Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Optogard Nanotech places second in St. Petersburg National IT Research Institute contest

Optogard Nanotech earned second place for its advances in strengthening metal gas pipelines at the St. Petersburg National IT Research Institute contest.

The contest seeks innovations in photonics, which studies the generation and transmission of light, focusing on lasers and optics. Photonics research is used in a number of industries, including heavy-materials construction and medical practices.

Judges critiqued the projects using a number of guidelines, including whether the innovations would be commercially practical.

First place went to a team consisting of the Skolkovo Foundation (one of the contest's organizers) and the St. Petersburg National IT Research Institute. The project’s topic was quantum communication.

Third place was won by the St. Petersburg institute’s seismology research project.

“For us, just participating in a contest of its standing was a question of prestige, never mind finishing runner-up,” Optogard CEO Pavel Smirnov said.

Optogard Nanotech is part of the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem. Its specialized laser plasma technology creates hard coverings that strengthen metal gas pipelines.

Optogard recently signed a $41 million contract with Shandong Trustpipe Industries, a Chinese company. The contract gives Optogard the opportunity to use its latest innovations to strengthen Shandong’s pipelines, while leaving the inner surface of the pipes smoother, to avoid clogs.

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