Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geology and Geography/Ecology Internships
Interns will work on projects with laboratory staff as members of the research team performing all the duties. The main research area will be heterocyclic chemistry, more precisely, furan chemistry. Our research interests are focused on developing of new synthetic methodologies based on furan dearomatization strategy; we currently have several projects students may be involved in. Syntheses of typical starting materials usually include a variety of classical and modern reactions that might be of interest for highly motivated undergraduate students who are always welcome to apply. As for the theoretical part, interns will attend literature seminars on methods in organic chemistry and perform their own tasks on searching and presenting the information.
Interns will work on projects with laboratory staff as members of the research team performing all the duties. The main research area will be electrochemistry.
Our research interests are focused on developing of Intermetallic and Nano-Structured Compositions оn the Basis of Magnesium, Titanium, Vanadium, Chrome with Large Accumulated Capacity of Reversible Hydrogen Storage and means for protecting metals from corrosion.
As for the theoretical part, interns will attend literature seminars on methods in electrochemistry and perform their own tasks on searching and presenting the information.
Interns will work on four projects with the staff of the Theoretical Physics Department. The projects are “Introduction to Perturbation Techniques”;“Instabilities in Hydrodynamics and Methods of Analysis”; “New Method of Analytical Solution of Nonlinear Second Order Differential Equations”;“The Mass Transport in Adsorptive Medium”.
Introduction to perturbation techniques
Perturbation techniques are a powerful tool for dealing with dynamics of nonlinear systems, both null-dimensional and distributed. It allows constructing a comprehensive picture of the possible dynamic regimes for the systems which cannot be solved analytically. We will consider techniques ranging from the simplest ones to the multiscale method in application to example physical problems. For auxiliary reading one can use the book "Introduction to perturbation techniques" by A.H. Nayfeh.
The new method of analytical solution of nonlinear second order differential equations
Many problems in modern physics can be formulated as nonlinear ordinary differential equations. The general method to find analytical solution of such equations is Lie group analysis (described in Handbook of Lie Group Analysis of Differential Equations by N.H. Ibragimov). This method is more easy to apply and the most effective for the solution of nonlinear second order equations, which will be demonstrated in our training.
The mass transport in adsorptive medium
The transport of solutes in porous media (e.g. soil, sandstone, fractured rocks, some filters etc.) in most important situations cannot be described within the classical Diffusion-Advection Theory (the Fick's law). The solute can deposit to solid matrix of media and detach from it. These features change the transport law and its description. Within our training we shall obtain the actual law for porous media and apply it for some simple problems.
Instabilities in Hydrodynamics and Methods of Analysis
First in the frames of the training course it is planned to derive the system of hydrodynamics equations (briefly). Then there will be the familiarization with the theory of hydrodynamics stability. The third step is to solve any simple problem of convective stability in a field of magnetohydrodynamics. The material on this topic hasmany applications and it can be important in a future for the students who are specialized in different branches of fundamental physics, for example, in astrophysics.
Assessment of Rhodococcus resistance to organic solvents using a combined confocal laser scanning and atomic force microscopy (CLSM/AFM)
The project is related to the bacterial morphology and physiology. Actinobacteria of the genus Rhodococcus are naturally present in diverse pristine and contaminated environments. They can persist and grow in highly contaminated soils and waters, and even under extreme conditions. Rhodococci are of increasing interest for many environmental and biotechnological applications. Using newly established combined confocal laser scanning and atomic force microscopy (CLSM/AFM) techniques, a viability of Rhodococcus bacteria under the organic solvent stress willbe assessed at the single cell level. High resolution integrated CLSM/AFM images will be taken, which could reveal morphological changes of Rhodococcus cells in response to organic solvents, including changes in size, surface/volume ratio and surface roughness, as possible resistance mechanisms. The project results will help to better understanding the resistance mechanisms in organic solvent tolerant bacteria with high industrial potential.
Biodiversity and Ecology in the Urals
Internship programme for biology students includes fieldwork practice in such research areas as biodiversity and ecology of inferior and superior plants, biodiversity and ecology of invertebrate and vertebrate animals, soil studies at the PSU research center “Preduralie”. There will be organized the following expeditions: “Flora main types of Perm region and the Fore-Urals” at the nature reserve area “Basegi”; “Fungi in woodland: its taxonomy, morphology, ecology” at the nature reserve area “Upper Kvazhva”; “Water birds of Perm region”, “Soil Diversity of the Urals”.
GeologyThis course is focused on teaching the practical aspects of the geological study including extensive fieldwork, geological mapping, rock sampling, mineralogical and chemical sample analysis with usage of electron microscope and spectrometer, and geodynamic analysis of remote sensing data.
A two-week field trip to Siberia allows visits to the exciting places throughout the Khakassia and Tuva Republic. A variety of rock types occurring in this area gives the opportunity to study the versatile geological structures and to sample the rare minerals. Panning for gold will be an activity during the field trip. Visiting the museums and archaeological sites will introduce students to history and traditions of the aboriginal population. The field trip includes a train travel from Perm by Trans-Siberain railway.
After the field trip, students take the introductory lectures on the sample analysis technique and instrumentation. The analysis procedure and discussion of the results will be supervised by the Geological Faculty staff.
During the field trip the students are expected to visit remote places, be ready for steep climbing, hiking and working at the 1000–2000 m elevation. So please check your medical restrictions for such kind of work and have a relevant medical insurance.
Interns will work on four projects with the staff of the Department of Tourism.
The projects are “Tourism and Recreational Resource Planning”; “Protected Nature Reserve Areas in Perm Region”; “Landscape Planning”; “GIS and Mapping Support for Region Development”.
Field complex geographic practice is comprised of a two-week trip to Western or Eastern Siberia, a 10-day geographic practice in the Northern Urals area including the Vishera river rafting & trekking, and a number of tours in Perm region.
During the field trip the students are expected to visit remote places, be ready for steep climbing and long-distance hiking. So please check your medical restrictions for such kind of work and have a relevant medical insurance.