Collaboration of D. I. Mendeleev University and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology resulted in opening a unique education program for bachelor students “Materials for energy conversion and storage”, which is aligned with the current development trends in Chemistry, Physics and Materials Science while following the successful experience of the best Russian and international universities. Students graduating from that program are expected to become professionals leading the transition of the generated scientific knowledge to the development of innovative technologies, thus solving the most crucial problems faced by Russian Federation and the rest of the world.
A sustainable development of the society in XXI century requires urgent solutions for a number of global problems in the fields of energy and environmental science. One of the biggest challenges for our country and the rest of the world is terminating the uncontrollable combustion of fossil fuels (hydrocarbons and coal) and transition towards environment friendly technologies of energy generation, conversion, transportation and storage. An urgent need for such evolution is dictated by both the catastrophic consequences of the global climate change and the fast depletion of the (hydro)carbon feedstocks required for chemical industry.
Responding to the emphasized global challenges, Skoltech and D. I. Mendeleev University collaborated to develop and launch a new bachelor program “Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage”. The main mission of this joint project of two universities will be educating students and preparing highly qualified bachelors in the fields of advanced materials science, who are expected to make a solid contribution to the implementation of renewable energy sources and the development of breakthrough solutions for energy conversion and storage. The most successful graduates will continue their education at Skoltech while being enrolled at MS and later at PhD programs.
“We offer to the students a brand new bachelor program “Materials for energy conversion and storage”, which is truly unique. While developing this program we were relying on a successful experience of leading western universities such as Stanford, Harvard, CalTech, etc. combined with the best traditions of Russian fundamental education in natural sciences. Students will be exposed to a balanced set of disciplines relevant to Chemistry, Physics, Math and Materials Sciences, which will be taught by the best Russian and international faculty members. A particular important is a specially designed education schedule, which will allow students to start their real research experience from the very first education year thus boosting their professional career.” – commented Prof. Keith Stevenson, the Provost of Skoltech.
Prof. Valery F. Traven, a head of department at D. I. Mendeleev University, also shared his opinion: “Skoltech and D. I. Mendeleev University collaborate since 2016, when we founded a joint Center for experimental studies of organic materials for energy and electronics, which serves as a platform to perform course and diploma projects of students from both universities. Launching a new bachelor program brings our cooperation to a much more advanced level. We got a good opportunity for creating the most comfortable atmosphere for talented students to facilitate their professional career development. Since less than 10-20 students are enrolled annually at new education program, every student can experience individual approach within his or her study. More than half of the courses are specially designed for our program and are unique within Russia and abroad. The content of standard courses was also reconsidered and upgraded to match the international standards and the current level of global science and technology development. The education process will be realized mainly in English following the modern international standards, while some courses will be taught by international faculty members. The students since their first year at the university will be deeply involved in cutting edge scientific research and innovation activities mainly in the fields of materials science and renewable energies while having access to unique equipment and facilities at Skoltech laboratories and the joint research center at D. I. Mendeleev University. All these strengths of the new program make it the most attractive for students who wants to make a brilliant career in science and innovations. Among such students we see winners of national and international Olympiads and Contests of junior research projects.”
The enrollment is open since 20th of June. The candidates should submit their document packages for admission and study on the new bachelor program “Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage”. The selection is based on the results of the State Exams in Chemistry, Math and Russian language. More details you can find at the web site of D. I. Mendeleev University or directly at the Admission Office of the university.