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In the image, you can see a fragment of a lithium niobate crystal; such crystals are used in integrated optical waveguides. Optical modulators based on such structures are applied in fiber-optic gyroscopes.
The title image shows a genus of yeast called Brettanomyces demonstrating the ability to form pseudomycelium in response to environmental changes. The students and staff of ITMO’s Faculty of Biotechnologies cultivate and study yeasts to, inter alia, produce β-glucans known for their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
Seen in the image below are samples of bacterial biofilm based on Escherichia coli, or E. coli for short, which have been grown on the surface of a nutrient gel covered with various polyelectrolytes.
ITMO scientists grow perovskite crystals and apply functional layers on various materials. In the image, you can see perovskite crystals grown inside textile. Such fabrics can be applied in workwear, decoration, and contemporary art.
ITMO scientists proposed a simple and affordable method for producing such nanocapsules from various metals. These particles have potential applications in catalysis and biomedicine.
It happens during the reaction between agar, melamine, and silver nitrate. After getting dried, a layer of this mixture becomes a flexible film that can be used for the detection of dangerous chemicals on the surface of fruits and vegetables.
Such structures are used for growing cell cultures. They provide an environment for the growth of metal ions and adjust the media’s acid-alkaline balance.
By growing calcium phosphate structures on an organic matrix, scientists obtain specific cell cultures.
The robot is used to test new sensorless control algorithms, which provide safety for humans working alongside industrial robots.
The image was taken during an experiment devised to test the use of spider silk in the creation of biocompatible materials – a promising medium for targeted drug delivery and nerve tissue regeneration.