Nanostructured oxide materials and composites

High-resolution TEM images of  cryo-nanosilica (top) and nanooxide  with alumina-silica-titania (bottom) (scale bar 100 nm)

HRTEM image of nanosilica

Department of Amorphous and Structurally Ordered Oxides (DASOO), Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry (CISC) of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine deals with fundamental and applied problems in chemistry, physics and technology of nanooxide materials, nanocomposites, adsorbents, fillers, etc. It includes two laboratories and five groups with seventeen scientists (including two DSc and nine PhD).

Department of Amorphous and Structurally Ordered Oxides can provide the synthesis of nanostructured oxides and composites for industrial and medicinal applications; study and characterize oxide, oxide-polymeric, carbon, carbon-polymeric materials using a set of modern methods.

Complex nanooxides with core-shell nanoparticles can be used as adsorbents, fillers and drug delivery matrices.


- synthesis of nanostructured oxides and surface modifications

- technical and medicinal adsorbents, composite fillers, and drug delivery

- experimental studies and modeling of interfacial phenomena

The investigations are carried out in cooperation with colleagues from USA, UK, Poland, Germany, Sweden, and Hungary under international projects. The staff  performed  several projects under contracts with industrial companies during last two decades.

Three co-workers from the Department took part in the works at the Chernobyl atomic power station during 1986-1987 using developments of the CISC.

Department staff can synthesize and modify various nanooxides, drug delivery matrices, metal nanoparticles, nanocomposites with bactericide properties, etc. The physicochemical properties of the materials including structural, adsorption, spectroscopic and other characteristics, crystalline and electronic structure, behavior of diluted and concentrated suspensions, properties of adsorption layers containing polymers, inorganic clusters, and metal nanoparticles can be studied, as well as drug delivery and release from composites, theoretical modeling of the materials and interfacial phenomena.

Developer: Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry

Head of Department Prof. V.M. Gun’ko, Tel: +38(044) 4229627, Fax: +38(044) 4243567; e-mail:;;