Education

Last updated March 2018

Universities

MFA has excellent collaborations with the Hungarian universities. In 2017 tThree emeritus professors instituti, one appointed university professor, one associate professor, two college professors and five habilitated doctors working at MFA. Most of the senior researchers taught various courses at the following universities: Science University Roland Eötvös, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Semmelweis School of Medicine, University of Pannonia, University of Debrecen, University of Miskolc, University of Szeged, University of Óbuda. The MFA DSc-s are members of doctoral and habilitation councils of the above universities, many of them as founding or senior members of the doctoral schools. The researchers of MFA give lectures and technical trainings in the preparative and analytic laboratories of the institute for graduate and postgraduate students without any financial compensation.

The institute accommodates the Laboratory for Nanosensorics of the Faculty of Technical Informatics of Pannon University, Veszprém, the Joint Nanochemistry Laboratory with the Faculty of Chemical and Bioengineering of BME, the joint Laboratory for Molecular Beam Epitaxy with University of Óbuda, the joint Laboratory for Electron Beam Lithography with the Faculty of Natural Sciences of BME, as well as the joint MEMS Laboratory with the Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics, Catholic University Péter Pázmány.
Regular training sessions were held for graduate and postgraduate education without any dedicated, targeted support in the preparative and analytical laboratories.

The title Doctor of HAS was awarded to two MFA researchers in 2017: to Gábor Battistig and to Zsolt Endre Horváth. 4 PhD students supervised by colleagues at MFA defended their thesis successfully in 2017, but 2 of them immediately left to the industry.

Record number of students conducted PhD research with state scholarship and as young researchers of HAS at MFA in 2017: 50 were supervised in MFA. The interest in the research of MFA resulted in increasing number of Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship students, 5 of them work now in the institute Moreover, MFA researchers (co-)controlled 19 MSc and 25 BSc students and 11 Scientific Students' Contest (TDK) work.
Students supervised by MFA scientists achieved excellent results on Scientific Students' Contest and other national and international contests: Adrienne Füredi was awarded first prize for her work “Magnetophoretic particle separation and trapping in microfluidic systems applicable in SELEX method” by the jury of Chemical Section of Budapest University of Technology and Economics. György Frank also won first prize at Budapest University of Technology and Economics for the work “Topologically protected ground state degeneracies in a two-spin system”. Anna Bori Tóth received honorary prize at Catholic University Péter Pázmány’s Scientific Students' Contest, Engineering Section for her work “Development of droplet based microfluidic systems for cell analytical applications”. All the winners were supervised by the researchers of Microtechnology Department.


Public outreach

Actions for supporting the next generation of researchers, besides lecturing at universities:
• The MFA summer school was organized the 10th time in 2017, where 17 secondary high school students from the Carpathian-basin have attended. For increasing awareness the institute provided for the youngsters opportunity to join scientific research for a week. (http://alag3.mfa.kfki.hu/mfa/nyariiskola/)
• They organized open day type activities (MFA Open Day, Researcher’s Night, Girl’s Day, and a new event type Women’s Research Forum) and invited interested tax payers to get acquainted with the research at MFA.
• The institute maintains the www.nanotechnology.hu a www.nanobiosensorics.com, www.mems.hu, www.biomems.hu, www.neuromems.hu www.ellipsometry.hu, www.nanotechnology.hu www.thinfilms.hu webpages, for educational and dissemination purpose. Online access is provided to the scientific results in popular style, as well as to the description of the institute’s facilities, instruments and technological background.
• They continued the lecture series in high schools on evolutionary game-theory and introduction to nanotechnology.
• The institute still participates in running the „All Colours of Physics” bus, mainly promoted by Wigner FK. The bus formerly known as Nanobus set up by MFA. The bus organises entertaining science shows for raising the awareness for natural sciences.
• MFA published the MFA Yearbook (http://www.mfa.kfki.hu/hu/yearbook) for the 14rd time in the institute’s history. The yearbook contains reports on scientific achievements and public relations of the institute.
• They further developed the software called Web-Schrödinger for wave packet dynamical simulation. The use of this software is free for educational purposes. (http://www.nanotechnology.hu/online/web-schroedinger/help_h.html)
• The institute maintains the web page of the Colloid chemistry Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: http://www.energia.mta.hu/~kolloidmb