure for application in photonics equipment (IAC in collaboration with AUL ISSP, 2013).

 Development of new catalytic methods for the production of glycerine acid and lactic acid by means of oxidising glycerol with air or molecular oxygen. Development of a new method for the synthesis of more active and more selective catalysts (IAC in collaboration with ARTU IIC, 2012).

 Development of a super-elastic sensor prototype (composite of elastomers and electroconducting nanoparticles) applicable in wide-area detection of pressure and impacts (ITP, PI in collaboration with JSC Baltijas Gumijas Fabrika, 2011).

 Technology for manufacturing novel porous high-temperature oxide ceramics. The intrinsic characteristics of these oxide ceramics allow filtration of aggressive and hot liquids and the use as thermal insulation at high temperatures (ISM, 2009).

 Technology for production of a novel heat insulating building material from layered silicates and by-products of biodiesel production (ISM, 2009).

 

ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS

 

 Awarding of Pauls Valdens prize (once every two years, in two nominations)

 RTU International Scientific Conference, section Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (annually, in October)

Baltic Polymer Symposium (once every three years, by IPM)

Baltic Conference on Silicate Materials (once every two years, by ISM)

 RTU Students Scientific Conference (annually, in April)

 Scientific Journal of Riga Technical University:

Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (2 journals per year, issued 32 journals)

Materials Science (1 journal per year, issued 11 journals)

 

Research in 2015

 

 Total number of elected researchers

(in full-time equivalent or FTE) –                        179 (65.22)

□ leading researchers –                                       77 (36.73)

□ researchers –                                                  79 (24.32)

□ research assistants –                                        23 (4,17)

▪ from them Doctors of sciences –                                  97

 

 Number of research projects with attracted

external funding –                                                        108

 Investments attracted from external

sources, EUR –                                                   1 576 791

 Annual external funding per 1 FTE

researcher, EUR –                                                    24 170

 Core (maintenance) funding, EUR –                       570 819

 Attracted financing from research

performance (second pillar) –                                113 059

 Total number of scientific publications –               272

 Number of scientific publications per

1 researcher (FTE) –                                          1,52 (4,17)

 Number of scientific publications in databases

WoS and Scopus –                                                        174

 Number of publications in databases WoS

and Scopus per 1 researcher (FTE) –                    0.97 (2,67)

 Awarded patents (Latvia) –                                         7

 Patent applications (Latvia) –                                      7

 

 Number of PhD study programmes –                          4

 Number of Promotion councils –                                 4

 Grants for doctoral students

(second pillar), EUR –                                         144 000

 Total number of PhD students –                                 83

 Defended doctoral theses –                                       17

 Success rate (number of defended doctoral

theses to number of enrolled students), % –                  68

 

The honorary title of RTU Scientist of the Year

 

Gundars Mežinskis, Dr.habil.sc.ing., Professor (ISM, 2015)

Jānis Zicāns, Dr.sc.ing., Lead. Researcher (IPM, 2013)

Līga Bērziņa-Cimdiņa, Dr.sc.ing., Professor (IGCE, 2012)

Valdis Kampars, Dr.habil.chem., Professor (IAC, 2009)

Māris Knite, Dr.habil.phys., Professor (ITP, 2007)

 

The honorary title of RTU Young Scientist of the Year

 

Dagnija Loča, Dr.sc.ing., Lead. Researcher (IGCE, 2015)

Andris Šutka, Dr.sc.ing., Lead. Researcher (ISM, 2014)

Jānis Ločs, Dr.sc.ing., Asoc. Professor (IGCE, 2013)

Remo Merijs-Meri, Dr.sc.ing., Asoc. Professor (IPM, 2011)

Māris Turks, Dr.chem., Asoc. Professor (ITOC, 2010)

 

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