- Professor Ivane Murusidze was inducted into the editorial board of the journal Open Physics, a peer-reviewed monthly journal, as an Editor for plasma physics.
- The 19th International Symposium on Boron, Borides and Related Materials (ISBB2017) was held in Freiburg , Germany, 4 - 7 September 2017. The ISBB is a representative traditional forum where researchers from leading labs summarize the progress made in studying materials containing boron and borides including their nanostructural and low dimensional forms. Prof. Ivane Murusidze contributed with the work “Band Surfaces and DoS of Boron Flat Holeless Sheet” (co-author Prof. L. Chkhartishvili). The work presents the research results obtained within the project “Computer modeling of boron nitride nanostructures and low-dimensional boron systems, their electronic and scale-dependent structural properties” being carried out at the Institute of Applied Physics.
- Professor Ivane Murusidze as Guest Editor participated in the editing of a special issue of the American Journal of Nano Research and Applications: Nanotechnologies, v. 5, No. 3-1, May 2017.
- The IAP completed its research within the collaborative project “Investigation of atmospheric deposition of heavy metals in Georgia using moss biomonitoring and physical analytical techniques” (NSF Project AR/198/9-240/14, project manager Dr. Tamaz Kalabegishvili, research scientist I. Murusidze). Within the framework of the project, for the first time in Georgia, heavy metals were studied in atmospheric precipitation using biomonitoring of moss using modern analytical methods of nuclear and atomic physics. The concentration of more than 40 elements was determined in 127 samples taken from 9 regions of eastern- and 4 regions of western Georgia. The obtained results were reflected in the Air Pollution and Vegetation ICP Vegetation Annual Report 2015/2016. ICP Vegetation − International Cooperative Program on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops was founded in 1987. Currently it is involved in the activities within the the framework of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution−LRTAP− of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The participants of the projecte attended special task force meetings under the auspices of UNECE: The 30th Task Force Meeting (14 - 17 February 2017, Poznan, Poland) The 29th Task Force Meeting (29 Feb. - 4 Mar. 2016, Dubna, Russian). In addition to obtaining valuable information on the pollution of heavy metals in a large territory of Georgia, studies conducted within the project laid the foundation for the use of modern practical methods of biomonitoring precipitation of heavy metals, which is an essential element of development, setting priorities and implementing effective environmental policies in Georgia.
- On 2 March 2017 by invitation of the National Environmental Agency Prof. Ivane Murusidze delivered a seminar-presentation af the Environmental Pollution Monitoring Department. The staff of the Department (head Ms. Marine Arabidze) got acquainted with the goals and objectives, methods and obtained results of the research carried out within the National Science Foundation Project AR/198/9-240/14, “Investigation of atmospheric deposition of heavy metals in Georgia using moss biomonitoring and physical analytical techniques”.
- In February 2017, by invitation of the journal Times Higher Education Prof. Murusidze took part in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by completing the Academic Reputation Survey, undertaken in partnership with Elsevier. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide the definitive list of the world's best universities, evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more.
- As a Guest Editor and reviewer Prof. I. Murusidze participated in the editing of the Special Issue: Functional Advanced and Nanomaterials of the Open Physics (Central European Journal of Physics) Volume 14, Issue 1, 2016.
- The 18th International Symposium on Boron, Borides and Related Materials held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA from 31 August 31 to 5 September, 2014 was attended by Prof. Ivane Murusidze. At the session devoted to boron nanomaterials he made a presentation On Electronic Energy Band Structure of Boron Flat Sheet focusing on the some of the most important findings of the research on boron nanosystems and low dimensional structures carried out at the Institute of Applied Physics. The symposium has been held since 1959. The ISBB 2014 was organized by the University of Hawai‘i, the School of Ocean & Earth Science Technology, the University of Hawai‘i Foundation and the Research Corporation University of Hawai‘i. It was sponsored by the U.S. Borax Inc., Rio Tinto Minerals, the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Etimine, USA, Inc., Technodiamant (the Netherlands), Netzsch Group (Germany) and Bruker Corporation. Researchers from leading laboratories and universities of USA, Europe, Japan and other countries participated in the symposium to discuss and assess the progress made towards the development of the methodology for obtaining materials containing boron and borides and the study of physical properties and technological applications of such materials. The issues addressed are highly important considering the expansion of the sphere of application of boron compounds and composites, including nanostructural types of these materials. The participation in this representative forum was the recognition of the significance of the research done at the Institute, as well as an opportunity to further expand it. This research project is carried out in collaboration with Prof. L. Chkhartishvili (GTU, Dept. of Engineering Physics).
- At the 2014 SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Annual Meeting held in Chicago, IL, USA, from 7 July 7 to 11 July, 2014, Associate Prof. M. Tutberidze made a presentation on the Investigation and Numerical Solution of Initial-Boundary Value Problem to One Nonlinear Parabolic Equation. The SIAM's annual meeting brings together a multi-member community of professionals in applied mathematics and computing. It provides a platform for communicating the results obtained through studies and expanding research in these areas.
- The first successful experiments aiming to synthesize gold nanoparticles using extreme thermophilic archaebacteria cultivated in a special high-temperature incubator (≈ +80 °C) were carried out. The work was done within the frames of the STCU Project #4744 Methods of Nanoparticle Production Using Extremophiles under the supervision of Dr. T. Kalabegishvili and Prof. I. Murusidze. The archaea strain Sulfolobus islandicus has been kindly provided by Dr. David Prangishvili, head of a department at the Pasteur Institute of Paris and a recognized expert working on the issues of the infection of archaea by viruses. The experiments were conducted in collaboration with George Eliava of the Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology.
- Prof. Murusidze signed a publishing agreement with Taylor & Francis, according to which together with a co-author, he will prepare and submit for publishing a manuscript of the book Boron Nitrides: Syntheses, Properties, and Applications.”