TSU early career scientists study at a world-class institute in Indonesia

Alexander Garin and Ksenia Zheronkina, researchers at the Laboratory of Superelastic Biointerfaces, have won scholarships to attend CommTECH Camp Insight 2024 at the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, ITS) in Indonesia. This innovative program brings undergraduate and postgraduate students together with materials scientists from all over the world. It aims to promote research to create new materials and technologies that improve the quality and increase the longevity of human life.

“The school began on February 26 and will finish in March. TSU chose ITS for its unique Smart Materials course, which studies new materials and technologies for reconstructive surgery,” said Alexander Garin. “This course provides an opportunity to dive deeper into the study of smart materials, their properties and applications, which matches the research field of our laboratory.”

Alexander Garin and Ksenia Zheronkina

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The Laboratory of Superelastic Biointerfaces has already become Russia’s leading laboratory for producing titanium nickelide implants. In particular, its scientists developed world-class technology — hyperelastic biomaterials for solving soft tissue defects in skin, muscles, blood vessel walls, tendons, ligaments, and internal organs. The development is already being implemented in clinical practice.

In addition, the laboratory is developing new fields. For example, Alexander Garin and his colleagues are accumulating practical experience in direct laser cultivation of individual implants for solving bone defects. Such technology is now used in various industries, such as aviation, automobile manufacturing, and power engineering. TSU scientists were the first to find a medical appliance for this technology.

Participants of the Smart Materials course in Indonesia

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Tomsk State University is already closely cooperating with Indonesia. As Artyom Rykun, TSU Vice-Rector for International Affairs, noted earlier, Indonesia will become one of the world's five leading economies by 2035. Science and education are being actively developed there. Now TSU is creating joint programs with Indonesian universities; in particular, TSU and ITS developed and launched a double-degree program for training IT specialists.