November 01, 2017
The topical issue "Dynamics of Systems at the Nanoscale" of the European Physical Journal D (EPJD) has been published. This topical issue, edited by Andrey V. Solov’yov and Andrei V. Korol, presents contributions from the participants of the fourth international conference "Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale (DySoN 2016)", which was held in Bad Ems, Germany in October 2016.
DySoN 2016 brought together scientists from around the world, working in a new interdisciplinary ﬁeld that lies at the intersection of physics, chemistry and biology, - a ﬁeld now entitled Meso-Bio-Nano (MBN) Science. The conference highlighted also the breakthroughs achieved within the COST Action CM1301 CELINA "Chemistry for ELectron-Initiated Nanolithography" and the project FP7-ITN-ARGENT-608163 - "Advanced Radiotherapy, Generated by Exploiting Nanoprocesses and Technologies". The latter project inherited and extended the scopes of the recently ended COST Action "Nanoscale insights into ion-beam cancer therapy" (Nano-IBCT) towards the understanding of nanoparticle impacts on biological systems and related biomedical applications. Also, the mini-workshop "Periodically bent crystals for crystalline undulators" held within the HORIZON 2020 RISE-PEARL-690991 project, was linked to DySoN 2016.
The DySoN 2016 topical issue aims at highlighting the interdisciplinary research topics that elucidate the structure formation and dynamics of animate and inanimate matter on the nanometer scale. The articles in this issue provide a snapshot of the current research activities (experimental, theoretical, and applied) in the ﬁeld of MBN Science. Particular attention is devoted to dynamical phenomena and many-body eﬀects taking place in various MBN systems on the nanoscale, which include problems of structure formation, fusion and ﬁssion, collision and fragmentation, surfaces and interfaces, collective electron excitations, reactivity, nanoscale phase and morphological transitions, irradiation-driven transformations of complex molecular systems, biodamage, channeling phenomena. The contributions to this issue represent the studies both at the fundamental level of elementary mechanisms and at the more applied level which is necessary in numerous applications of nano- and biotechnology, materials science and medicine.