Smart Materials

Novel smart materials is one of the “foundation stones” for sustainable development of the mankind. Rational producing of novel functional materials with necessary advanced properties (smart materials) should include the following steps: 

1) nanodesign - computer design of the nanoscale atomic structure of target material, 

2) synthesis of the designed materials, 

3) nanodiagnostics - characterization of the nanoscale atomic, electronic and magnetic structures of the synthesized materials. We developed a “full-cycle” laboratory where all three steps are realized.

For nanodesign we are using multiscale computer modelling on the basis of various advanced approaches starting from Molecular Dynamics (VASP 5.3 and Scigress codes) up to DFT and Post-Hartree–Fock ab-initio approaches (ADF 2014, VASP 5.3 and Wien2k codes). 

For synthesis (in addition to standard chemical routes) we are using solvothermal methods, microwave-assisted synthesis, sonochemical approaches, photoreduction and ball-milling mechano-chemistry. 

For characterization of synthesized materials nanoscale local atomic, electronic and magnetic structures we are using advanced nondestructive methods including XANES, EXAFS, RIXS, XES, XMCD, XRD, DLS, FTIR, UV-VIS, fluorescence spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, BET porosimetry etc.  

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Research Projects

Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs)

Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) is anew class of porous materials. It is attracting attention due to demonstrations of their large pore sizes, high apparent surfa...

Palladium catalyst

Determination of atomic and electronic structure of the palladium-based nanocatalyst under reaction conditions by in situ and operando EXAFS, XANES and XRD.


New approach to fit spectra using multidimensional interpolation approximation. FitIt allows to obtain information about the local atomic structure from XANES spectra.

The study of platinum anticancer drugs

Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to study action of anticancer drugs (cisplatin, carboplatin, oxaliplatin).

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Congratulations to Aram Bugaev -  the winner of Haldor Topsøe scholarship
Congratulations to Aram Bugaev - the winner of Haldor Topsøe scholarship

5 winners of the Topsoe PhD Scholarship Program 2016 were awarded at a beautiful ceremony in Moscow, Russia.

Competition for candidates for the Master program
Competition for candidates for the Master program

Competition for the candidates for the Master Program in IRC "Smart Materials".

TV-channel "DON-TR" news
TV-channel "DON-TR" news

TV-channel "DON-TR" covers the official opening ceremony of the IRC "Smart materials" (in Russian only)


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Micro- and nano- capsules for biomedical applications

May 23, 2016, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Maria Antipina (A*STAR, Singapore)
Photo-excited states of Co-complexes

May 18, 2016, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Alexander Guda
Nanomaterials for Energy

April 25, 2016, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Carlo Lamberti
CuII(GHK) и CuII(DAHK) complexes: HERFD XANES and RIXS research

April 18, 2016, 1:38 PM

Speaker: Maria Kremennaya
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