Novosibirsk is the capital city of the Siberian Federal District, center of Novosibirsk agglomeration. It is the largest trading, business, cultural, transport, educational, and research center of Siberia. Novosibirsk is often informally named "The Capital of Siberia". Novosibirsk is the largest transport hub of Siberia: the Trans-Siberian Railway runs through it connecting Siberia, the Far East, and Central Asia with the European regions of Russia. Novosibirsk has an international airport - Tolmachevo - the biggest number of passengers of the Asian part of Russia are coming here. The airport is located at the intersection of a lot of airways from South-East Asia to Europe and from North America to India and Asia.
Novosibirsk gained its world-wide fame thanks to the Akademgorodok (Novosibirsk Scientific Center) that is home to more than 35 research institutes, Novosibirsk State University - one of the 5 best universities in Russia - and Novosibirsk Academpark that can boast the highest efficiency (according to the National rating of Russian technoparks). In December 2014, Novosibirsk Akademgorodok was registered as a regional heritage site.
Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
Boreskov Institute of Catalysis of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences is now one of the world's largest research centers specializing in catalysis and catalytic technologies. The scope of the Institute research covers fundamentals of catalysis, synthesis of advanced catalysts, developments of catalytic technologies, and catalyst pilot production.
The main research topics of the Institute include:
• Heterogeneous catalysis
• Physico-chemical research methods
• Materials science and functional materials
• Technologies of catalytic processes
• Non-traditional catalytic processes
• Fine organic synthesis
• Synthesis and renewable sources of energy
The Institute laboratories are equipped with modern, often unique, research instruments and devices that enable the scientists to make comprehensive studies of the structures, textures, morphologies, and properties of catalysts, analyze the mechanisms of catalytic reactions, and create new efficient catalysts for chemical industry. In the last 5 years, the Institute workers have published over 1900 papers in high-profile peer-reviewed journals, over half of which are in the Q1 category (WoS, Scopus). Over this time, the Institute papers have been cited more than 35,000 times, according to WoS.