The collaboration between A.V.Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis and Moscow Engineering Physics Institute was started in 1992 by creating a Research and Educational Centre (REC) in Membrane Research Center of TIPS. The REC was founded within the framework of the Russian State Program “Integration of High School and Academic Science” and provides education and training of undergraduate and graduate students in membrane science and technology.
Highly qualified staff of TIPS and MEPhI delivers lectures to both graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students carry out the research at the REC for three years. After that, they get their Diploma and the most successful students are selected for postgraduate study in the REC. The key issue is the involvement of diploma students and Ph.D.-students in the framework of existing national and international cooperation. This cooperation provides high level of fundamental and applied research in such interdisciplinary fields as material science, surface science, membranes, catalysis, chemical and physical engineering. For the time being, students from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Moscow State University, Moscow Chemical Technology University, Moscow Fine Chemical Technology University and Bauman Physical Engineering Institute perform their interdisciplinary study in the field of membrane science and technology. Since 1992, more than 100 master students have graduated from REC.