In tight collaboration with University of Tartu, MATECC participates in various experimental and theoretical investigations. Being mostly application-oriented and highly focused on development of novel functional nanostructured materials, they also have strong fundamental research aspects. Academic specialists from different fields are involved, therefore competence covers most important research aspects ranging from chemical synthesis to multiphysics modelling.

Main research activities can be shortly summarized as following:

Functional coatings

  • Self-cleaning, hydrophilic and hydrophobic coatings
  • Anti-reflective, anti-glare coatings
  • Transparent conductive films
  • Ultrathin laminar protective coatings

Nanomechanics and nanotribology

  • Real-time manipulation of nanoscale objects inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and with atomic force microscope (AFM)
  • In-situ measurements of mechanical properties of 1D nanostructures inside a SEM
  • Nanoparticles based oil additives
  • Modelling of structural, tribological and mechanical properties of nanostructures


  • CVD synthesis of 1D nanostructures ( oxide nanowires etc.)
  • Chemical synthesis of metallic and oxide nanoparticles, nanowires and nanorods

Nanostructural composites

  • Dispersions and functionalization of 1D nanomaterials (nanoparricles, nanowires) into various matrices for application in composite materials.
  • Preparation of various functional nanofibers by electrospinning technique.


  • Bio-plastics- biodegradable and bioresorbable polymer compositions
  • Substrates for tissue engineering, tissue models


  • Investigation of possible hazards associated with nanostructured materials
  • Development of bio-compatible nanostructured materials


  1. Printable gas sensors on flexible polymer substrates
  2. Chemo- and biosensors working in liquid environment

Device design

  • consulting
  • design and realisation of automated mechanical and electrical devices for specific applications