High-tech Scientific Center opened at UzhNU
On Tuesday, May 15, 2019, a high-tech physics laboratory was opened at the Center for Joint Use of Scientific Equipment at UzhNU. In May 2018, the Scientific Center was created directly by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine as part of a pilot project, which covered 8 universities, including UzhNU. The opening event was attended by the Rector of UzhNU Volodymyr Smolanka, the First Vice-Rector Oleksandr Slyvka, the Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs Ihor Studenyak, the Vice-Rectors for Academic Affairs and Research Oleksandr Rohach and Ihor Korol, the Vice-Rector for Administrative and Economic Work Dmytro Soyma, scientists, and university staff who had worked on the creation of the Center.
"The main issue for the university was the purchase of equipment. Last year, the Ministry of Education and Science allocated 3.5 million UAH for buying equipment for the Center, the university invested another 1.5 million UAH. Thus, 5 million UAH was spent on the purchase of scientific equipment, repairs and preparatory works," said Ihor Studenyak.
The main focus of the Center is optical materials science. Unique devices have been purchased for the scientific lab, including the spectral ellipsometer, produced by the Japanese company Horiba. This kind of device is currently the only one in Ukraine. Other devices purchased for the Center include spectrometers, an impedance meter, and a ball mill for grinding materials to a nanometer size. The scientists of the Department of Applied Physics of the Faculty of Physics of UzhNU and the research department of the university became the employees of the Center.