The Smart Materials Research Institute

Welcome to "Smart Materials", a unique place where the leading scientists in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, nanotechnology, data science and artificial intelligence work together in one laboratory. We offer a "full-cycle" of materials development: from computer modelling to chemical synthesis and extensive characterization.
More than 1,000 hours per year, our researchers spend at the synchrotron radiation sources performing cutting-edge experiments to study materials under working conditions. Whether for catalysis, energetics, gas storage or sensing, these operando studies are the key for understanding the materials' functionality at the atomic level.
We hold the world-leading positions in the field of X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Several programs for XANES analysis, including those based on machine learning algorithms, have been developed by our team or in collaboration with our international partners.

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A series of online workshops

On October 26-31, a series of workshops on Practical aspects of spectral data analysis powered by machine learning algorithms will be held.


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Development of new functional materials based on porous nanoparticles of metal-organic framework structures

October 3, 2022, 3:00 PM in MS Teams

Speaker: Vera Butova
Monitoring the Growth and Activity of Catalysts Based on Noble Metal Nanoparticles Using Spectral Methods

September 28, 2022, 4:00 PM in MS Teams

Speaker: Andrei Tereshchenko
X-Ray Spectral Diagnostics of Cathode Materials in the Operando Mode

September 27, 2022, 2:30 PM in 507

Speaker: Victor Shapovalov
The local atomic environment, spin and charge state diagnostic of transition metal ions for the creation of photoactive materials

September 26, 2022, 2:30 PM in 507

Speaker: Svetlana Shapovalova
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