Inorganic Nanomaterials


This two-year Master’s program taught in English is devoted to science and technology of advanced inorganic nanomaterials. The master’s course students will start with the studies in the science of engineering materials, which is a broad, multidisciplinary field devoted to understanding and control over the mechanical, electrical, optical and magnetic properties of a variety of functional nanomaterials (metals, ceramics, composites). They will then continue to learn more advanced inorganic materials, individual nanostructures (nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanosheets), associated composite materials and nanostructured coatings as well as hard and superhard nanomaterials. The master’s program students will receive comprehensive knowledge and gain practical skills in the field of atomistic simulations of solids and nanostructures, mechanical and optical spectroscopy, as well as fabrication and advanced characterization of inorganic nanomaterials.

The overall goal of the program is to provide a high-quality basic knowledge and practical training in the field of inorganic nanomaterials with particular focus on science and engineering of advanced materials, their fabrication and characterization methods, bulk functional nanomaterials including hard and superhard, surface engineering including corrosion protection as well as atomistic simulations of solids and nanostructures.

The ultimate goal of the program is to train highly-qualified personnel capable of working in both research laboratories and industry to solve various problems in the field of inorganic nanomaterials.

Below on this page you’ll find information about:

  • Admission
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Degree Requirements
  • Required Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Degree Requirements at a Glance
  • Cources at a Glance
  • Partner Universities
  • Contacts


To be admitted as a regular graduate student to a two-year Master’s program at NUST “MISIS”, an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will be

  • capable of working in both research laboratories and industry to solve various problems in the field of Inorganic Nanomaterials.
  • able to independently pursue specific objectives of research in the field of inorganic nanomaterials and to solve them with the help of modern equipment and information technology using the latest domestic and foreign experience.

Degree Requirements

To graduate from the program, you must successfully complete 120 credit hours, including 74 credits from required and elective courses, 16 credits from research work, and 30 credits from the final examination and the thesis defense. Students will be enrolled for 30 credits per term. For a semester-by-semester breakdown of the course plan and course descriptions, please see full curriculum.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the graduate will receive a Russian State Diploma and a European Diploma Supplement.

Required Courses

  • Science of Engineering Materials
  • Combustion Synthesis of Inorganic Materials
  • Atomistic Simulations of Solids and Nanostructures
  • Fabrication of Inorganic Nanomaterials
  • Intellectual Properties Rights Protection
  • Surface Engineering
  • Hard and Superhard Nanomaterials
  • Environmental Degradation and Protection
  • Anelasticity and Mechanical Spectroscopy of Materials

Elective Courses

  • Spectroscopy of Nanostructures
  • Advanced Electron Microscopy for Material Science: From New Materials to Nanostructures

Degree Requirements at a Glance

Degree RequirementsCredits ECTS
Required classes50
Elective classes24
Independent study research course16

Cources at a Glance

The course “Science of engineering materials” considers: (i) how the physical properties of metals, ceramics polymers and composites correlate with their internal structures (on atomic, molecular, crystalline, micro- and macro- scales) under different operation conditions (mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical and magnetic); (ii) how materials processing, e.g. mechanical working and heat treatment, affects their properties, as well as environmental behavior. The latest achievements in Materials Science and Engineering are also discussed. The main course goal is to develop an awareness of materials and their properties.

The course “Combustion synthesis of inorganic materials” provides comprehensive knowledge of novel scientific-technological area of the materials science: combustion synthesis of materials, including nanopowders, also known as self-propagating high-temperature synthesis.

The course “Fabrication of inorganic nanomaterials” is dedicated to the methods of synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials, gives students ideas of the basic principles of physical and chemical methods for the synthesis of nanomaterials, and allows them to gain practical skills in obtaining of a variety of nanostructures such as nanospheres, nanotubes and nanosheets of boron nitride and transition metal dichalcogenides by chemical vapor deposition method.

The main objective of the course “Anelasticity and mechanical spectroscopy of materials” is to show opportunities of mechanical spectroscopy in solving practical problems of physical and applied materials science, to master modern technology of the experiment; to identify processes and materials for which the characteristics of mechanical spectroscopy are the main criteria of operational reliability; and to discuss the relationship of the structural state of the material with its behavior under load.

Course “Atomistic simulations of solids and nanostructures” is dedicated to the introduction in modern methods aimed at the simulations of the properties of solids at the macro- and nanoscales. The course includes lecture part in which the basics of theoretical methods of atomistic simulations are covered, as well as the practical part, which consists of a number of problems dealing with the simulation of various properties of solids.

The course on “Surface engineering” provides a basic knowledge in the field of plasma physics and surface engineering, both related to the preparation, characterization, and applications of different types of coatings and surfaces. The course is devoted to the advanced methods of coating deposition, with particular emphasis on nanostructured, nanocomposite, and multilayer coatings. Topics covered but not limited by the module are: CVD, PVD, thermal spray, laser, ion and electron treatments, pulsed arc, spark deposition, etc. Master’s course students will receive fundamental knowledge and practical skills in the field of surface characterization using diverse advanced analytical methods and gain practical skills in the use of modern equipment for surface testing.

The course “Environmental Degradation and Protection” is focused on the interaction of advanced metallic materials with wet environment, their associated degradation, evaluation, control and protection.

The course “Hard and Superhard Nanomaterials” focuses on physicochemical fundamentals, technological aspects and applications of hard and superhard nanomaterials with an emphasis on cemented carbides, synthetic diamond and cubic boron nitride.

The course “Spectroscopy of nanostructures” is an elective one and gives students additional comprehensive knowledge in the field of advanced spectroscopic methods for the analysis of thin films and bulk nanostructured and nanocomposite materials.

The course “Advance electron microscopy for material science: from new materials to nanostructures” is intended to give an idea of ​​the possibilities and the role of TEM in modern materials science, to show modern trends and prospects of development of various techniques on the example of a wide range of inorganic materials: novel bulk materials, thin films, porous materials, composite materials, different types of nanostructures.

In order to consolidate the acquired knowledge, the best students are placed for a short internship to leading partners research laboratories worldwide.

In addition, in the course of scientific research and term projects, students will have the opportunity to use unique infrastructure available at the University.

Partner Universities

  • Sheffield University, UK
  • Notre Dame University, USA
  • Aalto University, Finland
  • Element Six GmbH, Germany
  • Université de Caen, France


For support in registration, accommodations, or any questions about the admissions process, please contact Tim Schmidt in the International Master’s Programs Admissions Office:

119049, Russia, Moscow, Leninsky Prospect, 6/3, office G-366
007 499 230 27 97

For detailed information on the education program, please contact the head of the program, Prof. Dmitri Shtansky:

119049, Russia, Moscow, Leninsky Prospect, 4, office K316
007 499 236 66 29