Nobel laureate to be sponsored for human brain studying

Nobel laureate to be sponsored for human brain studying

February 11, 2021

President of the Nornickel company Vladimir Potanin donated 500 million rubles to finance scientific research.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The amount provided fully covers the needs of the laboratory of smart materials of the Nobel laureate Konstantin Novoselov for the first five years of its work.

The president of Nornickel and the founder of Interros, Vladimir Potanin, has allocated 500 million rubles from personal funds to the innovation laboratory of the Nobel Prize laureate in physics Konstantin Novoselov.

2010 Nobel laureate Konstantin Novoselov

According to Interfax, the money will be used to create a laboratory for physics of programmable functional materials in Russia. The institution, led by 2010 Nobel laureate Konstantin Novoselov, plans to create smart materials that could lead to conceptually new technologies. The contribution of Vladimir Potanin fully covers the needs of the laboratory for the first five years of its operation.

It is also reported that Novoselov’s laboratory on the basis of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is the first project of the Center for the Brain and Consciousness Study, which has been under development since 2020. In this case, the purpose of the center is to obtain fundamental knowledge about the human brain and the nature of consciousness. Now it is one of the most relevant areas of modern science at the intersection of physics and mathematics, biology and psychology, nanotechnology and the development of new materials, related technologies, and many other disciplines. The center is headed by Tagir Aushev, a Russian scientist working in the field of fundamental physics, professor, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He plans to attract leading world scientists from various branches of science to work in the center.

“We live in the era of artificial intelligence, the emergence of new, absolutely fantastic materials and technologies, and it is very important that in this strategic direction of science, Russia remains in the forefront. Thus, we create an important foundation for the future for our country and the Russians. Next generations will be able to translate the acquired new knowledge into technologies for the real economy”, said Vladimir Potanin.

Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo:,

February 11, 2021

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