Spring 2015

Eugene Katz photoWhen: February 12, 4 pm

Guest speakerEugene A. Katz Dept. of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics, J. Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boker Campus 84990 Israel

What: Effect of sunlight intensity on the efficiency of solar cells: from III-V multijunction concentrator cells to organic photovoltaics

 Where:  Moscow School of Management, Beijing-1 Auditorium – China cluster

Abstract: Most of photovoltaic (PV) approaches make the implicit assumption that the same area of expensive PV material that is needed to generate the electricity is also needed to collect the solar radiation. However, concentrator PV (CPV) changes this paradigm by separation the function of solar energy collection from that of solar energy conversion. The collection function is performed by large areas concentrating mirrors or lenses made that concentrate light onto a small area of efficient PV. The highest efficiency solar cells known are of III-V multi-junction cells (above 44 %). This approach pushes the CPV development towards accepting ever-higher concentration levels. In practice, concentrations of C = 1000 suns and higher are feasible (1 sun = 1mW/mm2).

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ZOFF86BWM

IMG_2745 - Copy-001When: February 19, 4pm

Speaker:  Dr. Maxim Kiselev, Director, Leadership Programs, Skoltech

Professor, Russian Academy for National Economy and Public Affairs under the President of Russia, Moscow, Russia

Professor of  Crisis  Communications, Department of Public Relations, Russian People Friendship University, Moscow

What: Human Response to Technological Disasters: Explorations in Individual and Collective Trauma

Where: School of Management, Beijing-1 Auditorium – China cluster

Abstract: We live in technological age when the worst disasters are caused not by nature, but rather by the human beings. Worst of the worst in terms of their consequences are the once that involve various forms of toxicity and radiation. Human response to such catastrophes is dramatically different from the one to natural disasters. Toxic disasters not only contaminate landscapes and persons, they bring about devastating mental health and social effects.

Psychological and social effects in the aftermath of the Chernobyl and Fukushima radiological disasters happened to be similar in many respects despite significant cultural, political and economic differences between 1986 Soviet Union and  2011  Japan. Psychological (mental health) consequences of both disasters included PTSD, depression, variety of psychosomatic  and neurotic disorders,  fear, anxiety, self-blaming and self-agression, learned helplessness and hyper-dependence, self-esteem decline, emotional instability. Social effects spectrum includes but is not limited to loss of trust, stigmatization and labeling, communities’ distraction, collective trauma.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZZ3Dhmj5AY

 When: March 5, 4 pm

Keith Stevenson, Director of the Skoltech Center for Wlectrochemical Energy Storage

Keith Stevenson, Director of the Skoltech Center for Wlectrochemical Energy StorageWhen: March 5, 4 pm

Speaker: Professor Keith Stevenson, Skoltech

What: Charge Transfer at Nanostructured Interfaces”

Where:  Moscow School of Management, Beijing-1 Auditorium – China cluster

Abstract: The development of advanced materials to efficiently convert and store energy directly into electricity is of urgent importance due to the increasing energy demands of an ever increasing world population; and to the growing adoption of renewable energy technologies for energy generation. However tremendous scientific challenges remain before successful implementation of any number of competing technologies such as solar cells, fuel cells, and batteries. The materials, interfaces and architectures currently being explored are very challenging to interrogate by ensemble-averaging, bulk experimental methods since they do not exhibit long-range order or homogeneity, contain unique nano-morphological features and possess non-uniform chemical compositions and defect chemistry. Additionally, these materials and interfaces are dynamically “reactive” and their performance degrades significantly during use which limits their cycle life and their ultimate commercialization.

This presentation will describe the development of advanced methods using spatially resolved, depth-profiling surface analytical tools (STM, AFM, Raman,  XPS and TOF-SIMS) on model two-dimensional electrode materials (graphene silicon, transition metal oxides,) for understanding the complexity of ion-coupled electron transfer processes at energy-related interfaces.  Experiments will be described where the electrochemical response is strongly influenced by the electrode composition, morphology (bulk/thin film) and nanosize effects. Using this approach we have obtained a comprehensive understanding on fundamental ion and electron transfer processes vital to advancing energy conversion and storage technologies (Batteries, Fuel and Solar Cells).

2003 and 2006, respectively. From 2006 till 2011 he worked in the Moscow Technology Center of LG Electronics in various technology consulting, technology development and R&D management positions. Since 2011 till 2013 Sergey held a position of a Project Director – Head of advanced technologies department at ELTON, JSC where Sergey with his team has successfully fulfilled a technology development and commercialization project in the area of energy storage devices. In August 2013 Sergey joined Skoltech as a Licensing and Technology Transfer Manager.

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omp2iuhiVJs

When: March 12, 4 pm

димаSpeaker: Pebalk Dmitry, Skoltech

Dmitry has experience both in basic research with a Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry from Moscow State University and also in R&D management with MBA from the Academy of National Economy under the President of Russian Federation (Moscow). During his career he was involved in laboratory management, technology consulting and development of corporate R&D center. Since 2013 Dmitry joined Skoltech to manage Innovation Support Program as a core part of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). He is also a board member of non-profit association for support of chemical and ecological education (http://www.chemeco.ru/).

