Research and innovation

If you’ve been following news from the world of physics, you’ll know that topological states are, to put it in colloquial terms, all the rage in certain circles – among scholars of photonics, to be exact. But, to be fair, we should all be excited about them: after all, they are one of the keys to the development of materials for a new generation of computers.

However, until not long ago, one question remained unanswered: is it possible to create metamaterials with topological states in the optical range? That is why researchers from ITMO and the University of Chile have put their minds to the task; now, they’ve published a paper outlining exactly how such an effect may be achieved in practice.

Read more: Researchers Note Topological Effects in New Waveguide Metamaterial


Restless minds – or minds that never rest? A recent tech expo at ITMO University took the science fair concept to a higher level: here, 300+ young scientists presented numerous projects to their peers as well as to potential partners and investors.

The projects on display tackled a wide variety of topics, though environmental protection was a notably predominant subject. This was evident in such tech as nanofiber purification membranes, an emission-free water-to-hydrogen converter, and a tiny but powerful electrocycle for the modern commuter. Other projects included exoskeletons, deepfake detectors, and UV air purifiers.

Read more: E-Cycles, Universal Chargers, and Edible Packaging: Top Projects From Young Scientists’ Exhibition at ITMO


Of course, one of the most important recent stories was the launch of ITMO’s 2024 Admissions Campaign: for three weeks now, the university has been receiving applications from prospective Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students.

As usual, applicants get to choose from a great range of programs (26 Bachelor’s and 80 Master’s), including ones that are conducted online. Naturally, the list of scholarship and enrollment opportunities, too, remains quite diverse: from various entrance competitions to the Portfolio Contest. In most programs, the application window will remain open until late July to late August – but it’s best to hurry!

Read more: ITMO Admissions Are Open: Here’s All You Need To Know

See also:

ITMO Launches Two Online Master’s Programs for Engineers

ITMO and Samolet Group Launch New Master’s Program for IT Team Leads