Innovation Center for Nanoscience and Technology

The Innovation Centre for Nanoscience and Technologies (ICNT) was established in the Institute of Chemical Physics NAS RA only in 2020 within the framework of a large grant program funded by the Government of the Republic of Armenia on a competitive basis. This is a large project involving ten scientific organisations of Armenia. The budget of our Center reached 1 mln USD during this short period of time, and 80% concerns equipment, in particular a multifunctional equipment Pioneer 180 PLD System with Excimer Laser, DC/RF Magnetrons, High-Pressure RHEED System and Chemical Vapour Deposition System. Such an initiative has no precedent in Armenia. The device allows the centre to solve diverse technological problems: thin film preparation through the most point of care technologies and can be used to test theoretical results, which need high precision of experimental data.

The ICNT of IChPh initiated to excel as an interdisciplinary center through opening up the scientific potential to wider scientific groups in the country and beyond, contributing to the scientific diplomacy through meetings and workshops with the policymakers and governmental agencies.

  Goal

  • Establishment, deepening and expansion of close cooperation with partner international organizations;
  • Creating a high-tech environment and significantly improving the quality of education;
  • Development and implementation of new educational programs, laboratory works;
  • Facilitating the acquisition of basic knowledge and development of practical skills by students, their involvement in scientific work, promotion of scientific career, implementation of innovative programs;
  • Implementation of dual-purpose research projects, scientific and production research in accordance with the modern requirements of military industry, fabrication of prototype samples;
  • Formation of a scientific-educational base for the IT industry, participation in the formation of the labor market.

Structure

Nanostructured thin film (NTF) fabrication and characterization room

ISO 8-5 «Clean room» obtaining nanostructured systems with combined PLD, DC and RF magnetron,sputtering.

Wet lab

Development of substrates, targets, thin films, NTF synthesis, electrochemical synthesis, firing, sol gel, etc.

Computational modelling room

Simulations of the process of NTF deposition with the required physical properties by determining the optimal parameters.

Meeting room

Organization of current activities of the center and in the system.

 

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Mkrtich A. Yeranosyan

PhD in Semiconductor Nanophysics, Head of Innovation Center for Nanoscience and Technology

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Hermine Gharagulyan

PhD in Physics, Head of Research Group of Liquid Crystalline Nanosystems

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Arevik Asatryan

PhD in physics, Researcher

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Yeghvard Melikyan

PhD student, Junior researcher

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Khachatur Kirakosyan

PhD in Chemistry, Senior Researcher

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Henrik Parsamyan

PhD in Physics, Researcher

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Astghik Tsokolakyan

PhD student, Junior Researcher

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Karen Simonyan

Laboratory assistant

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Harutyun Dashtoyan

PhD in Technical Sciences, Researcher

Pioneer 180 PLD  System

Pioneer 180 PLD System provides a field-proven laser deposition that allows the end user to deposit high quality epitaxial films, monolayer-by-monolayer as well as multi-layer heterostructures and superlattices of a variety of materials on substrates and combinational growth modes.

LabRAM Nano AFM-Raman System

Fully integrated system based on SmartSPM state of the art scanning probe microscope and LabRAM HR Evolution fully automated Raman micro-spectrometer.

ZENNIUM X Modular Potentiostat/Galvanostat

The ZENNIUM X is a modular potentiostat / galvanostat including a frequency response analyzer (FRA). 

CIMPS-QE/IPCE -UV  Photovoltaic/Photoelectrochemical System

A highly dynamic LED-based system with an active light feedback loop that ensures a controlled and constant light intensity during the photoelectrochemical or photovoltaic measurements. CIMPS-QE/IPCE is an extended CIMPS system with the capability to measure quantum efficiency (QE) or incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE).

Litesizer 500

Particle size analyzer: