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Institute for Metal Physics in Honor of Kurdyumov

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General Information

Since 1945 the Institute for Metal Physics (IMP), one of the major European centers of excellence in the field of physics of metals and related materials, has 22 scientific departments and 10 laboratories staffed with nearly 290 scientists.

Specific projects that highlight the Institute’s capabilities are phase transformations in high nitrogen steels, solidification in microgravity conditions, growth of single crystal shape memory Cu-Al alloys, production of metallic Co by hydrometallurgical processing of Ni and Co raw materials, development of Zr-based shape memory alloys (Zr-Cu-Ni, Zr-Cu-Co), and localized rapid heat treatment of Al and Ti alloys for improved wear and fatigue resistance, development of high hardened engineering Al-based alloys with nanocomposite structure, alloying of Invar Fe-Ni-based alloys for varying of hardness and thermal expansion, transformation of solar energy into power one by nanostructured electrodes,??methods of dynamical diffraction, superelasticity and magneto-elasticity in Ni-Mn-Ga-based alloys.

The Institute is responsible for fulfillment of the State Program “Nanostructural systems, nanomaterials, nanotechnologies”. The Institute has unique capabilities for producing powder metallurgy Ti-alloys, Ni-based eutectic supertype alloys and shape memory materials, amorphous and nano-crystalline metallic alloys, as well as super-elastic and high-damping materials and metal-fullerene films.

IMP has a unique technological base, which includes vacuum laboratory induction ovens and melting furnaces with copper water-cooled crystallizers for induction and induction-arch melting. The equipment allows to meet the Institute’s units’ research demands, as well as to produce small (10-100 kg) quantities of precision alloys for industrial use in Ukraine and Russia. The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Magnetometer, Mechanical Testing centers for “collective use” are equipped with Avance 400 multifunctional spectrometer (Bruker, Germany), VSM 7404 vibrating magnetometer (Lake Shore Cryotonics Inc., USA), axial testing 20 t machine INSTRON 8802 (USA) respectively for the analysis of physical, chemical and mechanical properties of metals and alloys. The Institute also houses a cryogenic facility for scientific studies in low-temperature physics and superconductivity and production of liquid helium (installed capacity 100 L/hour).

Institute’s Focus

IMP has evolved to establish core competencies in the following areas:

  • Theoretical foundations of metal physics;
  • Electronic structure and properties of metals and alloys;
  • Physics of strength and plasticity;
  • Phase transformations and phase equilibriums;
  • Surface science.

Valuable Technology Offerings

Currently, the Institute proposes a number of R&D results, with noticeable emphasis on new materials, for further joint development and commercialization, such as:

  • Amorphous and nano-crystalline metallic alloys;
  • Shape-memory alloys, super-elastic and high-damping materials;
  • General-purpose 'Avialay'-brand aluminum structural alloy;
  • Cost-effective production of titanium alloys for automotive industry;
  • Methods for computational modeling of atomic and electronic nano structures and spectral diagnostics of nanomaterials;
  • Apatite-like nanosystems and nanomaterials;
  • Metal-fullerene films and nanoparticles of refractory metals;
  • Hardened Invar Fe-Ni-based alloys.

Technologies of the Institute for Metal Physics (to see each click below)

Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer

IMP maintains extensive research collaboration with other institutes of the National Academy (Institute for Electric Welding, Institute of Electrodynamics), industrial research institutions in Ukraine and the CIS and international research centers (USA, Canada, China, EU). Noteworthy is cooperation with US Air Force Research laboratory, EdisonWelding Institute in Columbus, National Center for Physical Acoustics and PNNL.

In Europe, IMP has conducted collaborative research with

  • Ruhr University, Germany;
  • Helsinki Technological University, Finland;
  • Lille University, France;
  • Krakow University, Poland and many others.

The Institute participated in a number of international projects funded by INTAS, STCU, European Office of Aerospace Research & Development, as well as in inter-governmental programs of scientific cooperation (Czech Republic, Slovakia, China, Germany).

Contact Details

Orest M. Ivasyshyn, Director, Dr. Sc., Prof., Academician of NAS of Ukraine
Tel.: (+38 044) 424 2210
Fax: (+38 044) 424 2561
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Oleksandr M. Semirga, Chief Technology Commercialization Officer
Tel.: (+38 096) 949 6074, (+38 044) 424 2561
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