Call for papers

Special issue on “Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale”

This Topical Issue aims at highlighting the interdisciplinary research topics that elucidate the structure formation and dynamics of animate and inanimate matter on the nanometre scale. There are many examples of complex many-body systems of micro- and nanometre scale size exhibiting unique features, properties and functions. These systems may have very different nature and origin, e.g. atomic and molecular clusters, nanostructures, ensembles of nanoparticles, nanomaterials, biomolecules, biomolecular and mesoscopic systems. A detailed understanding of the structure and dynamics of these systems on the nanometre scale is a difficult and fundamental task, the solution of which is necessary in numerous applications of nano- and bio- technology, material science and medicine.

Although mesoscopic, nano- and biomolecular systems differ in their nature and origin, a number of fundamental problems are common to all of them: What are the underlying principles of self-organization and self-assembly of matter at the micro- and nanoscale? Are these principles classical or quantum? How does function emerge at the nano- and mesoscale in systems with different origins? Which criteria govern the stability of these systems? How do their properties change as a function of size and composition? How are their properties altered by their environment? Seeking answers to these questions is at the core of a new interdisciplinary field that lies at the intersection of physics, chemistry and biology, a field now entitled Meso-Bio-Nano (MBN) Science.

Experimental, theoretical and applied aspects of these problems are being discussed at the series of the DySoN Conferences. Particular attention there 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, channelling phenomena and many more. Although the issue is not a collection of conference proceedings, we expect that the participants of the upcoming DySoN 2018 meeting (to be held in October 08-12, Potsdam, Germany) will contribute to it by submitting their novel results.

The Editorial Office of The European Physical Journal D therefore launches a call for submission for such papers on the part of the international community, indicating below the names of the Scientific Editors in charge, who will be involved in the preparation of the present issue.

The authors are asked to submit their work, which has to be in the usual form of an original contribution to this Journal, directly to the Editorial Office, indicating their wish to appear in the Topical issue on “Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale”, and also which of the editors in charge they wish to be receiving their contribution.

Deadline for submission: December 30, 2018.
Web submission is encouraged via:
Editors in-Chief of EPJD: V. Buzek, H. Kersten, and A.V. Solov'yov

Scientific Editors of the Special issue:

Prof. Dr. Ilko Bald
Institute of Chemistry
University of Potsdam
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam, Germany
Tel.: +49-0331- 977-5238

Prof. Dr. Ilia A. Solov'yov
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy
University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M, Denmark
Tel: +45 6550 2532

Prof. Dr. Nigel Mason
School of Physical Sciences
University of Kent at Canterbury
CT2 7NH, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Andrey V. Solov’yov
MBN Research Center gGmbH
Altenhoferallee 3
60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel.: +49-(0)69-647777580