The Sixth International Conference "Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale" (DySoN 2021) will take place in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy during October 18-22, 2021. The Conference is co-organized by the University of Ferrara (Ferrara, Italy), University of Kent (Canterbury, United Kingdom) and MBN Research Center (Frankfurt am Main, Germany).

The DySoN conference has been built upon a series of International Symposia "Atomic Cluster Collisions: structure and dynamics from the nuclear to the biological scale" (ISACC 2003-2019). During these meetings, it has become clear that there is a need for an interdisciplinary conference covering a broader range of topics than just atomic cluster collisions, related to the Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale. Therefore, in 2010 the ISACC International Advisory Committee decided to launch a new conference series under the title "Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale". The first DySoN conference took place in Rome, Italy in 2010. Since then, four further DySoN conferences were held in St. Petersburg, Russia (2012); Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2014); Bad Ems, Germany (2016); and Potsdam, Germany (2018). DySoN 2021 is the sixth conference in this series.

The DySoN 2021 Conference will promote the growth and exchange of interdisciplinary scientific information on the structure formation and dynamics of animate and inanimate matter on the nanometer scale. There are many examples of complex many-body systems of micro- and nanometer 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 nanoscale is a difficult and fundamental task, the solution of which is necessary in numerous applications of nano- and biotechnology, materials 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? What 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 will be discussed at DySoN 2021. Particular attention will be 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, irradiation-induced biodamage, channeling phenomena and construction of novel light sources, and many more.

Finally, DySoN 2021 will provide a platform to host discussions about current research, technological challenges and related initiatives within the Topical Areas of DySoN Conference Series.

The following topics will be addressed within the Conference:

  • Structure and dynamics of molecules, clusters and nanoparticles
  • Cluster and biomolecular ensembles, composite systems
  • Clustering, self-organization, phase and morphological transitions on the nanoscale
  • Nanostructured materials, surfaces and interfaces
  • Reactivity and nanocatalysis
  • Electron and spin transport in molecular systems
  • Collision and radiation processes, fusion, fission, fragmentation
  • Radiation-induced chemistry
  • Irradiation-driven transformations, damage and fabrication of MesoBioNano systems
  • Propagation of particles through media
  • Biomedical and technological applications of radiation
  • Related technologies: novel light sources, controlled nanofabrication, functionalized materials, etc.