European collaborative research projects

The MBN Research Center and members of its team actively participate in the European collaborative research projects, often playing the leading and coordinating roles. Below, the running and completed European projects of the MBN Research Center are presented.

  • H2020-MSCA-RISE Project "Irradiation driven nanofabrication: computational modelling versus experiment" (RADON)
    RADON delivers a state of the art programme which addresses the needs of both research and industry communities working on the advancement of the methods for controlling irradiation-driven nanofabrication, whilst simultaneously training research and innovation staff capable of exploiting modern computational and experimental tools in this area of research and technology. Exposure of a system to radiation results in changes in the system's morphology, electronic, mechanical and catalytic properties. Irradiation of nanosystems especially during their growing or fabrication phase and con-trolling them with the nanoscale resolution is a considerable challenge but if achieved opens enormous op-portunities and will lead to creation of novel and efficient technologies. Currently such technologies provide controlled fabrication of nanostructures with nanometer resolution, although the control of various proper-ties of such structures remains rudimentary. RADON aims at deeper understanding of the underlying molec-ular interactions and the key dynamical phenomena in irradiated nanosystems that will help to improve these nanofabrication technologies.
    Further information about the N-LIGHT project can be found here.

  • H2020-MSCA-RISE Project "Novel Light Sources: Theory and Experiment" (N-LIGHT)
    The N-Light project suggests an interdisciplinary research programme that will provide the breakthrough needed in theory and experiment to design and deliver the practical realisation of novel gamma-ray Light Sources (LS) operating at photon energies from ~100 keV up to GeV range that can be constructed through exposure of oriented crystals (line-ar, bent and periodically bent) to the beams of ultrarelativistic charged particles. The N-Light research and technologi-cal programme will address the physics of the processes accompanying the oriented crystal exposure to irradiation by the beams at the atomistic level of detail needed for the realisation of the N-light goals.
    Further information about the N-LIGHT project can be found here.

  • COST Action "Towards Understanding and Modelling Intense Electronic Excitation" (TUMIEE)
    Electronic excitation reaching high energy density is central in many different applications, from materials processing to medical treatments. It emerges when intense radiation arising from sources such as lasers, swift ions, or high-flux X-ray or electron pulses, interact with matter. In general, only partial aspects related to the excitation produced by this type of sources are treated. The lack of a systematic methodology to face the simulation of the underlying phenomena makes it essential to involve scientists from different fields, theoreticians, simulators, and experimentalists. A successful methodology will require smart strategies to make existing solutions, which are appropriate within restricted scopes, work together within a multiscale formalism.
    Further information about the COST Action TUMIEE can be found here.

  • H2020-MSCA-IF Project "Computational characterization of radiosensitising nanoparticles and their properties" (Radio-NP)
    Coated metal nanoparticles (NPs) in molecular environments are widely studied for applications in nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine. Understanding of the nanoscale phenomena (formation and transport of secondary electrons, free radicals and their chemical interactions) induced by NP irradiation is crucial for enhancing the potential of novel radiotherapy techniques. The Radio-NP project aims at the atomistic computational analysis of (i) structural properties of coated metal NPs in biological environments and (ii) the impact of these properties on the formation and transport of secondary electrons and radicals in the vicinity of NPs irradiated with ions. The realised approach will combine (i) the ab initio framework to evaluate parameters of quantum transformations of system constituent molecules, (ii) classical molecular dynamics (MD) employed in the advanced scientific software MBN Explorer to characterise NPs and study their interaction with molecular media, and (iii) irradiation-driven MD - the novel and unique implementation in MBN Explorer, to model irradiation-induced chemistry in the vicinity of complex NPs.

  • H2020-MSCA-RISE Project "Periodically Bent Crystals for Crystalline Undulators" (PEARL), 2016-2019
    This collaborative project is supported by the European Commission in the frame of the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) funding scheme in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions under Horizon 2020. The PEARL project aims at advancing the technologies for manufacturing of high quality periodically bent crystals. Such crystals developed in the course of this project will be utilised for the construction of novel light sources of high-energy (from 100 keV up to GeV range) monochromatic electromagnetic radiation by means of a crystalline undulator.

    Further information about the PEARL project can be found here.

  • Completed projects