This MA Program is designed for students who have received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or Physics. It will provide basic knowledge in Materials Physics and Chemistry and an introduction to the main experimental techniques to characterize materials at all stages of their manufacturing process as well as on their usage in-situ and in-operando. A special emphasis is put on using large-scale synchrotron radiation and neutron facilities in chemistry and materials science. The Program also includes an introduction to the main design methods, synthesis, and manufacturing of different types of materials from metals and inorganic materials to molecular and biomaterials. Key elements of the Program are related to economic and engineering issues, as well as the protection of intellectual property. One curriculum block is dedicated to soft skills.
The Program is composed of several discipline blocks. Each block includes a general course (or several courses), that are compulsory for all the students (highlighted in bold below), and several elective courses. The students may select the “elective” based on their interests, so the courses better match the research project they will pursue during their MA. The research project is an important part of the Program. The student selects the topic from an extensive list. The research project can be conducted at Novosibirsk State University or at one of the Institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It is expected that research projects will result in a publication in a peer-reviewed journal included in WoS or Scopus. A student must also submit and defend a Master’s Thesis.
The Program has 120 credits total (1 credit is equal to 36 academic hours). This includes the hours spent in the classroom (lectures and labs), as well as research, home work, tests, and exams.
The courses are offered as blocks. A course can be taught in an intensive (condensed into 1-2-3-4 weeks), or semester (1-2 lectures per week) mode. The mode will depend on the availability of a lecturer and on student requests.

Program goal

The main aim of the program is to form a bridge for motivated students between undergraduate and PhD study. As the result of training the graduates of the program acquire knowledge and skills of qualified specialists in the field of materials science and novel technologies

Duration of study

Two academic years

Language of instruction


Materials Physics and Chemistry
Structure and Properties of Solid Compounds and Materials (4 credits)
Reactivity of Solids (4 credits)
Structural Mechanisms of Solid-State Transformations (2 credits)
Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams (4 credits)
Kinetics of Heterogeneous Reactions (2 credits)
Mechanical Properties of Solid Compounds and Materials (2 credits)
Optical Properties of Solid Compounds and Materials (2 credits)
Electrochemical Properties of Solid Compounds and Materials (2 credits)
Preparative Techniques
General Introduction to Preparative Techniques (2 credits)
Growing Single-Crystal Materials (4 credits)
Obtaining Nanomaterials (bottom-up and top-bottom techniques) (2 credits)
Preparative Techniques for Pharmaceutical Materials (2 credits)
Dry Technologies. Mechanochemistry (2 credits)
Green Chemistry (2 credits)
Radiation Chemistry of Materials (2 credits)
Cryogenics/ Technologies (2 credits)
Soft Chemistry (2 credits)
Electrochemical Technologies (2 credits)
Microwave Technologies (2 credits)
Self-propagating Synthesis of Materials (2 credits)
Catalyst Preparation Basics (2 credits)
Lithography (2 credits)
Different Types of Materials
General Introduction to Types of Materials (2 credits)
Construction Materials (1 credit)
Catalysts (1 credit)
Energetic Materials (1 credit)
Materials for Electrochemical Applications (1 credit)
Pharmaceutical and Medical Materials (1 credit)
Materials for Electronics (1 credit)
Carbon Nanotubes, Fullerenes, Graphene and Other 2D Materials (1 credit)
Polymers (1 credit)
Natural Materials (1 credit)
Resumable Materials (1 credit)
Pigments (1 credit)
Materials for Extreme Conditions (1 credit)
Sensors and Actuators (1 credit)
Optically Active Materials (1 credit)
Experimental Methods
Large-scale Synchrotron Radiation and Neutrons Facilities (2 credits)
A General Introduction to Experimental Techniques for Characterizing Materials (2 credits)
Introduction to X-ray and Neutron Diffraction (2 credits compulsory, 4 additional elective credits)
Introduction to X-ray Spectroscopy (2 credits compulsory, 4 additional elective credits)
Introduction to Electron Microscopy and Electron Diffraction (2 credits compulsory, 4 additional elective credits)
Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (2 credits compulsory, 2 additional elective credits)
Vibrational Spectroscopy (2 credits compulsory, 2 additional elective credits)
NMR-Spectroscopy (2 credits compulsory, 2 additional elective credits)
Imaging Techniques (2 credits)
Mossbauer Method (2 credits)
AFM and STM Methods (2 credits)
ESR (2 credits)
Electrochemical Analysis (2 credits)
Optical Spectroscopy (2 credits)
Chemical Analysis of Materials (2 credits)
Analysis of Surface Area and Properties, Particle Size and Shape, Porosity (2 credits)
Economic Aspects
An Introductory Course (2 credits)
Intellectual Property Issues
- An Introductory Course (2 credits)
Engineering Aspects
An Introductory Course (2 credits)
MOOC(s) on Soft skills