What: On a way to innovation factory: Skoltech innovation program as a tool to make impact with your ideas.

Abstract: This talk aims to explain the institute community the benefits of participation and organization of Skoltech innovation program. Starting with the general consideration of innovations systematic approach towards building of innovation factory at university is presented. Special emphasis is put on the original methodology of MIT Deshpande center and the way how it was adopted at Skoltech. Several examples are considered to explain the contents of the program and advantages of its participants. Plans for 2015/16 program cycle and key deadlines are discussed.

Speaker: Sergey Ulyakhin, Licensing and Technology Transfer Manager, Skoltech


Sergey is working at Skoltech as a Licensing and Technology Transfer Manager since 2013. He has experience in both R&D and business. He obtained his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in polymer and solid-state physics from the Physics Department of the Moscow State University in

What: Knowledge to impact: effective management of Skoltech’s intellectual assets

Abstract: Skoltech is a new type of university which is based on 3 pillars: research, education and innovation. The fact that differs Skoltech from many other Russian and foreign universities is that “innovation” pillar is the most important and essential one. According to Skoltech president’s message, Skoltech is aiming at becoming one of the most impactful universities in the world. In order to achieve this ambitious goal Skoltech is designing and implementing its knowledge management processes in a way as to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship for the effective creation and exploitation of its intellectual assets for the benefit of the general public. Protection and licensing of intellectual property is the essential part of this activity. This talk will explain how the Knowledge Transfer Office helps and supports researchers with promotion and commercialization of their inventions being created at Skoltech and/or with support of Skoltech.

Where:  Moscow School of Management, Beijing-1 Auditorium – China cluster

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEN0jb5RnWk


When: March 19, 4 pm

Where:  Moscow School of Management, Beijing-1 Auditorium – China cluster

picture 2Guest speakers:  Professor Kazuhiko Terashima, System and Control Engineering Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology

What: Smart Robotic Hospital to Lead a Rich Life in Super Aging Society – Innovative Nursing and Rehabilitation Robot.

Abstract: We have developed a robot that accompanies healthcare professionals making rounds in wards at hospitals. This novel robot mainly executes two tasks: carrying armamentarium and recording data on rounds. An omnidirectional mobile mechanism and a human tracking control system to follow a specified medical professional realize smooth transfer movement from a nurses station to wards. Data on rounds is automatically recorded by a CCD camera and a voice recorder. When the robot is connected via a cable to a medical data server, the robot transmits patients’ data to the server and receives new patients’ information.

Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-TZeCDOH0Y 


Guest speakers: Gianmarco Veruggio, Chair of the Scientific Committee, Scuola di Robotica, Genoa, Italy

фото Veruggio

What: Roboethics: ethical, legal and social aspects of robotics

Abstract: Roboethics is ethics applied to robotics, i.e., the human-centered ethics guiding the design, construction and use of robots.  It deals with the study of the ethical, legal and social aspects of the introduction and use of robots in our daily lives.  Progress in the field of computer science and tele-communications allows us to endow machines with enough intelligence so that they already can act autonomously (to some degree).  However, as the application domains for robots are increasing and robots are coming out of the factory halls, robotics research is increasingly raising ethical implications, related to the emerging interactions between robots and human beings.  Roboethics shares many “sensitive areas” with computer ethics, information ethics, bioethics and not only roboticists, but also

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBpdkCs_mLc

When: March 26, 4 pm

ChrysanthemumGuest speaker: Prof. Werner Finn, RNAP laboratory, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, University College London, UK

What: Molecular Mechanisms of Transcription in the Third Domain – from molecules to systems.

Where:  Moscow School of Management, Beijing-1 Auditorium – China cluster

Abstract: Our laboratory is applying an interdisciplinary and multi scalar approach to characterise the molecular mechanisms of transcription and in particular of multisubunit RNA polymerases (RNAPs). We explore model systems from the third domain of life, the Archaea, not only because they are fascinating organisms in their own right but because their transcription apparatus is a model system for – and more biochemically tractable than – eukaryotic RNAPII. Today I will present progress in our understanding of (i) the architecture of transcription initiation complexes, (ii) conformational dynamics of RNAP during the transcription cycle, and (iii) the whole genome-distribution of the basal transcription apparatus and -gene expression pattern. This analysis reveals the underlying molecular nature of the spontaneous DNA melting in archaea, which requires ATP hydrolysis in the RNAPII system. Our data furthermore show that the dynamic recruitment and release of basal factors that guide RNAP through the transcription cycle is modulated by the coupling of transcription and translation, of RNAPs and ribosomes.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV6Fkewa4cg

When: April 2, 4 pm

Guest speaker: Konstantin A. Zvezdin, A.M.Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Moscow, Russia

