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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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.

Congratulation to Aram Bugaev
Congratulation to Aram Bugaev

Aram Bugaev was awarded the prize for best poster at the ESRF User Meeting 2017.

Mega-grant is Prolonged for 2 Years
Mega-grant is Prolonged for 2 Years

Having been recognized to achieve and maintain high-level of international scientific research, the IRC “Smart Materials”, SFedU, has been awarded two...


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Report on educational mission to HZB, Bessy I

March 27, 2017, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Ivan Gorban
Pump-probe UV-vis spectra for spiropyrans

February 27, 2017, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Alexander Guda
Investigation in the catalysis by transition metal sulfides

January 27, 2017, 3:00 PM

Speaker: Pavel Nikulshin (SSTU)
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