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The device is universal, highly sensitive, cheaper than its analogs from popular brands – and easy to use as it is wireless. A paper describing the device has been published in Nature Communications.
Many may have seen bright pink light in some windows – it comes from special lamps that are used for providing sufficient lighting to house plants. Similar lamps are also used by farmers in greenhouses. Still, specialists in photophysiology argue that such lamps do not provide all the light that plants need. Scientists from ITMO in collaboration with their colleagues from Tomsk Polytechnic University came up with an idea to create light sources from ceramics with the addition of chrome: the light from such lamps offers not just red but also infrared (IR) light, which is expected to have a positive effect on plants’ growth. The research was completed as part of a Russian Science Foundation grant, and the results were published in Optical Materials.
The modern photonics industry is constantly working on making its devices more compact, be it computing systems or sensors and lidars. For this, it is necessary to make lasers, transistors and other elements smaller. A team of scientists led by ITMO researchers proposed a quick and affordable method to create optical chips right in a Petri dish. The research was published in ACS Nano.
A group of researchers from ITMO University has come up with the concept of a new drug against cancer: a nanorobot made of DNA fragments, which can potentially be used not only to destroy cancer cells but also to locate them in the body. The research is published in Chemistry – A European Journal.
ITMO and Moscow State University Scientists Announce an Open Call for a Joint Article Series for Frontiers in Chemistry
Several weeks ago, ITMO University hosted the international conference Mendeleev 150, which brought together chemistry researchers from all over the world. The event may be over, but the conference’s organizers are still continuing their work in the framework of the International Year of the Periodic Table, proclaimed open by the UN. To that end, ITMO’s Mikhail Kurushkin, chair of Mendeleev 150, and Lomonosov Moscow State University professor Evgeny Gudilin have announced a series of joint articles on the periodic table’s role in a number of scientific fields. The selected works will be published in a prestigious scientific journal Frontiers in Chemistry.
Publishing your results is a vital step in the research lifecycle, as it allows you to get your work seen by the scientific community, and exchange your ideas globally. But writing a scientific paper is not only about creativity, but also about good structure and following some key rules. If you don’t follow these rules, your article may end up being either boring or incomplete, which means that it won’t be cited. Jeffrey Robens, Springer Nature Journal development manager, conducted an open workshop at ITMO University, where he shared some advice on how to write a good scientific article.
An international research team has studied a new cell visualisation and drug delivery system based on nanoparticles coated with luminescent dye molecules. Scientists have found out that the particle material and the distance between the dye and the particle’s surface affect the intensity of the luminescent signal. It turned out that silicon nanoparticles coated with dye molecules are more efficient than similar particles made of gold. Thanks to their biocompatibility, silicon particles can be used for cell visualisation and drug delivery. The research was published in Scientific Reports.
Master’s students from ITMO University have proposed the use of convolutional neural networks for automatic wheeze detection in lung sounds. The project called LungDiagnostics (Laeneco) concerns the development of an electronic stethoscope is used to detect and monitor wheezing. The results of the research have been published in an article in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, while the developers have been awarded a grant by the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology.
Scientists have managed to measure the electromechanical properties of nanotubes a thousand times thinner than a human hair. For that, they modified an existing method of the atomic force microscopy so that the scanning probe does not damage nanotubes while moving along a sample surface. The modification helped to study peptide nanotubes loosely attached to a substrate. This technique may prove useful for designing new biocompatible materials and compact devices. The results are published in the latest issue of Ultramicroscopy.
Scientists from ITMO University created a high-speed video capillaroscopy system that enables direct measurement of red blood cell velocity. Coupled with sophisticated software, the system can raise the accuracy of vascular condition assessment. Such a system can come in useful for monitoring how efficient certain therapies are. The results of the research were published in Optics and Engineering.