30 October, 2015
RUSNANOPRIZE 2015 Award Winners Announced

October 28, 2015
The international prize in the field of nanotechnologies RUSNANOPRIZE 2015 was awarded to Yury Gogotsi, the professor of Drexel University (USA), Director of A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute (USA), and Patrice Simon, the professor at Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse 3) (France). The solemn awarding ceremony was held within the Open Innovations Forum.

The prize was awarded for the formation of the fundamental principles and the development of carbon nanomaterials for electrochemical supercapacitors, which are actively used in the energetics, automotive and other industries.

For the successful implementation in production and commercialization of nanostructured carbon materials, as well as for the implementation of the principles developed by the scientists in the supercapacitors mass production, the Prize was awarded to the company Maxwell Technologies Inc. (USA).

In 2006, Professor Gogotsi and Professor Simon described the fundamental principles of the behavior of ions in a closed system, desolvation of the ions in the pores sized less than 1 nm and intercalary capacity in slit pores of bidimensional metal carbides. Prior to the studies of Yury Gogotsi and Patrice Simon, the developers relied on the increase in surface area and the use of nanocomposites based on carbon monoxide for gradual improvement in battery capacity characteristics. It was until Dr. Simon and Dr. Gogotsi offered a new solution. They received nanoporous carbon compounds with predetermined parameters and monodisperse pores sized from 1 to 10 nm and examined their ability to adsorb ions in the electrodes of supercapacitors. What they saw, was contrary to previously existing ideas: while the pore size decreased to 1 nm or less, the capacitance characteristics increased.

The special value of the research results is in the effects of commercialization thereof, because the capacitors gained seriously competitive advantage in the market. These studies enabled to make a real breakthrough in the field of energy storage, providing an incentive to the formation and subsequent development of the supercapacitors market, which at the end of 2014 amounts to estimated $1 billion, with a projected volume of $3.5 billion in 2020 (according to the report of Market Research Media Report, 2014).

Yury Gogotsi and Patrice Simon are internationally recognized experts in the field of nanotechnology for energy storage. Yury Gogotsi together with a group of scientists discovered a fundamentally new family of two-dimensional nanomaterials — MXenes. He discovered and described a new form of carbon, in particular conical and polygonal crystals discovered a previously unknown metastable phase of silicon. Prof. Patrice Simon is a specialist in the field of materials science and electrochemistry. He runs a network of 17 laboratories and 15 companies of French Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage, which are working on development of a new generation of batteries and supercapacitors.

Maxwell Technologies Inc. Company is a world leader in the production of supercapacitors, and it is the first to achieve outstanding success in the commercialization of the properties of nanostructured carbon materials. The company has launched mass production of supercapacitors used in the automotive, transport, energy and telecommunication sectors, as well as in the production of industrial and consumer electronics. Other solutions of the company, such as radiation-resistant microelectronics, are widely used in the aerospace industry. The company has the rights or is in the process of patenting over 100 unique designs. The company employs more than 450 employees working in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, China and Korea.

“Nanoindustry is an industry that largely determines the way of life and consciousness of modern society. That is why such activities, particularly in times of crisis, are of paramount importance. As I see it, their goal is primarily to demonstrate to the business community that nanoindustry in Russia is actively developing and involves all new projects and businesses. This means that our country has every prospect of further growth and further development in socially important areas, despite the current economic problems,” said Ilya Abrosimov, the Vice President — Director of the Corporate Client Services Department of the bank “Otkrytiye Financial Corporation.”


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