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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Open Day for Bachelor Students
Open Day for Bachelor Students

On November, 23 we invite 4th year bachelor students to participate in the presentation of our master program "Nanoscale Structure of Materials&q...

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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Study of active sites of porous crystalline materials of the family of metal-organic coordination polymers and zeolites based on the data of X-ray absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy

July 7, 2021, 4:00 PM in MS Teams

Speaker: Alina Skorynina
Palladium nanoparticles atomic structure parameters determination from the data of X-ray absorption spectroscopy

June 15, 2021, 1:00 PM in MS Teams

Speaker: Oleg Usoltsev
Mutual influence of structure and magnetic properties in systems with strong electron correlations: complementary application of neutron and synchrotron radiation scattering and μSR methods

May 19, 2021, 3:00 PM in MS Teams

Speaker: Sikolenko Vadim Vitalievich
Joint seminar of The Smart Materials Research Institute and Institute of Physics and Organic Chemistry

April 27, 2021, 3:00 PM in MS Teams

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