Powder Metallurgy Institute(PMI)

State Scientific Institution “Powder Metallurgy Institute” (PMI), National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk was founded in 1972. PMI is a part of the State Research and Production Powder Metallurgy Association that is the biggest Belarusian centre dealing with the materials science problems, including the manufacture of the end-use products. The main PMI’s R&D areas are as follows: traditional PM materials, super-hard materials, porous materials, protective coatings, special powders, bio-implants, advanced ceramics, heat pipes, friction and antifriction components, electrical components as well as the materials characterization and certification. At present, PMI has about 250 employees dealing with research, development and manufacture. Belarusian accredited Centre of Materials Testing is a part PMI. PMI is the supervisor organization of the following State Scientific and Technical programs: “New materials and technologies”, “Composite materials” and “Resource saving”. PMI has all necessary facilities and experienced stuff for the research and development in the field of materials science. The team members are experienced in the preparation special composite powders by metallization of both single metallic or ceramic and complex ceramic powders for thermal spray coatings, the surface treatment by thermal diffusion synthesis and SHS. The team members are experienced in the characterization of composite powders, surfaces and coatings.

Role in the project:

Synthesis and shaping of new materials in a form of powders suitable in thermal spray processes, preparation of bond coat materials, physical-chemical characterization, composite powders preparation, high-temperature testing under simulated atmospheres.


The team has a range of the heat tre`atment equipment (furnaces, ovens) in reductive and inert protective atmospheres, air and vacuum, facilities for electrochemical and electroless deposition, special setups for the testing under the simulated gaseous mixtures at elevated temperatures. Typical range equipment for the materials characterization (SEM, XRD, EDX, surface characterization, wear resistance, mechanical properties, etc.) is available at PMI.

Key personnel involved:

Dr. O. Smorygo –leading scientist – about 25 years of experience in the fields of powder metallurgy and composite materials (>120 publications, 16 patents).

Prof. A. Ilyushchanka – specialist in optimization of materials for the protective coating deposition processes.

Mr. V. Mikutski– specialist in electrochemical and electroless deposition.

Dr. L. Markova – specialist in materials characterization.

Ms. D. Shchurevich – chemical engineer, young researcher.

TheBarCode is financed by The European Commisions FP7 program for research.

FP7 NMP.2012.2.2-3 Advanced materials for high-temperature power generation” Sub-Scheme Selected: CP-SICA.