Hannover, Germany — For the first time, a so-called non-commercial partnership between a Russian university and a German institute has taken place. Recently, the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) have become partners in a mutual “Research Institute for Surface and Nano-Technologies”.
A year ago, the International Office of the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), chose LZH to bring research cooperation in optical technologies to a higher level. The goal was to set up an effective and sustainable mutual research institute. The Lomonosov Moscow State University was the partner who not only brought needed experience in the field of optical technology, but who also showed high interest in forming a mutual institute.
In May, the documents for a mutual institute between the LZH and the Lomonosov University were signed in Moscow. The goal of this collaborative agreement between the BMBF and the Russian Research Ministry is to further mutual research and training in different fields of high technologies.
In the Research Institute for Surface and Nano-Technology, work will be carried out on important, application-oriented research themes, and the competencies of both partners will be combined. Cooperation will start with research initiatives in the field of optical thin-film technologies. The LZH has already gathered diverse experience in manufacturing optical components, and the Lomonosov University has excellent competencies in simulating complex optical systems.
The partners have agreed that the scientific work should begin with concrete projects and show interest in developing cooperative efforts with the Leibniz University Hannover. Study courses at both locations and mutual research activities in bio-photonics are just two possible fields for the partnership.
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