What: Domain walls and vortices dynamics for spintronics

Abstract: Spintronic devices based on the controlled dynamics of domain walls (DW) and vortices have attracted great attention of physicists and engineers in the context of the development of energy-efficient components for nanoelectronics. In this talk I will review our recent modeling [1,2] and experimental results [3,4] on the DW wall dynamics in ferromagnetic nanostripe excited by spin-polarized current injected perpendicular-to-the-plane. The concept of a logical element based on these effects will be presented. The opportunities and benefits of the domain walls control in spintronic devices by the charge-less spin current will be discussed. The second part of the talk will be devoted to the vortex dynamics in MTJ nanopillars. I will discuss possible ways to increase the output power and to improve spectral characteristics [5] of these structures in order to enable real-life vortex-based microwave applications, such as microwave generators and detectors.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCqcQSf638I

When: April  16, 4 pm

Guest speaker: Dr. Yuri G. Vainer, Head of the laboratory of electronic spectra of molecules of the Institute for Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

What: Far-field super-resolved optical microscopy: Progress, prospects and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry – 2014

Where: Moscow School of Management, Beijing-2 Auditorium – China cluster

Abstract: Nowadays the optical microscopy has become one of the most popular optical tools and is widely used in various fields both for research and practical purposes. The significance of the modern optical microscopy for practice and science was clearly demonstrated when in 2014 a trio of researches from USA and Germany was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.”

Dr. Vainer will discuss the main principles of the super-resolved fluorescence microscopy and review such methods as Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy, Photoactivated Localization Microscopy and Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM). Much attention will be devoted to considering new lines in the optical microscopy development, such as the Structured Illumination Microscopy, Light-Sheet Microscopy, and the Lattice-Light-Sheet Microscopy. The talk will also cover the last achievements in these fields, as well as the examples of new and interesting applications.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlLSylIYy_o


When: April  23, 4 pm

Guest speaker at the Skoltech colloquium: Prof Marino Zerial, Max Planck Director, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany.

Guest speaker: Marino Zerial, Max Planck Director, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany

What: Multi-scale analysis of cell and tissue organization


A major challenge in biological research is to integrate multiple levels of complexity, hierarchically ordered from molecules to molecular assemblies, to organelles, cells, tissues, organs and entire organisms. We have previously demonstrated that the small GTPase Rab5 is a master regulator of early endosome biogenesis. Rab5 is both necessary and sufficient (together with SNAREs) for the biogenesis of fusion-competent early endosomes in vitro for the entire endo-lysosomal pathway in vivo.

We are currently dissecting the molecular mechanisms whereby the Rab5 effectors mediate endosomal membrane tethering and fusion using a combination of protein structure, biochemical and biophysical approaches. At the cellular scale, we explored the design principles of the early endosomal network, which is shaped by a balance of fusion, fission and endosomal conversion (funnel model). The endosome tethering and fusion machinery responds to tyrosine kinase receptors (EGFR) to regulate their packaging in endosomes and determine the amplitude, lifetime and robustness of the signalling response. We are now applying quantitative imaging and functional genomics approaches to explore the mechanisms underlying cell and tissue organization at the multi-scale level using the liver as model system.

Where: Moscow School of Management, Beijing-2 Auditorium – China cluster

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rz4N000A34


любченкоWhen: April  30, 4 pm

Guest speaker: Dr. Dmitri V. Lioubtchenko, Department of Radio Science and Engineering, Aalto University School of Science and Technology

What: Future THz technology

Where: Moscow School of Management, Beijing-2 Auditorium – China cluster


So called “THz gap” frequency range of 0.1-1.0 THz frequency region is extremely significant for wide range of applications, for instance, for wide band telecommunication and imaging systems, material spectroscopy, and medical imaging and treatments. In spite of the problems in technology and high prices for basic components (phase shifters, directional couplers, etc.), the THz systems meet expanding interest of consumers. For instance, THz applications in communications come from the great interest to the ultra-fast wireless communication links for future wireless systems, providing data rates of more than 10 Gbit/s.

One of a radically new line of technology can be establishing dielectric rod waveguide as a novel platform for future THz electronics, new technological principles and concepts in design and manufacturing of the components. The dielectric rod waveguide approach overcomes current technological limits set by conductivity losses of metallic waveguides and is more compact by orders of magnitude than quasi-optical waveguides. The compactness of the dielectric rod waveguide, simple manufacturing, and possibility to integrate of active and passive components, have high-potential to research and innovation of novel THz concepts and THz applications.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNXDz7FtLkQ

When: June 11, 4 pm    photo

Guest speaker: Professor Nikolaos Mamoulis,  Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong

What: Enriched Geo-Spatial Data Search and Analysis

Abstract: The recent advances in technology has brought to availability huge volumes of new and complex forms of data. People routinely use smart devices with data collection capabilities and they are willing to post and share the data. New search and analysis tasks on the data are formed to serve the needs of common people or organizations and companies. For the last several years, our research deals with the search and analysis of geo-spatial data, which are enriched with or associated to additional types of information, such as textual annotations and social network semantics. One source of our data are points of interest on maps are enriched with tags, descriptions in web pages, and reviews by people who visit them. In this talk, I will present some of our results in this direction. The main focus will be applications that combine spatial data with either social semantics or textual content. Specific topics that will be discussed include location recommendation and clustering of places in geo-social networks, spatio-textual joins and skylines, and location-aware query suggestion.

Where: Skolovo Innovation Center, Technopark, Bld 3, room 403

 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl1NeHW5Do0