Concerning Chemistry studies, HSE University is focused on priority development in such areas as instruction, training future researchers, supporting academic work and promoting research findings. The key task for those staff members who joined HSE University in 2018-2019 has become the creation and development of the Faculty of Chemistry. As the teaching and research core take shape, the Faculty’s HR and research potential will gather pace, while also gradually forming research teams, which will ensure the widespread and dynamic development of natural scientific fields, as well as the creation of specialized laboratories at HSE University.
All instructors hired to work at HSE University have publications in highly cited, peer-reviewed journals. However, the Faculty is still not able to create major research subdivisions that will be based at the Faculty and engage in the valorization of knowledge and promotion of new developments. In this respect, we plan to start up new Master’s and doctoral programmes, which, in turn, will allow capable learners to continue their studies, following their chosen research trajectories. Also, this shall attract new active research fellows to HSE University, who will supervise theses and dissertations prepared by graduates of Master’s and doctoral programmes. Stemming from subjects pursued by joint departments at the Faculty, the key areas of contemporary chemistry to be further developed at HSE University include chemistry of materials (materials engineering), fine organic and organoelement synthesis. HSE University may take active part in the development of such promising areas as nanotechnology and membrane technologies for biomedical purposes, as well as the creation of systems for generation of energy from renewable sources (alternative energy materials) and systems for energy storage, devising new approaches to the synthesis of bright luminescent and magnetic materials, manufacturing new catalysts for processing raw hydrocarbon materials. The involvement of highly skilled specialists, working at academic institutions, to teach students and organize the activities of subdivisions at HSE University, shall result in the creation of centres of excellence and expertise in the aforementioned areas.
Furthermore, the Faculty of Chemistry, along with other faculties in the natural sciences, shall become a leader in the development of network formats for working with other research institutions and early involvement of students in research and project work, under the guidance of researchers from RAS institutes.