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Nano-prospects for Kemerovo coals

5 Mar '11
Source:Zvorykinsky Project, www.innovaterussia.ru

A young Kemerovo-based scientist is developing revolutionary deep coal processing.

Alexander Berveno, a Zvorykinsky Project participant and author of a number of innovative ideas, is gearing up in Kemerovo for pilot production of carbon-base molecular sieves for separation of gasses. The developer has already rented 320 square-meters of lab space, crusher room and metalworking shop to be repaired; research equipment is being bought.

A funding of $517k has been pledged by the regional government to support this effort aimed at producing nanoporous sorbents from Kuzbass area coals. Mr. Berveno’s project is the first in a portfolio of the just-created Kemerovo Regional Venture Fund set up in collaboration with Russia’s nanotech corporation, Rusnano.

The first $340k payment was released in January; the rest is to be paid this month. The developer wants to spend the money on analysis equipment and creation of a commercial prototype with a capacity of one ton of carbon-base molecular sieves for separation of gasses a month.

The technique developed by the young chemistry scientist was first presented at Seliger-2009, one of Zvorykinsky Project’s key events. Rusnano’s Anatoly Chubais then took a keen interest in the project.
Mr. Berveno’s carbon nanoporous sorbents technology is now a finalist of this year’s BIT Siberia innovation project competition.

FYI:

Zvorykinsky Project is a government-led program named after Vladimir Zvorykin, a Russian inventor in optics and electronics and ‘father’ of television. It aims to give Russia’s young intellectual elite an opportunity to apply their creative and scientific potential and create personal wealth through commercialization of innovations.
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