Training base

Key personnel


Elena Boldyreva

Professor, Program Coordinator

Solid State Chemistry Section at the Novosibirsk State University Department of Natural Sciences, Doctor of Science in Solid State Chemistry, Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Professor, Leading Researcher at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. Boldyreva is an internationally recognized expert in physical chemistry, solid state chemistry, crystallography, physical pharmacy, materials sciences, mechanochemistry, high-pressure and cryogenic studies, X-ray diffraction, and spectroscopic studies. She has used synchrotron radiation and neutron facilities at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facilities, Laue-Langevin Institute (Grenoble, France), Paul Sherrer Institute (Villigen, Switzerland), Hahn-Meitner Institute and BESSY (Berlin, Germany), and Diamond Light Source (UK). She is Co-leader of the Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry scientific school «Mechanism and Kinetics of Solid State Reactions, Control of Reactivity of Solids, and Properties of the Reaction Products» that is supported by Russian Federation grant НШ-8390.2016.3. She has been awarded multiple scientific prizes and fellowships in the Russian Federation and abroad, including the Alexander von-Humboldt Fellowship, RSC Fellowship, CNR Fellowship, and CNRS Fellowship. Boldyreva has spent research terms in leading laboratories in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, and Switzerland and has research contacts internationally and throughout the Russian Federation. Other international honors include Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh, Corresponding Member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and member of the Academia Europea. Boldyreva was a member of the Russian Federation President’s Council for Science and Education (2012 – 2014) and the Ministry of Science and Education Advisory Council (2014 – 2016). ResearcherID: E-6253-2016 ORCID: 0000-0002-1401-2438 РИНЦ ID: 43819 ResearchGate ID: Elena_Boldyreva2 Publons ID: 1501266 Scopus ID: 57204944123 , 7006629777


Tatyana Bekker

Professor, Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences

Leading Researcher at the Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy SB RAS Russian Academy of Sciences Professor (2018) Tatyana Borisovna Bekker was born in 1973 and graduated from Novosibirsk State University in 1996 with a degree in Geochemistry. She graduated in 2000 from a three-year Postgraduate course at the Joint Institute of Geology, Geophysics, and Mineralogy SB RAS with a specialty in “Mineralogy, Crystallography”. She defended her Ph.D. thesis on "Modeling of Heat and Mass Transfer During Hydrothermal Crystal Growth" in 2001. Since March 1, 2002, Bekker has worked at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy SB RAS where she has served as a leading researcher since 2016. Doctor of Science in Geochemistry and Mineralogy, her thesis was “Phase Formation and Crystal Growth in the Quaternary Reciprocal System Na, Ba, B // O, F” (2015). In 2018, she was awarded the title Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Member of the International Union of Crystallography’s (IUCr) Commission on Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials. Cambridge English, Certificate in Advanced English Council of Europe Level C1, Date of Issue 25/01/16 Web of Science Researcher ID: A-4151-2014 ORCID: 0000-0003-3100-5210 РИНЦ ID: 114548


Andrey Bukhtiyarov

Ph.D. (Chemistry), Researcher at the Surface Science Laboratory, Boreskov Institute of Catalysis.

