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Tavadze Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science

General Information

The Tavadze Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science (IMMS, until 1957 the Institute of Metals and Mining) was established in 1945 and is named after its founder, a renowned scientist Prof. Ferdinand Tavadze. IMMS is a multi-disciplinary institution consisting of over 30 laboratories and centers including a Research Center of Powder Metallurgy and Coatings; Laboratory of Boron, its Alloys and Compounds; R&D SHS (Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis) Center; etc. Facilities include experimental rolling mill, melting furnaces, workshops. IMMS employs 170 people including 84 scientists with advanced (PhD and Dr.Sc.) degrees.

Institute’s Focus

Major areas of expertise encompass fundamental principles of physical chemistry and mechanics of metallurgical processing, chemical thermodynamics of inorganic materials, self-propagating high temperature synthesis, fabrication of metals, alloys and metal powders, materials science of metals, semi- and superconductors, intermetallics, metalloceramic alloys and composites, as well as problems of corrosion and protection of metals.

Valuable Technology Offerings

As a result of applied research, a number of new materials and technologies have been developed and are offered by the Institute to external users, for example:

  • New austenitic stainless alloys with increased strength, plasticity and toughness properties (application: cryogenics, chemical and special mechanical engineering);
  • Producing semiconductor devices based on Ga As single crystals (application: electronics);
  • New structural and composite alloys of B4C-TiB2-Al2O3 and Ti-Al System produced by the SHS method for armor plates mechanical and space engineering applications;
  • Corrosion protection technology for special steels and alloys (application: oil-pipe production metallurgy);
  • New production technologies of raw materials and syntheses of biologically active metal complexes;
  • Technology for manufacturing of new Ni-Co-Cr powders for alloys with high temperature strength for application in extreme conditions;
  • Corrosion- and wear-resistant silicon containing Cr-Mg and In-Cr-Mg nonmagnetic steels with increased strength and toughness for reliable work at normal and cryogenic temperatures;
  • Technology of fabrication of metal-ceramic hard alloys with nanocrystalline inclusions;
  • Integrated energy saving technology of consolidation of SHS-powders using new phosphate binding agents;
  • Manufacture of dispersion-strengthened powders for refractory and wear resistant coatings by mechanical alloying.

Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer

The Institute’s researchers maintain active scientific contacts with collaborators from Ukraine (Frantsevich Institute of Materials Science, Paton Institute of Electric Welding, Physico-Technical Institute of Low Temperatures), Japan (Tohoku University), USA (Xavier University of Louisiana), Germany (Institute of Technical Physics, Karlsruhe), etc. A number of collaborative projects were funded by the ISTC, STCU, GRDF.

Traditional cooperation exists with Rustavi Metallurgical Plant. Outside of Georgia, according to the Institute, IMMS has established relations with a few companies in Russia (Cryogenmash, TsNIIChermet), USA (Cryogenic Materials Inc., Boulder Co; 3M; Implant Sciences Corporation), UK (Corrosion and Protection Centre UMIST), and South Africa (Armscor). The Institute leadership seeks to expand international business relations through both contractual R&D and direct orders for production of specific materials.

Contact Details

George Tavadze
Adress: #15, Kazbegi str. 0160 Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: Tel: (+995 32) 37 0267
Fax: (+995 32) 37 0267
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Chief Technology Commercialization Officer: Otari Okrostsvaridze
Phone: (+995 99) 97 4665
Fax: +(995 32) 37 1448
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