Program description

The program provides a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art nanomaterials science and nanotechnology for fabricating nanomaterials, enabling students to engage with this rapidly growing scientific field. The program contains interdisciplinary topics covering science and engineering of advanced materials, such as fabrication and characterization of individual nanostructures (nanoparticles, nanospheres, nanotubes, nanosheets); functional nanomaterials, including hard and superhard materials, nanostructured thin films and bulk materials; surface engineering; atomistic simulations of solids and nanostructures.

A significant advantage of the program is an involvement of each student in the undergoing scientific research projects under the supervision of world-leading scientists. During the course of the projects, the students will be trained to use unique technological and analytical equipment available at the University. This will allow students to gain both fundamental knowledge and practical skills in the following disciplines: Synthesis of Nanostructures, with in-depth focus on a gas-phase synthesis of nanospheres, nanotubes and nanoflakes; Composite Materials; Nanostructured coatings; Hard and Superhard Nanomaterials, Spectroscopy and Electron Microscopy of Nanostructures, and Atomistic Simulations by Empirical and First-principles Methods.

The program provides competencies in physical and chemical methods for synthesis of nanomaterials, their simulation, characterization, and application of thin-film and bulk composite materials. Masters’ students will enjoy fascinating lectures delivered by Prof. A. Mukasyan, USA (H index 23); Prof. A. Krasheninikov, Finland (H=41); Dr. A. Yerokhin, UK (H=26); Dr. I. Konyashin, Germany (H=14); Dr. O. Lebedev, France (H=39); Profs. E.A. Levashov (H=20), D.V. Shtansky (H=20), A.S. Rogachev (H=16), I.S. Golovin (H=15), Dr. P. Sorokin (H=13), Russia and others.

The program includes the following parts.

Special courses comprising lectures and practical training:

  • Science of engineering materials;
  • Combustion synthesis of inorganic materials;
  • Fabrication of inorganic nanomaterials;
  • Anelasticity and mechanical spectroscopy of materials;
  • Atomistic simulations of solids and nanostructures;
  • Surface engineering;
  • Environmental Degradation and Protection;
  • Hard and Superhard Nanomaterials;
  • Spectroscopy of nanostructures;
  • Advanced electron microscopy for material science: from new materials to nanostructures.

Research Projects under the supervision of world-leading scientists. The main fields of scientific research include but are not limited to the following:

  • Theoretical investigation into properties of specific nanostructures using modern methods of computer modeling in materials science;
  • Development of new nanostructured hard alloys;
  • Development of new advanced functional ceramic, intermetallic, and composite nanomaterials by unique combustion synthesis;
  • Synthesis and characterization of new types of nanostructures by chemical vapor deposition;
  • Development and characterization of new nanostructured coatings using physical vapor deposition;
  • Development of nanostructured materials and surfaces by plasma-assisted electrolytic processes.


At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Develop new nanomaterials and associated technologies;
  • Analyze phase equilibria and transformation kinetics in multicomponent systems;
  • Predict nanomaterials’ performance in different operating conditions;
  • Appreciate general concepts of materials selection and design;
  • Develop, operate and analyze processes for fabrication and processing of nanomaterials;
  • Apply modern research methods to study processes, phenomena, and behavior in nanomaterials;
  • Design and develop experimental setups and understand main principles of equipment involved into experiments;
  • Identify relationships between processing conditions and materials structure and properties;
  • Develop, justify and apply innovative solutions to complex engineering problems;
  • Manage projects, plan and conduct analytic, modeling and experimental investigations; critically evaluate information and draw conclusions;
  • Develop scientific and technical documentation, write scientific and technical reports and surveys as well as prepare scientific publications based on the results of research;
  • Use procedures for protection of intellectual property rights.

Specifically oriented outcomes At the end of the course, the interested students may be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of different methods for synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials;
  • Demonstrate practical skills in different methods of nanomaterials characterization and testing;
  • Understand basic physical-chemical and mechanical properties of nanomaterials and coatings;
  • Solve practical problems in simulation of atomic structures and physical properties for various materials;
  • Understand advanced experimental methods for studying transient processes, such as combustion and thermal explosion reactions and structure transformations;
  • Understand different methods of surface modifications, such as ion implantation, ion etching, laser treatment, selective laser sintering;
  • Understand different forms and mechanisms of surface degradation due to wear, oxidation, corrosion, tribocorrosion, fatigue and creep as well as methods of materials’ protection and corresponding implications for the design of a component/structure;
  • Use basic experimental techniques of mechanical spectroscopy of materials and appreciate implications of elastic and damping behavior of materials in engineering design and development of new alloys and composites;
  • Apply spectroscopic and electron microscopic methods and for studies of nanomaterials and nanocomposite thin films.

Graduates will be well prepared for their future careers both in academia and industry closely related to the cutting-edge technologies in modern materials science. Future opportunities can be found in the following sectors: Product development and testing; Technical design; Process development; Innovative business development; R&D, Engineering, problem solving and sustainable development.


Admission to International Master’s Programs at MISiS is open to both Russian and international students. Given that all classes will be conducted in English, we recommend that non-native speakers of English achieve a TOEFL score of at least 525 (paper-based) or 200 (computer-based) prior to admission. To apply for a two-year Master’s program at MISiS, the applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Upon the completion of the program of study at MISiS, the applicant will receive a Russian State diploma and a European Diploma Supplement.

Admission Deadline

The deadline to submit the application for Fall 2018 is August 10, 2018, however, we encourage international students to apply by July 20, 2018.

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