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RAS Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics Launches Joint Department with HSE Faculty of Chemistry

RAS Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics Launches Joint Department with HSE Faculty of Chemistry

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The new Department will prepare students for careers in cutting edge research and engineering, as well as entrepreneurial and commercial development. They will be able to promote their own innovative projects and projects developed by their colleagues. The Department is headed by Professor Sergey Aldoshin, full member of Russian Academy of Sciences.

The RAS Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics has all of the necessary infrastructure and employs enough teachers and personnel to organize efficient studies for HSE students. The Institute has seven fully equipped classrooms, including computer classrooms, to provide remote and interactive training and solve theoretical and applied tasks in computer modelling and engineering. The curriculum is project-based and includes both practical courses and laboratory practicums, where students will work with the Institute’s state-of-the-art research equipment.

This is the fifth joint department launched by the Institute at the HSE Faculty of Chemistry. The Department is led by Academic Supervisor and RAS Member Sergey Aldoshin. A well-known expert in chemical physics, crystal chemistry, solid-state chemistry, and quantum chemistry, Sergey Aldoshin has solid experience in teaching students from Moscow State University and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Sergey Aldoshin, Head of the Institute’s Joint Physics and Chemistry Engineering Department, RAS Member

The Joint Department at the HSE Faculty of Chemistry was established to develop the natural science areas at HSE University and teach physical and chemical engineering to HSE students. Another crucial aim of the Department is to provide synergy with HSE Universities’ competencies in teaching future entrepreneurs. The top priority for the new Department’s team will be to teach experts who will have knowledge and skills in both topical scitech engineering areas (for instance, hydrogen energy) and entrepreneurial and commercial development. They will be able to promote not only their own projects, but also projects of their colleagues. Working in cooperation with our HSE partners, we will do everything possible to help our graduates become strong researchers, engineers, and technological entrepreneurs who are ready to address challenges of the 21st century.

The Joint Department will get students involved in research activities and projects in chemical technology, advanced composite materials, hydrogen energy, and more. For the past few years, the Institute has been running student design and engineering offices, where students can join a team to solve a specific research or applied problem. ‘The Institute looks more like a university campus when all students who are studying or working with us arrive in Chernogolovka’, says Sergey Aldoshin.

In the near future, the Institute’s Joint Department is planning to design a Master’s programme in cooperation with the A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis and several high-tech businesses.

Vitaly Kotov, Dean, HSE Faculty of Chemistry

The key advantage of our faculty is that it actively involves students in research activities from the first year of their studies. The RAS research institutes contribute to this process by launching their joint departments and offering students a wide choice of individual research trajectories. We are optimistic about the new department established at the RAS Institute of Chemical Physics Problems. We are certain that it will fulfill its true potential in organizing research and project activities performed jointly by the researchers and students. This will further strengthen relationships between the HSE Faculty of Chemistry and the Russian Academy of Sciences.


The Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics is one of the major leading institutes of RAS, located in Chernogolovka. Established in 1956, the Institute employs over 1,200 people, including 105 Doctors and 265 Candidates of Science. The Institute studies problems such as general issues of chemical physics, molecule and solid-state structure, kinetics and compound chemical reactions mechanism, chemical physics of combustion and explosion, chemical physics of polymerization and modification of polymers, and more. In 2017, the National Technological Initiative Competencies Centre of the Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics was opened to study new and mobile energy sources technologies, including hydrogen energy.

The Institute conducts research with over 50 Russian and foreign universities and research institutes, cooperating with development institutes, corporations and state-owned companies. The Institute’s numerous joint programmes with universities ensure the influx of talented young professionals into scientific research.

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