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) are a new class of porous materials. It is attracting much attention due to their large pore sizes, high apparent surface areas, s...

Palladium nanoparticles

Palladium-based materials are extensively used in biology, medicine, sensors and catalysis. Our group performs in situ and operando studies by means of synchrotron-based ...


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

X-ray absorption spectroscopy

X-ray absorption spectroscopy for 3D atomic and electronic structures of materials with and without long-range order: nanoparticles, molecules, biological systems, etc.

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Ilia Pankin wins Haldor Topsoe PhD Grant
Ilia Pankin wins Haldor Topsoe PhD Grant

Congratulations to Ilia Pankin - a winner of the Haldor Topsoe Scholarship for Russian PhD Students.

Science - History of Future
Science - History of Future

Hello.TV project "Science - History of Future" about the research held by Smart Materials Center in nanooncology and theranostics. (Vide...

SFedU represents Russia in EuSpec
SFedU represents Russia in EuSpec

Smart Materials Research Centre represents Russia in a large-scale EuSpec Project that unites 27 European countries, Russia and Japan.


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Magnetic nanoparticles and composites

June 26, 2017, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Tatiana Lastovina
Investigation of Cu-CHA during NH3-SCR with different Cu:Al and Si:Al ratios by HERFD-XANES and XES at ID-26 beamline of ESRF// TEY NEXAFS spectroscopy for L-edges of Ti and Cr in single-site catalysts at APE beamline of ELETTRA

June 19, 2017, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Ilya Pankin
Structure and properties of Zr MOFs and oxides and layered Sn oxides with K+-ionic conductivity.

June 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Speaker: Vera Butova
Influence of synthesis parameters on the catalytic properties of porous carbons

June 5, 2017, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Yulia Pimonova
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