Current Research Interests: Using a surface science approach for molecular level understanding of catalytic processes on heterogeneous catalyst surfaces, in particular the application of the in situ techniques X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and Polarization Modulation-Infrared Reflection-Absorption Spectroscopy. Experienced in performing NAP XPS experiments on synchrotron radiation sources at the ISISS Beam Station (BESSY II, Berlin), RGL Station (BESSY II, Berlin), and Advanced Light Source (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). ResearcherID: A-5499-2014 ORCID: 0000-0002-0199-8111 РИНЦ ID: 643066 ResearchGate ID: Andrey_Bukhtiyarov2 Scopus ID: 36478335400


Dina Dudina

Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Head of the Synthesis of Composite Materials Laboratory at the Lavrentyev Institute of Hydrodynamics SB RAS.

Research Interests: Non-equilibrium methods of powder compaction, sintering of powders in electromagnetic fields, structure and properties of coatings obtained by thermal spraying methods, structural design of composite materials and coatings. ResearcherID: A-5419-2014 ORCID: 0000-0003-0010-4638 РИНЦ ID: 5243-3000 ResearchGate ID: Publons ID: Scopus ID: 6507284537


Tatyana Kardash

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Structural Studies, Boreskov Institute of Catalysis Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. Senior Teacher at the Novosibirsk State University Natural Sciences and Physics Departments.

Fields of Interest: Powder diffraction, pair distribution function, structures of heterogeneous catalysis, selective oxidation of light alkanes. Author/Cо-author of over 50 publications (Scopus) in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and inorganic oxide materials. Coordinator of projects supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Winner of the Presidential Program (Russian Science Foundation) supporting research groups lead by young researchers (2017). Awarded a L’OREAL-UNESCO 2019 Fellowship «For Women in Science». ResearcherID: E-9505-2012 ORCID: 0000-0002-6046-3088 РИНЦ ID: 519906 ResearchGate ID: Tatyana_Kardash Scopus ID: 24824736500


Vladimir L. Kuznetsov

Senior Researcher at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Current Research Interests: Design and study of nanocarbons. Experienced in: Tailor-made catalysts, synthesis and investigation of surface compounds, ultradisperse materials (cluster-derived catalysts, aerogels, detonation soot, nanodiamond, onion-like carbon, and carbon nanotubes), growth and characterization of SiC whiskers, carbon nanotubes, composites containing nanocarbons, and multi-component heterogeneous biocatalysts. ResearcherID: C-9648-2012 ORCID: 0000-0002-9087-5630 РИНЦ ID: 43148 ResearchGate ID: V_Kuznetsov


Evgeny Mostovich

Head of the Organic Optoelectronics Laboratory (ORЁL Research Lab), Novosibirsk State University

Current Research Interests: Organic synthesis, synthesis of conjugated and open-shell organic materials, organic semiconducting materials for applications in field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes and photovoltaics, modeling charge and exciton transport in organic semiconductors. ResearcherID: J-4031-2012 ORCID: 0000-0002-0402-1138 Scopus ID: 16234170400


Anna Nartova

Ph.D., Senior Researcher at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor at the NSU Natural Sciences Department Solid State Chemistry Section, and Senior Lecturer at the NSU Physics Department Basic Physics Section

Expert in surface science, in particular the application of physical methods in the research of nanomaterials and surface processes. Author and Co-author of more than 25 research papers in peer reviewed journals and monographs, more than 60 reports presented at international and local conferences, six methodological works. Author and Co-author of pieces about synchrotron radiation for the study of catalytic reactions under in situ conditions by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy at the ISISS Beam Station (BESSY II, Berlin), Advanced Light Source (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California), ALS Beamline 9.3.2). ResearcherID: B-3571-2011 РИНЦ ID: 112641 ResearchGate ID: Anna_Nartova Scopus ID: 6508013520 ORCID: 0000-0002-8008-3613


Alexander Okotrub

Professor, Doctor of Science in Physics, Chief Researcher at the Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Senior Lecturer at the Inorganic Chemistry and Nanocomposite Materials Sections

An expert in the field of physical chemistry of carbon nanomaterials as well as in the study of materials by ultra-soft X-ray and X-ray electron spectroscopies, and quantum chemistry. Author and Co-author of over 300 research papers in peer reviewed journals and a monography on the application of laboratory and synchrotron radiation sources (RGBL, BESSY II) to study carbon materials.


