Conference in Brno

Brno-0On 5 December Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic) hosted VII international conference on binding compositions and materials. Prof. Grigory Yakovlev, Head of the Department of Construction Materials, Mechanization and Geo-Engineering took part in the conference.

Prof. Yakovlev’s presentation was focused on nanotechnologies applied to modify properties of gypsum binding materials with fine technical soot on gypsum substrate, which significantly improves technical characteristics of gypsum-based products. The previous similar investigations were conducted with French multilayer carbon nanotubes whose cost limited the mass application of this technology. Prof. Yakovlev, together with his PhD students, proposed to replace the expensive nanotubes by domestic soot-based additive, which cost 6 times less and the effect of its application is at the same level.

Also Prof. Yakovlev investigated the microstructure and made X-ray analysis of the samples of perspective materials, obtained by nanomodification of mineral binders by PhD students of his department, at the university center AdMas. Such investigations became traditional during the visits to BUT, mainly due to direct contacts with Prof. Rostislav Drochytka, Head of the Department of Construction Materials, Doctor Honoris Causa of Kalashnikov ISTU, who is involved in joint research works in obtaining silicate composites with improved electrical conductivity.

Among the conference participants were also the guests from Slovakia, Germany, Ukraine and Lithuania. Our scientists have long-standing relations and joint research works with their Vilnius colleagues. PhD students of the Department of Construction Materials, Mechanization and Geo-Engineering have internships in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. This time, a PhD student of Gediminas University, a former student of Kalashnikov ISTU – Ekaterina Karpova – took part in the conference. We hope that in future she will successfully defend the dissertation and return to her Alma Mater to work.

Thus, such visits do not only allow publishing reports in WoS journals but also conducting investigations at the unique equipment with the perspective of joint work with Czech scientists.

Besides, at the moment, the graduates of our university take master and PhD studies at BUT, our students come to Brno for internships, which contribute to extending mutually beneficial relations with the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Brno University of Technology.