Yusubov: in the next 5 years TPU may enter the top 100 in chemistry

Tomsk Polytechnic University improved its position in the QS ranking in Chemistry and remained in Engineering Chemical. The university was first noted in Materials Science. The director of the Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences Mekhman Yusubov believes that for some of them, it is quite realistic for the university to enter the top 100 within five years, the RIA Tomsk agency reports. 

Mekhman Yusubov

Earlier it was reported that the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) agency published the 2019 subject rankings. TPU entered the group 201-250 in the disciplines Engineering Chemical (the same as last year) and Mechanical Engineering (higher than in 2018: 250-300). In Chemistry the university moved from group 451-500 to 401-450. In Engineering Electrical & Electronic and Physics it moved to the group 351-400 (in 2018: 301-350).

Besides, TPU was first marked by experts in the disciplines of Materials Science (group 301-350), Business and Management Studies (451-500) and Computer Science & Information Systems (501-550). 

High-Level Chemistry

It is the subject ranking that best reflects the progress of TPU, considers the Doctor of Chemistry, Professor, Director of the Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences Mekhman Yusubov:

‘We are a POLYtechnic University, we have many directions, and it is difficult for us to compete with classical universities. The classification ‘research engineering university’ suits much better. Therefore, our niche is a subject ranking. If we grow in engineering directions (Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and so on), this means that we picked the right focus for our scientific research.’

Prof. Yusubov called the promotion of Tomsk Polytechnic University in Chemistry a big victory, where the university first went up 50 points at once:

‘Chemistry is practiced everywhere, in all leading universities of the world! Joining the band 401-450 confirms the fact that fundamental chemistry in TPU is at a very high level. In turn, engineering chemical is based on it, where we are in the group 201-250 (there is much less competition). 

In general, our chemical direction is historically strong. It was one of the first branches of Tomsk Institute of Technology, as evidenced by the discovery of the Kizhner-Wolff reaction in 1910. In my opinion, Tomsk Polytechnic University may enter the top 100 in Engineering Chemical in the next five years.’

The Nature Level

Mekhman Yusubov especially highlighted the success of the university in Materials Science: ‘Materials Science is the hottest topic for all universities today. And the fact that we first entered the ranking in this area, and even immediately in the group 301-350, is a great achievement.’

He emphasized that the promotion in the ranking on Materials Science is also largely associated with research carried out at the Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences. Over the past year, the level of development has increased significantly, as evidenced by the level of articles in high-ranking journals.

‘(Our team) developed methods to control wettability on polymer surfaces (ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Q1, IF = 8.097), new plasmon-catalyzed reduction reactions (J. Phys. Chem. C., Q1, IF =4.484), as well as advanced materials based on hybrid scaffolds for osteogenesis (ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Q1, IF = 8.097),’ - lists Prof. Yusubov.

And he continues:

‘In addition, new X-ray radiation detection systems (ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Q1, IF = 8.097) and high-resolution direct optical observation methods (ACS Photonics, Q1, IF = 6.88) have been developed. For the first time, polymer ‘carpets’ were synthesized on graphene without introducing defects into it. Then based on such hybrid material a microscopic solar battery with molybdenum disulfide was made (J. Mater. Chem. Q1, IF 5.976).’

Now the team is preparing an article for the Nature Communications, published by Nature’s publishing group and covering the natural sciences. By the way, the publication in Nature was one of the goals of Prof. Yusubov when he became the director of the Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences.