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

Palladium-based nanocatalyst for petrochemestry. In situ and operando studies by means of synchrotron based EXAFS, XANES and XRD under reaction conditions.


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

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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International workshop IWSN-2016
International workshop IWSN-2016

Smart Material Center and Baltic Federal University have held III International Workshop on Smart Nanomaterials and X-ray Optics.

Nano-oncology - DonTR video
Nano-oncology - DonTR video

Morning news at local TV about the investigations of anti-cancer activity of iron oxide nanoparticles. The concept of theranostics, a combination of t...

Best oral presentation at the MCR-X conference
Best oral presentation at the MCR-X conference

Our researcher Kirill Lomachenko was awarded the best oral presentation prize at the X International Conference "Mechanisms of Catalytic Reaction...


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Toxicity of the CuO nanoparticles in soil and plants (literature review)

October 24, 2016, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Victoria Tsitsuashvili
Measuring best XAS on Rigaku R-XAS

October 19, 2016, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Kirill Lomachenko
Anomalous Scattering, channeling of x-ray fluorescence. Space distribution of the intensity of x-rays from microcapillary structures

October 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Speaker: Mazuricky Mikhail Israilevich
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