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The Laboratory Photoactive Nanocomposite Materials was founded in 2014. This was a result of collaborative initiative of prof. D.W. Bahnemann (Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany) and prof. A.V. Emeline (St.Petersburg State University, Russia). Financial support was provided through the monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world’s leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government #220 of April 9, 2010).

The Laboratory is hosted by V.A. Fock Institute of Physics of St.Petersburg State University. Research domains - synthesis, structure, properties, and applications of photoactive nanomaterials are covered by four scientific divisions. The Lab’s performance reflected in the scientific publications relies on a synergy of the highly qualified staff and the modern experimental equipment and materials. Communication with colleagues from all around the world through scientific events and collaboration is an integral part of the Laboratory's life as well.