The Rusnanoprize 2015 laureates have been announced

(Nanowerk News) The 2015 RUSNANOPRIZE Nanotechnology International Prize was awarded to Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Drexel University, Director of the Anthony J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Dr. Patrice Simon, Professor of Paul Sabatier University. The prize award ceremony was held during the Open Innovation Forum event.
The Prize was awarded for formulation of basic principles for development of materials for electrochemical capacitors and for the development of nanostructured carbon materials, which facilitated commercial production and wide use of supercapacitors in energy storage, automotive and many other industries.
For successful integration and commercialization of nanostructured carbon materials, and for applying principles for development of materials for electrochemical capacitors to successful ultracapacitors mass production, RUSNANOPRIZE has been awarded to Maxwell Technologies Inc. (USA).
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The work of Dr. Patrice Simon and Dr. Yury Gogotsi allowed the understanding of fundamental behavior of ions in confinement, demonstrated ion desolvation in subnanometer pores and intercalations capacitance in slit pores of two-dimensional metal carbides. Classical approaches aiming at increasing surface areas, making C/oxides nano-composites and so on were prevailing, thus leading to incremental changes in capacitance performance; this was until Dr. Patrice Simon and Dr. Yury Gogotsi took a fresh approach to the problem. They obtained tailor-made nanoporous carbons with mono-dispersed pore sizes ranging from less than 1 to 10 nm and studied their ion adsorption in supercapacitor electrodes. Spectacularly, they observed, contrary to early beliefs, a staggering increase in the capacitance at pore sizes below 1 nm.
Particular value of Dr. Simon and Dr. Gogotsi discoveries lies in their benefit for the entire energy storage industry and commercialization potential. They helped make capacitive energy storage technology a major alternative to batteries, with ultracapacitors market reaching a $1 Billion in 2014 that may reach $3.5 billion volume in 2020, according to the recent Market Research Media 2014 report.
Dr. Gogotsi and Dr. Simon are each internationally recognized leaders in the field of nanotechnology for energy storage. Dr. Gogotsi was a member of the team that discovered a new family of two-dimensional (2D) carbides and nitrides — MXenes - that show exceptional potential for energy storage and other applications. He discovered and described new forms of carbon, such as conical and polygonal crystals, and he developed a “green” supercapacitor built entirely of environmentally friendly carbon and fluorine-free organic materials.
Dr. Patrice Simon is a material scientist and an electrochemist. He is leading the French Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage, where 17 labs and 15 companies in France are combining their efforts to design the next generation of batteries and supercapacitors.
Maxwell Technologies Inc. - a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions - pioneered applications of nanoscale carbon properties to successful commercial production of ultracapacitors that have found wide range application in automobile, transport, energy, telecommunication, industrial and consumer electronics production. Other Maxwell solution such as radiation-mitigated microelectronic products found successful applications in aerospace. Maxwell’s investments in research and development are protected by more than 100 issued U.S. patents and pending patent applications. Maxwell employs more than 450 people worldwide, including USA, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea and China.
“Nanoindustry may determine ways of life and thinking of contemporary society in a variety of forms. That’s why holding such events particularly during complicated crisis period is highly important. In my point of view, the key objective of such events is to show business society that nanoindustry is actively moving forward involving in its sustainable development new projects and companies. Therefore our country has all the chances for further growth and development of such socially important areas despite all the economic obstacles”, - Ilya Abrosimov, Vice-president – Head of Corporate Clients Service Department of Otkritie Financial Corporation Bank said.
The 2015 RUSNANOPRIZE is sponsored by Otkritie Financial Corporation Bank.
RUSNANOPRIZE Nanotechnology International Prize was established by RUSNANO in 2009 – a corporation that implements state policy for the development of the nanoindustry in Russia, acting as a co-investor in nanotechnology projects, which have substantial economic or social potential. The Prize is awarded annually to researchers for outstanding scientific-technological discovery or discoveries in the field of nanotechnology and to the company being the first to apply the discovery (discoveries) to mass production with the annual turnover of at least $10 million.
Since 2009 the Prize has been awarded annually in one of the following fields: Optics and Nanoelectronics; Nanomaterials and Surface Modification; Medicine, Pharmacology and Biotechnologies; Energy Efficiency and Green Technologies.
RUSNANOPRIZE is aimed at contributing to
  • promotion of successful commercialization of novel nanotechnology research and cooperation of science and business;
  • intensifying international collaboration in the field of nanotechnology.
  • expanding and promotion of the public awareness and acknowledgement of the winning technology, its authors and the company being first to apply it in mass production;
  • increasing the prestige of applied research in the field of nanotechnology.
  • The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was founded during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. It stimulates nanotechnology infrastructure building to support innovation in the country. The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs primarily focuses its activity in these areas:
  • Formation of infrastructure for nanotechnology
  • Development of human resources for the nanoindustry
  • Market development for nanotechnology products
  • Improvement of the legislative framework for innovation
  • Standardization and certification of nanoproducts and evaluation of their safety
  • Refinements in metrology
  • Popularization of nanotechnology and nano-enabled products.
  • The highest governing body of the fund is its Supervisory Council, which is chaired by Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Alexey Ponomarev. In accordance with the charter of the fund, the council determines priorities for its activities, establishes its strategies, and sets its budget.
    The Management Committee is the fund’s collegial executive body. It is chaired by RUSNANO CEO Anatoly Chubais. Andrey Svinarenko is CEO of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.
    Source: Rusnano
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