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 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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Local TV about “nanosponges”
Local TV about “nanosponges”

A team of researchers from the IRC "Smart Materials" are developing "nanosponges" to be used in the automobile catalysts.

Prof. A. Soldatov gave an interview on the "Radio Rostova"
Prof. A. Soldatov gave an interview on the "Radio Rostova"

The Director of the International Research Center "Smart Materials" told about the latest research and developments done by the Center in his...

International workshop IWSN-2016
International workshop IWSN-2016

"Smart Materials" Center (SFedU) and the Baltic Federal University have held the III International Workshop on Smart Nanomaterials a...


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Spin structure and magnetic properties of 3d 4f nanoclusters

December 19, 2016, 4:00 PM

Speaker: Oleg Farberovich
Microfluorescence x-ray spectroscopy and element analysis: modern methods and applications

December 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Speaker: Mikhail Mazuritskiy
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