Yana Dubkova, a TSU young scientist, is finishing her project “Development of a Technology for Processing Plastic into High-Tech Titanium Carbide Powders” and is preparing to patent this technology. Thanks to the synthesis method proposed, powder compounds of carbon and metal are obtained from plastic that have a wide range of applications - from heat pipes to nuclear power.
The scientific project implemented by Yana Dubkova is to process a mixture of various types of plastic without separating it by color or cleaning it from impurities. The main task, in this case, is not just processing, but the use of this process to obtain high-tech compounds that are widely used in various industries, including powder metallurgy.
Extensive experimental work on the project was carried out in the TSU Laboratory of Nanotechnology of Metallurgy. The project team learned how to obtain titanium carbide powders using new technology, without using complex and resource-intensive technological stages. In this case, the plastic serves as a multifunctional polymer matrix that simplifies the process of titanium carbide production and allows achieving high quality of the resulting powder. It can be further used to create porous filters, structural materials, heat pipes, and fuel elements for nuclear power. Now Yana Dubkova is preparing this technology for patenting; it is planned to finish the application in April.