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Beneq and Mordivia State University Open R&D Lab

October 14, 2013

Mordovia State University officially opened a laboratory to research and study thin-film technologies (100 nm and less) using atomic layer deposition (ALD) with Beneq's TFS 200 equipment. The laboratory opening is a natural next step in implementing the strategy to establish national nanotechnology in Russia. This has been made possible because of the rapid technology development in synthesizing nanostructured materials using the ALD process.

During the official opening ceremony, Mordovia State University and Beneq signed an agreement for long-term cooperation in the field of thin film technologies. With its high scientific competence and esteemed academic level, Mordovia State University is moving from theoretical research into implementing practical research and development of innovative products based on ALD technology. This is thanks to the close collaboration the university has had with Beneq, one of the leading suppliers of production and research equipment for ALD and aerosol coatings and the one of the world's premier manufacturers of thin film electroluminescent (TFEL) displays.

ALD technology provides the ability to manage material properties at an atomic level when applying layers of almost any element composition, structure or thickness to simultaneously achieve the required level of performance and precise parameter control. Practical applications of nanotechnology include the use of ALD thin films in photovoltaics, in optical coatings for strengthening glass, in barrier coatings to protect against tarnish and corrosion, and in a variety of barrier films for electronics.

Laboratory activities will be aimed at offering a wide range of services: ALD applied research studies, demonstrating ALD opportunities, integrating ALD into various industries, implementing international ALD experience, manufacturing and analyzing samples, coating services and pilot manufacturing, as well as technology training and applying ALD equipment.

Beneq, one of the leading suppliers of production and research equipment for thin film coatings, is also one of the world's premier manufacturer's and developers of thin film electroluminescent (TFEL) displays. Beneq thin film equipment is used for thin film coatings in solar photovoltaics, flexible electronics, strengthened glass and other emerging thin film applications. Industry-proven Beneq equipment and thin film experience is used for improving the efficiency of crystalline silicon and thin film solar cells, producing transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass and making touch screen glass more durable. Beneq has introduced several revolutionary innovations within its coating technologies, including roll-to-roll atomic layer deposition (ALD) and high-yield atmospheric aerosol coating (nAERO). In addition to process equipment, Beneq also offers Thin Film Coating Services.

It is located in the city of Saransk, the capital of the Republic of Mordovia, Russia. It was established in October 1957 as an expansion of the Mordovian National Pedagogical Institute, established in 1931. The University offers bachelor and master degrees in various academic fields. The courses are available in the form of full-time education, evening (part-time) curriculum, and correspondence education (6 years). The medical faculty offers 6 and 7-year programs of study. The total student body numbers approximately 28,000 students, including international students from eight countries.

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