The articles and constructions of various types of glass, ceramics, plaster, cement and other silicate materials occupy an important place in human life and in the history of culture. Without them, there can be no civilized society, they have a broad spectrum of valuable properties, and are durable and very attractive because of their beauty.

Various glassware, porcelain, ceramic tiles, sanitary-construction products, ceramic and silicate bricks, cement, gypsum and so on are widely known. However, not all know about numerous, but they are always around us and provide us with a comfortable life, namely products of silicate industry different parts in television sets, computers, radios and other devices, without which those items could not work.

Created at the dawn of civilization, these materials during the twentieth century, have undergone rebirth. Semiconductors and insulators, optical fibers, ferrites, ferroelectrics, and piezoelectrics, special coatings and adhesives, abrasives and refractory materials, precious stones and other materials and products were the most important component of the progress in aerospace and nuclear engineering, laser and electronic engineering, energy industry, metallurgy, automobile and mechanical engineering, etc.

But there is no limit to perfection!  The 21st century came and it marked the beginning of the revolutionary development of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. Ceramic nanomaterials, which have qualitatively new features, functionality and performance are widely used for manufacturing the parts which operate at elevated temperatures, nonuniform thermal loads and in corrosive environments. Superplasticity of ceramic nanomaterials allows to produce the products of a complex configuration with high dimensional accuracy used in aerospace engineering. We obtain transparent ceramic materials based on Nanopowder technologyfor the manufacture of lenses, scintillators and matrix photon (quantum) oscillators.

The students who study at the Ceramics and Nanomaterials technology, direction 240 100"Chemical Technology", "Chemical technology of refractory nonmetallic and silicate materials," profile  get  deep knowledge in the "secrets" of technologies and processes in the manufacture of products from amazing world of different types of ceramics, glass and other composite materials. And what is important the students carry out scientific research and publish numerous articles and get patents jointly with the teachers of the department.

The Department trains masters in the direction of 240 100 "Chemical Technology", according to the master's program "Chemical technology of refractory nonmetallic and silicate materials."

The department trains the specialists in the direction of 261 400 "Technology artistic processing the materials, "specialization "Glass and Ceramics." Being trained in this area, the students not only learn the range of tools, technologies, methods and the technologies of various materials based on glass, ceramics, binders, but also get acquainted with the artistic disciplines, such as design, drawing, composition, art history,  and the theory of shadows ”and prospects” painting and chromatics, sculpture and modeling, etc

For, consolidating and expanding the knowledge the students have practice at the leading enterprises of our country.

The staff of the department consists of 7 staff teachers, 5 part-time teachers, 2 laboratory researchers, 6 persons as educational support staff and 4 post graduate students. All teachers have a  scientific degree. The department has two doctors and 10 candidates of sciences. The department is headed by Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Professor MF Butman.

  The direction in which staff trains the students  is listed in the Annex for License number 283 214 A series of 26 of  the November 2007, which gives conduct educational activities and the certificate of state accreditation number AA 001 065 dated the 29 December 2007, which gives the right to the graduates to get a state diploma with approved appropriate level of education and / or qualifications.