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.
Three Papers and Best Poster Prize at Faraday Discussions
A team of researchers from the Smart Materials Center have successfully participated in Faraday Discussions (May 16-18, London, UK).Details
P64@DESY: beamline overview
May 28, 2018, 4:30 PM in a.012Speaker: Aram Bugaev
Microwave assisted solvothermal synthesis of metal-organic frameworks of the ZIF family
May 28, 2018, 4:00 PM in a.012Speaker: Vladimir Polyakov
Smart Materials and Mega-scale Research Facilities
April 23, 2018, 1:00 PM in a.206 (ЮгИНФО) Computer Center
In situ laboratory XAS+Mossbauer study of LiFeMnPO4
April 16, 2018, 4:00 PM in a.012Speaker: Victor Shapovalov