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The "Functional Nanomaterials" research laboratory of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University has successfully carried out an order of the Russian Federal Nuclear Centre – Zababakhin All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Technical Physics (VNIITF), which belongs to "Rosatom" State Nuclear Corporation (Snezhinsk). The order was to produce 10 laser mirrors, 50 cm in diameter each.
Alexander Goikhman, head of the "Functional Nanomaterials" research laboratory:
Actually, the tender we won, had been announced for the third time. All previously announced tenders had failed because contractors for various reasons – administrative, organizational or technological - were not ready to run the risk of producing the mirrors in such a short period of time (8 months). IKBFU proved everything is possible provided you have young and ambitious researchers and, at the same time, a much lower degree of bureaucracy. Of course, it was a risk, but we were ready to take it and we did manage to carry out the order in time.
However, we still had to overcome a number of technological challenges. When we started the project, many would say that magnetron sputtering would not work. But it did. Surely, it may not yet be a breakthrough, but it has the potential to become one, since we have solved a rather nontrivial technological problem. Cleaning the surface before sputtering was a difficult task because even a minor speck could have ruined the work.
Timur Gareev, Vice-rector for Development and Strategic Planning, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University:
Winning this tender opens up new opportunities for the University. Firstly, we are planning to further develop these technologies. Secondly, the University has proven to be a reliable contractor, able to timely and efficiently fulfill complex orders. Thirdly, we have gained an invaluable experience and secure access to new sources of funding for research. For example, the University can now attract additional funding from the Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI). And finally, by completing the order, we have solved a number of challenging production, technological and logistical problems, thus improving the competence of our researchers.