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Home     Ukrainian Institutes Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, NASU

Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering in honor of B. Verkin, NASU

General Information

Created in 1960, the B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering (ILTPE) of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is a leading scientific center of Ukraine. The Institute was established by the internationally-recognized Ukrainian physicist Prof. B.I. Verkin.

There are 16 physics and 5 mathematics divisions at the Institute. The ILTPE publishes two scientific journals: Low Temperature Physics and The Journal of Mathematical Physics, Analysis, Geometry. At present, the Institute employs more than 400 scientists, including 85 Doctors of Science and 154 Candidates of Science, who are actively involved in a number of international research projects.

Institute’s Focus

Research efforts are concentrated in the following fields:

  • Electronic phenomena in conducting and superconducting systems;
  • Physics of quantum liquids, quantum and cryocrystalls;
  • Low-temperature magnetism;
  • Molecular biophysics, low temperature physics of macromolecules;
  • Mathematical physics and mathematical analysis;
  • Geometry and topology.

Advanced research results were obtained on achieving ultralow temperatures and under investigations of quantum processes in liquid and solid helium, novel superconducting structures, phase transitions in magnetic systems, thermalphysic properties of atomic and molecular cryocrystals. Recently, the scientists of ILTPE have carried out investigations of electron, magnetic, mechanical, structure, thermal and optical properties of nanosystems. ILTPE perform also nanobiophysical researches, including development and study of bionanohybrids.

The experimental facilities of ILTPE provide research possibilities for investigation of physical properties of condensed matter by various spectroscopic methods (including magnetic, optical, X-ray, microwave and point-contact spectroscopy) in a wide temperature range, down to 0,3 K. In addition, the unique complex of refrigerators allows performing ultralow temperature researches at submilli-Kelvin temperatures.

Valuable Technology Offerings

Examples of product and technology offerings by ILTPE include various specialized equipment, systems and devices for wide-range applications:

  • Thermal imaging systems;
  • Gas-jet source of vacuum ultraviolet and ultrasoft X-ray radiation;
  • Liquid-helium and liquid-nitrogen cryostats for various scientific purposes.

PolyC wrapped around single-wall carbon nanotubes
PolyC wrapped around single-wall carbon nanotubes

Biophysics research at the Institute is focused on:

  • Drug discovery: development of potential anti-cancer agents based on porphyrins interactions with G-quadruplexes of telomeric DNA (STCU project #3172);
  • Development of a cryotechnology to immobilize biologically-active compounds and components of biosensors in polymeric and lipid layers;
  • Development of technologies for modeling mechanisms of chemotherapeutic dugs actions (anticancer, antimicrobial, antimalarial) on the molecular level by means of soft ionization mass spectrometry as a theoretical basis for directed drugs design.
  • Creation of a low-temperature mass spectrometric technique for on-line monitoring of biomolecular processes at sub-zero temperatures, elucidation of molecular mechanisms underlying cryo-damage and cryo-protectors.
  • Application of mass spectrometric technology for the screening and analysis of biomedical materials on the molecular and atomic levels, including compounds used in the development and production of biosensors and biomarkers of various biological processes (STCU project #2155).
  • Development of biosensors based on carbon nanotube emission. These devices (with signal detection in the near infrared spectral region where human tissues are optically transparent) may be implanted into the human body for continuous monitoring of, for example glucose, lactate, cholesterol and other compounds, in the blood.
  • Development and characterization of molecular interfaces between carbon nanotubes and proteins/enzymes. The effectiveness of these interfaces is evaluated in the context of potential applications of such systems in biosensors. Special attention is paid to genosensoring.
  • Development of infrared imaging hardware and software to detect and monitor energy generation in human body and to determine the absolute temperature at any point within the human body. This work will serve as the basis for a remote, non-invasive method for revealing various pathological states which modify the distribution and intensity of the thermal radiation in the body (including distinguishing early cancer stages, inflammations, varicose veins, etc.).
  • Development of a cryotechnique to grind raw drug plants and animal tissue used in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical production, as well as the development of a small vibrating mill (mass 90 kg) for superfine grinding. By materials with liquid nitrogen, a brittleness level is achieved that ensures obtaining powder with particle sizes on the order of 20 microns.

IR imaging of human head
IR imaging of human head

Vibrating mill intended for superfine grinding
Vibrating mill intended for superfine

Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer

ILTPE has been a participant of a number of international projects funded by INTAS, STCU, CRDF, 6th EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development and other Foundations. The Institute maintains extensive international scientific contacts and collaboration with many scientific centers, such as

  • USA (University of Illinois at Chicago; Argonne National Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Rice University, University of Virginia, Texas University, Los Alamos Center of Nonlinear Studies);
  • Japan (Kyoto University, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research);
  • Sweden (Umea University, Chalmers University of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology);
  • Great Britain (Oxford University, Cavendish Lab of Cambridge University, Aston University);
  • Poland (Institute of Physics of Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research; International Laboratory of High Magnetic Field and Low Temperatures);
  • Germany (Max-Planck-Institute fur Metallforsching, Technical University of Munich, Berlin Synchrotron Center, Hahn-Meitner Institute, Ruhr University);
  • Austria (International Erwin Schredinger Institute for Mathematical Physics);
  • Switzerland (University of Geneva);
  • France (Jean Rouxel Institute of Materials, High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Institute Laue-Langevin, Angers University, University Paris VII);
  • Australia (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization).

Contact Details

Sergey L. Gnatchenko, Director, Dr. Sc, Prof., Corresponding Member of NASU
Address: 47, Lenin Ave., Kharkiv, 61103, Ukraine
+38 057 340-22-23
Fax: +38 057 345-05-93
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