The Agreement about creation of the Italian/Russian Center for Intelligent Material Applications (IRCIMA) was concluded between N.I. Lobachevski State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) and the University of Calabria (UNICAL) (Rende (CS), Italy) on February the 15th, 2006 in accordance with the aims, determined by the international programme “Russian-Italian University”, which has been implemented by the parties since 1992 aiming to develop further cooperation between the Universities in scientific and technological spheres. The Agreement was signed by the Rector of the University of Calabria, Prof. Giovanni Latorre and by the Rector of N.I. Lobachevski State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Prof. Roman G. Strongin.
The Center was composed of Phisics and Chemistry of Liquid Crystals Laboratory (since 2014 Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory) of the UNN research department under the leadership of Prof. A.I. Mashin and of Liquid Crystals and Intelligent Materials on Polymer Basis Laboratory of the UNICAL Faculty of Chemistry under the leadership of Prof. G. Chidichimo.
The creation of IRCIMA Center was based on the existing scientific and research cooperation between two abovementioned laboratories, which resulted in numerous joint publications and patents. The joint staff of the two laboratories is considered to be of the best scientific and research groups, which conducts a research in the numerous aspects of the contemporary material sciences.
Liquid Crystals and Intelligent Materials on Polymer Basis Laboratory of UNICAL has recently developed high-innovation electrochromic and PDLC systems. Scientific works of the staff of Physics and Chemistry of Liquid Crystals Laboratory (UNN) in the sphere of physics and chemistry of semi-conductors, liquid crystals, organic and nonorganic thin films are well known to scientific society worldwide.
Additional scientific potential, developed as the result of joining two laboratories, will foster further development in the sphere of scientific and technological application of liquid crystals, as well as of the electrochromic and polymer materials for solar energy control and conversion.
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