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Georgian Technical University

Georgian Technical University

General Information

Georgian Technical University (GTU), before 1992 known as Georgian Polytechnic Institute, has existed in Tbilisi under different names since 1922. This is one of the largest educational and scientific institutions in the republic. GTU consists of 8 schools (“faculties”) that are home to 28 departments and about 40 research laboratories and scientific centers. According to the GTU, there are over 1200 scientists with advanced degrees (PhD and Dr.Sc.) and 200 technical research staff.

Institute’s Focus

The Institute of Space Constructions at GTU has extensive expertise in the development of components of large-size space reflectors and has been a participant in a number of European space programs, as well as in experiments aboard space station Mir. Experimental base of the Institute allows simulating weightlessness conditions and making measurements of radiotechnical parameters of space antennas.

Laboratories of the Scientific-Engineering Center of Microelectronics have had interesting results in the development of micro-tools manufacturing technologies, such as high precision drills and cutters for the mechanical treatment of printed circuit boards, micro-devices for ultrasonic and pulse welding, devices for temperature and vibration testing, etc. Potential applications include dentistry, micro-surgery, jewelry production, precision engineering, etc.

Researchers at the Republican Center for Structural Research investigate advanced materials, high-temperature corrosion of metals, high-purity metals, welding/soldering technology for incompatible pairs (e.g. metal-ceramics), Ti-Al single-phase intermetallides; doping of high-temperature superconductors, organic synthesis etc. One of the achievements was creation of a material for hard filters and ultra filters produced from local minerals. The filters can be used for refining of technical and food oils, wine, beer, juice, water and other liquids. The group has also developed the composition and technology of manufacturing the new non-asbestos compound material for brakes and friction transmissions.

The Scientific Center of Medical Polymers and Biomaterials has significant expertise in new methods of polymer synthesis. One of the new methods, activated polycondensation, is used for the synthesis of biodegrading polymers on the basis of natural amino acids. Potential applications for these polymers include medicine, food industry, and agriculture. The Center claims to have created a unique bio-composite material containing bacteriophages, antibiotics, proteolytic ferments and analgesics that was registered by the Ministry of Public Health. A new product based on this material, so called artificial skin PhagoBioDerm, was produced as a film coating for wounds and is said to be used for the treatment of cavitary wounds, ulcers, and burns.

Valuable Technology Offerings

  • Large-size space reflectors;
  • Micro-tools manufacturing technologies;
  • Advanced materials;
  • High-temperature corrosion of metals;
  • High-purity metals;
  • Welding/soldering technology.

Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer

GTU maintains extensive international cooperation with scientific centers in Europe, USA, Japan. A number of international collaborations have been supported by CNRS (France), ISF (USA), JSPS (Japan), CRDF (USA), INTAS, TACIS-TEMPUS, and both the ISTC and STCU. In 2006-07, 26 new and on-going projects with a total budget of over $3.0 mln (including multi-year budgets) were carried out.

The University also has a significant track record of relations with industrial partners. For example, GTU worked in collaboration with Daimler Chrysler Aerospace and Alenia Aerospatio on creation of large space reflectors for new generation telecommunication satellites. In the field of microelectronics GTU developed semi-ordered integrated circuits using base matrix crystals (BMC), jointly with Moscow scientific-industrial enterprise Fizika.

Supporting the “combination of engineering science and practice”, the University founded a spin-off company Geoengineering that consists of both University employees and invited specialists. The ISO 9001:2000-certified company provides engineering research, design, technical evaluation and planning services to such clients as BP, Chevron, Conoco, Statoil, Georgian railways, International Bank, etc. According to GTU, 95% of the company’s revenues come from projects tendered by international companies.

Contact Details

Archil Prangishvili, Rector
Adress: #77, Kostava str. 0175 Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: (+995 32) 36 5362
Fax: (+995 32) 36 5362
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Elizbar Elizbarashvili
Chief Technology Commercialization Officer
Phone: (+995 93) 35 7538; 36 3352
Fax: (+995 32) 33 5201
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