Sergey Rashchenko

Ph.D. in Geology, Research Scientist in the Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk State University Lecturer

Works in the field of crystal chemistry of inorganic materials and minerals. Collaborates with the Siberian Synchrotron and Teraherz Radiation Center for more than 10 years developing research on matter under extreme conditions. Experienced user of ESRF (France), SPRING-8 (Japan), and PETRA-III (Germany) synchrotron light sources. Author and Co-author of more than 60 peer reviewed papers with 17 based on work at synchrotron and neutron facilities. Member of the Siberian 4th generation synchrotron facility “SKIF”’s project team. In 2018 completed “Synchrotrons and X-Ray Free Electron Lasers” course at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and in 2019 the High European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Systems (HERCULES). ResearcherID: L-3881-2013 ORCID: 0000-0003-2936-0694 РИНЦ ID: SPIN-код: 1419-1925 ResearchGate ID: Scopus ID: 54417861300


Vladislav Sadykov

Professor, Doctor of Chemistry (Russia), Professor, Main Scientist (Head of Laboratory) at the Federal Scientific Center Boreskov Institute of Catalysis Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Professor at the NSU Natural Sciences Department Physical Chemistry Section, Physical Chemistry course Lecturer for the “Geochemistry” specialty at the NSU Department of Geology and Geophysics. Head of the Laboratory for New Technologies for Functional Nanostructured Materials Synthesis at the NSU Physics Department General Physics Section (joint lab with the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics and Boreskov Institute of Catalysis). Sadykov is a specialist in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis, solid state chemistry, surface science, solid state ionics, materials science, structured catalysts design for catalytic processes, solid oxide fuel cells, and permselective membranes for oxygen and hydrogen separation. He has published more than 440 articles in peer reviewed journals, five monographs, 32 Russian and international patents, six methodical/teaching works, presented more than 400 reports at international and Russian conferences, his h-factor is 30. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society (USA), and the Mendeleev Russian Chemical Society, chief Editor of the journal “Catalysis for Sustainable Energy” (De Gruyter Open), and member of the editorial board for the journals “Physics of Combustion and Flames ” (SB RAS), and Applied Catalysis A (Elsevier). As Head of Russian teams, he participated in international projects for EC’s 6th and 7th Framework Programs Era.Net Rus Plus. He currently participates in a project for the Russian-French network of laboratories for biomass transformation (partner Prof. A.C. Roger from Univ. of Strasbourg). He received a Russian Government award in the field of science and technology (1999), an RAS Balandin award (2007), and Koptyug awards from the SB RAS- NAN of Belarus (2005 and 2012). ResearcherID: F-9131-2012 ORCID: 0000-0003-2404-0325 РИНЦ ID: 107218 ResearchGate ID: V.A. Sadykov Publons ID: Vladislav Sadykov Scopus ID: 7006677003

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Boris Zakharov

Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Perspective Synchrotron Methods, Boreskov Institute of Catalysis.

Current Research Interests: Phase transitions at low temperatures and high pressures, polymorphism, photosensitive compounds, and hydrogen bonds in molecular crystals at non-ambient conditions studied with X-ray diffraction and vibrational spectroscopy. Experienced in high-pressure crystallography, including in situ experiments at the synchrotron source (ESRF). Member of the High Pressures Commission of the International Union of Crystallography and committee member of The European High Pressure Research Group (EHPRG). ResearcherID: P-2734-2015 ORCID: 0000-0002-3520-632X Scopus ID: 36941461300

Fees and Financial support

Tuition fees

Tuition fees is U.S. $3800 per year


Every year foreign students have an opportunity to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship Program

Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend
Application deadline: depends on the country of applicant

You also have an opportunity to participate in the "Open Doors” Russian Scholarship Project and win a full scholarship to study Master’s program.

Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend.
Application deadline: 31 January 2019

Entrance requirements

  • Copy of the 1st page of your travelling passport with your personal data
  • Legalized (if required) educational certificate
  • Legalized (if required) academic transcripts (transcript of record, university degree/s, diploma supplements)
  • 2 photos
  • English language course marks sheet/TOEFL certificate or other international certificates (in case English is not your mother tongue and your previous education wasn't in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter (1-2 pages)
  • Medical certificate of overall health condition
  • HIV + AIDS certificates

Note! For enrollment you have to submit both original and notarized Russian translations of the required documents to the NSU Admission Office.

Application deadlines