TPU Receives X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer for Material Analysis

Tomsk Polytechnic University has received an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) for material analysis. The instrument has been purchased by the grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The X-ray photoelectron spectrometer worth about 90 million rubles is currently being commissioned. It was announced by Mekhman Yusubov, TPU Vice-Rector for Research at a press conference at the RIA Tomsk media center.

Photo: X-ray photoelectron spectrometer in commissioning 

Tomsk Polytechnic University qualified for the grant covering the renewal of instruments in 2020. It is expected that in the next 5 years, the university will receive about ?500 million for modernization and purchase of scientific equipment. In the first year, the university received nearly ?114 million. The X-ray photoelectron spectrometer became the major purchase.

“Last year, the Ministry launched an unprecedented project to renew instrumentation of Russian leading universities. The first significant instrument that we purchased was an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer,”

Mekhman Yusubov, TPU Vice-Rector for Research, says.

An X-ray photoelectron spectrometer is required to study elemental composition, chemical and electronic atomic state on material surfaces. Dozens of research teams will use the X-ray photoelectron spectrometer at TPU.

“An X-ray photoelectron spectrometer is a gold standard in materials science. It is very difficult to conduct global research without it. Its availability will definitely strengthen the positions of TPU and Tomsk in materials science. This instrument will allow us to be on the frontier of scientific research, to generate new materials with new properties. It is important that not only TPU scientists can use the instrument. We welcome our colleagues from other universities and institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences,” Mekhman Yusubov notes.

It is planned that the scientists will begin using the instrument in early 2021.

“Purchase and renewal of equipment at TPU are carried out in accordance with our strategic development directions. The X-ray photoelectron spectrometer was purchased for materials science, and this year we are going to purchase equipment for radiopharmaceutical research,”

the Vice-Rector emphasizes.